Richard WelbournMBBS, MD, FRCS
Mr Welbourn has been a Consultant Upper GI Surgeon for 14 years, starting in 1998. His areas of interest are bariatric surgery, laparoscopic surgery - especially cholecystectomy (gall bladder surgery), colonoscopy, hernia surgery including incisional hernias (he has done more than 1,200 laparoscopic inguinal (groin) hernia repairs since 2002) and anti-reflux surgery (Nissen fundoplication) for patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and hiatus hernias.
Mr Welbourn developed a regional bariatric surgery programme in 2003. He is one of the most well-known bariatric surgeons in the UK and has just been elected President of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society, and takes up this post in January 2013.
He led Musgrove’s application to become the first International Centre of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery outside the USA in 2009. The unit has performed well over 2,000 procedures, mainly gastric bypass and gastric banding, and he has trained many other consultants in bariatric surgery. He is the surgical lead on the nationally funded By-Band study, a study of gastric banding and gastric bypass, and was the lead author of the first National Bariatric Surgery Registry report in April 2011.