James Wheeler graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1992. Following early years surgical training in Cardiff, he went on to complete specialist surgical training in Colorectal and General Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He studied colorectal cancer genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford and was awarded an MD for his worked entitled “Epigenetics, mismatch repair genes and colorectal cancer”.
He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at Cheltenham General Hospital in 2003 before taking up his current post at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
He continues to have several research interests and has published over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. This research has previously led to the honour of the title of Hunterian Professor by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, together with several prizes including the Gold Medal from the Hunterian Society and the Digestive Disease Foundation “research prize”.
He has a strong background in the training of future surgeons and has held several appointments at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, including the Chair of surgical training committees.