Mr Baljit Singh was appointed as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University Hospitals Leicester in 2009. He qualified in medicine in 1992 from Oxford University having also obtained a first class honours degree in physiological sciences.
He undertook basic surgical training in Nottingham, Leicester and was a specialist registrar in the Oxford region. He was also appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Surgery, Oxford University where he also held the post of Surgeon-Scientist. Mr Singh has a strong academic background having been awarded a PhD (DPhil) from Oxford University in 2004. He was awarded a prestigious joint Royal College of Surgeons/MRC fellowship to study for his PhD.
This research interest has culminated in several projects both basic science and clinically based.
Mr Singh has been awarded several international prizes. These include poster of distinction at DDW, and the International Guest Scholar for the American College of Surgeons 2008. The latter is a highly competitive award given to only ten surgeons world wide each year. He was also awarded the European Society of Coloproctology Travelling Fellowship to Japan and spent time at the National Cancer Centre, Tokyo. Mr Singh has also had the opportunity to visit and learn surgical techniques including laparoscopic surgery in leading institutions in France, North America including Mayo Clinic and Cornell University. He has published over fifty peered reviewed papers including review articles and book chapters. Mr Singh has presented at both national and international meetings and continues to have an interest in both clinical and academic practice.
Mr Sanjay Chaudhri was appointed as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the University Hospital Leicester in 2009. He completed his undergraduate medical education and post graduate surgical training from the Armed Forces Medical College (University of Pune). He served his commission with the Indian Navy from 1987 to 1998. This included service on warships and naval hospitals as a medical officer and a surgical specialist.
In the United Kingdom, his surgical training has included placements in the Academic Colorectal Units at the Freeman Hospital Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool Royal Hospital and University Hospital Birmingham. In addition, he has been on Travelling Fellowships to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre at Mt Sinai Hospital Toronto, Monaldi Hospital Laparoscopic Surgery Centre Naples and the Colorectal Units at Karolinksa University Hospitals Stockholm.
He has a strong clinical research background and has presents regularly at various International and National meetings. He is actively involved with surgical trials and is a member of the Cohort Studies subcommittee of the European Society of Coloproctology.
As a surgical educator he is the Royal College Surgical Tutor for Leicester General Hospital and has been involved with mentoring surgeons in the UK on the LOREC (Low Rectal Cancer) training programme in the UK and overseas surgical training in Africa. He regularly hosts international colorectal fellows for training.
Mr Chaudhri is passionate about minimal invasive surgery and offers laparoscopic (keyhole) and robotic surgery for colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticular disease. These techniques are associated with better cosmetic result, less postoperative pain and quicker patient recovery. Other surgical interests include the treatment of large complex abdominal hernias, newer operations for haemorrhoids, anal fistulas and fissures.