Specialist Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgeon

Secretary: Nicola Symons

Telephone: 01872 226150

Specialist Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgeon

About Michael Clarke

Mr Michael Clarke

BMedSci(Hons) BMBS MD PGCME FRCS(Gen.Surg)

Michael works as a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgeon at the Duchy Hospital Truro and the Royal Cornwall Hospital. He is currently the clinical lead for Upper GI & Bariatric Surgery. He specializes in all areas of benign upper gastrointestinal surgery, including gallstone disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, abdominal wall & groin hernia and bariatric & metabolic surgery. His surgical outcomes are published nationally online. He introduced the oesophageal physiology studies service to Cornwall in 2014, enabling detailed high-tech analysis of oesophageal (gullet) function as well as 24-hour acid reflux measurements, essential in managing patients with acid reflux or oesophageal disorders.

Michael went to school in South West London and subsequently qualified in 1999 from the University of Nottingham Medical School. Having worked as an anatomy demonstrator at the University of Bristol, he completed his basic surgical training in South West England in 2004.He spent two years in academic research (Doctorate of Medicine – MD) at the University of Bristol, studying and developing life expectancy prediction models for surgical decision-making. This resulted in the award of the John Farndon prize for surgical research in 2005.

He completed his specialist training in general surgery in South West England, including subspecialist training in complex upper gastrointestinal & laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery at the world renowned Bristol Royal Infirmary. He was trained in abdominal wall hernia surgery by Professor Kingsnorth, including joining the Operation Hernia team in 2009 to undertake a mission to Ghana performing and teaching groin hernia surgery, for which he was awarded an overseas fellowship by the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

In 2011 he completed 12 months advanced specialist fellowship training in upper gastrointestinal and bariatric (weight loss) & metabolic surgery at the North Shore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Before returning to South West England, he worked for 12 months as a locum Consultant Oesophagogastric Cancer & Bariatric Surgeon at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, before taking up his current substantive Consultant post in Cornwall in 2013.

He has an interest in surgical research, having published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous national and international meetings. (Pubmed ref Clarke MG). He continues to be involved as an investigator in national & international surgical clinical trials. He has also delivered invited presentations at local and national meetings as well as appearing twice on live BBC Radio Cornwall programmes.

He is passionate about teaching and training, having completed a postgraduate degree in medical education (PGCME) at the University of Bristol in 2007. He lectures at the University of Exeter Medical School, organizes both local and regional surgical training events, sits on training assessment panels in the SW region and is the lead for surgical simulation at the Trust. He was the Royal College of Surgeons ‘surgical tutor’ at the Royal Cornwall Hospital from 2016-2019, responsible for overseeing all surgical training and was awarded the ‘Outstanding Educational Supervisor Award’ by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in 2017.

Michael is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS), British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS), British Hernia Society (BHS) and the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO).

Michael is married to a local GP and has three young children. He is a trained pianist & saxophonist to grade 8 level, as well as a church organist. He enjoys dinghy & yacht sailing, surfing, golf and hiking.


Mr Clarke not only put me at ease at the first consultation but such is his manner and explanation that I felt confident throughout. If surgery can be a good experience, this was.

4th October 2022

I felt completely at ease, a friendly approach and a sense of humour. Would definitely recommend.

1st July 2022

Excellent Consultant who made me feel totally at ease and confident that he would return me to full health - which he did.

29th April 2022

Very pleasant surgeon to talk to and very reassuring. Explained everything in clear language.

20th October 2021

Mr Clarke was courteous and respectful to me and explained my condition and treatment required. I was very happy with my post op recovery and had very little pain. I would not hesitate to contact Mr Clarke if I ever needed his help again.

29th May 2021

Mr Clarke made me feel completely at ease and confident in his ability through his mannerisms and professionalism. Mr Clarke was exceptional on the day. I'd be happy for him perform surgery on me again.

15th April 2021

I felt that Mr Clarke listened to me really well and thoroughly investigated my symptoms before deciding surgery was the best option

22nd March 2021

The whole experience from start to finish was done in a very empathetic and professional way. I was given ample time for questions and all tension and worry was removed form the procedure.

9th March 2021

I highly commend his approachable friendly manner. He made me feel at ease and informed through all aspects of my treatment and surgery.

15th January 2020

Surgery, care and follow-up were carried out to a very high standard. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr Clarke to others.

18th December 2019

I found Mr Clarke extremely confident in this line of surgery, knowledgeable and very nice. Had a great ability to keep me at ease throughout.

8th June 2019

Perfect from referral to discharge. Everything explained fully. Every discussion with Mr Clarke was perfectly judged.

1st December 2018

Mr Clarke was outstanding from the start of my treatment to the end. He was empathetic, knowledgeable, respectful and made you feel at ease.

23rd August 2018

Mr Clarke was extremely efficient both in consultation and surgery. He was very caring and took time to explain procedures. I would highly recommend him.

24th January 2018

Very pleased with outcome of op from Mr Clarke. Just like 2016 he was very helpful and so professional. Would definitely recommend.

27th January 2018

Excellent manner both in consultation, pre- and post-op. Would definitely be happy to see him and recommend to others requiring surgery.

13th October 2017

Mr Clarke made the whole experience a breeze. So calm, polite and understanding of patients' needs.

13th September 2017

My introduction to Mr Clarke was met with a warm smile and a firm handshake. He was professional and friendly and put me at ease. I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Clarke.

9th August 2017

Mr Clarke did everything he said he would. Appointments came through quickly and I was made to feel comfortable and I had confidence in Mr Clarke from the outset.

1st June 2017

Mr Clarke has been most helpful to my specific situation. He made allowances for me and adapted to my particular health issues.

24th February 2017

Mr Clarke could not have done more for me. He looked after me and made me feel important and safe.

23rd February 2017

Whole experience was very professional, so felt safe in his hands. Communication so important and Mr Clarke was brilliant.

1st December 2016

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