About Us

This section contains information about the people who are behind the running of Bristol Laparoscopic Surgery and what they do. You can also see more information about the sponsors of the site below. 
Mr Anthony R Dixon DM, FRCS, FRCSEd Consultant Colorectal & Laparoscopic Surgeon

Hospital: North Bristol NHS Trust, Frenchay & Southmead Hospitals

Specialty: Coloproctology & Laparoscopic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Laparoscopy, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor.

Special Clinical Interests: Laparoscopic colectomy for cancer, laparoscopic restorative ileoanal pouch for ulcerative colitis, laparoscopic prolapse surgery, laparoscopic appendicectomy, laparoscopic gallstone and hernia surgery. Colonoscopy. Teaching laparoscopic surgery, PPH & STARR.

Research Interests: Prognostic factors and patient information provision in bowel cancer. New developments and training in laparoscopic and minimal access surgery, auditing outcomes. Quality of life assessment.

Posts Held

  • Consultant Colorectal & Laparoscopic Surgeon North Bristol NHS Trust.
  • Member Council ACPGBI
  • Hon.Surgeon, Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • Reader, University Bristol.
  • Member Invited Review Team Royal College Surgeons England
  • NCAS assesor
  • Former Chairman Avon Somerset & Wiltshire Colorectal Cancer Site Specialist Group.
  • South West Cancer Intelligence Service Colorectal Tumour Panel
  • National Cancer Peer Review
  • Examiner Bristol University
  • LAPCO & LOREC consultant preceptor in laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Chair Bristol Laparoscopic Associates & bristolsurgery.com       
  • Director SWSTN

MB BS 1983 London
FRCS 1987
DM 1990 Nottingham

Specialist Association Memberships
Association Coloproctology Great Britain & Ireland
Royal Society of Medicine – section Coloproctology
Association Laparoscopic Surgeons Great Britain & Ireland

Background Information:
Tony specialises in minimally invasive colorectal surgery and has one of the largest UK experience of laparoscopic colorectal surgery; colectomy, prolapse surgery, restorative ileoanal pouch as well as PPH, STARR and TEP hernia repair.  He trained in London, Leicester, Nottingham and Bristol. Tony learnt his laparoscopic skills in Brisbane Australia in 1994 (Russel Stitz, George Fielding). Tony’s DM thesis examined how best to monitor cancer response to treatment.  He is widely published with lots of peer reviewed papers on outcomes following laparoscopic colorectal surgery, patient information needs, optimising a patient’s cancer journey, quality of life, straight to test. Tony is actively involved in teaching laparoscopic colorectal techniques, PPH and STARR to other surgeons in the UK. He is married with two teenage sons.

Dr Gareth Greenslade MB BS, MBA, FRCA, FFPMRCA Consultant Anaesthetist & Director Chronic Pain Services NBT

Mr Tim Whittlestone MA, MD, FRCS Urol Consultant Urologist

Hospital: Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Specialty: Urology
Sub-specialties: Oncology, Incontinence, Stone Surgery
Special Clinical Interests: Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy,  Laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, TVT for femal urinary incontinence 
Research Interests: bladder dysfunction 

Posts Held

  • Consultant Urological Surgeon, Bristol Royal Infirmary.
  • Consultant Urologist, Southmead Hospital.
  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Bristol.
  • Partner Bristol Urology Associates.
  • Hunterian Professor of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England 2001
  • International Urogynaecological Association 

MB, BCh Cambridge 1991
MA Cambridge 1992
MD Bristol 2002 
FRCS (Urol) 2002 JCS UK

Background Information

Tim was born in Yorkshire in 1968 and studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities where he obtained a First Class degree in Physiology. He has trained in surgery and urology at The Mayo Clinic in the USA, The John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospitals.  He is married with one baby daughter.

Honours include: Tancred’s Foundation Studenship 1996-1998, South West Surgeons Registrar’s Prize, South West Urologists Registrar’s Prize 1998 and a Medical Research Council traveling fellowship.

Tim specializes in cancers of the kidney and prostate.  He also is an expert in treating younger men with testicular cancer.  Tim is one of the few people to offer laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for testicular cancer.  He also performs operations to relieve male and female incontinence and uses lasers  to treat stones.  He sees men and women with all range of general urological problems and lectures extensively on the subject of male sexual dysfunction.

Tim has published many papers in the surgical and urological press and particularly enjoys writing articles for the lay press as well as patient information leaflets. His main research interest is in bladder disorders and incontinence. 

Tim works very closely with Tony Dixon in their programme of laparoscopic pelvic floor repair.

Raven Department of Education Royal College Surgeons England

Bristolsurgery.com  is recognised and endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England as being a valuable tool for postgraduate education.

Raven Department of Education Royal College Surgeons England

Ethicon Endo-Surgery UK

Currently supporting:- North Bristol Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery & our preceptorship/consultant training programme.

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson company develops and markets an extensive portfolio of advanced surgical instruments and medical devices for minimally invasive and traditional surgery.  We work with surgeons around the world in developing products and refining products and procedures that make a difference to the surgical patient.  The company’s focus is on designing innovative, procedure-enabling medical devices for interventional diagnosis and treatment of various disease and conditions.

Ethicon Endo-Surgery is proud to be a company that truly believes the products it designs and procedures it develops are ‘Transforming Patient Care Through Innovation’.

Ethicon Endo-Surgery UK

Olympus Keymed

Currently supporting:- North Bristol in developing LESS (Laparo Endoscopic Single Site) surgery  and its impending consultant training programme.


Olympus Keymed

Covidien Healthcare

Currently supporting:- North Bristol & Oxford consultant training programme in Laparoscopic Ventral Rectopexy & Pelvic Floor Repair.

COVIDIEN, a global leader in healthcare develops and markets an extensive portfolio of advanced surgical instruments and medical devices for minimally invasive and traditional surgery.  COVIDIEN is committed to supporting a wide variety of surgical education programs for Surgeons, Fellows, Residents, Nurses, allied health personnel and other members of the healthcare team.

  • A history of over 40 years of advanced medical training
  • Multifaceted, comprehensive training programs at facilities both domestically and globally
  • Trained approximately 275,000 surgeons to date
  • Partnerships with leading medical institutions and professional societies to provide state of the art learning experiences
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program, Resident Training, Post Graduate Courses, Advanced Training (Preceptorships, Proctorships & Mini-Fellowships), Nursing Education and Simulation Training.

Covidien Healthcare

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