Mr R G Wilson

Consultant General Surgeon

MbChb (Commendation), ChM, FRCSE (Gen)

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Having studied at Aberdeen University, I did most of my training throughout Scotland apart from a brief spell in Bristol. Laterally training in Edinburgh prior to becoming a consultant at the Western General Hospital in 1994. During my years as a consultant I have strongly supported the move towards sub-specialty interests in surgery. As lead clinician in surgery at the Western General Hospital, I was one of the principal clinicians involved in the unique changes to surgical practice in Edinburgh, culminating in the establishment of the Lothian Colorectal Unit at the Western General Hospital. We are now the largest specialist colorectal surgery unit in the UK. The unit serves a population of over 750,000 and deals with all elective and emergency colorectal surgical admissions in Lothian.

My main clinical interests are in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and population screening for large bowel neoplastic disease. I am currently the lead clinician in Lothian with responsibility both for colorectal cancer services and the Scottish Large Bowel Screening Project.

My clinical interests in inflammatory bowel disease include membership of the ACPGB&I IBD subcommittee, the National IBD Audit, and the Clinical Standards Board. I have a particular interest in adolescent/childhood disease.

I work in Spire Shawfair Park's endoscopy suite which holds JAG accreditation.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr R G Wilson at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ileoanal pouch procedure

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Colorectal surgery
General surgery
Hernia repair surgery

Special Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive surgery. surgery for colorectal cancer. inflammatory bowel disease including ileo-anal pouch procedure, haemorrhoidal surgery (HALO, LigaSure™ and PPH). pilonidal surgery - including complex lesions, fistula surgery, neuro-endocrine gastrointestinal tumours, colonoscopy including advanced interventional techniques, colonoscopy.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Edinburgh Colorectal Specialists LLP

Member, National Inflammatory Bowel Disease Audit Steering Group 2008

Member, National Clinical Standards Board: Crohns and Colitis UK 2010

Member, Large Bowel Cancer Screening Program Board Scotland 2006

Member, Council Scottish Society of Gastroenterology

Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh

European Association of Coloproctology

Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (Council member 2008-2014)

Association of Surgeons Great Britain and Ireland

Research and publications

Enhanced patient recovery following major surgery
Fistula surgery
Pilonidal disease
Inflammatory bowel sisease

Current NHS posts

Consultant surgeon, Lothian Colorectal Surgical Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Personal profile

As I was brought up in East Lothian, I have always enjoyed the great outdoors and have a lifelong interest in mountaineering at both home and abroad. More recently, along with my wife Inez, I have rekindled my interest in skiing encouraged by our three children.

Contact information

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary 0131 445 1546