Mr Arjun Shankar

  • Qualifications
    MD, FRCS
  • NHS Base
    University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU and The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG
  • Speciality
    General surgery
  • Sub speciality
    Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB), sarcoma, complex hernia surgery
  • Year qualified
  • Consulting address
    110 Harley Street, London W1G 7JG
  • Research interests
    Duodenal polyps, pancreatitis, complex hernias
  • Languages
  • Biography

    Mr Arjun Shankar, Consultant General, Sarcoma and Pancreaticobiliary Surgeon University College London Hospitals

    Specialities – Pancreaticobiliary disease, Abdominal Sarcomas, Hernias, Emergency Surgery

    Mr Arjun Shankar is one of London’s leading general surgeons and is the only sarcoma surgeon at University College London Hospital.

    He underwent his surgical training in London based primarily at The Middlesex, University College and Hammersmith Hospitals. His research into the development of colorectal liver metastases led to the award of an MD within the University of London.

    Mr Shankar was privileged to have worked for a number of internationally renowned surgeons including Mr RCG Russell, Professor RCN Williamson and Professor I Taylor who provided him with world class training.

    On completion of his training he was recruited to replace Mr RCG Russell in leading the internationally renowned surgical unit that specialised in the management of pancreatic disease. The unit has developed under Mr Shankar’s leadership and is now one of the largest centres for pancreatic disease in Europe with a particular interest in pancreatitis and advanced surgery for pancreatic cancer. The unit’s published mortality/morbidity rates are amongst the lowest in the world.

    He also leads the abdominal sarcoma unit which is part of the London Sarcoma Service based at University College Hospital. The unit is one of the busiest in Europe, offering the most advanced surgical techniques found anywhere in the world and exceptional outcomes. Mr Shankar is able to offer his patients both open and laparoscopic techniques and directs a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of subspecialists who are world leaders in their fields.

    Mr Shankar runs the hernia clinic which offers the full range of both open and laparoscopic techniques. He has a particular interest in dealing with complex recurrences and complications referred from elsewhere and is able to offer patients the most advanced reconstructive technologies and techniques available. The unit is able to reconstruct even the largest and most complex defects, including many related to previous operative procedures.

    Mr Shankar has established a busy emergency general surgical practice offering the full range of surgical techniques including minimal access surgery (MAS). He leads a team of healthcare professionals who specialise in managing acutely unwell patients; the team includes intensive care and acute care physicians and dedicated acute anaesthetists. This acute care MDT has produced exceptional outcomes for even the most high risk patients undergoing emergency surgery and is the leading provider of acute surgery in London.