Mr Daren Francis
Consultant General Surgeon
MBBS, MD, FRCS(Gen)
I qualified from The Royal London Hospital in 1993 and completed my senior house officer training at St Bartholomew's and Whipps Cross Hospitals. Following this I became a specialist registrar training on the North East Thames Higher Surgical Rotation involving general, colorectal and laparoscopic training at The Whittington, Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow, University College London, Chase Farm and Colchester Hospitals.
During this time I carried out research at the Middlesex Hospital, London, and was awarded an MD thesis for my work on the role of positron emission tomography in colorectal cancer. In addition, I have spent time gaining specialist colorectal experience at the Middlesex Hospital and advanced laparoscopic experience at the internationally renowned unit at Colchester Hospital, where I attended advanced training courses in laparoscopic biliary and hernia surgery and laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
I am also a keen endoscopist and regularly perform both upper and lower endoscopy. I have been a consultant surgeon at Chase Farm Hospital since October 2005 where I provide a laparoscopic, colorectal and general surgical service. My main clinical interests include advanced laparoscopic surgery (ranging from laparoscopic hernia repair to both benign and malignant gastrointestinal resections), colorectal surgery and endoscopy. I also have wide experience in general surgical conditions. I am an international expert in PET imaging in regards to gastrointestinal malignancies and have published much peer-reviewed work in this field including book chapters. I provide a consultation, diagnostic and surgical service in line with my special interests at Spire Bushey Hospital.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Daren Francis at Spire include:
General surgery: Hernia repair surgery, Gastrointestinal surgery, Colonoscopy, Colorectal surgery
I am a general surgical advisor to BBC television drama Holby City. I have been involved in this medical drama for over two years and I am currently working on my third series. I enjoy many sports both as a spectator and player, including rugby, football, cricket and tennis. I enjoy watching films and travelling, and I also enjoy spending much of my leisure time with my young family.
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