Nicholas Ventham

I was appointed as a substantive NHS Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Western General Hospital in 2023 having trained in the region.

Nicholas Ventham

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon & NRS Career Research Fellow

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My clinical interests include robotic surgery, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), advanced endoscopy and abdominal sarcomas and rare tumours. I have a strong academic background and I have dedicated research time in the form of a NRS career research fellowship. I have been awarded the prestigious Hunterian Professorship and Syme Medal for my translational research. My scientific research interests are inflammatory bowel disease, epigenetics and DNA methylation. My clinical research interests include IBD, enhanced recovery after surgery and colorectal polyp cancers.

I am a father of two children who keep me very busy, but also find some time to enjoy music and sports (watching and participating).

Appointments and Activities

  • Consultant Colorectal Surgeon – Western General Hospital, Edinburgh 2023 - present
  • NRS Career Research Fellow 2023-present
  • Sacroma and Rare Tumour Unit Fellowship – Royal Marsden Hospital Nov 22-Jan 23
  • Royal College of Surgeons/Intuitive Robotic Fellow - Sunderland Royal Hospital May 22-Oct 22
  • Senior Clinical Fellow -  University of Oxford Hospital Trust – Feb 22 – May 22
  • SCREDS Clinical Lecturer University of Edinburgh (Feb 2019-Feb 22)
  • Speciality Training General Surgery (ST) Edinburgh Aug 2010 – Feb 22
  • PhD Centre for Genomics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh Jan 2013-Jan 2016

    • IBD BIOM Clinical Research Fellow Jan 13-Jan 16 (EU FP7 funded post)
    • Clinical Surgery Research Fellow Aug 2012 – Jan 13
  • Core Surgical Training (CST) London Deanery Oct 2009 – Aug 2010
  • Foundation Training East of England Deanery Aug 2007 – Aug 2009


  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (Ed)

Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh May 2021

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

University of Edinburgh July 2017

  • Member of the faculty of Surgical Trainers (MFST)

Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Oct 2015

  • Intercollegiate MRCS (Eng)

Royal College of Surgeons England Feb 2010

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

University of East Anglia July 2007

Awards and Distinctions

  • Hunterian Lectureship/Professorship – RCSEng Dec 2017 (Lecture 1st July 2019, ACPGBI)
  • Y-ECCO Congress Abstract Award – ECCO Amsterdam 2016
  • National Scholar Award for UK– UEG Barcelona 2015
  • Ann Ferguson Prize – SSG Glasgow 7/12/13


  • Ian B MacLeod Medal 20/11/2020
  • Syme Medal Sept 2017
  • Ian B MacLeod Medal 2/12/2016
  • John Scrimgeour Lecturer Medal 9/12/2015


  • CCUK grant MicroRNA in IBD co-investigator 2016
  • PrimerDesign Student Silver Sponsorship 28/02/2014
  • Pancreatic Cancer Scotland – Pump-Priming Grant

Travel awards

  • Sir James Fraser Travelling Fellowship – RCSEd 2021
  • Ethicon Travelling Fellowship – RCSEng 2020 2021
  • Basic Science Travel Award - UEG Barcelona 2015


  • Poster of Distinction – DDW Washington DC, 16/5/2015
  • Short paper of Distinction (oral presentation) – ASGBI Manchester 24/4/2015
  • Poster of Distinction – BSG Manchester 17/6/2014


I have published over 50 peer-reviewed translational science and clinical research articles. I have several publications in prestigious journals including the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Nature Communications, Gut and Gastroenterology.

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