Mr Filippo Di Franco

Consultant General Surgeon


"I like working at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital because the staff are friendly and supportive, The facilities at the hospital are excellent."

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I have been a consultant general surgeon for 11 years. I completed my higher surgical training in the North East of England where I developed an expertise in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. I specialise in the management of gallstones (gallbladder removal). I also have an expertise in groin and abdominal wall hernias (umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernias) for which I can offer both open and laparoscopic surgery. I am a JAG accredited upper gastrointestinal endoscopist. I routinely perform endoscopy to investigate dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), acid reflux and upper abdominal pain.

I have performed over 1,200 laparoscopic procedures during my career. These include about 600 laparoscopic cholecystectomies and 400 laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. I have performed over 1,200 endoscopies.

Currently, I am the Director for the Division of Surgery at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust which include Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford Hospital). I held this position since 2017. I also was the Associate Medical Director of the Division of Surgery at Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust from 2015 to 2017.

I am proactively involved and enjoy training the Specialty Trainees in General Surgery. I am an Educational supervisor.

With reference to research, I hold an MD (Doctor of Medicine) - Northern Oesophago-Gastric Unit - Newcastle University. I investigated the impact of perioperative immunonutrition on clinical outcomes of patients undergoing surgery for oesophago-gastric cancer.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Filippo Di Franco at Spire include:

General surgery

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Additional information

Gastrointestinal surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Minimal access surgery

MB BS / University of Catania, Italy / 1995
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS (General Surgery) / Royal College of Surgeons / 2010
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (General Surgery)

Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS)

British Medical Association (BMA)

Professional leadership

I am the Associate Medical Director for the Division of Surgery at Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust.

I have conducted research in the field of immunonutrition. I have also focussed my research on day case rates after laparoscopic cholecystectomy and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.

  • Randomized clinical trial of omega-3 fatty acid-supplemented enteral nutrition versus standard enteral nutrition in patients undergoing oesophago gastric cancer surgery. British Journal of Surgery, 2012
  • True day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a high-volume specialty unit and review of factors contributing to unexpected overnight stay. Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2018
  • Elective true day case laparoscopic inguinal hernia in a district general hospital: lessons learned from 1000 consecutive cases. Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2018

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

I enjoy spending my spare time with my family and taking my dog for long walks. I also like swimming and playing tennis.

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