Having qualified and served his junior posts in Edinburgh, Mr Robarts migrated south to East Anglia to become Senior Registrar at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and Addenbrookes Hospital, where he held Honorary Lecturer Status.
In 1988 he became Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Mid Essex Hospitals working first at St John’s Hospital and Broomfield Hospital and was also Director of Clinical Studies for Undergraduate students from the Cambridge University Medical School for a decade. He subsequently became Clinical Director of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Directorate.
Mr Robarts has pioneered several procedures in the United Kingdom including the “Adiana” hysteroscopic sterilisation and the single incision urethral sling procedure for stress incontinence. In 2008 he and a colleague were awarded the Barker Brettel Award for Medical Technology for devising a new surgical instrument to aid easier removal of uterine polyps.
Mr Robarts has also written many publications but is perhaps best known for “Preparing for Pregnancy” (1988) and with C. Spencer “The Management of Adnexal Masses in Pregnancy” 2006.
When not in his consulting rooms he can be found fishing peacefully on a riverbank or enjoying an energetic game of tennis with his twin daughters.
Following his training at Charing Cross Hospital and Westminster Medical School, Mr Thilagarajah went on to attain a Master of Surgery Degree at Imperial College School of Medicine, investigating the causes, diagnosis and treatment of painful bladder disease and interstitial cystitis. In 2001, he achieved recognition on the Specialist Register for Urology (CCST), the FRCS (Urol). He then furthered his training as a laparoscopic urological surgeon as Urology Senior Fellow at Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
On return to the UK, he received specialist training in Stone Surgery at the Institute of Urology at the Middlesex Hospital, before being appointed Consultant Urological Surgeon at Mid Essex Health Services NHS Trust. Mr Thilagarajah was the Clinical Lead in Urology until 2012 and remains the Robotic Surgery Services Clinical Lead for Broomfield Hospital.
He assisted in the creation of the Robotic Kidney Service in his role as Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Mr Thilagarajah has also been instrumental in the initiation of the GreenLight laser prostate service at Broomfield Hospital that won an NHS Innovations award in 2005.
Mr Thilagarajah’s pastimes range from the positively sedate, namely his love of gardening and rallying in very old cars, to the positively dangerous, indulging in a penchant for winter sports. He completed the Monte Carlo Rallye Historique in 2008 as part of the Broomfield Laser Charitable Appeal which raised over £220,000 for laser equipment.
Mr Britto graduated as a Bachelor of Science with first-class Honours and, in 1990, became a prize–winning graduate in Medicine from the University of London. He trained in basic surgery in London and Boston (USA) as a Clinical Fellow in Surgery to Harvard University. He undertook higher training in General Plastic Surgery in London and Boston where he gained further skills in general plastic surgical reconstruction, abdominal and breast contour surgery.
Mr Britto is a Consultant Plastic and Craniofacial surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and University College Hospital in London, having commenced in consultancy at the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery in Chelmsford. His specialist interests are in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, particularly oculoplastic (eyelid) surgery and nasal surgery (aesthetic rhinoplasty and reconstruction). He has adapted many techniques in facial aesthetic and reconstructive surgery which crossover for the benefit of patients in both fields. He also has a specialist interest in facial rehabilitation after facial palsy, previous trauma, and unfavourable primary surgical result.
Mr Britto maintains and enjoys a broad cosmetic surgery practice for bespoke breast augmentation, breast reduction and rebalancing, as well as body contour work.
Dr Mendis completed his training in London, Sri Lanka and also Ukraine where he graduated from Vinnitsa Medical Academy.
Since 2004 Dr Mendis has been presenting original lectures on a wide variety of related topics and has given press interviews to local and international media as part of local and international awareness campaigns on chronic pain.
Dr Mendis is a consultant in pain management offering private pain treatment in Essex. He has been a consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthetics at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust since March 2005. He also holds the post of regional advisor to the North Thames Region of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Dr Mendis places high importance on full assessment and examination during the first consultation and any necessary investigations in order to give a clear clinical diagnosis to each patient. Dr Mendis can provide a number of interventional pain treatments including lumbar facet joint injections, peripheral nerve block, trigger joint injections and stellate ganglion block.
Mr Siddiqi is a Consultant Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital. Within the Department of General Surgery, he is the Lead Surgeon for Pelvic Floor Surgery and the Unit Training Director.
Since his appointment, he has initiated advanced Robotic Surgery for pelvic floor conditions and is one of the most experienced surgeons in this type of robotic surgery in the country. Broomfield Hospital is the only centre in Essex performing robotic operations and this extensive robotic surgical experience has now been used for other colorectal operations including surgery for cancer.
Mr Siddiqi has introduced new and innovative therapies for faecal incontinence and constipation. He has developed academic links with Anglia Ruskin University and is currently involved in surgical research projects in the fields of colorectal cancer and surgical infections. Mr Siddiqi graduated from St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London and later undertook research at the University of London studying methods trying to improve the detection of colorectal cancer spread for which he was awarded a MD thesis.
He completed his specialist surgical training in the North East Thames Higher Surgical Training programme. Mr Siddiqi obtained further advanced training in Castle Hill Hospital, Hull and Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. In Hull, which is a leading pelvic floor centre, he undertook a Pelvic Floor Fellowship. Subsequently, Mr Siddiqi obtained the rare accreditation for Sacral Nerve Stimulation from this unit. In New Zealand, he worked as a Laparoscopic Fellow at a busy innovative unit specialising in keyhole surgery.
He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and new son.
Mr Smith completed his initial training at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School from 1987 to 1993. During this time he also studied for a BSc in Neuroscience and spent several months working in a hospital in the Namib Desert treating members of the Himba tribe.
His Senior House Officer posts were also at St Mary’s and this is where he began his surgical career as Registrar in General Surgery with an interest in upper gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgery. His next post was at Hillingdon Hospital where he joined the specialist breast surgery team.
In 2002 he was awarded a Master of Surgery for his thesis on surgical dexterity and skills. He also won the Association of Surgeons Gold Medal for top position in the UK in the Intercollegiate Surgical Board Examinations in general and breast surgery. More gastrointestinal experience followed at this hospital before he went on to join the Breast Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in 2003. He was then awarded a National Oncoplastic Breast Fellowship working in Colchester and Chelmsford for a year. A year later he joined the Department of Endocrine Surgery at the Hammersmith Hospital, the largest endocrine surgical centre in the United Kingdom before finally being appointed to Broomfield Hospital.
Mr Smith worked under Professor Ara Darzi for two years doing research into assessment, training and accreditation of technical skills in surgery, and was awarded a Master of Surgery Degree from the University of London for his research.
As a consultant plastic surgeon, Mr Griffiths has a busy plastic surgery practice in Essex with a subspecialty interest in breast and lower limb reconstruction. He is a substantive NHS consultant and surgical tutor at the St Andrew’s Centre for Burns and Plastics Surgery where he performs many microvascular and implant based reconstructions for breast problems.
More recently he has setup one of the first services in the UK to provide supra-microsurgical techniques for the treatment of lymphoedema using lymphatico-venous anastomosis and free vascularised lymph node transfer.
Mr Griffiths has a post-graduate MD in living skin substitutes and more recently publications on microvascular surgery; he is a founding member of the new research collaboration between the St Andrew’s Centre and Anglia Ruskin University.
As a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons, Mr Griffiths feels that it is vital to maintain the highest standards for all aspects of plastic surgery.
Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan qualified from medical school in 1984 and undertook surgical training as a registrar in Liverpool, between 1989 and 1992. Following this, he obtained a research fellowship at the Royal London and St Bartholomew Hospital where he performed groundbreaking research work on capsule Endoscopy and Endoluminal surgery. He then undertook Senior Registrar training at London and North-East Thames Region.
He is one of a team of three surgeons in Chelmsford who operate on patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer, and also operates out of Broomfield hospital.
Together with Mr Mike Harvey, Mr Kadirkamanathan is an advocate of bariatric surgery. He believes that through providing treatments such as Gastric banding, people’s wellbeing can be radically improved both physically and mentally.
Dr. Kelly obtained his initial training at London’s University College Medical School, qualifying in 1978. Further training took him as far as The Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia as well as St. Bartholemew’s Hospital and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.
His first consultant post was as anaesthetist with the North East Thames Regional Burns Unit where he was jointly responsible with only one other consultant for the Intensive Care of critically-ill burns victims. At this stage in his career any spare time was spent working as an aero-medical doctor for Europ Assistance.
In 2003 Dr. Kelly was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel in the 16 Medical Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps and toured both Iraq and Afghanistan in the course of his duties as clinical anaesthetist in deployed field hospitals and as a Medical Officer on the Medical Emergency Response Team. Having retired from the Army in 2012, he now works as a self-employed private anaesthetist and also has an Honorary Contract with the Mid-Essex Hospitals Trust at Broomfield Hospital where he participates in the teaching programme for trainee anaesthetists.
Dr. Kelly lists his interests as ultra marathon running, tennis, family, walking and camping – not necessarily in that order!
Mr Acher completed his training in 2012 and was then appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Southend University Hospital. Mr Acher has a strong academic background, having completed a PhD on the subject of prostate brachytherapy.
He also has particular expertise in the diagnosis and minimally invasive management of localised prostate cancer including HDR and LDR brachytheraphy. He has now developed a state of the art prostate cancer diagnostic service with MRI and transperineal prostate biopsy, which attracts referrals from outside the region.
Mr Acher is currently lead for audit within the urology department at Southend University Hospital and cancer lead for the South-East Essex Urology multidisciplinary team. Mr Acher has shown a strong commitment to teaching by attaining a formal qualification – the postgraduate certificate of academic practice - and he plans to remain involved with education in the future.
He has also written a PhD thesis entitled “The dosimetric evaluation of permanent prostate brachytherapy implants”, awarded by King’s College School of Medicine, London. As well as publishing papers in a variety of journals and presenting work at scientific meetings, he writes reviews for several journals.
Dr Davis completed his initial training at The London Hospital where he worked extensively as Senior House Officer in the fields of orthopaedics, ENT, urology and general surgery. At Registrar level he worked not only in The London but also at Whipps Cross, the London Chest and Moorfields Eye Hospitals. He was a Research Fellow at The London Chest Hospital and at Senior Registrar level held appointments at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Chelmsford Hospitals and The London Hospital.
Since 1990 he has held the post of Consultant in Anaesthetics for the Mid-Essex Hospitals Trust. He has written and presented papers on the control of hypertension during and after Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Mr Mak Tare is a UK and internationally trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon and as a consultant Plastic Surgeon in the renowned St Andrews Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Mr Tare offers complex reconstructive procedures for upper and lower limb reconstruction, skin cancer and general plastic surgery services.
Mak Tare regularly presents his clinical work at international meetings. He is passionately involved in training young Plastic Surgeons both nationally and internationally. Mr Tare’s clinical practice follows the key principles of integrity, transparency and innovation and his two primary concerns are the safety and best interest of his patients.
His clinical interests involve aesthetic facial surgery (eyelids, face lift, crooked nose correction by rhinoplasty, pinnaplasty for prominent ears), breasts augmentation, uplift and reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction to thighs, calf and arms for contouring and labiaplasty.
Mr Tare offers the non surgical aesthetic treatment i.e. Botulinum toxin injection for facial wrinkles and excessive armpit sweating and also offers dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation and deep wrinkles.
Mr Tare will help you to make the decisions and usually offers two consultations to cosmetic patients before performing the procedure. He is well supported by a team of specialist Plastic Surgery nurses and physiotherapists at the hospital.
Mr Goodfellow gained his junior experience in obstetrics and gynaecology from busy NHS appointments in Leeds, Bristol, London and Chelmsford, over an 8-year period. In 1981, a two-year honorary consultant university appointment in Leeds combined successful research with an active clinical post, gaining him valuable senior experience.
He has had a broad base of experience in both NHS and private practice as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, since his appointment in 1983 at the Hartswood and Nuffield Hospitals in Chelmsford. Mr Goodfellow has a special interest in combined pelvic floor repair, and general gynaecology, particularly vaginal surgery, and has extensive experience in performing colposcopies.
Mr Goodfellow enjoys the challenge of lecturing and tutorials – usually to undergraduates, midwives and postgraduates and he teaches regularly to speciality-protected teaching sessions.
Dr Katherine Rowe obtained her medical training in medicine, anaesthesia and intensive care throughout the UK. She has completed a clinical fellowship in surgical intensive care at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in the United States.
Dr Rowe is currently a substantive consultant specialising in intensive care and anaesthesia at Broomfield Hospital, Essex, where she is clinical lead for both the patient at risk group and the trigger response team, ensuring both nursing and medical staff are educated and supported as they strive towards clinical excellence.
Dr Rowe also anaesthetises regularly for colorectal and urology lists. The colorectal work includes both open and closed bowel resections as well as robotic pelvic floor repair.
She routinely cares for critically ill patients and understands how major illness profoundly affects patients and their families. She is keen to improve quality of care for all patients so they can expect it to be safe, timely and appropriate.
Dr David O’Hara qualified in 2000 from University College London Medical School. He completed specialist training in Anaesthesia at Barts and The London hospitals, developing an interest in trauma and worked on New Zealand’s Air Ambulance service.
Dr O’Hara undertook a Burns and plastics fellowship with advanced training in anaesthesia for burns and plastic surgery at the world famous St Andrew’s Centre, Chelmsford and advanced training in paediatric anaesthesia at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He achieved specialist accreditation and was appointed Consultant in Anaesthesia at Broomfield Hospital in 2010.
Dr O’Hara has a particular expertise in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Regional Anaesthesia, emergency Anaesthesia and pre-operative assessment including Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET).
On a personal level, Dr O’Hara enjoys cooking, scuba diving, and teaching.
Dr Rakshit graduated in Medicine from India in 1997 and thereafter completed her post-graduate training in the UK. She trained in Gastroenterology and General Medicine in the University Hospital of Leicester and obtained her CCT in 2009. She completed an MSc in Health Services Research from Nottingham University in 2006, whilst researching the effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease on bone metabolism.
Dr Rakshit manages acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders including inflammatory bowel disease, nutritional aspects of GI disease, functional GI disorders, coeliac disease, gastrointestinal cancers, hepato-pancreatico-biliary disease, acute GI emergencies, such as acute upper GI bleeding and active liver failure.
Dr Rakshit also has general gastroenterology experience including inpatient, outpatient and interdisciplinary review of patients. Inpatients include those with acute and decompensated chronic liver disease.
Mr Gangooly completed his medical degree in Calcutta, India in 1995. He did postgraduate training in gynaecology and obstetrics which led to an MD in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. During his training in the United Kingdom, he obtained the MRCOG in 2002.
Mr Gangooly’s training started at King’s College Hospital. He completed a Fellowship in Assisted conception and Infertility at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. The other emphasis in his training was in Advanced Endoscopic Surgery at Princess Royal University Hospital and Lewisham Hospital in London. He is currently a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology- Lead for Infertility Services and Gynae Endoscopy at Broomfield, Mid Essex Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
He specialises in treating couples with subfertility, women with menstrual disorders and general gynaecological conditions with an interest in endometriosis. He aims to offer endoscopic treatment modalities where feasible and safe with an emphasis on subfertile couples.
Mr Gangooly enjoys travelling, cooking and music. He is married with one son.
Mr Mathur qualified in 1979 and completed his postgraduate training in Plastic Surgery in 1988. He had further subspecialty training in Breast, Head and Neck Surgery and Microsurgical reconstructions at Canniesburn Unit in Glasgow and St. Andrew’s Centre in Chelmsford. He worked as a consultant in India, Saudi Arabia, Glasgow and Swansea before taking up his Consultant role in Essex.
Mr Mathur is a senior plastic surgeon with over 25 years experience and is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford, Mid Essex NHS Trust. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a full member of the BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons).
With experience of follicular unit hair transplantation in India and Saudi Arabia, he provides this service within the NHS for burns and Scar alopecia patients. He is on the teaching faculty of various national and international courses and undertakes workshops on breast aesthetic surgery and cancer reconstruction.
Born in Somerset, Dr Kiff gained a sport scholarship to Millfield School before attending the London Hospital Medical College. After graduation in 1986, he began the joint training scheme in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in North East Thames. He was successful in the MRCP and FRCA examinations at the first attempt. He was awarded FRCP in 2003.
At Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children he researched the profile of respiratory failure for children on the PICU and the effects of High frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV). As a Senior Registrar, he was awarded research grants from the Intensive Care Society and was jointly awarded the Elizabeth Wherry prize from the BMA for other aspects of his research.
Dr Kiff was appointed to the Specialist register in 1996, and appointed as Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Broomfield Hospital shortly thereafter. Since taking up this post he has continued to develop his interests in regional and general anaesthesia and all aspects of Intensive Care Medicine. He is currently Director of the Broomfield ICU and Clinical Director for Service Transformation. He was presented with the maximum local Clinical Excellence Award (Bronze) in 2010. Together with Dr Cath Spoors, he was Senior Editor for the Textbook ‘Training in Anaesthesia’ published by Oxford University Press (2010), now used as a reference text for those about to take their Royal College examinations.
As chair of the Mid Essex Resuscitation Committee he has forged links with community care and promoted national standards of resuscitation performance. He has developed the MEHT Patient at Risk scheme (PAR) where in-patient deterioration is appreciated early, leading to better patient outcome. He is Local Educational supervisor for ICM and sits on the Eastern Region ICM specialist Training committee.
Dr Lal is a Consultant Renal Physician at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at University College London Medical School who qualified at Kings College London in 1988.
Aroon is the lead consultant for chronic kidney disease in his unit and is involved closely with the teaching and training of doctors and nurses at all levels. He believes strongly in the importance of good communication and aims to treat all patients in a friendly and holistic way.
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Dr Jones began his career at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London, qualifying in 1990.
His Anaesthetic and Critical Care training was undertaken while on the South West Thames Registrar Rotation, during which time he was also Clinical Fellow in Cardiothoracic, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at The Royal Brompton and The London Chest Hospitals. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1994.
He then underwent higher training in the fields of spinal and neurosurgery, ITU, trauma, orthopaedics and burns and in 1998 he gained his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training. Since 2002 he has been Consultant Anaesthetist at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.
Within the Mid Essex Trust his responsibilities include clinical, managerial and audit aspects of Trauma Management, with a special interest in elderly trauma.
He has been involved in Green Light Laser treatment since it arrived at Broomfield and has developed a day-case service for what at one time would have been inpatients using either low-dose spinal or general anaesthesia.
He is also the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for Mid Essex and College Tutor for the College of Anaesthetists which involves running courses on Trauma Management and Regional Anaesthesia as well as local and hospital educational responsibilities.
Dr Jones has three grown-up sons, is a School Governor and still finds time for fly-fishing, sailing and diving.