James Gossage is a Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
His private practice is based at the London Bridge Hospital as part of the ‘London Digestion’ group. Patients are also seen and treated privately at St Thomas’ Hospital and consultations are held in central London and at the Sevenoaks Medical Centre in Kent.
His specialist surgical training was based in leading London teaching hospitals and the South-East of England. He was awarded a laparoscopic surgical fellowship and a HCA Foundation grant to study surgical techniques in the Professorial Unit in Adelaide, Australia. He also received a Royal College of Surgeons grant to study trauma surgery in South Africa.
At St Thomas’ Hospital he performs a high volume of complex procedures for cancer of the oesophagus and stomach. He also treats benign conditions of the oesophagus and carries out surgery for more common conditions including gallstones and hernias.
Recent technological advances in oesophagogastric surgery have enabled the development of a robotic surgery programme at St Thomas’ Hospital. After a period of specialist training and visits to Utrecht and Japan, both oesophageal and gastric robotic procedures are now being carried out at the trust. This will become a fundamental part of modern surgery leading to improved surgical technique and patient outcomes.
He previously led the Upper Gastrointestinal Service at St Thomas’ Hospital before moving on to Chair of the Regional Cancer network and become the National Lead for Oesophagogastric Cancer Surgery on the AUGIS (Association for Upper GI Surgeons) Council.
He is currently the surgical representative on the national audit committee (NOGCA), part of the Clinical Effectiveness unit at the Royal College of Surgeons. The national audit monitors specialist surgical practice and aims improve surgical quality in England and Wales (https://www.nogca.org.uk).
He has a strong academic background and was awarded a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons for his research towards his higher degree. He is currently an Associate Professor at Kings College, London and an affiliated researcher with the Upper Gastrointestinal Research Unit at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles on his specialist area, two book chapters and a textbook on surgery.
His outside interests include coaching hockey, golf and spending time with his family.