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 now operates exclusively on patients with hernias.

I was one of the first surgeons in the UK to advocate the use of mesh for all abdominal hernias. My main interests now are in local anaesthetic day-case surgery, and the repair of complex recurrent groin hernias. 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, member of the American and European Hernia Societies, and the British Association of Day Surgery.