We have particular expertise in several areas, including oesophagogastric cancer.

We provide a regional service in the South-East of Scotland for the management of oesophago-gastric disease.

With the Hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HPB) Unit, we also provide specialist emergency care for patients in Lothian with upper gastrointestinal disease.

We offer a full range of general elective and emergency surgery, with particular specialty expertise in relation to:

  • oesophagogastric cancer
  • laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal surgery, including antireflux surgery and biliary surgery
  • tertiary referrals for complex revisional hiatal hernia surgery
  • tertiary referrals for oesphagogastric emergencies
  • expertise in endocrine and trauma surgery
  • we currently also have a nurse specialist for emergency laparotomy
  • bariatric surgery

Some of our consultants also have a particular interest in the treatment of complex abdominal hernias.

All our consultants contribute to emergency on-call and provide elective sessions for clinics, 23-hour surgery and clinics at St John's Hospital in Livingston and day case surgery and clinics at Roodlands Hospital, Haddington.

SE Scotland Multidisciplinary Team (Lothian, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway and Borders)

The 5 surgeons who carry out the resectional surgery also take part in the MDT. They are:

In addition to gastroenterologists, this team includes:

  • Oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Nurse Endoscopists
  • Dieticians
  • Medical and Surgical Trainees


A full range of interventional radiological and endoscopic facilities for the management of benign and malignant upper gastrointestinal (oesophagogastro-duodenal) disorders are available in Edinburgh.

These are shared between the Western General Hospital and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.