Clinical Surgery

Simon Paterson-Brown

Mr Paterson-Brown's clinical interests now relate mainly to the treatment of benign upper gastrointestinal conditions , primarily related to biliary disease and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He also has a particular interest in emergency surgery.

Simon Paterson-Brown

Consultant General & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer

  • Upper GI Surgery
  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Contact details

Clinical Interests

  • Upper Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Benign Biliary and Hernia surgery
  • Emergency & Trauma surgery

Appointments and Activities


Mr Paterson-Brown was appointed as a Consultant General Surgeon with a particular interest in upper gastrointestinal surgery to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in January 1994. He currently works part time and no longer treats patients oesohago-gastric cancer. He is the current programme director for the MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors online course run by the University of Edinburgh. He is also involved in the new Scottish Clinical Collaborative (SCC) which aims to develop a network of experienced clincians to help support remote and rural services in Scotland.

He was the Clinical Director of General, Vascular and Urological Surgical Services in Lothian (2004-2008) and is a past President of AUGIS of Great Britain & Ireland. He is a past Council member of the RCSEd and previously sat on the Education Committee and the Specialty Advisory Group for General Surgery. He was also Chairman of the Patient Safety Board of the RCSEd. His current research interests include the role of Human Factors in surgery and Patient Safety initiatives.


Mr Paterson-Brown's educational qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), St Mary’s Hospital, London University, 1982
  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (FRCSEd), Edinburgh, 1986
  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (FRCSEng), England, 1986
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil), London University, 1989
  • Master of Surgery (MS), London University, 1993
  • FCS, Hong Kong, 1995
  • FFST (RCSEd)