Mr James Horwood

Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal and General Surgeon

MB BS, FRCS, Msc, Dip Med ed


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Currently I am the lead surgeon for the Colorectal Surgical Department at University Hospital of Wales, servicing the population of Cardiff and the Vale and providing specialist services for the wider south Wales area. In addition, I am the Colorectal Cancer Lead Clinician for the health board.

I have a particular interest and expertise in minimally invasive surgical approaches to colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.  Treatment options for haemorrhoidal disease and abdominal hernia have also interested me for a number of years.

I graduated in 2002 from University College Hospital, London, and subsequently undertook extensive surgical training in South West England, Southampton, Edinburgh, Wales and Australia. I obtained sub specialty training in laparoscopic colorectal surgery from Cardiff and was appointed as the Overseas Minimally Invasive Colorectal Fellow at the Royal Brisbane Hospital Queensland in 2012-13. I have been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at University Hospital of Wales since 2013.

I hold a postgraduate qualification in Medical Education and enjoy training junior doctors in the art of surgery and encouraging and developing technological surgical advances.

I am Clinical Lecturer to Cardiff University School of Medicine.

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Treatment information

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

General surgery

Other treatments

  • Laparoscopic abdominal surgery
  • Coloproctology
  • Colorectal cancer surgery
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Haemorrhoidal disease

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Spire Cardiff Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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Additional information

Coloproctology
Colorectal surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery

MB BS / University College Hospital, London / 2003
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2010
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England


Professional memberships

Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland

Academy of Medical Educators

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

Clinical Lecturer, University of Cardiff School of Medicine

I enjoy mountaineering, having acted as an expedition doctor on three summit trips to Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. I live in Cardiff with my wife and enjoy the fantastic quality of life in South Wales.