James McCourtney

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

James McCourtney James McCourtney qualified from the University of Glasgow Medical School in 1988 and trained in surgery in Glasgow, the West of Scotland and London.

His research was in ileoanal pouch surgery at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and he was awarded the degree of MD in 1998. Appointed as Resident Surgical Officer to St Mark's Hospital in London in 1999, he took up post as consultant colorectal surgeon to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley in 1999.

Since December 2007 he has worked in independent colorectal practice as Scotland's first full-time private colorectal surgeon. His special interests include diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy; colorectal cancer surgery; the surgical management of complex Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis; diverticular disease; and anorectal surgery. In 1996 he was awarded the British Journal of Surgery Prize at the Tripartite Colorectal meeting in London for his research work on small bowel pharmacology in ileoanal pouch surgery.

In 2007 his research group were awarded the Poster and Oral Presentation Prize at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland for a novel and inexpensive technique to confirm completion and terminal ileal intubation at colonoscopy.

He is a member of the Independent Healthcare Committee of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

1998 MD - University of Glasgow
1998 FRCS (Gen Surg), subspecialty interest: colorectal surgery
1992 FRCS (Glasg)
1988 MB;ChB - University of Glasgow
1985 BSc (Hons) -Pharmacology - University of Glasgow

Special Interests
Rectal bleeding, colonoscopy
Colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer screening and surveillance in high risk groups
Diverticular disease
Surgery for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Benign anorectal conditions (rectal prolapse, haemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, abscess)

Membership of Professional Associations
British Society of Gastroenterology
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland