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Douglas Whitelaw: Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic, and General Surgeon, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Douglas Whitelaw
Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic, and General Surgeon, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire: Douglas Whitelaw

Douglas Whitelaw: Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic, and General Surgeon in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire offering a wide range of general and bariatric surgery procedures including gastic banding, laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, hernia repair, and treatment of gallstones.


Mr Douglas Whitelaw MBChB FRCS Edin FRCS (Gen.Surg.) is a Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic, and General Surgeon. 

Mr Whitelaw qualified from Edinburgh University Medical School in 1990. He underwent his higher surgical training in a number of London hospitals including the Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, University College, and The Royal Marsden. He took up his position as Consultant Bariatric and Pancreatobilary Surgeon in 2004. Luton & Dunstable Hospital is a nationally recognised centre of excellence for bariatric surgery and is the designated centre for the East of England and currently undertakes around 10% of the UKs bariatric operations annually. In March 2011 it was successful in becoming one of the designated centres for Central South England from Oxfordshire to the Isle of Wight. Mr Whitelaw offers a comprehensive weight loss service with the utmost care and consideration. The services is based on a multidisciplinary approach involving consultant endocrinologists, specialist anaesthetists, psychologists, a dietician, and specialist bariatric nurses. Mr Whitelaw uses this multi-disciplinary team approach throughout both his NHS and private practice. Weight loss support groups are also run at both NHS and private practices for pre and post-operative patients.

Research interests

Mr Whitelaw is actively involved in the ongoing research programme into weight loss and bariatric surgery and its metabolic effects undertaken by the Centre of Obesity research at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

Published papers

  • Contributor to The National Bariatric Surgical Registry (NBSR) Report published April 2011

  • Author of chapters on bariatric surgery and appendicetomy in Kirk’s General Surgical Operations (medical text book)


Experience and expertise

Mr Whitelaw has extensive experience in complex laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery. He has performed more than 500 bariatric procedures, and over 350 gastric bypasses. He currently performs more than 200 bariatric procedures per year.


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Date of registration:

01 Aug 1990



Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals


Mr Douglas Whitelaw is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Spire Healthcare
Spire admitting rights



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Mr Douglas Whitelaw

The Cobham Clinic

Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton, LU5 0DZ

Tel: 01582 718 278

Mob: 07530 430 741

Fax: 01582 718 278


Places of work

Private practice

Spire Harpenden Hospital, Ambrose Lane, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 4BP

Tel: 01582 714420

Website: www.spirehealth.com

Consultation times: Tuesday Evenings


The Cobham Clinic

Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton, LU5 0DZ

Tel: 01582 497433

Fax:01582 497450

Website: www.cobhamclinic.co.uk


Pinehill Hospital, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 9QZ

Tel: 01462 427221/427216

Website: www.pinehillhospital.co.uk

Consultation times: Saturday Mornings (alternate)


NHS practice

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS, Foundation Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton
, LU4 0DZ

Tel: 01582 718278

Website: www.ldh.nhs.uk