Mr William Carr

Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon


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I took up my post as a Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon in August 2014 having completed my surgical training in the North East, benefitting from being present at Sunderland Royal Hospital when bariatric surgery became an accepted NHS treatment for morbid obesity and Sunderland then became the busiest NHS bariatric centre in the country. Whilst I have developed expertise in all areas of benign upper gastro-intestinal Surgery (hernia surgery, gallbladder surgery) my focus has been to develop the skills necessary to deliver high quality, safe laparoscopic bariatric surgery with effective weight loss. I have regularly attended and presented at national and international bariatric meetings, contributing to research papers and presentations and feel confident that the techniques and procedures I offer meet these targets.

As a Bariatric Surgeon I specialise in minimally invasive procedures to aid weight loss and improve obesity related comorbidities. I perform endoscopic gastric balloon insertion, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic Roux en Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic loop/mini gastric bypass. In addition I perform Metabolic Surgery (for diabetes) on patients with a BMI of 30-35Kg/m2 in accordance with NICE guidelines. I also perform revisional/conversion procedures when previous operations have not been successful. Within my General Surgery practice a specialise in laparoscopic gallbladder surgery and laparoscopic and open hernia surgery, including inguinal, ventral, umbilical and incisional hernia.

Since starting as a consultant in 2014 I have performed over 200 primary laparoscopic bariatric procedures (gastric bypass and sleeve) and more complex revisional cases (converting gastric bands to alternative procedures) in addition to performing gallbladder and hernia surgery on a weekly basis.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr William Carr at Spire include:


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Additional information

Gastrointestinal surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Minimal access surgery
Obesity surgery
Pancreatic and biliary surgery
Weight loss surgery

MB BS / University of Newcastle Upon Tyne / 2004
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh / 2013
Fellow of the Royal college of surgeons

PGDIpCLinEd / Edgehill University / 2014
Post graduate diploma in clinical education

Professional memberships

Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons

British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society

Medical Protection Society

Professional leadership

I organise training days and courses for Surgeons and other health professionals involved in Bariatric Surgery at Sunderland Royal Hospital with a focus on providing high quality safe surgery. I also run training days and course for surgeons hoping to learn how to perform the Mini gastric bypass procedure.
In addition I have a keen interest in Junior Doctor training and education and am lead clinician for Junior Doctors working within General Surgery at Sunderland Royal Hospital. As clinical governance lead for General Surgery I also play a role in quality assurance and patient safety.

Consultant General, Bariatric and Upper GI Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital

Having been born in West Yorkshire I moved to Newcastle in 1999 to begin medical school. I started work in the region upon graduation and progressed seamlessly through general surgical training which I completed in 2014. Whilst I have family ties to West Yorkshire the North East has been home since leaving school. I enjoy playing Golf, watching Rugby and spending time walking with my wife and dog in the countryside.