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Professor Neil Mortensen
MD, FRCS Eng, Hon FRCPS Glas, Hon FRCS Ed.

Professor of Colorectal Surgery

Neil Mortensen is Professor of Colorectal Surgery in the University of Oxford Medical School and was appointed to Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals in 1987. He is Fellow of Green Templeton College.

He trained in Birmingham, Bristol and St Mark’s Hospital. He has published over 290 original papers, 30 book chapters and has edited 7 books. He is Chair of the British Journal of Surgery Society, President of the Ileostomy Association, and has been President of the Association of Coloproctology and the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has given a number of named lectures including Arris and Gale, Goligher, Sir Alan Parks, Honeyman-Gillespie and Bryan Brooke (UK); Duran Smith, Harry Bacon, Charles Buie, and Frykman-Goldberg (USA); Edward Wilson Memorial and CSSANZ Oration (Australia), Gimbernat prize (Spain); Fritz de Quervain (Swiss).

Since his appointment in Oxford he has campaigned for the recognition of colorectal surgery as a specialty and has developed basic research projects with the University. He has particular surgical expertise in inflammatory bowel disease including ileoanal and Kock pouches for Ulcerative Colitis and strictureplasty for Crohn’s Disease. He is interested in technological advances in the treatment of colorectal cancer including advanced laparoscopic surgery and Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery which he jointly introduced into the UK.

He founded the first patient association for those with ileoanal pouches (the Kangaroo Club) and in 2004 the charity OCCTOPUS which supports education, research and new technology in colorectal diseases.

Neil Mortensen