Bristol University Medical School  MB ChB


1993 – 2003

Surgical and intensive care training in the South West of England and Australia and attained fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

Awarded an MD higher degree from Bristol University for endoscopic ultrasound thesis.

Selected for a year-long laparoscopic training fellowship in the prestigious Royal Brisbane Hospital, Australia to work with pioneers in laparoscopic surgery and learn the latest techniques in weight loss surgery, anti-reflux (hiatus hernia) surgery, bile-duct surgery and other keyhole surgery techniques.



Appointed as a consultant surgeon in Southmead, Frenchay and the Bristol Royal Infirmary hospitals in Bristol, UK, and set up a and ran a multi-disciplinary weight-loss surgery service which has now treated several thousand patients.


2003 – 

First female surgeon to be appointed to the prestigious and historic Moynihan Surgical Society.

Developed a wealth of electronic resources with an innovative approach to patient care, guiding patients through the potentially stressful period of surgery. These include websites and iPhone apps that are approved by the NHS and available world-wide.


Developed the Vavista wellbeing brand, providing health and weightloss support to thousands of people as part of the Vavista insurance company.


Regularly lectures at national and international meetings on laparoscopic and weight-loss surgery and endoscopic ultrasound and trains visiting consultants and trainees in these techniques.

Provides medical lifestyle advice to general public via multiple media outlets.



Awarded an MD from Bristol University for endoscopic ultrasound thesis in 1996 and continues to present and publish research in this area.

Served as honorary clinical lecturer in the University of Bristol supervising trainee surgeons in their own research.

Conducts research in the field of laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal surgery and gallstone disease.

Set up and ran the Bristol Institute of Bariatric Surgery, conducting, publishing and presenting work on obesity surgery both in the UK and abroad – as far afield as Australia, Brazil and America.