Mr Andy Cockbain

Mr Andy Cockbain

Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon

MBChB, BSc, MD, PGCert Healthcare Leadership, FRCS

Specialises in

  • Gastric balloon and band
  • Gastric sleeve, bypass and mini-bypass
  • Reflux surgery
  • Gallstone surgery
  • Hernia surgery

I am a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon. I specialise in minimally invasive surgery for weight loss (bariatrics), gallstones, hiatus hernias, acid-reflux, groin hernias and cancer. 

I lead the robotic UGI surgery service at St James’s Hospital, offering robotic surgery for weight loss, acid-reflux, and cancers of the stomach and oesophagus.

I believe in delivering high-quality, patient-centred care and will take the time to discuss different treatments and help you to make the choices best suited to your individual needs.

I have a particular interest in improving care systems to provide better patient-experiences and outcomes. This work has been recognised by the NHS Leadership Academy. I represent Yorkshire as a regional council member at the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery (AUGIS).

I have a strong research interest. I am the NIHR Clinical Research Network Lead for UGI surgery in Yorkshire and Humber and am actively involved in delivering several large UK trials. These include new surgical techniques and treatments to improve patient outcomes, and novel methods to monitor patients after surgery to improve quality of life. I have published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and presented my work nationally and internationally.


General Medical Council Number: C6128374

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Andy Cockbain at Spire include:

General surgery


Other treatments

  • Anti-reflux surgery (fundoplication)
  • Investigation and treatment for oesophageal cancer
  • Investigation and treatment for gastric cancer
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgery for achalasia (cardiomyotomy)

Get in touch

Important information about COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service at Spire Leeds Hospital.


Marketing Information

Spire would like to provide you with marketing information about products and services offered by Spire and by selected third-party partners. If you do not consent for us to process your personal data for marketing activities, we will still be able to contact you about your enquiry.

We may contact you by email, SMS or phone about your enquiry. If we try to contact you by phone (mobile and/or landline) and you are not available, we may leave you a voicemail message. We may also use your details to contact you about patient surveys we use for improving our service or monitoring outcomes, which are not a form of marketing.

Submit my enquiry

Additional information

Gallstone surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
General surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Obesity surgery

BSc / University of Leeds / 2003
Bachelor of Science

MBChB / University of Leeds / 2005
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MD / University of Leeds / 2014
Doctorate in Medicine

PG Cert / Open University and NHS Leadership Academy / 2015
Postgraduate Certificate Healthcare Leadership

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2016
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professional memberships

Association of Upper GI Surgery (AUGIS)

British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)

International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Consultant Upper GI Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds.

Away from work I am a keen hockey player and outdoor enthusiast and enjoy spending time with my wife and two young boys.

Telephone Insured patients 0113 218 5908/9, self-pay patients 0113 218 5967
Private secretary Janine Culley
Private secretary telephone 0113 3882230
Private secretary email