Prof Douglas McWhinnie

Personal profile

Professor McWhinnie was appointed as a consultant vascular & general surgeon in Milton Keynes in 1993, having trained in Glasgow and Oxford. He has a long term interest in ambulatory surgery and is a past president of the British Association of Day Surgery. Currently he acts as President-Elect of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery and Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Ambulatory Surgery. 

Professor McWhinnie is Post-Graduate Dean of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Buckingham and has over 100 publications on patient safety, ambulatory surgery and the treatment of varicose veins. He has contributed over 25 chapters to surgical textbooks including Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery, Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Surgery and The Oxford Textbook of Surgery. In 2012 He Co-edited the popular specialist handbook ‘Day Case Surgery’ for Oxford University Press.

Over and above his consultancy work Professor McWhinnie is a senior examiner of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the MRCS examinations and is an Intercollegiate examiner for the FRCS final examinations. 

As a general surgeon with over 25 years consultant experience, his areas of clinical expertise include all types of hernia repair, both laparoscopic and open, laparoscopic  gallbladder  procedures , varicose vein surgery and the removal of lumps and bumps.

Professor McWhinnie is currently Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at The Saxon Clinic and holds a number of clinics every week.

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • International Association of Ambulatory
  • Surgery British Association of Day Surgery
  • The Vascular Society

Clinical Interests

  • Hernia Surgery (open and Laparoscopic)
  • Gallbladder Surgery (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy) 
  • Varicose Vein Surgery
  • Cosmetic thread vein removal

Research Interests

  • The development of safe and effective patient pathways for day case surgery
  • The development and introduction of Emergency Ambulatory Pathways

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon Milton Keynes University Hospital
  • Post-Graduate Dean of Medicine and Surgery University of Buckingham

In Press

Notable publications include:-

  • Patient Safety in the Ambulatory Pathway London : BADS Handbook Series 2013.
  • Ambulatory emergency care London BADS Handbook Series 2016 Safe and sustainable increases in day case emergency surgery. BJHM 2016; 77(3): 180-3.
  • The impact of high BMI on outcomes after Day Case Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: A United Kingdom University Hospital Experience. Journal of Ambulatory Surgery 2017:23.4;90-93.

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