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Prof Thanjakumar Arulampalam - General Surgery

Prof Tan Arulampalam is a Consultant General Surgeon specialising in hernia surgery, gall bladder surgery, colo-proctology, and gastrointestinal endoscopy at Oaks Hospital, Colchester, Essex

Based at: Oaks Hospital | Get directions | Go to hospital website

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Clinical interests

Prof Arulampalam performs both upper and lower GI endoscopy with particular interest in colonoscopy for the diagnosis of large bowel conditions. He also has a particular interest in laparoscopic surgery, body wall hernias, biliary disease (gall stones), and colorectal conditions.

Prof Arulampalam also has an interest in local anaesthesia minor surgery.

Prof Arulampalam has published an article on "Burnout in Surgeons: talking the talk but not walking the walk". Click here to read this article.


Academic background

Prof Tan Arulampalam was awarded his Medical Degree by the University of London after five years at St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School. He enjoyed his training in London including Basic Surgical Training at Barts, Whipps Cross Hospital, Homerton Hospital, the National Hospital Queen Square and the Royal London Hospital.

Prof Arulampalam’s specialist Higher Surgical Training was completed at Oldchurch, Whittington, Chase Farm and Colchester Hospitals with the award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1996 and Intercollegiate Exam in 2003. During this period he undertook a two year research post at the Department of Surgery and Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London where he won a Trustees Grant to study molecular imaging of colorectal cancer.

He was awarded his higher degree by thesis in 2003. Having been awarded the David Dunn Fellowship by the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Prof Arulampalam spent three months in Rome under Professor Cristiano Huscher completing his laparoscopic training. In 2007 he was awarded the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Travelling Fellowship as well as a Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Grant in 2008.


Professional Memberships

Prof Arulampalam is on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council and member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

He is on the Council of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland as honorary treasurer and a member of the International Society of laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeons.

He is chair of the International Development committee of the association of surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine (Ex-Council member - section of coloproctology) and the Medical Protection Society.

Charity work includes membership of the Board of Beating Bowel Cancer. 


NHS base

Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust

Clinic Times

Monday eve, Wednesday pm/eve & Friday pm

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01206 987669