Mr James Arbuckle

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Coloproctology
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Hernia surgery
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

I graduated from St Mary’s Hospital medical school in London in 1994. After basic surgical training at St Mary’s, I trained as a registrar in the North West Thames Region. My training was completed with the London Colorectal Fellowship at University College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital.

I was appointed Consultant Colorectal and General surgeon in the NHS at Watford General Hospital in 2009. My main colorectal interests are in colorectal cancer surgery and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis). I perform laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, combined with a recently introduced enhanced recovery pathway to safely accelerate the recovery period to minimise the effects of major surgery on normal bodily function. I'm a surgical lead for inflammatory bowel disease and is heavily involved in its delivery.

I have trained in various techniques of haemorrhoid surgery, anal fissure treatments and fistula surgery. I also practice hernia repairs.


General Medical Council Number: C4127266

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James Arbuckle at Spire include:

Other treatments

Colorectal surgery, coloproctology, gastrointestinal cancer, hernia repairs, laparoscopic surgery, inflammatory bowel disease.

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Bowel cancer
Colorectal surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
Laparoscopic surgery

Special clinical interests: Colorectal cancer; inflammatory bowel disease; laparoscopic surgery; coloproctology; gastro-intestinal cancer and hernia repairs.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland

European Crohn´s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO)

Current NHS posts

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon, Watford General Hospital

Personal profile

I live with my young family in St Albans. In my spare time I enjoy music, and play the piano regularly. I am a keen sports fan, particularly rugby and motor racing.

Contact information

Telephone 0208 901 5555
Private secretary Ann Lamey
Private secretary telephone 0789 863 3785
Private secretary email