Colorectal, Upper GI and Oncology Consultants and Surgeons

Alan J Beveridge - Clinical Lead

Mr BeveridgeJob Title: Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

Department: Surgery

Telephone Number: 01772 523157

Primary Medical Qualifications: Mb ChB Glasgow

Other Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Pathology MD(Hons) FRCS(general surgery)

Year of Registration: 1990

GMC Number: 3313318

Career History: Completed basic surgical training and MD research in Glasgow. Worked in the colorectal units of all of the Manchester teaching hospitals and the Christie Hospital. Completed training in Preston. Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2003-present)

Specialist Areas: Colorectal surgery

Specialist Interests: Colorectal cancer surgery including laparoscopic resection; transanal endoscopic microsurgery for rectal cancer; therapeutic colonoscopy including endoscopic mucosal resection; surgery for benign ano-rectal conditions, including PPH stapled haemorrhoidectomyIleoanal pouch surgery; complex hernia repair

Research Interests: Minimally invasive management of rectal cancer by Transanal Microsurgery (TEM) in combination with radiotherapy

Clinics: Colorectal Clinic

Language Spoken: English

Awards and Prizes: University Year Prize in Dermatology 


Arnab Bhowmick


Arnab Bhowmick

Job Title: Consultant Colorectal / General Surgeon

Department: General Surgery, Upper GI & Colorectal 

Telephone Number: 01772 522372

Primary Medical Qualification: MB ChB

Other qualifications: FRCS (Ed), FRCS(Gen Surg)

Year of Registration: 1994

GMC Number: 4009113

Career history: Graduated from Manchester University and then pursued a surgical career in the North West, completing basic surgical training, and awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1996.

Completed Higher Surgical training the same year and worked in various hospitals in the North West as well as two years in full time surgical research at Withington Hospital.

Awarded the Intercollegiate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 2005, before embarking on additional training in laparoscopic colorectal surgery.  Appointed consultant a district general hospital in North Wales, and led undergraduate education and developed minimally invasive colorectal surgery.

Appointed Consultant Colorectal / General Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2009 and is developing minimally invasive surgery.

Specialist areas:

Crohn’s disease and colitis
Ileo-anal pouch reconstruction
Colon and rectal cancer, including subspecialist treatment of low rectal cancer.
Multidisciplinary surgery for advanced pelvic cancer
Laparoscopic resection of colon and rectum

Specialist interests:
Minimally invasive approach for major surgery
Pouch surgery and management
Abdominal wall reconstruction following laparostomy/fistulation

Research interests: Collaborative research with Lancaster University and Imperial College – SOCS3, microflora and effect of pro-biotics in defunctioned versus functioning ileum

Preston Friday am
Chorley Wednesday am

Languages spoken: English, Bengali

Awards and prizes: Awarded Honorary Senior Lecturer status by 3 separate Universities for contribution to Surgical education


Jeremy Ward

Jeremy Ward

Job Title: Consultant Surgeon

Department: General Surgery, Upper GI & Colorectal

Telephone Numbers:

Preston - 01772 523595
Chorley - 01257 245214

Primary Medical Qualifications: MB ChB (Edinburgh)

Other Qualifications: MD (Liverpool), FRCS Ed (Gen Surg)

Year of Registration: 1989

GMC Number: 3340103

Career History: Qualified in medicine at Edinburgh then trained in general and upper gastro-intestinal surgery in North West England, including three years researching the causes and pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis. Consultant Upper Gastro-intestinal and General Surgeon for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2002-present) and trust lead clinician for upper gastro-intestinal cancer, co-ordinating the Regional Specialist Multi-disciplinary Team

Specialist Areas: Oesophago-gastric cancer; biliary and pancreatic disease, including gallstones; hernia surgery

Specialist Interests: Assessment of and surgery for patients with cancer of the oesophagus and stomach; surgery for gallstones and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; hernia surgery; laparoscopic surgery

Research Interests: Pancreatitis; training in surgery

Clinics: General Surgery Clinic; Upper Gastro-intestinal Cancer Clinic

Language Spoken: English

Awards and Prizes: Sir Robert Kelly Memorial Medal in Surgery,University of Liverpool (2000)


Peter Mitchell

Pete Mitchell 179x250Job Title: Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Department: General Surgery, Upper GI & Colorectal

Telephone Number: 01772 523157

Primary Medical Qualification: MB ChB 2001

Other qualifications: MD (2010), FRCSEd (2011)

Year of Registration: 2002

GMC Number: 6028164



Career history: Graduated from Manchester Medical School in 2001, and after completion of basic surgical training commenced Specialist Registrar training in General Surgery on the North-west rotation in 2005.

During higher surgical training, two years were taken out of programme to complete a period of clinical research into pelvic floor disorders and faecal incontinence. This resulted in the award of MD in 2010, and the publication of numerous papers, abstracts and national presentations.

After completion of colorectal sub specialty training and the awarding of CCT in 2013, a fellowship was undertaken at St James Hospital Leeds. This high volume unit provided advanced training not only in laparoscopic surgery, but also in locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer. 

Appointed Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in October 2013

Specialist Interests:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Complex Pelvis surgery (locally advanced or recurrent disease)
  • Pelvic Floor disorders
  • Laparoscopic Surgery.

Education and Training:

Current Educational and Clinical supervisor for surgical trainees.

Health Education NorthWest Teaching Lead and Member of Specialist Training Committee and –responsible for the regional education programme for North West General Surgery Specialist Trainees.  Designed and built website, including and online learning resource, for regional surgical trainees.

ChM Masters Supervisor for Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh


Completed MD in 2010, Current PI on National trials (Foxtrot, Add Aspirin, HiP), written book chapters and published numerous articles and abstracts.

Robert Hart

Rob HartJob Title: Consultant Endoscopist

Department: Medicine (Endoscopy)

Telephone Number: 01257 245140

Primary Medical Qualification: MB BS (London, 1983), FRCS Ed (1988)

Year of Registration: 1984

GMC Number: 2827461

Career History:   After graduating from The University of London (St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, before it’s merge with Kings and Guys), I worked as a house officer and casualty officer in Kent before moving to the West Midlands, for basic and then higher surgical training.  I remained in the West Midlands for the remainder of my training, apart from a year as a Laparoscopic Research Fellow  in Omaha NE, USA, during which, in October 1991, I was co-author of the first published series reporting results of laparoscopic hernia repair, amongst numerous other publications and presentations.

In 1996 I moved to Lancashire as a Consultant General Surgeon at Chorley Hospital with an interest in upper GI and laparoscopic surgery.  In 2001 I moved to Royal Preston Hospital to take on the Day Case Unit and from 2007 -2010 I was on the committee of the British Association of Day Surgery.  Also in 2001 I started to perform more and more endoscopy, both diagnostic and therapeutic, in terms of both numbers and complexity, across both sites within the trust.  In 2007 I joined the list of endoscopists in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.  In 2015 I gave up surgery to become a full-time endoscopist, clinical lead for endoscopy and training lead for endoscopy.

Special interests:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Bowel Cancer Screening
  • Early rectal cancer
  • Complex polyp management
  • Training in endoscopy


Having previously been the training lead or college rep for surgery on several occasions I am now the training lead for the Trust in endoscopy.  I attend colonoscopy training courses in Liverpool as part of the faculty on a regular basis.

Outside interests:

Chess (for Chorley and Lancashire), Music (Dip ABRSM piano performance, guitarist-singer-songwriter), Driving (member IAM) and motorcycling (member RoADAR ).  Member of Stewards Enclosure HRR, previously rowed for GB and UL.  Also previously published poetry, a children’s book and a chess manual, and for a year was motorcycling columnist for the LEP.  One grandson & 2 dogs!


Deborah Williamson

Deborah Williamson Job title: Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Department: Oncology

Telephone number: 01772 522984

Primary medical qualification: MB ChB University of Manchester

Other qualifications: MRCP, FRCR

Year of registration: 1998


GMC number: 4535861

Career history: I graduated from the University of Manchester in 1998. After general medical training within the North West and Yorkshire, I completed my specialist oncology training in Yorkshire (Cookridge Hospital and St James Institute of Oncology, Leeds). I spent a year as a Clinical Research Fellow at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, where my research focused on technical radiotherapy for breast and gynaecological cancers, including IMRT and brachytherapy.

I moved to Lancashire, and my current post, in 2009.

I currently treat patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and treat patients from Preston/Chorley, East Lancashire, Blackpool and the Fylde Coast and Morecambe Bay as part of the regional anal cancer service.  I also treat patients with breast cancer from Morecambe Bay.

Specialist areas: Colorectal cancer, anal cancer, breast cancer

Specialist interests: Development of technical radiotherapy for pelvic cancers and for breast cancer; multidisciplinary management of anal cancer

Research interests: Colorectal and anal cancer treatment (particularly relating to radiotherapy), breast cancer radiotherapy

Clinics: Royal Preston Hospital, Furness General Hospital

Languages spoken: English