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Mr. Mark A S Chapman

Professional profile

As a Consultant, I have over twenty years experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon, rectum and anus (the large bowel). I have performed over 600 major large bowel resections, mainly for bowel cancer.

Symptoms of anal irritation, piles, rectal bleeding, constipation and difficulty in opening bowels are extremely common. They are usually due to benign causes but can be challenging to treat.

Colonoscopy (inspection of the bowel with a camera) is frequently used to diagnose bowel disorders. This can be an uncomfortable or even painful procedure and so I routinely ask a Consultant Anaesthetist to provide sedation during the procedure, rendering it completely pain free. This also helps me attain a completion rate (inspection of the whole large bowel) of greater than 95%.

I have an interest in disorders of defaecation and the pelvic floor. I establised the pelvic floor service at HEFT as well as a number of new techniques to treat these problems such as sacral nerve stimulation. I was the inaugural governance lead for the Pelvic Floor Society.

I am the Trust Cancer Lead having been the Lead Colorectal Cancer Surgeon for many years with responsible for ensuring that best practice is followed in treating large bowel cancer. I am chair of the Specialised Colorectal Clinical Reference Group for NHS England and the External Affairs Committee of the Association of Coloproctology.

From 2003 – 2008, I sat on the Patient Liaison Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons. I have been awarded a number of clinical excellence points by Good Hope Hospital.


I was appointed as Consultant Coloproctologist to Good Hope Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Birmingham University in 1998.

I trained at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University and the Royal London Hospital. Prior, to my Consultant appointment, I was Lecturer in Surgery at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.

In 1998, the Royal College of Surgeons of England appointed me Hunterian Professor, for my research into colonic flora and inflammatory bowel disease.

In 2000, I passed the European sub-specialty exam in coloproctology (EBSQ).

Membership of professional bodies

  • Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • General Medical Council No 3260214
  • Medical Protection Society
  • British Medical Association

Personal profile

I am married with three children and live in Sutton Coldfield.

Outside medicine, my interests include music especially choral and opera, reading biographies and wine. I enjoy running and have completed the Sutton Fun Run for the past 17 years. I am a Christian, enjoying the fellowship of Lichfield Cathedral and Aldridge Parish Church.


MA (Hons Cantab), MS (Lond), FRCS(Eng), EBSQ(Coloproctology)


General and colorectal surgery

Special clinical interests

  • Functional pelvic floor disorders (anal pain, itching, bleeding)
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Colonoscopy

Academic interests

Current post

  • Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Good Hope Hospital.
  • University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Birmingham University.

Private secretary (Susan)

0121 353 7531


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