Mr Alan Li

Personal profile

Mr Alan Li was educated in Oxford and qualified as a doctor in 1990 after graduating from the University of Bristol Medical School. His early training took him to Manchester and Leeds as a Surgical Trainee and the University Tutor in Surgery at Leeds. He was a Research Fellow for the Medical Research Council and the Royal College of Surgeons and completed his senior surgical training in Yorkshire and in Scotland.

Having completed his training, Alan obtained a travelling fellowship to the National Cancer Centre Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, to develop his surgical techniques in gastric cancer surgery.

This was followed by a prestigious one year position as the Senior Clinical Fellow at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, for Professor David Gotley, Professor Mark Smithers and Drs Ian Martin and Andrew Barbour. He developed his practice in pioneering thoracosopic and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for oesophageal and gastric cancer, surgery for reflux and hiatus hernia, as well as many other surgical conditions.

Alan gained a appointment as a Consultant Surgeon at Whiston and St Helen’s NHS Trust which he took upon his return to the UK in Feb 2007 with a specialist interest in keyhole surgery techniques. He then moved to the Manchester Royal Infirmary as a General, Upper Gastro-Intestinal, Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgeon later in 2007.

Over the last decade, he has become the Senior Lead in Oesophago-Gastric (OG) Unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and has overseen a 10-fold increase in the number of OG cancer operations, the development of a full minimally invasive (keyhole) oesophago-gastric cancer surgery service and the delivery of an NHS bariatric service. 

He believes in an individualised and holistic approach to patient care.

Professional Memberships

  • Association Of Surgeons Of Great Britain & Ireland (ASGBI)
  • Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS)
  • ALS
  • British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)

Clinical Interests

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cancer of the oesophagus and stomach
  • Reflux
  • Hiatus hernia and surgery for all types of hernia
  • Minimally invasive surgery for cancer
  • LINX for reflux
  • 365 balloon and ESG (endoscopic sleeve/plication) for weight loss
  • Minimal scar & single incision SILS surgery

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Salford Royal Foundation Trust
  • Manchester Royal Infirmary

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