Prof Irshad Shaikh
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon
MS, MD, FRCS (General Surgery), EBSQ (coloproctology)
I am an experienced Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Spire Norwich Hospital. I gained my medical degree (MBBS) from Karnatak University in India in 1997. Subsequently I trained in Scotland and compled higher surgical training on the Southeast Thames rotation in London. I was awarded an MD (research) degree from University of Aberdeen in 2008 and CCT (completion of specialist training in general and colorectal surgery) in 2013.
I went on to complete a year long RSO fellowship at St Mark's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery sponsored by Ethicon in 2014. I also undertook training in locally advanced rectal cancers, including pelvic exenteration.
In October 2014, I was appointed as a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Additionally, I previously held an honorary consultant surgeon post at St Mark's Hospital, Harrow, London. I lead the advanced rectal cancer surgery team and am the joint lead for anal cancer surgery. I am one of two surgeons in NNUH accredited by the JAG as National Bowel Cancer Screening (BSCP) Endoscopist.
I was the team lead for starting the robotic colorectal programme at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. I am a European level trainer for robotic colorectal surgery and experienced proctor accredited by EARCS. I was instrumental in supporting the robotic colorectal cancer surgery programmes in Scottish health boards and several hospitals in England. I regularly provide robotic training to several European colorectal surgeons. In addition, I am a trainer for laparoscopic colorectal surgery in national level courses. I have described and published several innovative operative procedures in peer reviewed journals.
I have a great interest in robotic/laparoscopic clinical research. I was awarded grants in Aberdeen (2006-7) and Norwich (2020) to undertake cancer related and robotic surgery research. I am a keen trainer for surgical trainees and also mentor/proctor junior consultant surgeons in robotic surgical training. I completed a Masters degree in clinical education from the UEA in 2019, demonstrating commitment to surgical training. I also hold a position of College Tutor for Royal College of Surgeons of England.
My specialist areas are anal fistula/fissure surgery, haemorrhoid surgery (including HALO procedure), anal and colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease surgery, rectal prolapse surgery, hernia surgery, and treatment of locally advanced pelvic cancer. The cancer surgery results are published online in peer reviewed journals.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Prof Irshad Shaikh at Spire include:
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The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland Colorectal Disease
European Society of Coloproctology
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust.
Outside of the hospital, my hobbies include cricket and travelling. I am also a keen chess player and enjoy cooking, cycling and running to relax after a busy week.