Anna Paisley

Miss Paisley’s main clinical interests lie in the management of benign and malignant oesophagogastric disease, together with emergency general surgery.

Anna Paisley

Consultant General & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

  • Upper GI Surgery
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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Clinical Interests

Management of benign and malignant oesophagogastric disease, together with emergency general surgery.

Appointments and Activities

Born and educated in Belfast. Attended Oxford University Medical School qualifying in 1993. House jobs in Oxford and Gloucester, followed by Accident and Emergency in Northampton and Anatomy Demonstrating at Guy's Hospital, London.

Basic and higher surgical training carried out in South East Scotland, based primarily at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Doctor of Medicine in Assessment of Basic Surgical Trainees awarded from Oxford University in 2003.

Upper GI Surgical Fellow at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne for one year from February 2005.

Appointed as Consultant General & Upper GI Surgeon at Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh in January 2007.


  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)
    • Council Member
    • Chair Patient Safety group
    • Past Chair of Global Surgery Foundation
    • Penman Fellowship Trustee
    • Past Chair of RCSEd Website Development Group
    • Convenor RCSEd Patient Safety Webinar Series
  • Mentor for University of Edinburgh Medical Students
  • Edinburgh Surgery On-Line 
    • Year One Director of MSc in Surgical Sciences
  • Training Programme Director General Surgery SE Scotland
  • Member Specialist Surgical Training National Selection Steering Group
  • National Selection Interviewer: Specialist Surgical Training
  • Course Faculty
    • Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP)
    • ChM Viva FRCS Preparation Course (RCSEd)
    • Scottish M&M Programme Learning Event
  • Past Member of GMC Wellbeing Committee
  • Member NCEPOD Steering Group


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, (BM BCh), University of Oxford, 1993
  • Master of Arts of Physiological Sciences, (MA), University of Oxford, 1994
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, (FRCS), Edinburgh, 1998
  • Doctor of Medicine (DM), University of Oxford, 2003
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, RCSEd (FFSTEd), 2016
  • Penman Travelling Professorship to University of Cape Town, 2018


  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI)
  • Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)
    • Council member
    • Fellow of Faculty of Surgical Trainers
  • Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)
  • Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)


A list of Anna Paisley’s publications can be found by clicking here. 

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