Edinburgh Colorectal Specialists


DN Anderson BJ Mander MA Potter RG Wilson MCH Collie

Mr David Anderson MB Ch B, FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen)

David Anderson
Specialties: Colorectal surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
Minimal access surgery

Special clinical interests: Colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease
Modern techniques for all stages of haemorrhoidal disease
New techniques for anal fistula treatment
Colonoscopy - diagnostic, therapeutic and for colorectal cancer screening

Cancer Resection Surgery
Trans-anal Resection Surgery (TEMS)
Haemorrhoidal Surgery (HALO, LigaSure and PPH)
Pilonidal Surgery - including flap repairs for complex lesions
Fistula Surgery - including LIFT procedure


Current NHS and/or university posts: Consultant Surgeon
Lothian Colorectal Unit and General Surgery
St Johns Hospital University

Honorary Senior Lecturer
University of Edinburgh

Year of first medical qualification: 1982
Current membership of professional bodies: Fellow Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh
Association of Surgeons Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland
Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery
GMC (full licenced)
Scottish Society of Gastroenterology (council member)

Background Information:
Having studied under Professor Cushieri in Dundee to registrar level I underwent intense training on the notorious Aberdeen Surgical rotation from 1987 until I reached consultant level 1996.

As such I have had huge experience before and post 1996 in the management of colorectal cancer and all aspects of inflammatory bowel disease and coloproctology. I performed my 1000th colon major resection a few years back and have one of the best outcomes and lowest anastomotic morbidity in Scotland.

I was the Chairman of the SE Scotland Colorectal Cancer network since its conception for 5 years and the Director of a comprehensive Designed Healthcare Innitiative for Colorectal Cancer Pathway planning and redesign. I have championed awareness for Colorectal Cancer via involvement in several National bodies and by presenting to a spectrum of local societies and bodies. I have served on the Project Boards for both Colorectal Cancer Screening and the Clinical Standards/QiS for Colorectal Cancer.

I still find time and enthusiasm for new techniques and have been at the forefront to introduce LIFT (for fistula) and HALO (Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation) and created the new Edinburgh Haemorrhoid Centre which will be live soon and housed in SPIRE. I have performed the first TEMS (Trans Anal Endoscopic Microsurgery) procedures from 2010 for low rectal tumours following training in Germany 2009.

I have been heavily involved in surgical training for the last 14 years at local and National Collegiate levels and act as a senior trainer on the RCSEd Advanced Anastomotic and Basic Surgical Skills Courses. I am developing Training Guidelines and Modules for Colorectal Surgeons and intend to join the faculty of Training the Trainers in Colonoscopy in 2010.

Personal Profile:
Outside hospital I love to cook, collect wine and attempt to play the guitar and fish. I try and amuse/control my children with some degree of success.
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