Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

General Surgery

Key Contacts



Mr Steven Brown

Research Lead

Mr Simon Boyes

Clinical Director

Sue Gregory
Operations Director
Simon Thurman
Service Manager
Dr Debby Hawkins

Directorate Research Coordinator

Modhumita Harris
CRIO Research Coordinator


The Directorate delivers high quality clinical care and research to patients requiring general surgery. It covers a range of surgical sub-specialities that include colorectal surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, hepato-biliary surgery and endocrine surgery, across the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital sites.

General Surgery is part of the Surgical services group. It is one of the biggest groups in the Trust and has over 400 staff including 24 surgeons who operate on over 7,000 patients each year. The Department is based at the Northern General Hospital.

General surgery research is currently led by Professor Steven Brown, who is also the lead researcher for colorectal surgery. Research expertise in upper gastrointestinal surgery is provided by Roger Ackroyd, in hepato-biliary surgery through Ahmed Al-Mukhtar and in endocrine surgery by Saba Balasubramanian.

The Department currently has two clinical research fellows at registrar level, who deliver a programme of research. Both are registered for doctoral studies with the University of Sheffield.  

Research Themes

Our key themes of clinical research are:

  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery


The Clinical Directorate of General Surgery Research Strategy 2018-2021 is available on request -