Dr Austin Obichere
Dr Austin Obichere was appointed Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, University College London Hospital (UCLH) NHS Trust and Hon. Senior Lecturer, University College London (UCL) in 2003. He underwent general surgical training on the North West Thames Higher Surgical Training Scheme and developed a sub-specialist interest in Coloproctology very early in his career. In 1997, he embarked on a two-year research project at St. Mark’s Hospital, evaluating quality of life issues in patients with stomas, leading to the award of Doctor of Medicine (MD Thesis) Degree from the University of London.
Austin is an expert bowel cancer screening endoscopist with UK Joint Advisory Group (JAG) accreditation. Prior to his appointment as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL, he held the posts of Colorectal Fellow at St Mark’s Hospital for Intestinal Diseases and Colorectal Disorders, Harrow and Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
He introduced laparoscopic Colorectal surgery to the Trust and performed the first bowel resection using this technique in 2003. Austin has since been responsible for developing an established Colorectal Cancer service at UCLH, routinely offering both open and laparoscopic Colorectal procedures to meet national and Trust guidelines.
Austin is currently Director of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme at UCLH. He is a member of the surgical sub-group of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) and President of the IA (Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group), Greater London West Chapter.
In 2010, Austin co-founded the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy Centre (D & TEC) in Lagos with a vision to provide a one-stop centre offering accurate high quality endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal, urological, gynaecological and respiratory disorders using the very latest equipment and techniques.