Michael Palmer was born in Glasgow and attended Hutchesons’ Grammar School. He qualified as a doctor from Glasgow University in 1984 before moving to Merseyside where he trained in General Surgery and Urology. During his surgical training he was awarded the degree of ChM (Master of Surgery) from Liverpool University for his thesis on the urodynamic evaluation of bladder obstruction. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the European Board of Urology. He moved back to Glasgow in 1997 to take up a post as Consultant Urological Surgeon.
Mr Palmer has specialist interests in urinary incontinence and reconstruction of the urinary tract. He has a large NHS practice in the treatment of incontinence, offering a full complement of sling procedures, colposuspension, bulking agents and botulinum toxin injections, continent urinary diversion and cystoplasty. His reconstructive service includes treatment of urethral stricture and urinary fistula and offers post cancer surgery reconstruction and reversal of vasectomy. He also provides a reconstructive service to the regional transplant unit. He has an extensive practice in the management of bladder pain, using a variety of techniques including intravesical instillations.
In addition to his clinical activities, Mr Palmer is a previous Programme Director for urological training in the West of Scotland and a current member of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Urology to the GMC.