Consultant Profile

Mr Robert Brightwell

Mr Robert Brightwell MD, FRCS
Practicing at:
Spire Norwich Hospital
  • General surgery
    • Endovascular surgery
    • Vascular medicine
    • Vascular surgery
  • Vascular surgery
    Special clinical interests:

    Minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins, carotid artery disease, and endovascular repair of complex aortic pathology

    Research interests:

    Ongoing research involving international collaboration has resulted in multiple international presentations and publications on subjects including simulation in vascular surgery, end-organ damage caused by vascular intervention, biomarkers for the detection of stroke, and surgical technology.  I am the Principle Investigator at NNUH for the UK LEAP study with the aim of improving the safety of patients undergoing aortic surgery.

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant Vascular Surgeon – Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Year of first medical qualification:
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

    Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
    Vascular Society of Great Britain & Ireland – Ordinary Member
    European Society of Vascular Surgery – Ordinary Member
    British Society of Endovascular Therapy - Founding member
    International Society of Vascular Surgery – Ordinary Member

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    01603 255 574
    Private secretary:
    Linda Harris
    Private secretary telephone number:
    07900 781977
    Private secretary email address:
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    My commitment to vascular surgery is stronger today than ever.  I enjoy the attention to detail required to diagnose the conditions that I treat, as well as formulating and executing bespoke treatment plans for all my patients. 

    I always ensure that my patients benefit from my highly-specialised training.  After graduating from Southampton I undertook my basic surgical training in East Anglia before moving to London.  There I undertook research for my Doctorate in Medicine from Imperial College London - sponsored by The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Stroke Association.  Thereafter I completed my specialist training in vascular surgery at national and international centres of excellence, including The Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital in Queensland, Australia.

    As a ‘next generation’ vascular surgeon I have honed my skills in managing venous and arterial disease.  I am therefore excellently placed to offer up-to-the-minute management in all vascular disorders including:

    Varicose veins – One-stop diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins and their complications.  Procedures are frequently performed on a walk-in walk-out basis.

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) – I am a proponent of minimally-invasive surgery (EVAR).  Applying modern techniques, my patients rarely stay in hospital more than 1 night following this procedure

    Carotid disease – Surgery may be performed to lower the risk of stroke in selected cases.  I perform this on a short stay basis.

    Vascular reconstruction – I am delighted to offer my patients both endovascular options (angioplasty, stenting) and bypass.

    Personal profile:

    I am married to a hard-working paediatrician and am lucky to have a young son and younger daughter.  We enjoy time spent outside and I include gardening, cycling, sailing, shooting and skiing among my hobbies.

    As an East Anglian farmers’ son I am delighted to return ‘home’.  I love the region’s landscape, people and produce.  I look forward to many years of happy service to the region.

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