Mr Simon Harris

Consultant General Surgeon


Clinical Interests

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Laparoscopic and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons (ALS)
  • Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGS)
  • Association of Surgeons of GB and Ireland (ASGBI)
  • Royal College Surgeons, England (RCSE)
  • Royal Society

Personal profile

Mr Harris trained at Charing Cross Medical School, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He also has a BSc degree, and was awarded a higher, Master of Surgery degree (St.George's Hospital, University of London) for research work into the aetiology of colorectal cancer.

He has a diploma from the Institute of Tele-Surgery, Strasbourg, France, and has spent considerable time teaching and demonstrating keyhole surgery at the international MATTU centre (Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit), Guildford, where he was Laparoscopic Fellow to Professor Michael Bailey who set up the Institute.

Mr Harris has performed in excess of 3500 gall bladder procedures, and 1400 groin hernias operations by keyhole approach, with very few complications and very low infection (MRSA) rates. He has a specialist interest in difficult and complex cases, often in patients who have had previous surgery. He is happy to discuss alternatives to surgery, as well as hernia surgery without use of mesh.

He routinely carries out investigation of patients with symptoms suspicious for bowel cancer and keyhole operations for bowel cancer both privately and in the NHS. He sees patients with anaemia, all abdominal symptoms, and anal bleeding / other symptoms for investigation and treatment including endoscopy and colonoscopy. He sees a lot of patients with diverticular disease, including the complications of acute diverticulitis.

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