Originally from the North East of England, Mr Higgs studied medicine at Bristol University with pre-registration house jobs spent in Taunton and Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. He spent a year in Perth Western Australia gaining experience in Emergency Medicine and a variety of surgical disciplines. Basic surgical training rotation was in Exeter where he cut his teeth in the operating theatre and developed a fascination for upper GI surgery particularly oesophageal cancer surgery and anti-reflux surgery. He studied under Professor Derek Alderson and Miss Sally Norton in Bristol for a 2 year period of research investigating the use of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), EUS-guided biopsy and application of sentinel node theory in the management of oesophageal cancer. His research was presented at National and International meetings and was awarded a best trainee presentation prize at ISDE in Adelaide and BJS prize runner up at AUGIS in Dublin. His higher surgical training was spent throughout the South-West of England gaining experience in the full breadth of general and upper Gastro-Intestinal surgery. This rotation included significant periods of training in all the oesophagogastric and bariatric units in the South West where he consolidated his surgical skills becoming expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques and advanced endoscopy. After successfully becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010 and completing his higher surgical training in 2011, Mr Higgs was appointed as a Consultant General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon to Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust. He has been the clinical lead for The Three Counties OesophagoGastric Centre for 6 years and is now also the cancer and MDT lead. He has developed the endoscopic ultrasound service and introduced enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) for oesophagectomy improving clinical outcomes and reducing length of stay. His main surgical interests lie in minimally invasive surgical techniques especially related to oesophageal and gastric cancer, reflux disease, giant hiatal hernia, gallstones, bile duct stones and achalasia. He remains dedicated to improving surgical outcomes with the use of enhanced recovery pathways. Education of surgeons of the future is extremely important and Mr Higgs was honoured to be nominated as trainer of the year by his trainees in 2017 and 2018. Cotswold GI @ Imperial Medical Group is Mr Higgs’ private practice based at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital offering outpatient and inpatient services mirroring his NHS practice. Endoscopic ultrasound is offered privately at Gloucester Royal Hospital along with surgery for those patients with more complex medical needs or those who need critical care facilities post-operatively.
Mr Higgs was brilliant. I was an extremely phobic and nervous patient. He is a brilliant surgeon with a huge amount of compassion, kindness and understanding of how the patient feels. Thanks also to his team.
I was very nervous about having the operation but Mr Higgs explained exactly what would happen and answered all my questions clearly and kindly. I trusted him completely. The keyhole surgery was a success and my recovery was faster than I expected.
Haven’t got a bad word to say about the doctor/experience I had. I was kept up to date with every never felt like I didn’t know what was going on. Made to feel really welcome. Friendly service. Would 100% use and recommend. Dr Higgs to anyone. Thank you very much for all you have done.
Mr Higgs is a wonderful doctor. He knew exactly how I was feeling and arranged everything quickly and efficiently so that I was in hospital, had my operation and home again in a short period of time. He cares and that makes a real difference. What a lovely person.
Great level of care from initial consultation through to procedure and subsequent review consultation. Can't think of anything to improve my experience. Highly recommended and many thanks.
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