Andrew C de Beaux

MD FRCS MBChB

General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Upper Gastro-intestinal Surgeon

Brought up, (but not born) in Scotland, I graduated in medicine with Honours from Aberdeen University in 1988.  My surgical training was mainly in Scotland with my final year in Adelaide, South Australia.  I was appointed Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2001.  I began my training in Bariatric or weight loss surgery in 2005 and was one of two surgeons (along with my colleague Mr Bruch Tulloh) who established a Bariatric Surgery Service in Edinburgh for both the NHS and private sector .  We operated on our first patient in 2007.  I have served on a number of government committees advising the national planning forum on weight loss management planning.  I also represent the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) Council.  I have been on the Editorial Group  for a number of recent guidelines including Guideline 115, The Management of Obesity. I review papers submitted for pulication to the Journal, Obesity Surgery.  I am a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Surgery, and also review papers for the World Journal of Surgery and the Journal, Hernia.

My main surgical interest apart from Bariatric Surgery is the repair of abdominal wall hernias of all types.  I perform surgical repair of hernias either by laparoscopic (keyhole) or by open surgery depending on the particular hernia.  I have a special interest in the repair of large or complex abdominal wall hernias.  I am Education Secretary on the British Hernia Society Council.  The remit of this society is to promote best practice in hernia surgery in the UK.  I lecture regularly on hernia surgery at National and International Meetings.  I am co-president of the 36th European Hernia Society Annual General Meeting which will be held in Edinburgh in 2014. I am the UK representative on the European Hernia Society Working Party developing an International Abdominal Wall Hernia Registry.  I co-organise a number of hernia and other surgical training courses each year at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

In my spare time, I enjoy a variety of hobbies and interests.  My two boys keep me fit and in addition, I coach youth rugby at Boroughmuir RFC.  I have my private pilot’s licence and fly a Piper Archer (which I part own) out of Edinburgh Flying Club.  I have a very keen interest in Formula 1 motor racing and I was a member of the trackside medical team at the 2000 Melbourne Grand Prix.  For relaxation, I enjoy using my hands at embroidery and gardening.  As an adopted Scotsman, I have an interest in whisky, and the period of Scottish History that ended at the Battle of Flodden.