Mr Vivek Chitre

Consultant Surgeon

MBBS, MS, FRCSEd, FRCS (General Surgery)


Specialises in

  • Weight loss surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastroscopy

I am a Consultant Surgeon (MS, FRCSEd, FRCS General Surgery) at the James Paget University Hospital, Spire Norwich Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Norwich Medical School of the UEA. I consult privately at Spire Norwich Hospital and at the Coastal Clinic in Gorleston.

I am a specialist in gastrointestinal, laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. I am part of Spire Norwich Hospital’s weight loss surgery team, which offers a range of bariatric operations. Patients who wish to explore the option of weight loss surgery have the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team with over 10 years experience.

Apart from bariatric surgery, my special interest is in Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), which is an increasingly common condition. I offer laparoscopic (keyhole) anti-reflux surgery after a detailed evaluation in suitable cases. Laparoscopic surgery forms a major part of my workload. This includes laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder) and more advanced laparoscopic procedures such as exploration of the common bile duct and splenectomy (removal of the spleen). I offer keyhole surgery for all types of hernias, such as inguinal and femoral (groin) hernias, incisional hernias (hernias occurring after previous operations) and hiatus hernias. In addition to these special interests, I am experienced in a wide range of general surgery. I routinely carry out diagnostic gastroscopy in the investigation of upper gastrointestinal disorders.

I am an examiner for the MRCS examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and also serve as a Regional Surgical Advisor for the college. I am a PBL tutor at the Norwich Medical School (UEA), and am involved in the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees. My research interests include GORD, paraoesophageal hernia and incisional hernia.

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General Medical Council Number: C4459323

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Vivek Chitre at Spire include:

General surgery

Bariatrics

Other treatments

  • Bowel disease
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Minimal access surgery
  • Pancreatic and biliary surgery

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Hernia repair surgery
Minimal access surgery
Obesity surgery

Special clinical interests: Gastro oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), laparoscopic repair of ventral hernias and gallbladder disease.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Member, Board of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS)

British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society (BOMMS)

International Federation of Obesity Surgery (IFSO)

Research and publications

  • Wound healing and incisional hernia
  • Single incision laparoscopic surgery
  • Paraoesophageal hernia

Current NHS posts

James Paget University Hospital
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
PBL Tutor, Norwich Medical School

Personal profile

I live in Norwich with my wife and two young children. With school-age children and a wife who is also a busy hospital consultant, life outside work is sometimes chaotic but always fun. I play several musical instruments (badly) and am making painfully slow progress with formal piano lessons.

Contact information

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Mrs Shirley Reynolds
Private secretary telephone 01603 255 510
Private secretary fax 01603 505 424
Private secretary email shirley.reynolds@spirehealthcare.com