I have been a surgeon for 30 years and specialised in hernia surgery 20 years ago.

I received my medical degree from University College Hospital, London in 1975, and trained as a surgeon at University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London. I became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1980.

I spent two years in the USA and on my return in 1987 I went into private practice as a surgeon. I joined the British Hernia Centre in 1991, and left after 25 years to establish my own practice.   I have operated on hernias exclusively for 30 years.

I probably have one of the largest series of open local anaesthetic hernia repairs in Europe and have trained many surgeons from around the world in the open LA tension-free mesh technique.

I have published articles and book chapters on all aspects of hernia surgery.

I am a co-founder of the British Hernia Society, and a member of the European Hernia Society.

My main interests now are in local anaesthetic day-case surgery, and the repair of complex recurrent groin hernias.

I am also able to carry out non-mesh repairs in suitable cases, using the Desarda technique.