Richard Miller was appointed in 1993 as the first specialist colorectal surgeon in Cambridge. He therefore has 25 years of experience to call on when managing patients with both simple and complex problems. He has performed over 800 resections of the rectum and 1400 colon resections with one of the lowest complication rates in the country. He has performed over 7000 colonoscopies with a completion rate of 98% and had no perforations.
He is very experienced in the management of outpatient problems including haemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae etc. Less that 10% of patients in his practice with haemorrhoids ever need more than standard treatment but if needed he can offer HALO and Rafaelo procedures.
His research interests include anorectal physiology and the early detection of colon cancer. He was awarded honours in surgery at finals, the Patey Prize in the Surgical Research Society and a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons for his thesis work.
He performs many mesh repairs of groin hernias (inguinal or femoral) with a recurrence rate of 0.7%. Other than surgery for pilonidal sinuses, this is the only aspect of general surgery he performs. This is because he strongly believes that specialisation in surgical practice gives patients better care and has driven specialisation at Addenbrooke’s with the help of many colleagues.
He has had many leadership roles in Addenbrooke’s, being appointed head of General Surgery in 1993, then Clinical Director of Surgery in 1999, which included trauma and orthopaedics, urology, and the Emergency Department. A restructure in 2009 led to the formation of Divisions and he was made Divisional Director of Surgery, which included all of surgery with the exception neurosurgery and gynaecology, a £120M business. Throughout this time he has had a full time clinical role. He has championed specialisation of surgery and the result has been excellent clinical outcomes across the board. He demitted the post of Divisional Director in 2014 when there was a further re-organisation of the Divisions and was rapidly appointed as a Deputy Medical Director. On 1.12.17 he left this post to allow the new MD to appoint his own team and remains a Consultant Surgeon, doing clinics and other ad hoc assistance to the hospital, in addition to his private practice.
Gardening, thankfully with expert guidance from others
Fishing for trout and salmon in UK and abroad
Shooting and conservation in East Anglia
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