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Mr. Stephan Korsgen

Professional profile

Born and educated in Germany I moved to the UK in 1988 and received my surgical training in the Midlands. In 1999 I was appointed as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Good Hope Hospital, now part of the University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB). I have built up the Endorectal Ultrasound Service at Good Hope Hospital to stage benign and cancerous lesions of the rectum, and have extensive experience in the technique, performing around 100 procedures yearly. I am the leading surgeon for early rectal cancer performing Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery in the Midlands, training other surgeons in the technique. We perform around 80 TEMS procedures every year at Good Hope Hospital. Since 2002 I have developed laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Good Hope Hospital and have mentored other colorectal surgeons in the technique. Laparoscopic colorectal surgery is now well established and the procedure of choice for the suitable patient. In addition, I have extensive experience in open colorectal procedures. Within HEFT, I am part of the team promoting and implementing Enhanced Recovery after surgery, shortening length of stay after major surgery. Combined with laparoscopic surgery, hospital stays as short as 3 - 4 days can be achieved. I have played a major role in a trial called TREC-trial exploring the feasibility of organ preservation in early rectal cancer, and this research continues in the form of the STARTREC trial to which we are recruiting at present. I continue to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomies, performing around 50 procedures every year.


I was appointed as Consultant Surgeon with interest in Colorectal Surgery to Good Hope Hospital in 1999. After training and qualifying in Cologne, Germany, in 1988, I spent a year in Kings Lynn, West Norfolk before coming to the West Midlands for my postgraduate training, completing an SHO rotation and then joining the Higher Surgical Training Scheme. I did my research studying patients after ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, and assessing patients with faecal incontinence, performing anorectal physiology studies, under the auspice of Prof M Keighley. I received my surgical training rotating through the leading units of the West Midlands including Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Good Hope Hospital and Heartlands Hospital.

Membership of professional bodies

Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons
General Medical Council No 3213676
Medical Protection Society
British Medical Association

Personal profile

I am married to Andrea, and we have three grown up children. We live in Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.
We enjoy family life and as committed Christians are involved in local church activities, Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church. I like running, skiing, and playing the piano.




Colorectal and laparoscopic surgery

Special clinical interests

Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS)
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Academic interests

Staging of early rectal cancer and organ preservation in early rectal cancer

Current post

Consultant Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Good Hope Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Private secretary (Andrea)

07458 302671

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