Professor ​Aneel Bhangu

Professor of Global Surgery

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

University of Birmingham

University Hospital Birmingham


Aneel Bhangu is Professor of Global Surgery and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the University of Birmingham, UK. After undertaking a Cancer Research UK funded PhD Fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital, he has developed expertise in pragmatic, multicentre, international surgical clinical trials for patient benefit. Within the NIHR Unit on Global Surgery, he leads a wide research portfolio that includes major randomised controlled trials and policy engagement. He led the global research response into safe surgery during COVID-19, as Chief Investigator of the COVIDSurg Collaborative. Most recently, he is Director of a global research portfolio into how to make surgery more environmentally sustainable.


1. NIHR Global Surgery Unit

2. University of Birmingham

3. University Hospital Birmingham

4. NIHR Academy

5. Previous: Imperial College London (PhD)

Policy Influence

This range of outputs is designed to directly impact on healthcare policy at local, national, and global levels. It’s backed up by in-depth planning of face-to-face events that bring together stakeholder from multiple areas. Our policy Influence theme aims to bring direct benefit to patients and communities, by leveraging changes in clinical guidance, polcies, and by leveraging new, major funding.


Peer reviewed research papers are the primary output for research,. We use these to create impact, including changing clinical care, inclusion in clinical guidance, and global level policy engagement meetings. Publication metrics: 408 publications, h-index 63, i10-index 177, 17,748 citations. Most cited: 1285 citations.

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Research Fellows

We have a thriving and diverse programme of research fellows, ranging from visiting medical students, visitng consultants, to PhD fellows.


Experience includes lives appearances on BBC and Sky News, and in print for the Sunday TImes, Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times of India, and Le Monde. This coverage has been worth £17M in brand exposure for the University of Birmingham.











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