Edinburgh Colorectal Specialists


DN Anderson BJ Mander MA Potter RG Wilson MCH Collie


Miss Mhairi Collie MBChB MD FRCS

Mhairi Collie
Specialties: Hernia repair surgery
Colorectal surgery
Special clinical interests: General Surgery
Colorectal Surgery
Research interests; Incontinence
Rectal prolapse
Crohn’s disease
Current NHS and/or university posts: Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Year of first medical qualification: 1991
Current membership of professional bodies: Fellow of Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Member of Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Member of Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain and Ireland
Background Information:
I qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1991. My surgical training took me down to Birmingham, then to the Royal Free Hospital in London for research into bowel cancer, followed by several jobs around King’s College Hospital, London. I also spent a year working abroad for Medecins sans Frontieres, which was a terrific experience. I came back to Edinburgh in 2002 and am glad to say that I never left again! I have been an NHS consultant at the Western General Hospital since 2005. I am a colorectal surgeon, but I do some general surgery too, such as hernia repair. Within colorectal surgery, I have a full spectrum of activity, but with a particular interest in functional bowel disorders. This encompasses treatment for faecal incontinence, constipation and prolapse. I am one of the few practitioners of sacral nerve stimulation for faecal incontinence in Scotland – a relatively new and very successful therapy. I also undertake diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy/ colonoscopy. I am involved with a trial of preventative therapy for Crohn’s disease, which I was instrumental in setting up.
Personal Profile:
I grew up in Stirling, and now live in the outskirts of Edinburgh. I am married with 2 children, who are just starting school and preschool, and one spaniel. I enjoy getting out into the outdoors, and especially hillwalking and skiing. My other interests include swimming, reading, opera and taming an unruly vegetable plot. I spent some time in Africa and Asia working in my training, and I maintain links with Uganda in particular.
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