Shaun Preston came to Guildford in 2006 to head and develop a regional oesophago-gastric unit for Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. He was already a Consultant Surgeon, of almost 5 years standing, on the internationally renowned Northern Oesophago-Gastric Unit (Newcastle-upon-Tyne). His passion for laparoscopic surgery lead him to come to Guildford as Lead Consultant for Oesophageal and Gastric surgery as well as Director of Upper GI Courses at the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU) at the University of Surrey, the UK's leading centre for training in keyhole surgical techniques.
He trained in Leeds where, as well as degrees in medicine and surgery (MB ChB (1990)), he obtained a BSc(Hons) (1987) in biochemistry. He undertook research in stomach and bowel cancer leading to the awarding of his doctorate (MD) in 1997. The same year he was appointed Lecturer in Surgery on the University Department of Surgery in Leeds (1997-2000) where he developed an extensive experience in laparoscopic surgery, advanced endoscopic techniques, hernia surgery and complex gastrointestinal surgery. In 2000 he was awarded the Association of Surgeons Gold Medal and Prize as the top candidate in the UK in the Intercollegiate examination in surgery (FRCS(Gen)). He spent 18 months as the senior trainee on the Northern Oesophago-Gastric Unit working with Professor SM Griffin. After completing his training in Newcastle he was awarded the prestigious British Council / Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research fellowship at the world famous National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo, where he worked with Drs Maruyama, Sasako and Sano. Prior to coming to Guildford he also spent time with Professor JD Luketich at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) learning the technique of Minimally Invasive Oesophagectomy (MIO) and now uses minimally invasive techniques for both stomach and gullet cancer in selected cases here in the UK.
Mr Preston regularly teaches (lectures and performs live surgery) on courses in laparoscopic hernia surgery, cholecystectomy, anti-reflux surgery and hiatal hernia repair, giant paraoesophageal hernia repair and oesophago-gastric cancer surgery. He has developed an extremely successful annual international oesophago-gastric cancer symposium, with an emphasis on minimal access surgery, at the MATTU in Guildford. He is invited worldwide to lecture on the above and demonstrate the surgical techniques used here in Guildford. He also receives complex tertiary referrals from other hospitals around the UK.
As a member of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS) Council Mr Preston represents the South Thames Region and is also a member of the Clinical Standards Committee. Mr Preston’s aim is always to strive to deliver the best possible standards of care, whilst remaining at the leading edge of development.