Consultant Profile

Mr Andrew de Beaux

Mr Andrew de Beaux MBChB, FRCS, MD
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals and Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh, Spire Shawfair Park Hospital
  • General surgery
    • Endoscopy
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Hernia repair surgery
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Minimal access surgery
    • Obesity
    • Obesity Surgery
    • Pancreatic and biliary surgery
  • Weight loss surgery (Obesity)
    Special clinical interests:

    Benign and malignant disease of the oesophagus and stomach including reflux
    Gallbladder and gallstone disease
    Abdominal wall hernia of all types
    Weight loss surgery offering a range of operations tailored to the patient

    Research interests:

    Benign and malignant disease of the oesophagus and stomach
    Abdominal wall hernia
    Weight loss surgery

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant General & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
    Honorary Senior Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh

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

    Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
    Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI)
    Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS)
    British Hernia Society (Education Secretary)
    Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    0131 316 2530 (General Surgery) or 07894 003018 (Weight Loss Appts)
    Private secretary:
    Tricia  Kelly
    Private secretary email address:
    Personal email address:
    Murrayfield - Tues pm/evening, Wed pm (ad hoc) and Thurs pm (alternate weeks
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    I graduated in medicine with Honours from Aberdeen University. My surgical training was mainly in Scotland, with my final year in Adelaide, South Australia. I was appointed Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2001. I had broad training in General Surgery although my interest focussed on upper gastro-intestinal surgery, in particular diseases of the oesophagus and stomach along with gallstone disease.  Much of this surgery is performed by keyhole or laparoscopic surgery.

     I have an international hernia surgery reputation and receive referrals, in particular patients with complex incision hernia problems, from all over the UK and, more recently, from Europe. While I am not a plastic surgeon, many of my larger hernia cases involve repair of not only the abdominal muscles, but revision of the scar and the excision of excess skin tissue, similar to an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).  I am Education Secretary on the British Hernia Society Council.  The remit of this society is to promote best practice in hernia surgery in the UK.  I lecture regularly on hernia surgery at National and International Meetings.  I am co-president of the 36th European Hernia Society Annual General Meeting which will be held in Edinburgh in 2014 ( I am the UK representative on the European Hernia Society Working Party developing an International Abdominal Wall Hernia Registry.  I co-organise a number of hernia and other surgical training courses (such as laparoscopic bile duct exploration for gallstones and surgery for reflux disease) each year at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

    I also have an interest in weight loss surgery. I began my training in Bariatric or weight loss surgery in 2005 and was one of two surgeons (along with my colleague Mr Bruch Tulloh) who established a Bariatric Surgery Service in Edinburgh for both the NHS and private sector.  A third surgeon, Mr Peter Lamb has joined our surgical team.  We operated on our first patient in 2007.  Our weight loss surgery program has always had two main aims, to be SAFE and SUCCESSFUL for our patients.  Our strong team including Lorna (specialist nurse), Fred (dietician), Carol (psychologist), Dilip (radiologist) and several anaesthetists work and train hard with these two aims as our focus.  I have served on a number of government committees advising the national planning forum on weight loss management planning.  I also represent the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) Council.  I have been on the Editorial Group for a number of recent guidelines including Guideline 115, The Management of Obesity (  I review papers submitted for publication to the Journal, Obesity Surgery.  In addition, I am a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Surgery, and also review papers for the World Journal of Surgery and the Journal, Hernia.

    Personal profile:

    In my spare time, I enjoy a variety of hobbies and interests. My two boys keep me fit. I coach youth rugby at Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club. I have my Private Pilot's License and fly a Piper Archer (which I part-own) out of Edinburgh Flying Club. I have a very keen interest in Formula 1 motor racing and I was a member of the track-side medical team at the 2000 Melbourne Grand Prix. For relaxation, I enjoy using my hands at embroidery and gardening. As an adopted Scotsman, I have a particular interest in whisky, and the period of Scottish History which ended at the Battle of Flodden.

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    Mr Andrew de Beaux

    Mr Andrew de Beaux General & Weight Loss Surgeon

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