Bariatric Surgery Training

Rishi Singhal graduated as a doctor in 1999 and completed his CCT in General Surgery in 2013. He then undertook a national fellowship in Bariatric Surgery at the Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, one of the premier bariatric centres in the UK. He started as a consultant in Bariatric & Upper GI surgery at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 2014. Rishi has been in various disciplines of bariatric surgery. He has travelled to many units to update his surgical skills and knowledge. He visited the Robotic Bariatric Unit in Lisbon, Portugal with Dr Carlos Vaz to train in Robotic Bariatrics in 2015. However realising that the future for this technique was limited, he did not pursue this further. He attended a proctorship and preceptorship training in Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG, Non-surgical sleeve) in Madrid, Spain with Dr Gontrand Lopez-Nava in 2016. This started his journey in endoscopic surgery. He subsequently went visited the unit in ZNA Stuivenberg with Dr Stijn Heyman to further update his skills in ESG in 2019. He has travelled along with his team to Dr Gislason & Dr Nergård’s unit in Oslo, Norway to introduce Fast-track Bariatric Surgery in UK.

Besides being well-trained himself, Rishi is very passionate about training his junior colleagues and sharing his knowledge and expertise to improve surgical outcomes.

Here’s what some of his trainees say about him

I’ve known Mr Singhal since 2014. I trained as a Bariatric fellow under his supervision and then worked with him as a Consultant colleague. Having previously worked with world renowned Bariatric Surgeons, I was in a position to immediately appreciate his remarkable surgical skills and robust clinical judgement. Working with Mr Singhal helped me develop my laparoscopic skills and decisively contributed in my transition to an independent Consultant. Even after I became a Consultant, Mr Singhal continued to advise and generously support with my difficult cases. I have no hesitation to say that working with Mr Singhal provided me with skills and experience to advance my career for the benefit of my patients.

Mr Vasileios Charalampakis, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon, Warwick Hospital