Medical Qualifications

Mr Arjun Shankar graduated from the University College and Middlesex Hospitals Medical School in 1990. He carried out higher surgical training in upper gastrointestinal tract and Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB) surgery on the North East Thames training scheme with time spent at the Hammersmith Hospital. In 1999 Mr Shankar was awarded his Medical Doctorate from University College London following research on the development of colorectal liver metastases.

Medical Experience

Mr Shankar is a Consultant Surgeon, Divisional Clinical Director of GI Services, and Head of the Hernia Clinic at University College London Hospital. He is available for private patients at The Princess Grace Hospital, London.

He currently conducts research into the genetics of acute and chronic pancreatitis and duodenal polyposis and also has a specialists interest in hernia surgery (especially recurrent and complex), pancreatic surgery and abdominal sarcoma surgery.

Mr Arjun Shankar's Places of Practice


The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place

The University College London Hospital

University College Hospital
Gower St

Articles written by Mr Arjun Shankar
  • Complex incisional hernias

    After an abdominal operation, the tissues that comprise the abdominal wall may not heal correctly and this can result in an ‘incisional hernia’. All such hernias are complex given that patients will have had previous surgery and many may be elderly, obese or have significant co-mordities e.g. heart or lung disease.

    As an ageing, often obese, population undergoes increasingly complicated operations, complex hernia units are being faced with increasingly challenging incisional hernias. A large number of such cases will have developed wound infections post-operatively, some sadly with MRSA, and this may have contributed to the hernia formation. Unfortunately this infection history places the patient at higher than usual risk of further infections.

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  • Latest expert advice on surgery for hernias

    Over the last 100 years hernia surgery has developed into a medical speciality paralleled with huge leaps in technology and expertise. This article describes groin hernias, recurrent groin hernias and midline hernias and discusses the latest treatment options.

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