MARK COLEMAN - Consultant Surgeon
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Mark Coleman MB ChB FRCS (General Surgery) honorary FRCS (Glasgow) MD

Mark Coleman has been a Consultant Surgeon at Derriford Hospital and The Nuffield Hospital, Plymouth since 2001. He was the National Lead Clinician of the Lapco National Training Programme in laparoscopic colorectal surgery from 2008-2014 (   He was the Chairman of the External Affairs Committee and an Executive Council Member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland from 2011-2016. He is Chairman of Bowel Cancer West, a charity set up in 2010 to support research, training and awareness. IIn 2014 he was appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is co-director of the Lapco international Consultancy ( He is a member of the Education and Training Committee in the European Association of Endosocpic Surgeons.

He was a medical undergraduate in Leicester, a junior anatomy lecturer at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and a junior surgical trainee in various hospitals in the south east. He then spent a short period as a surgical registrar at the world famous Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa in 1993-4, before becoming a surgical registrar on the Wessex ‘Flyer’ rotation from 1995-2001. His research MD in Southampton was on the subject of ‘DNA instability in colorectal cancer’. He also spent a year as a Fellow in the prestigious laparoscopic surgery unit in Brisbane, Australia with George Fielding, Les Nathanson and Nick O’Rourke. As a registrar in Basingstoke he worked for Professor Bill Heald, Brendan Moran and Merv Rees.

Through both his registrar and consultant posts he has developed an interest and reputation in surgical skills training regionally, nationally and internationally. He led the world’s largest surgical skills training programme for consultants and has lectured extensively on the delivery of surgical skills training. In October 2010 he was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the College of Laparoscopic Surgeons of India by the Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of India (SELSI). He is a scientific paper reviewer for the scientific journals The British Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy and Colorectal Diseases. 

His clinical interests include laparoscopic colorectal surgery, hernia repair, ‘sportsman’s groin, splenectomy and cholecystectomy. He is part of a regional centre for the laparoscopic treatment of endometriosis. He was a pioneer of single port laparoscopic colorectal surgery. In 2010 he launched the charity ‘Bowel Cancer West’ to support research, publicity and training ( He lives on the rain soaked edge of Dartmoor with his wife, Jilly, son James and a variety of hairy and feathered additional family members.

Society Memberships


Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Society of American Gastroinstestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons 
European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons
TVR Car Club
Aston Martin Owners Club


Projects & Societies Projects
Sally Wilton, Secretary
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