Consultant Profile

Mr Ian Hawthorn

Mr Ian Hawthorn MB BS, FRCS Ed
Practicing at:
Spire Washington Hospital
  • General surgery
    • Minimal access surgery
    • Vascular medicine
    • Vascular surgery
Special clinical interests:

Peripheral arterial surgery
Aortic surgery
Carotid Endarterectomy
Primary and recurrent varicose veins including endovenous surgery, Radiofrequency Ablation.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic hernia repair

Research interests:

Peripheral vascular disease

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, University Hospital of North Durham

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

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
British Medical Association

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0191 418 8636
Private secretary telephone number:
0191 333 2664
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Hawthorn has been treating patients at the Washington Hospital for almost 20 years and has extensive experience of treating both private and NHS patients.  His practice is predominantly vascular with particular emphasis on aortic aneurysm surgery, carotid endarterectomy and peripheral bypass surgery. 

A large part of his work is made up of the treatment of varicose veins.  He introduced the technique of Radiofrequency Ablation (VNUS) for varicose veins into the Washington hospital 12 years ago, soon after it was launched in the UK.  As such he now has possibly the largest experience of this technique in the North East Region. 

Mr Hawthorn’s general practice comprises open and laporoscopic hernia repair and laporoscopic cholecystectomy of which he performs between 80 and 100 operations on the gall bladder annually.

His medical Education was in London at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School.  Following this he pursued a career as a surgeon in the Royal Air Force reaching the rank of Wing Commander and enjoying postings in Germany, Cyprus and Belize.  His vascular training was in Sheffield.

He retired from the RAF in January 1995 and took up a Consultant post with North Durham Healthcare NHS Trust initially at Shotley Bridge and moved to Durham the following year He is now heavily involved in surgical training and examining.  He has represented the Trust on the Northern Region Surgical Specialist Training Committee for 10 years.  Mr Hawthorn is a senior examiner in the MRCS examination and in anatomy for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, both in UK held examinations and on the overseas faculty.  He has examined as far away as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and India on a number of occasions. 

Mr Hawthorn is a Regional Surgical Adviser for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and teaches on the faculty of the MRCS preparation course at the Christie Hospital Manchester on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He was clinical director and lead clinician in general surgery for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust for 7 of the last 10 years.

Personal profile:

He is married with two grown up children and one grandchild and lives in Durham City. His principal interest when not working is helicopter flying. He part owns and flies a Robinson R22 two seat helicopter with two other private pilots. 

In addition he keeps fit by road running and continues to do the Great North Run despite advancing years. Gardening, hill walking and DIY keep him amused when not flying or exercising.

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Mr Ian Hawthorn

Mr Ian Hawthorn General surgery Consultant, Washington, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, private hospital specialist.

Theatre procedures performed by Mr Hawthorn

  • Radiofrequency Ablation of Varicose Veins (VNUS/Venefit))
  • Gall bladder surgery (Laporoscopic cholecystectomy)
  • Open and laporoscopic hernia repair
  • Vascular surgery

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