Mr Mercer is an upper gastro-intestinal surgeon with a specialist interest in gallstone disease, anti-reflux surgery and hernia repairs. He has particular expertise in the management of cancer of the stomach and oesophagus. He performs the vast majority of his operations using laparoscopic techniques (‘keyhole surgery’); this usually leads to small scars, less pain and a quicker recovery after surgery.
Mr Mercer studied medicine at Oxford University, where he graduated with honours; he then continued his training as a surgeon in the Royal Navy, in the West Country and in Wessex, seeing active service as a war surgeon off Iraq and in Afghanistan. He completed his specialist training in upper gastrointestinal surgery in London (St Mary’s and The Royal Marsden).
He now works as a Consultant General and Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. He offers personal, quality treatment throughout the patient pathway, and believes that attention to detail is the key to successful surgery.