Mr Ioannis Virlos

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

MD, MSc, DIC, FRCSEd, FRCS (Gen Surg), EBSQ (Coloproctology)

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I have been qualified as specialist general and colorectal surgeon in 2009 and I have been working as consultant surgeon in the UK since 2012. I am specialising in the surgical treatment of colorectal disease including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and proctology. I perform regularly laparoscopic (key hole) bowel surgery. I also perform endoscopic procedures including diagnostic gastroscopies, diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopies. In addition I perform general surgical procedures, including laparoscopic cholecystectomy and hernia surgery.

My specialist interest lies in the treatment of bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease with open and laparoscopic (key hole) approach. I also specialise in the treatment and management of benign proctological disease, such as haemorrhoids, anal fistula, anal fissure and pilonidal sinus disease. I offer THD/HALO surgery for haemorrhoids. I also perform laparoscopic (key hole) gallbladder surgery and hernia surgery (open and laparoscopic).

To date I have performed a large number of operations over a period of 15 years mostly n the British and Australian NHS. To date I have performed over 450 colonic resections (including over 100 laparoscopic bowel resections), 400 hernia operations, 300 laparotomies / laparoscopies (including diagnostic), 400 appendicectomies, 250 cholecystectomies and 900 colonoscopies.

I am the core member of lower GI cancer multidisciplinary team, Queen's Hospital, Burton upon Trent. I am also the clinical lead for National Audit of Small Bowel Obstruction at Queen's Hospital, Burton.

I am also the clinical supervisor for foundation year and middle grade doctors, including Specialty Training doctors.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ioannis Virlos at Spire include:

General surgery

Other treatments

Pilonidal sinus surgery

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Bowel disease
Gastrointestinal cancer
General surgery
Colorectal surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Minimal access surgery
Bowel cancer

Qualification and professional memberships

Ptychion Iatrikes / Democritos Thrace University, Medical School of Alexandroupolis, Greece / 1990
MBBS equivalent

FRCS (Gen Surg) / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 1998
Fellowship of the Royal College of Edinburgh

MSc / Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London, UK / 2000
Master in Surgical Sciences

DIC / Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London, UK / 2000
Diploma of Imperial College

FRCS (Gen Surg) / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery / 2008
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in General Surgery

MD / University of Manchester / 2009
Medical Doctorate

Professional memberships

Fellow, Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery, UK

Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Fellow, European Board of Surgery (Coloproctology)

Member, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland

Member, European Society of Coloproctology

Member, European Crohn's Colitis Organisation / / Member, British Medical Association

Professional leadership

Clinical lead, National Audit of Small Bowel Obstruction at Queen's Hospital, Burton

Research and publications


Regular basis (current): 1. British Journal of Surgery
July 2014

Ad hoc (current): 1. Colorectal Disease
January 2017

III. Regular basis (past): Annals of Thoracic Medicine
July 2006

Ad hoc (past): 1. Pancreas
August 2004

Current NHS posts

Queen's Hospital, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Personal profile

I enjoy spending quality family time with my wife and my two children. I also enjoy swimming indoors and in the open sea and more over I love opera and travelling.