Mr Bhaskar Kumar
Consultant Oesophagogastric and Laparoscopic General Surgeon
MBChB, MD, FRCS
"I thoroughly enjoy working at Spire Norwich as I am able to provide a very high standard of personalised care and attention for my patients. The hosptial is calm, friendly, clean and very safe."
I have been a consultant upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich university hospital since 2014. My expertise lies within the field of laparoscopic surgery particularly hernia surgery, gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), anti-reflux fundoplication surgery, hiatal hernia repair as well as weight loss surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) and surgery for oesophagogastric cancer. I also have significant experience in performing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. I am one of the few surgeons to perform complex totally minimally invasive oesophagectomies (MIO) as well as other complex laparoscopic (key hole) operations, such as paraoesophageal hiatal hernia repair.
I regularly perform a high volume of laparoscopic inguinal / groin hernia operations using a totally extraperitoneal approach with minimal mesh fixation, which minimises the incidence of chronic pain. I perform laparoscopic gallbladder removal through small incisions, which not only reduces post-operative pain, but also provide an excellent cosmetic result. I am able to offer groin hernia repair under local anaesthetic in suitable cases - usually as day case procedures. With regard to weight loss surgery I offer sleeve gastrectomy, but would be happy to discuss non-surgical weight loss treatments both medical and endoscopic.
In all my work, my primary commitment is to the patient and ensuring they receive the best possible care at all times. I always ensure that my patients have my contact details in case of any difficulties following surgery. My approach to patient care was recognised by the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) staff awards when I was nominated for 'Patient Choice- Most outstanding Individual Member of staff 2017'.
I am an Honorary Associate professor at Norwich medical school and the University of East Anglia (UEA). I am very active within research and lead and supervise a research team of postgraduate students (doctorate in medicine), NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF), NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) and MRes students. I have recently been awarded a research grant for a collaborative tissue engineering project with Cambridge University and work closely with the Quadram Institute in Norwich. I lecture on upper gastrointestinal surgery topics at Norwich Medical School and am currently the Secondary Care Lead for third year medical students in surgery. I am heavily involved in surgical training both local and nationally and represent Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS) as the national Endoscopy Lead. I am the lead author for textbook[s] for the post graduate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examination in general surgery and invited reviewer for surgical journals.
I trained in one of the largest upper gastrointestinal surgery units in Europe under the supervision of Professor Mike Griffin OBE. I also completed an advanced laparoscopic surgery fellowship in Australia under the supervision of Professor David Watson, Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Bhaskar Kumar at Spire include:
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MBChB MD FRCS / Leeds University Medical School / 1997
MBChB MD FRCS
MBChB / University of Leeds, School of Medicine / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine
MD / University of Leeds, School of Medicine / 2006
Doctorate in Medicine
FRCS (Upper GI) / Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons / 2011
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (AUGIS)
British Hernia Society
Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)
European Hernia Society
Endoscopy Lead, Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery of Great Britain & Ireland (AUGIS)
AUGIS representative, Joint Association Group (JAG)
AUGIS representative, British Society of Gastroenterology Endoscopy Subcommittee (BSG)
Member, Specialist Advisory Council (SAC), General Surgery
Kumar B, Phillips A (2015). Companion cases for the FRCS Intercollegiate Examination in General Surgery. Anshan Press.
Bridging Clinic: The initial medical management of patients with newly diagnosed pancreatic cancer. Sreedharan L et al. Frontline Gastroenterology 2018.
Assessing the quality of primary care referrals to surgery of patients with diabetes in the East of England: A multi-centre cross-sectional cohort study. Pournaras DJ et al. Int J Clin Pract. 2017 Jul;71(7)
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Oesophagogastric cancer Lead.
University of East Anglia / Norwich Medical School, Honorary Associate Professor.
I am a passionate tennis fan and follow the sport very closely. In my spare time I enjoy watching my daughters improve their tennis skills daily as I deteriorate over time! I still compete in Veterans events and represent my club and Norfolk county.