Mr Ian Hawthorn

Mr Ian Hawthorn

Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Consultant General Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Hernia surgery
  • Gallbladder / gallstone removal
  • Varicose vein treatment

I have been a Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon for 26 years. I perform all aspects of vascular surgery, in particular endovenous surgery for varicose veins. My general surgical expertise is in hernia repair. I introduced Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for varicose veins to the Spire Washington Hospital in 2002, soon after the technique came to the UK from the USA. Consequently, as I have been performing this procedure for nearly 16 years, I have one of the largest experiences of the procedure in the North East of England. I perform over 40 hernia repairs annually.

My vascular specialty is in arterial and venous disease. I perform aortic surgery, carotid artery surgery and all aspects of lower limb bypass surgery. Varicose veins are a particular specialty and I perform a full range of varicose vein operations, particularly radiofrequency ablation under both general and local anaesthesia.

I have been a member of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at the Spire Washington Hospital for some years and lead in Clinical Governance for the last three years.

For many years I have been involved in surgical training, and assessment. In particular in the form of examining and running examinations for surgical trainees. I am a senior supervising examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a role which takes me all over the world examining on behalf of the College. I was appointed as the Convener of Examinations at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh last year, for a period of three years. This means I am now responsible for standards and quality assurance of all the examination activity run by the College, which runs to 36 different exams. I have also recently been elected to serve on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

I qualified in medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London and trained in surgery in the Royal Air Force, retiring as a Consultant Surgeon in 1995 with the rank of Wing Commander, moving to Durham to take up my current post.


General Medical Council Number: C2659626

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ian Hawthorn at Spire include:

General surgery

Vascular surgery

Other treatments

Endothermal treatment of varicose veins.

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Additional information

General surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Pancreatic and biliary surgery
Vascular surgery
Vascular surgery

Special clinical interests: Peripheral arterial surgery; Aortic surgery; Carotid Endarterectomy; Primary and recurrent varicose veins including endovenous surgery; Radiofrequency Ablation; Laparoscopic cholecystectomy; Laparoscopic hernia repair.

MBBS / Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, University of London / 1980
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Degree in the practice of medicine.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

Member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Member of the British Medical Association

Professional leadership

I am a member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
I hold the post of Convener of Examinations at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
I am a member of the MAC at the Spire Washington Hospital
In the past I represented County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust on the Regional Specialist Training Committee for 10 years and spent 7 years as Clinical Director of General Surgery for that Trust.

Peripheral vascular disease.

Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, University Hospital of North Durham.

My leisure activity is taken up by flying a Robinson R22 helicopter, which I own with two other local pilots. I have two grown up children and two grandchildren and live with my partner near Durham.