Peter Vaughan-Shaw

I am a consultant colorectal and robotic surgeon in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, with an interest in early rectal cancer.

Peter Vaughan-Shaw

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

Contact details

  • Phone: 0131 537 1184


I have a broad practice covering emergency general and specialist colorectal surgery and elective colorectal surgery including colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease and general proctology. I was awarded two RCS Senior Fellowships covering advanced colorectal cancer and robotic surgery in addition to valuable travelling fellowships in world-leading colorectal and robotic centres, including Philadelphia, Shizuoka (Japan), Amsterdam and Leuven (Belgium). I have full JAG accreditation in upper and lower-GI endoscopy with experience in therapeutic endoscopy. In addition to my clinical practice, I have an active research portfolio, including the investigation of vitamin D effects in colorectal cancer, regularly teach on robotic and surgical skills courses and am Associate Editor of the British Journal of Surgery.

Appointments and Activities

  • 2022                British Journal of Surgery Associate Editor
  • 2022                British Journal of Surgery Editor Assistant
  • 2022                NRS Career Researcher Fellow
  • 2020                RCS Hunterian Professor
  • 2020                RCS Senior Clinical Fellow
  • 2020                President of Dukes' Club (Trainee Arm ACPGBI)
  • 2019                Vice-President of Dukes' Club
  • 2018                ACPGBI Scotland Trainee representative
  • 2017                ECAT SCREDS Clinical Lecturer
  • 2017                RCSEd Trainee committee member
  • 2017                ACPGBI Research and Audit committee member
  • 2016                RCSEd General Surgery SSB member


Medical Education                                                                                                               

  • 2007                MB ChB                                         University of Bristol
  • 2004                BSc Cancer Biology (2:1)       University of Bristol

Postgraduate Qualifications

  • 2010                Intercollegiate MRCS (RCSEng)
  • 2011                PGCE in Medical Education (University of Dundee) 
  • 2017                Membership of RCSEd Faculty of Surgical Trainers (MFSTEd)
  • 2018                Doctor of Philosophy (University of Edinburgh)
  • 2019                Intercollegiate FRCS (RCSEd)
  • 2021                JCST General Surgery Certificate of Completion of Training

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2022                American Society of Colorectal Surgeons Travelling Fellowship
  • 2021                ACPGBI Trainee Coloproctologist of the Year
  • 2020                RCS Hunterian Professorship
  • 2020                Prof KCH Fearon Medal winner, Edinburgh School of Surgery
  • 2019                Smith International Surgical Scholarship (Cleveland Clinic)
  • 2019                Sir James Fraser Travelling Fellowship (RCSEd)
  • 2019                Japan Surgical Society Travel Grant (JSS)
  • 2019                ACPGBI Laparoscopic Bursary
  • 2018                MacCleod Medal winner, Edinburgh School of Surgery
  • 2016                Chiene Medal winner, Edinburgh School of Surgery
  • 2015                Wilfred Card medal winner, University of Edinburgh
  • 2012                Best oral BAPEN presentation at Digestive Disorders Conference
  • 2012                Powell-Tuck runner-up prize BAPEN conference
  • 2012                Poster of Distinction award at ASGBI annual conference


For a list of Peter Vaughan-Shaws publications, click here