Mr Alan Dickson

Mr Alan Dickson

Consultant Paediatric Urologist

Practising at

Spire Manchester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Alan Dickson at Spire include:

Paediatrics at Spire Manchester Hospital

Other treatments

  • Bladder reconstruction
  • Inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia and epigastric hernia surgery

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Professional profile

I qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1977 and then undertook my basic surgical training in Edinburgh, achieving an FRCS in 1982. Thereafter, I moved to work as a research fellow in Glasgow for one year before moving back to Edinburgh to embark on paediatric surgical training for five years. I was initially appointed as registrar then promoted to senior registrar in 1984, moving to the University of Cape Town Children's Hospital for one year in 1986. I received a strong grounding in the breadth of paediatric surgery and became proficient in all aspects of the specialty including neonates, gastroenterology, oncology and urology. I was appointed in 1988 as a consultant paediatric surgeon with a special interest in urology in Manchester. There I practised the whole spectrum of paediatric surgery for over ten years and then eventually focussed on paediatric urology in 1999. I am the senior clinician leading the Manchester based national service for bladder exstrophy.

My main clinical interest is in the area of the lower urinary tract including, bladder exstrophy, hypospadias, bladder reconstruction, neuropathic bladder and genital reconstruction.

My extensive clinical experience has enabled me to be actively involved in training, including examination boards, national training committees, and national bodies. I have regularly lectured in my areas of interest both at home and overseas. In addition, I provide clinical opinion to overseas colleagues and has operated regularly abroad during the past eight years. I have over 40 peer reviewed papers and over 40 congress presentations.

Clinical Interests

Paediatric urology
Hypospadias surgery
Reconstructive urology
Urinary tract infections

Bladder and cloacal exstrophy, Epispadias, Hydrocele, Major abnormalities of the urinary tract, Neuropathic bladder, Pelvic-ureteric junction obstruction, Posterior urethral valves, Undescended/retractile testis, Ureterocele, Varicocele, Vescico-ureteric junction obstruction

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
British Association of Paediatric Urologists
British Association of Urologists
American Academy of Paediatrics
American Urological Association
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professional leadership

Chairman, British Association of Paediatric Urologists (2001 - 2004)
Chairman, Paediatric Board RCS Edinburgh (2002 - 2007)
Paediatric Member, Council of RCS Edinburgh (2002 - 2007)
Regional Advisor, Paediatric Surgery RCS England (2005 - 2010)
Member, Paediatric Surgery National Training Committee (2006 - 2014)
Member, Paediatric Surgery National Exam Board (2007 - 2011)
Chairman, Paediatric Surgery National Exam Board (2011 - 2014)

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Personal Profile

I am married to Heather and we have five children. When not otherwise committed I enjoy outdoor activities, particularly running, hill-walking and cycling. I am an active member of my local Anglican church in Wilmslow and a huge Manchester United fan.

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Private contact details

Private secretary Pam Glass
Private secretary telephone 0161 393 3993
Private secretary fax 0161 850 1270
Private secretary email

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