Faculty

Meet the ICENI Centre’s Faculty

Mr Mark Alexander – Williams
Mark Alexander-Williams

Consultant in Pain Management at Broomfield Hospital

Mark is a consultant in pain management at Broomfield hospital. He has 12 years experience as a consultant and 12 years as a trainee.

He works closely with surgical colleagues and has a special interest in the management of:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain and sciatica
  • Post surgical pain
  • Chronic Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS)
  • Chronic pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Vulvodynia
  • Chronic prostatitis

He holds his clinics at Chelmsford Medical Centre and Springfield hospital and works closely with physiotherapis and cognitive behavioural therapists.

Mr Tan Arulampalam
Tan Arulampalam

Consultant General Surgeon

Tan was awarded his Medical Degree by the University of London after five years at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School.

His specialist Higher Surgical Training was completed at Oldchurch, Whittington, Chase Farm and Colchester Hospitals with the award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1996 and Intercollegiate Exam in 2003.

During this period he undertook a two year research post at the Department of Surgery and Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London where he won a Trustees Grant to study molecular imaging of colorectal cancer. He was awarded his higher degree by thesis in 2003.

Mr Ralph Austin
Mr Ralph Austin

Ralph Austin was appointed to Colchester General Hospital in October 2002 as a general and colorectal laparoscopic surgeon.

He has been on the faculty of various national and international laparoscopic meetings and courses and has undertaken research into Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) under a grant awarded by the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery.

He also has an interest in IT having developed the anonymous, free surgical logbook available at www.oootta.com

Dr Catherine Brosnan
Catherine Brosnan

Catherine has worked at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust as a Consultant Anaesthetist since 2001.

She has a particular interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery as well as enhanced recovery, diabetes, patient safety and team training.

Mr Tom Browne
Tom Browne

Lead Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Broomfield Hospital

Tom’s medical training began in 1980 with 6 years study at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, followed by training in general surgery, abdominal surgery and vascular surgery in Ireland, England, Wales and Australia.

He has in excess of 70 publications in accredited journals and gives regular lectures and talks to the medical profession and to the general public.

Tom has a full rotation of medical students and junior doctors permanently on his team. He founded the Out to Africa program in St Andrews hospital, facilitating cross hospital learning between University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, and his home hospital.

Mr Rowan Casey
Mr Rowan Casey

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Specialty: Uro-Oncology and Men’s health

Laparoscopic Prostate Fellowship, Leipzig, Germany
Uro-Oncology and Robotic Fellowship, The Prostate Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Consultant Uro-Oncological Surgeon, Colchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Awarded University of Strasbourg Louis Pasteur Diploma in Laparoscopic Urological surgery 2009
Awarded RCSI Travelling Fellowship 2010
Awarded British Urological Foundation (BUF) Clinical Visit Grant 2010
Awarded European Society of Urology Scholarship Programme 2010

Widely published in International peer-reviewed journals.
Contributor to Atlas of Laparoscopic and Robot-assisted Surgery, Springer, Germany
Contributor to Essentials and Updates in Urologic Oncology, Nova Science Publishers Inc.
MBA, Imperial College London – expected completion 2012

Mr Sam Datta

Mr Sam Datta

Consultant Urology at Colchester General Hospital

Mr Datta graduated from University College London, obtaining an BSc(Hons) degree in Neuroscience and a distinction at MBBS.

He was a Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellow at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery whilst publishing several papers and book chapters and obtaining an MSc and MD in neuro-urology. He trained in London at the Hammersmith Hospital Surgical Rotation and the London Deanery from which he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2011.

He has worked as a Consultant at the Royal Free London. He is the unit training director for Urology at Colchester Hospital and has a postgraduate certificate in medical education.

He has published 14 peer reviewed papers, 37 published abstracts, and 5 book chapters. He has won prizes for his academic work from the American Urological Association, European Urological Association, International Continence Society and Royal Society of Medicine (x2).

Mr Michael Dworkin

Michael Dworkin qualified in medicine in 1986 at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He completed two years of full time research into the treatment of bowel cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London and this led to a Master of Surgery degree in 1995.

He is now a consultant general surgeon at Southend Hospital with specialist areas of interest in bowel surgery and laparoscopic surgery, including hernia repair.

He is now a consultant colorectal surgeon at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and a Member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the RCS Edinburgh.

Mr Adam Farquharson
Mr Adam Farquharson

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Following undergraduate studies at the University of Sheffield, Adam completed basic surgical training in the Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery. He then completed Higher Surgical training also in the Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery with the award of FRCS in 2011 and CCT in 2013. He spent a year as Colorectal Fellow at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney, Australia (2012-13) and was awarded the Ethicon Endo-Surgery David Dunn Memorial travelling fellowship to support this period of specialist colorectal and laparoscopic training.

Before higher surgical training, Adam was clinical research fellow to the Peritoneal Tumour Service at The Christie Hospital, Manchester. This research focused on peritoneal surface malignancies including pseudomyxoma peritonei and their management with cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC (heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy) leading to publications in the British Journal of Cancer and Colorectal Disease. He was also granted travelling fellowships by the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Coloproctology for this and other work undertaken in Sheffield. Subsequently he completed a postgraduate degree in education at the University of Sheffield (Masters of Education) with his thesis examining the video assessment of surgical skills.

Miss Sharmila Gupta
Miss Sharmila Gupta

Sharmila Gupta was appointed as a Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellow at Colchester Hospital in 2009 and in 2011 she was appointed as a Consultant General Surgeon. She has a particular interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and its surgical management and provides colorectal support for laparoscopic endometrial surgery.

She delivers training on the MSc in Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery.

Mr Toby Hammond
Mr Toby Hammond

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

Toby under took his undergraduate medical training at Liverpool University Medical School.
His higher surgical training was performed in the NE Thames region of the London Deanery. He was awarded the FRCS in 2011, and gained his CCT in 2012. He has also worked as a senior fellow at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, and was awarded the Ethicon Endosurgery Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship at Colchester General Hospital.

Prior to higher surgical training he undertook a period of full time research. He investigated the role of biomaterials in the management of parastomal hernia and anal fistula. This culminated in an MD, awarded by the University of London, as well as the Colon & Rectal Disease Research Foundation Prize, by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland (ACPGBI). He was also granted a travelling fellowship by the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Since that time he has published and presented widely. He has been invited to review articles for the Lancet, British Journal of Surgery, Colorectal Disease, Techniques in Coloproctology and The International Journal of Surgery. He has co-authored chapters on anal fistula for the next edition of Rob & Smith’s Operative Surgery: Surgery of the Colon, Rectum and Anus Operative, and for Anus: Surgical Treatment and Pathology (edited by R Cohen and A Windsor).

Toby has subspecialty interests in anal and pelvic floor pathology, and complex abdominal wall reconstruction.

Mr Adam Howard
Mr Adam Howard

Adam Howard is a consultant in general and vascular surgery at Colchester General Hospital (and Honorary Consultant at St. Georges Hospital, London), with a particular interest in endovascular (EVAR) and laparoscopic aorto-iliac surgery.

He has set up a vascular laparoscopic programme to work hand-in-hand with aortic endovascular stenting to provide a fully minimally invasive vascular aneurysm service. He has also established an Endovenous radiofrequency varicose veins service, IMPROVE trial centre for emergency EVAR, Fast track carotid surgery service, Venous Thromboembolism Prevention programme and a Multidisciplinary diabetic foot vascular clinic at Colchester.

He enjoys teaching and took a three year post as clinical lecturer at Imperial College and Charing Cross Hospital in 2001. He is now one of the undergraduate clinical tutors at Colchester General Hospital and a Honourary Senior Lecturer in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics at Anglia Ruskin University.

Click here to read about Mr Howard’s successful operation to seal a leaking aneurysm!

Mr Zafar Maan
Zafar Maan

Consultant Urological Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital

After completing a period of research as part of a Masters in Urological Surgery at UCL in 2003, Zafar entered the urology higher surgical training programme in Cambridge and Essex. This provided excellent training in prostate laser surgery, andrology and general urology.

He also undertook the sub-speciality training fellowship in Stone surgery and Endourology at St Bartholemew’s Hospital and was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Colchester Hospital in November 2010.

As a stone surgery specialist Zafar is particularly interested in minimally invasive procedures using telescopes, which use the natural passageways of the urinary tract or access organs with a ‘keyhole’ approach.

Joe McCloud
Joe McCloud

Joe McCloud qualified from Sheffield in 1994, and after basic surgical training and a period of research resulting in an MD, he moved to Leicester for higher surgical training. He then won a fellowship at Colchester under Professor Roger Motson.

Following appointment as a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Shrewsbury in 2007, he led the implementation of laparoscopic colorectal surgery and mentored several colleagues in their development of the technique. He has also developed a TEM service, and completed the Lapco TTT. He has a particular interest in training and is involved in the development of a regional training programme for the specialty trainees in the West Midlands.

Mr Donald Menzies
Mr Donald Menzies

In 1993 Donald Menzies was a Senior Registrar at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where he worked closely with David Dunn, one of laparoscopy’s early pioneers with whom he co-authored one of the earlier books on laparoscopic hernia repair. He was appointed as Consultant Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital in 1994.

Prior to 2003 Don had completed a large personal series of laparoscopic oesophagectomies and gastrectomies and was involved in the development of laparoscopic resectional surgery for gastric and oesophageal cancers in the UK. With centralisation, major laparoscopic resectional surgery moved elsewhere.

Don’s practice now involves most aspects of advanced gastro-intestinal laparoscopic surgery with a particular interest in benign biliary, anti reflux, groin and incisional hernia surgery. He has, in recent years, talked at National and International meetings on laparoscopic cholecystectomy, splenectomy and fundoplication.

Professor Roger Motson
Roger Motson

Consultant Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital

Roger has been performing laparoscopic surgery since the mid 1980s and was appointed Consultant Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital in 1984.

He has developed techniques for laparoscopic common bile duct exploration and incisional hernia repair and has extensive experience of laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal, hernia and colorectal surgery.

He has led the drive at Colchester for a multi-disciplinary education centre, running laparoscopic courses in Colchester since the early 1990s, as well as teaching laparoscopic surgery both in the UK and abroad.

Miss Joanna Reed

Joanna Reed was first appointed as a Consultant general Surgeon with a specialist interest in laparoscopic surgery at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. She moved to Colchester in 2007 and has a particular interest in training both junior surgeons and established consultants.

She specialises in upper gastrointestinal laparoscopic surgery, particularly benign upper GI work and anti-reflux surgery.

Dr Bruce Sizer
Dr Bruce Sizer

Dr Bruce Sizer was appointed Consultant in Clinical Oncology at Essex County Hospital in 1996 and was Clinical Director of Cancer Services from 1999-2006, before being appointed Joint Clinical Director of the Essex Cancer Network, until 2008.

He graduated from Birmingham University in 1980 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Pharmacology and in Medicine in 1983, before undertaking specialist training in oncology at Cambridge and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. He also spent 3 years at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, Australia

Bruce’s main clinical and research interests are in gastrointestinal cancer and urological malignancies, and he currently leads the Cancer Research Dept at Essex County Hospital, personally recruiting over 500 patients to national and international studies in the last 10 years

Mr Ranjan Thilagarajah
Ranjan Thilagarajah

Consultant Lead in Urological Surgery at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust

Ranjan trained at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London and qualified in 1990 with the MBBS Degree. After gaining a wide general surgical experience, he achieved the FRCS (Eng) qualification in 1995.

He then went on to become Urology Research Registrar at Imperial College School of Medicine, St. Mary’s Hospital, London, where he studied for his Master of Surgery (MS). He achieved recognition on the Specialist Register for Urology, the FRCS (Urol), in 2001.

Ranjan was subsequently appointed as consultant urological surgeon at Broomfield Hospital where he continues to work today as the Urology Lead Clinician.He has also been appointed Clinical Lead of the Da Vinci Robot Surgery Service at Mid Essex Health Trust covering a number of specialities.

Mr Matthew Tutton

Matthew Tutton is a Consultant general surgeon with a subspecialist interest in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy, SILS and TEMS.

He commenced as a consultant surgeon at Colchester General Hospital in 2006 and has undertaken fellowships as a consultant in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester; the Weill Cornell Hospital, New York; and in the National Cancer Institute, Tokyo, Japan.

He is now one of the specialised laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgeons at the ICENI Centre.

Mr Subash Vasudevan
Mr Subash Vasudevan

Mr Subash Vasudevan was appointed as a consultant laparoscopic colorectal and general surgeon at Colchester Hospital in 2014. His higher surgical training was in the North East Thames rotation of the London Deanery. He was awarded the FRCS in 2012, and obtained his CCT in 2014.

He was awarded an MD (Res) by the University of London in 2013 for his original research into hindgut dysfunction. He has presented his research in several national and international meetings. Apart from colorectal cancer, he also has an interest in pelvic floor surgery. He has a keen interest in surgical education and teaches regularly on several courses at the ICENI Centre.

Barry Whitlow
Barry Whitlow

Consultant at Colchester University Foundation Trust

Barry (MD, MRCOG) is a Consultant and Honorary Senior lecturer at Colchester University Foundation trust / Anglia Ruskin University.

He leads the Colchester endometriosis centre, specialising in advanced surgery for endometriosis. He holds the advanced diploma in Gynaecolcogical laparoscopy & has won awards for development of advanced surgical simulation trainers and retractors.

Mr Gregory Wynn
Mr Gregory Wynn

Greg Wynn has been a consultant at Colchester since 2009 after completing the Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship here. He has also completed clinical fellowships at Hong Kong’s Minimal Access Surgery Training centre and more recently in Rio de Janeiro for training in natural orifice surgery.

His other interests include organ preserving treatments for rectal cancer including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) and laparoscopic skills training using virtual reality simulation.