Justin Davies is Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Colorectal, Laparoscopic Colorectal and General Surgeon in Cambridge. He was appointed in 2007, and has a busy NHS practice in the Cambridge Colorectal Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine and a Bye-Fellow at Downing College, University of Cambridge. He offers outpatient consultations during the evening, working day or on a saturday morning, and has a particular interest and expertise in the minimally invasive treatments of haemorrhoids (piles), bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and diverticular disease.
He was previously Clinical Director for General Surgery and subsequently Digestive Diseases for over 7 years. He is Vice President and member of Council at the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Coloproctology, Topic Advisor for the NICE Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Committee and member of The Royal College of Surgeons Cancer Services Committee, Chair of the IBD Committee and previous member of Council and Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, UK National Representative for the European Society of Coloproctology and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He has been elected an International Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons in recognition of his educational and research achievements, and is the recipient of a Silver National Clinical Excellence Award in recognition of his services to the NHS.
Following graduation from the University of Cambridge in 1994, he was trained in Cambridge, London, Bristol and Toronto, and treats patients with all colorectal conditions. He has an extensive clinical and research pedigree in the management of haemorrhoids (piles), and has a particular interest and expertise in the modern treatment of haemorrhoids. The haemorrhoid treatments he offers include the minimally invasive techniques of radiofrequency ablation (Rafaelo) and doppler-guided haemorrhoidal artery ligation (HALO), also known as transanal haemorrhoidal dearterialisation (THD). These techniques are associated with minimal discomfort afterwards and a fast return to normal activities. He has performed over 150 HALO/THD cases, with his results published and presented at UK and international meetings. He is an experienced colonoscopist, and regularly performs colonoscopy for investigation of rectal bleeding and change in bowel habit. His general surgery practice includes the repair of groin (inguinal/femoral) and abdominal wall (incisional/ventral/paraumbilical) hernias.
He specialises in the use of laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and diverticular disease. He has performed over 300 laparoscopic operations for these conditions, and his results have been published, as well as presented in the UK and internationally. This approach has the advantages of smaller scars, less pain, a quicker recovery with less time in hospital and a faster return to normal activities/work.
Demonstrating an on-going commitment to training future generations of surgeons, he is an Educational and Clinical Supervisor for surgical trainees. He is the recent Chair of Education and Training for the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, and has served as a Programme Director for Core Surgical Training, as well as an examiner at the University of Cambridge.
He maintains an active research programme, particularly in relation to preventing surgical site infection and the outcomes of surgery for colorectal cancer, anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and minimally invasive haemorrhoid treatments. He continues to audit his work, presenting at national and international meetings. In addition, he publishes regularly in peer-review journals, is the co-editor of a book published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press entitled "A Surgeon's Guide to Anaesthesia and Peri-operative Care" and is often invited to lecture both in the UK and abroad. His research in bowel cancer screening has culminated in the award of a Master of Surgery higher degree from the University of Cambridge, as well as several prestigious research prizes (Patey Prize and John of Arderne Medal) and publications (including in the Lancet and Nature Reviews Cancer).
Outside interests are largely sporting, particularly rugby union. He won his Cambridge Blue in 1994, playing scrum-half for the winning Cambridge University side in the Varsity Match at Twickenham. He made over 50 appearances for and captained The Blues. At school, he represented England Schools 18 Group. He now enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons.