Dr Vamshi Jagadesham
I am Consultant Oesophagogastric and General Surgeon at the University Hospitals of North Midlands. The majority of my work is within the North Midlands Oesophagogastric Unit where I contribute, along with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, to the management of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer.
I also contribute to the emergency general surgery service at UHNM as part of its major trauma centre status.
I pursued the field of surgery because performing an operation and making an almost immediate difference, which can be life-changing, is a real privilege.
The best part of my job is performing complex surgery and achieving great outcomes for our patients. Forming that unique bond with a patient and their relatives is really special.
I also enjoy working with a great team of healthcare professionals at UHNM, who have a shared vision.
The least favourite part of my job is when patients sustain a serious complication, which can be devastating for all involved. Complications, however, go hand in hand with complex surgery and it helps to have a supportive team around you.
One of my mottos for our postgraduate doctors in training is “surgery is like a game of chess, you always need to think two moves ahead.”
I also have a vested interest in training the next generation of surgeons. This is through my role as an Educational Lead, Higher Surgical Training Committee Member and as one of the Royal College Tutors at UHNM.
Most of my spare time is consumed by a juggling a busy family life, which involves our three growing boys and acting as a taxi service. When I do get a chance, I love to go trail biking in the hills of Shropshire or Cannock Chase.