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Ian Beckingham: Consultant Laparoscopic (Keyhole) and General Surgeon, Nottingham

Ian Beckingham
Consultant Laparoscopic (Keyhole) and General Surgeon, Nottingham: Ian Beckingham

Ian Beckingham is a full-time Consultant Surgeon at Queens Medical Centre and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Nottingham Medical School. He specialises in keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery and surgery of the liver and pancreas.  The treatments he offers include surgery for gallstone diseases, hiatus hernia and anti-reflux surgery, gastric banding (obesity surgery), and surgery for hernias (inguinal, femoral, umbilical, etc.). 

After qualifying in 1987 with a B Med Sci (Hons) at Nottingham University, Ian received FRCS and DM in Surgery in 1992 and 1994 respectively.  He was awarded the JH Louw Memorial Medal for outstanding trainee after completing training in Leeds, Newcastle and Cape Town. He has also received a Solly Marks Medal at SAGES for best research paper. He has held his current consultancy position since 1999.


Clinical interests in laparoscopic and general surgery

Since his appointment as a consultant, Ian has developed laparoscopic surgery both locally and nationally pioneering a number of procedures including laparoscopic liver and pancreatic resection in the UK.  His practical interests include laparoscopic gallbladder, bile duct and antireflux surgery.  He performed some of the first Single Incision (SILS) Cholecystectomies in the UK.  He has a vast experience of laparoscopic and open hernia surgery for inguinal, femoral, umbilical, epigastric and incisional hernias and has performed over 3000 laparoscopic TEP hernia repairs with minimal complications.  He has operated on a number of high profile sportsman with sports hernias/Gilmore’s groin.


His interests in benign Upper GI surgery include anti-reflux surgery, surgery for achalasia and splenectomy with over 95% of procedures carried out laparoscopically (keyhole) including hiatus hernias and giant paraoesophageal hernias. 


He has performed obesity surgery at Royal Derby NHS trust and in Nottingham for 10 years with experience of over 400 laparoscopic gastric bands with <2% complication rate (well below the 5-7% national average).


He is Head of HPB Surgery at Queens Medical Centre and Chairman of the HPB Cancer unit (encompassing Nottingham, Newark, Mansfield, Lincoln and Derby).  He performs major cancer resections for liver, pancreatic and biliary cancer and undertakes complex endoscopic procedures including ERCP’s (bile duct interventions).

Ian Beckingham in the press

Research and publications in liver cancer, gallstones, and hernia surgery

Mr Beckingham's research interests include liver cancer, gallstones, and hernia surgery.  He has been co-recipient of Wellcome and Royal College research grants worth in excess of £250,000.  He has over 100 original scientific papers and publications and a number of books and book chapters including Editor of The ABC of Diseases of Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder, and Chapters in Aird’s  Textbook of Surgery (Gallstones) , Blumgart’s Surgery of the Liver and Biliary tract and Recent Advances in Surgery (Hernia Surgery).  He is a well known speaker at national and international surgical meetings and training courses both at the MAESTrO Unit in Nottingham and at other centres in the UK, France and Germany.

Ian Beckingham

Other appointments

  • President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS)

  • Elected to Council of Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons (ALS)

  • Royal College of Surgeons / ALS advanced laparoscopic instructor

  • Founder and Chairman of Minimal Access Endoscopic Surgery Training Organisation (MAESTrO)

  • Journal referee for British Journal of Surgery, The Surgeon, International HPBA Journal, Journal of RCS (Eng)

  • Advisor to National Institute of Clinical Governance (NICE)

  • Council of British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) 
  • Royal College of Surgeons National Upper GI surgery Assessor
  • Chairman of Royal College of Surgeons Advisory Panel for National Commissioning Guidance of Gallstone Disease 

Operations and treatments - number of procedures undertaken

  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication: 20 per year, over 300 total

  • Laparoscopic Cardiomyotomy for Achalasia: total over 150 (one of largest series in UK)

  • Laparoscopic hernia repair: 150-200 per year - over 3000 total

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: 200 per year - over 2000 total 

  • Liver and pancreatic resections: over 30 per year

  • Laparoscopic liver resections: total over 150
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Band:  20-30 per year - over 400 in total 
  • Results submitted and published on the AUGIS National HPB database (Liver and Pancreatic resections) and the National Bariatric Database Registry (Obesity Surgery).

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Date of registration:

01 Aug 1987


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Personal Assistant: Linda Chambers


Tel: 07808 552282

Fax: 0115 849 3398


Email: lcmedical@me.com

Website: www.ianbeckingham.com


Treatments offered


Qualifications and memberships


  • B Med Sci (Hons)
  • BM BS
  • FRCS  
  • DM


Places of work

NHS base

Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH

Tel: 0115 849 3283

Fax: 0115 849 3398


Private hospitals 

BMI The Park Hospital, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

Tel: 0115 9670670


Ramsay Woodthorpe Hospital,

748 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 3FZ

Tel: 0115 9209209