Mark Whiteley
Mark Whiteley

Consultant Venous Surgeon and Consultant Phlebologist

London, Guildford and Bristol

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Mark Whiteley: Profile

Professor Mark Whiteley is a pioneer in the field of non-surgical varicose veins treatment in the UK and founder of The Whiteley Clinic, a leading group of private medical facilities that specialises in the treatment of venous conditions following the research-based Whiteley Protocol®.

Training and experience

Professor Mark Whiteley graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1986. Following his general surgery training, he began specialising in vascular surgery in 1992 and completed a Masters in Surgery in 1994. From 1995 to 1998, he was a lecturer in surgery at Oxford University. Professor Whiteley was appointed a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Guildford 1998 and went on to perform the first endovenous ‘keyhole’ varicose vein operation in the UK in March 1999.
In 2001, Professor Whiteley established The Whiteley Clinic as a private medical facility dedicated to the treatment and research of varicose veins and other venous conditions. Recognised nationally and internationally for their work, over the subsequent years he and his team have been at the forefront of innovation in this field, developing new procedures and continually improving minimally-invasive, office-based techniques. They have won several international and national prizes for this work.

Professor Whiteley’s world-famous Whiteley Protocol™ is based on 20 years of collated data from his experience, studies and audits. Continually evolving and specifically devised to identify and address the underlying causes of varicose veins, it ensures that every Whiteley Clinic patient receives a consistent and excellent standard of diagnosis and treatment, regardless of which doctor treats them.
Regarded as a leading voice in the treatment of venous conditions, Professor Whiteley regularly travels internationally to present and teach at conferences and forums. He has previously sat on the Council of the Venous Forum, a section of the Royal Society of Medicine and the main venous body for professionals dealing with venous disease in the UK and was a director of the Charing Cross International Vascular Meeting for 5 years. However, he left both to found The College of Phlebology, an organisation dedicated to excellence in venous understanding and treatments.

In addition, Mark sits on the International Committee of the American Venous Forum (AVF) and also sits on the International Group of the UIP writing the international guidelines for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. He is the founder and trustee of the Leg Ulcer Charity, which aims to empower patients, their families and their carers to understand their condition and know how to go about seeking a permanent cure.

Professor Whiteley has featured in the Tatler Good Surgery Guide for the last 10 years and was named ‘Best for veins’ in 2018. His clinics in London, Guildford and Bristol are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Clinical interests

Professor Whiteley has a special interest and expertise in the treatment of varicose veins and other venous conditions like thread veins, leg ulcers and phlebitis using minimally-invasive, keyhole techniques such as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Radiofrequency Ablation (RFiTT® and Venclose®), Venaseal® Glue, Clarivein® (MOCA), Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy and Ambulatory (walk-in, walk-out) Phlebectomy. He is introducing Steam Vein Sclerosis (SVS) and Microwave Ablation) in 2019.

In 2000, Professor Whiteley’s interest and research into the role of incomplete perforating veins in recurrent varicose veins led him to develop the TRansLuminal Occlusion of Perforators (TRLOP) procedure with colleague Judy Holdstock. His prize-winning and published research since then has changed the narrative on the importance of treating these veins, and today, this walk-in, walk-out procedure is routinely performed on all Whiteley Clinic patients who are found to have incompetent perforating veins on Duplex Ultrasound.

Professor Whiteley also has a special interest in the treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS), vulval and vaginal varicose veins, and leg varicose veins arising from the pelvis. In 2000, he made the link between PCS and the presence of vaginal or vulval varicose veins and, with Judy Holdstock, developed an investigation and treatment for these conditions. Their investigation has been shown to be the Gold Standard test for PCS called Transvaginal Venous Duplex Ultrasound using the Holdstock Technique and the treatment is called trans-jugular pelvic embolisation. Today, The Whiteley Clinic are recognised as leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic and vulval varicose veins using unique techniques developed over many years. They have recently published their results performing pelvic vein embolisation as a walk-in walk-out treatment under local anaesthetic.

Research interests

Professor Whiteley has a strong background in medical research in the field of varicose veins and venous conditions. He has written over 120 peer-reviewed research papers and three books, including Understanding Venous Reflux – The Cause of Varicose Veins and Venous Leg Ulcers and most recently Leg Ulcer Treatment Revolution, which explains how most venous leg ulcers can now be permanently cured.

Committed to teaching and training, Professor Whiteley runs regular courses on varicose vein and thread vein treatments at The Whiteley Clinic in Guildford, a state-of-the-art facility next to the Royal Surrey County Hospital.


I specialise in...

  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA/EVLT™)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
  • Venaseal™ Glue
  • Pelvic Vein Embolisation (PVE)
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Microsclerotherapy
  • TRansLuminal Occlusion of Perforators (TRLOP)
  • Clarivein™ (MOCA)
  • Microwave Ablation
  • Steam Vein Sclerosis (SVS)

Professional details



Qualified in 1986 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 3120134
    Date of registration: 01-Aug-1987

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Memberships and associations

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Languages spoken

  • English

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