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Mr Venkatesh Shanmugam

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

My early stage of training was at India followed by Aberdeen, where I did SHO and research fellow role. My registrar training was in the Nottingham region, followed by Fellowship in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Dundee. I became Consultant Surgeon with special interest in laparoscopic colorectal and pelvic floor work.

My contribution to the research has lead to MD degree, and am currently involved in various multicentre trials. I was the seventh highest recruiter for the eTHoS trial in the country, among more than 25 centres. I have been trained in laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for rectal prolapse.

Trained in Colorectal surgery as sub - specialty of the surgery, underwent fellowship training for targeted laparoscopic colorectal work, obtained MD degree from the randomised controlled trial, familiar with pelvic floor sub specialty.

Can perform laparscopic cholecystectomy; train juniors on general surgical procedures including pilondial surgery, hernia repair and perianal benign conditions including haemorrhoids, fissure-in-ano, etc.


  • Department: Colorectal Surgery
  • Speciality: Colorectal Surgery
  • Based at Hospital site: Darlington Memorial Hospital
  • Special interests: Laparoscopic colorectal and pelvic floor surgery. Colorectal cancer.
  • Secretary: Ms Andrea Vasey
  • Training: Fellowship in laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MS, DNB, MD, FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Gen Surgery)
  • Date added to the specialist register: May 2011
  • Training role: Involved in various multicentre trials and undertook research in the early stage of my career with an MD degree from it; training the registrars in laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Trainer for endoscopy. Trainer for laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Trainer for the MCh fellow.

Contact Information

Tel: 01325 743516

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Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital