Professor Roger Motson (President)ICENI CENTRE
Professor Roger Motson 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.
Mr Gregory Wynn
Mr 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. He has published widely on training, rectal cancer and minimal access surgery.
In 2017, Mr Wynn was invited to Myanmar (Burma) to teach and train their surgeons.
In July 2018 Mr Wynn became Clinical Director of the ICENI Centre.
Mr Barry Whitlow
Mr Barry Whitlow (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 Adam Howard
Mr 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.
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Mr Abdusalam Abu-OwnICENI CENTRE
Mr Abdusalam Abu-Own, MBChB, FRCS (Gen Sug, Vasc), PhD
Abu is a Consultant in General and Vascular surgery working in Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals. His interests include VTE, Varicose Veins, leg Ulcer, AAA, Carotid disease and PAD.
He has a strong background in research and carried out clinical research at the University College London; culminating in the award of a PhD in 1995. He has fifty publications between peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and published abstracts.
Mr Abu-Own is a Council Member and Communications Director of the Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a referee for the British Journal of Surgery & International Journal of Surgery. He has been a member of the Venous Forum and the Responsible Officer for thrombosis-related Guideline for many years. He is continuing his long-established interest in investigation and treatment of venous disease. He is the Venous Lead for the Five Rivers Vascular Unit.
Mr Abu-Own enjoys teaching and training and was an undergraduate surgical tutor for several years. He continues to take an active role in teaching and training, including clinical and educational supervisor role. He is a Course Leader for the Basic Surgical Skills course at the ICENI Centre.
Dr Sunday Akpulonu
Dr Sunday Ahiaoma Akpulonu, is an Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor
MBBS College of Health Sciences, UDSOK, Nigeria (1999)
MPH University College Dublin Ireland (2007)
Diploma in Laparoscopic General Surgery University of Strasbourg, France (2013)
ALS INSTRUCTOR, Resuscitation Council UK (2019)
EPALS INSTRUCTOR, Resuscitation Council UK (2019)
ATLS INSTRUCTOR (Provider & Instructor course), Royal College of Surgeons England (2019)
ATLS CO-DIRECTOR ICENI Colchester General Hospital, 2021
CORE (Level 1) Emergency Ultrasound course COORDINATOR The ICENI Centre, Colchester General Hospital ESNEFT, UK (2021)
Mr Mahbub Alam
Mr Mahbub Alam, BSc (Hon), MB BS, MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr & Orth), MS
Mr Alam was appointed as a Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust in July 2017.
He read Medicine at University College London, receiving a Prestigious Scholarship.
He then went on to complete a MS degree in Biomechanics and Bioengineering at the Mechanical & Bioengineering Engineering departments at Imperial College London, receiving awards including from Arthritis Research Campaign, Hammersmith Hospitals Trustees Award and the Royal College of Surgeons.
Mr Mark Alexander– Williams
Mr Mark Alexander-Williams 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
- Chronic prostatitis
He holds his clinics at Chelmsford Medical Centre and Springfield hospital and works closely with physiotherapis and cognitive behavioural therapists.
Professor Tan Arulampalam
Professor Tan Arulampalam 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 AustinICENI CENTRE
Mr 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
Dr Catherine BrosnanICENI CENTRE
Dr Catherine Brosnan 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
Mr Tom Brown’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
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 Sohail Choksy
Specialty: Uro-Oncology and Men’s health
Mr Choksy has a particular interest and expertise in aneurysm surgery using both conventional repair and EVAR (stenting) and screening for aneurysms. In addition he has a major interest in preventing mini strokes caused by narrowing of the neck arteries (carotid disease).
Mr Choksy qualified as a doctor in 1992 and trained in Cambridge and Sheffield, during this time he gained training and experience in modern treatments for venous and arterial conditions and obtained a research degree (MD) in the growth of blood vessels. Mr Choksy is the clinical lead for the local Aneurysm Screening Project involving NE Essex and Suffolk and the Lead Vascular Surgeon for the Essex Stroke and Cardiac Network.
Mr Sam Datta
Mr. Sam Datta
MBBS (Hons) BSc(Hons) MSc MD FRCS (Urol) Pg Cert Med Ed
Sam Datta trained at the University College London Medical School and graduated with Distinction and the Lord Liston Surgical Prize in 2000. His trained on the Hammersmith Surgical Rotation and subsequently on the Imperial Urology Rotation for higher surgical training. He undertook a Royal College of Surgeons research fellowship with Professor Clare Fowler in the Department of Uro-neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London where he completed his masters and doctoral theses.
He has published widely in the field of urology and his research interests include the effect of drugs on the lower urinary tract and stone disease. His MD thesis at the University of London is on Botox and its effects on the bladder.
Sam works as a Consultant Urological Surgeon and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of London and Anglia Ruskin University. He is Clinical Director for Colchester and Ipswich units. He has an interest in lower urinary tract dysfunction and stone disease. He also has an active role in teaching both undergraduates and post graduates and has a formal qualification in medical education.
He has published 20 peer reviewed papers, 40 published abstracts, and 5 book chapters. He has won prizes for his work from the American Urological Association, European Urological Association, International Continence Society and Royal Society of Medicine (x2).
Mr Chrys Dimitriou
Mr Chrys Dimitriou MBChB(Hons) FRCOphth(Lond) FEBOphth(Paris) FEBOS(Glaucoma) PGCertMedEd(Healthcare)
Medical School of Athens
Core Training in Guildford (Royal Surrey County Hospital), Windsor (Prince Charles Eye Unit of King Edward VII Hospital), Bath (Royal United Hospital)
Mr Dimitriou studied Specialist Training in Glaucoma as well as Subspecialist Training in Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) in Norwich (Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital), Guildford (Royal Surrey County Hospital) and the world renown Moorfields Eye Hospital in London (2 years, including Glaucoma Research).
Mr Dimitriou is an active Educational Supervisor, serving as the Regional Tutor for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, as well as East Anglian Co-Lead for Simulation Eye Surgery.
He has a special interest in complex cataract surgery, lasers and MIGS and is currently Principal Investigator for the international XPLORE Study (XEN microstent in angle closure glaucoma) as well as TRITON Study (Slow Release Bimatoprost Implant for open angle glaucoma)
Outside medicine, he loves playing with his six children (3 boys and 3 girls), walking around the beautiful countryside of Dedham Valey, Flatford and Constable Country. He is particularly good at chess and basketball and would challenge anyone to a friendly match!
Mr Michael DworkinICENI CENTRE
Mr 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
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.
Mr Vijitha Chandima HalahakoonICENI CENTRE
Mr Halahakoon joined the Colchester team in 2015 and carries out endoscopy as well as laparoscopic, open general, day case and endometriosis surgery. He has a special interest in emergency general surgery, the pelvic floor and endometriosis.
Mr Halahakoon competed his full general surgical training at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka in 2000, and his higher training in Australia. His professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, a Master of Surgery (MS) degree and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).
Mr Halahakoon is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and The Pelvic Floor Society. He is also Colchester’s undergraduate clinical tutor at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School.
Mr Toby Hammond
Mr Toby Hammond 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 John LoyICENI CENTRE
Mr John Loy is a Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon based at the Homerton University Hospital, London.
After medical school and Basic Surgical Training in Belfast he undertook higher surgical training in the Severn Deanery. This was followed by fellowships at NYU Langone Hospital in New York and a RCSEng post CCT Bariatric Fellowship in Taunton.
Mr Loy holds a PGCertMedEd from Queen’s University Belfast and is the Surgical Teaching Co-Ordinator for 3rd year medical students at the Homerton University Hospital. He is a GMC accredited surgical trainer and regularly teaches and lectures on laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Mr Loy is a member of the National Core Surgical Training Selection panel and ARCP panellist.
Mr Zafar Maan
After completing a period of research as part of a Masters in Urological Surgery at UCL in 2003, Mr Zafar Mann 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.
Mr Joe McCloudICENI CENTRE
Mr 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 MenziesICENI CENTRE
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.
Mr Tim ParrattICENI CENTRE
Mr. Parratt is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Colchester General Hospital. His practice focuses on primary and revision hip/knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery and soft tissue knee reconstruction (including ACL reconstruction and patellofemoral realignment procedures). He has further expertise in partial knee replacement, patient specific knee replacement, stem cell autografting and massive endoprosthetic replacement. He is experienced in managing all general trauma, particularly focussing on the lower limb.
Mr. Parratt trained on the internationally renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore) (RNOH) rotation. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2015 and completed a specialist fellowship at the RNOH
Miss Joanna ReedICENI CENTRE
Miss 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 Teshk ShawisICENI CENTRE
Dr. Teshk Shawis obtained MBChB at Leeds Medical School, UK, in addition to a membership with a fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians. Post graduate diploma in medical education from university of Essex
Dr Shawis currently works as a Consultant Physician with an interest in care of the elderly at ESNEFT. His main interest is in falls in the Elderly and Medical Education. He is the undergraduate tutor for care of the elderly students from Barts and the London School as Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer. He has over twenty publications in different clinical aspects of care of the elderly. He is an examiner for Royal College of Physician MRCP PACES examination.
Dr Achuth ShenoyICENI CENTRE
Dr Achuth Shenoy, MBBS, MD, DNB, Dip. Med Ed, FRCP (UK)
Dr Shenoy was appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist at Colchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October 2008. Dr Achuth Shenoy qualified from Mangalore University, India in 1989. He was awarded MD qualification by the Bangalore University and Diplomate of National Board (New Delhi) in 1992.
He is an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme at the North East Essex Bowel Cancer Screening Centre. He is a Principal Investigator in several gastroenterology research trials.
He was awarded FRCP by the Royal College of Physicians, London in 2012.
Mr Jeremy StantonICENI CENTRE
Mr Jeremy Stanton has worked for the Trust for 17 years. He was a registrar on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Training Rotation followed by a Fellowship at the Pulvertaft Hand Unit in Derby and a year in Perth, Australia doing upper limb surgery.
His practice includes shoulder and elbow replacements, arthroscopy of the shoulder, elbow and wrist, hand surgery and upper limb elective and trauma work.
Mr Ranjan Thilagarajah
Mr Ranjan Thilagarajah 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 TuttonICENI CENTRE
Mr Matthew Tutton, BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCS(Eng), MS, FRCS(Gen.Surg.)
Matthew Tutton is Divisional Director for Surgery and Gastroenterology at ESNEFT.
Following his Surgical training and Master of Surgery thesis at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital, 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 a consultant general surgeon with a subspecialist interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery including laparoscopy and TEMS.
Mr Subash VasudevanICENI CENTRE
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.
Miss Nienke WarnaarICENI CENTRE
Miss Warnaar joined the Colchester team in 2015 after earlier completing laparoscopic colorectal fellowships at this hospital, Broomfield Hospital and St Mark’s Hospital in London. She carries out treatments including laparoscopic cholecystectomy, proctology, laparoscopic ventral and inguinal hernia repair, and complex abdominal wall surgery and has a special interest in IBD.
Miss Warnaar completed her training in the Netherlands at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). Awarded by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, her professional qualifications include an MD and also a PhD for collaborative research with the Royal Free Hospital in London and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
She is a Fellow ad eundum of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) and became a Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) after passing the European Exam in Coloproctology in 2015.