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Mr Ian Hawthorn

Mr Ian Hawthorn

Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Consultant General Surgeon
MB BS, FRCS Ed

Practising at

Spire Washington Hospital

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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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Professional profile

I have been a Consultant Vascular & General Surgeon for 22 years. I perform all aspects of Vascular Surgery, in particular endovenous surgery for varicose veins. My General surgical expertise is in gallbladder surgery and hernia repair.

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 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 15 years I have possibly the most experience of the procedure in the North East of England. I perform up to 100 laporoscopic cholecystectomies annually and over 40 hernia repairs annually.

I have held the post of lead clinician and Clinical Director of General Surgery at The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust for for 4 years, relinquishing the post in 2015. I also held the same role previously and have been in that post for 8 of the last 12 years. I am the Clinical Lead in Clinical Governance and Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) member at the Spire Washington Hospital.

I am heavily involved in junior surgical training and in particular involved in National examinations for surgical trainees. I sit on two national committees representing the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), the JCIE Vascular Advisory Board and the ICBSE Quality Assurance committee. I am a member of the Operational Examination Committee of the RCSEd and a supervising examiner for the MRCS examination both in the UK and overseas. I am on the faculty of examiners for the JCIE General Surgical FRCS examination. I am involved in preparatory courses for both the MRCS and FRCS examinations both in UK and abroad. I am a Regional Surgical Advisor for RCSEd.

For the last 10 years I have represented County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust on the Regional Specialist Training Committee and handed that role over in the last year. I am faculty at the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre at the Freeman Hospital.

I trained in surgery in the Royal Air Force, retiring as a Consultant Surgeon to the NHS in 1995 with the rank of Wing Commander.


Clinical Interests

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

Peripheral arterial surgery Aortic surgery Carotid Endarterectomy Primary and recurrent varicose veins including endovenous surgery, Radiofrequency Ablation Laparoscopic cholecystectomy Laparoscopic hernia repair

Private contact details

Telephone 0191 418 8636
Email ianhawthorn@aol.com, ianhawthorn@nhs.net
Private secretary Samantha
Private secretary email Samantha.GRAINGER@spirehealthcare.com
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Qualification and professional memberships

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 Lead Clinician in Clinical Governance and MAC member at the Spire Washington Hospital
I am a Regional Surgical Adviser (RSA) for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
I am a member of the Operational Examination Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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Current NHS posts

Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, University Hospital of North Durham

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Personal Profile

My leisure activity is taken up by flying a Robinson R22 helicopter which I own with two other local pilots. I am married with two children and one grandaughter and live in Durham.

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