Mark Potter

Mark Potter has an established practice in cancer surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, interventional endoscopy, complex endometriosis surgery and pelvic floor surgery.

Mark Potter

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

  • Colorectal Unit
  • Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

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Clincial Interests

Cancer, minimally invasive surgery, interventional endoscopy, advanced gynaecological malignancy, endometriosis and pelvic floor disorders.

Appointments and Activities

Mr Potter's thesis was in the early detection of cancer by molecular techniques. He is currently developing a practice in interventional colonoscopy and laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

He completed his MD degree on "An evaluation of whole gut lavage fluid for the detection of colorectal cancer using molecular techniques".

Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification – Exam Board Member, Course Director for Colorectal Module ChM and on line tutor.

European Society of Coloproctology – Education Committee member.

Medical Advisor to IMPACT (Implantable Microsystems for Personalised Anti-cancer Treatment) programme grant Department of Engineering, University of Edinburgh


Implantable microsensors for early diagnosis of anastomotic leaks after colorectal surgery.


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Edinburgh, 1985 

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB), University of Edinburgh, 1990

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) University of Edinburgh, 2000

  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), England, 1994

  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Gen), 2002

  • Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST), Coloproctology, 2002

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2014