Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Professor of Global Surgery

University of Birmingham


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Professor Aneel Bhangu

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Professor Aneel Bhangu is a Professor of Global Surgery at the University of Birmingham and a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham. His clinical practice includes management of colorectal cancer, common proctological problems, and a range of general and emergency conditions.

With over 200 peer-reviewed research publications, Aneel’s h-index is 44. His achievements were recognised by the prestigious Young Coloproctologist of the Year 2018 award from the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

Aneel has an international research portfolio and conducts clinical trials across Europe and globally. He was a founding member of the GlobalSurg Collaborative, an international research network linking over 3,000 surgeons across 100 countries. He sits on the Executive Committee of the NIHR Global Health Unit on Global Surgery, providing senior leadership to strategic direction and planning research with healthcare systems in 12 countries.

Aneel is the Global Chief Investigator of the COVIDSurg Collaborative, which has led an international research response for surgery in the COVID era. This group has produced multiple high impact research papers, including within the Lancet, leading to one of the highest Altmetric scores for a surgical paper.

This research is of public interest and has been covered by major media in 110 countries, including the Economist and major print newspapers. The group is publishing further research and major policy documents that will lead the post-pandemic response in surgery through to 2025.

Each year, Aneel supervises intercalation students at the University of Birmingham, principally from the Clinical Sciences and Anatomy BMedSc intercalated programmes.

He lead the national Generating Surgical Recruiters for Randomised Trials (GRANULE) initiative. Developed in partnership with the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, GRANULE workshops developed students’ awareness of clinical trials and how to introduce and discuss research opportunities with patients. Based on this, a freely-accessible online course that has been created by the NIHR.

Aneel was a senior co-founding member of Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg), a national student-driven research network which engages medical students in high quality research, embedding clinical research as a part of their routine early in their career. Aneel has supervised a number of national cohort studies delivered by STARSurg

Aneel supervises an active PhD fellow programme, that includes both surgical trainees and allied health professionals. The day to day supervision structures have led to major publications and high profile outputs for these fellows, who are all moving onwards to become future leaders in surgical research. He is delighted to hear from potential future candidates of all experience levels, as long as they have big visions of the future.

Aneel has been a core member of the GlobalSurg steering committee, which has delivered three international cohort studies, working with 3000 surgeons across 100 countries to collect prospective data on 40,000 patients. These studies aim at providing high quality data on surgical care in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Following pilot work to develop a global surgery RCT proposal supported by the Joint Global Health Trials (MRC/Wellcome Trust/NIHR/UK AID), the National Institute for Health Research supported the establishment of the NIHR Unit on Global Surgery at the University of Birmingham.

As a key member of the Unit, Aneel is working with LMIC partners to co-ordinate the establishment of overseas research hubs. These are delivering the FALCON, CHEETAH, and PENGUIN trials. Aneel is the chief investigator of the novel cluster randomised CHEETAH trial, which will recruit 12,000 patients from low and middle income countries across Africa, Asia, and South America.

COVIDSurg Network
Aneel is the Global Chief Investigator of GlobalSurg, which has the following achievements:

  • 25,000 strong surgeon network
  • 150,000 patients included from 110 countries
  • Seven high impact, practice changing papers
  • A new pipeline for disseminating impact to surgical teams and the public
  • A novel online living toolkit, to deliver global change for patients (
  • A roadmap for research for the next 3 years to support safe and sustainable post-pandemic surgery

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5999-4618

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