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.