Clinical Surgery

Richard Skipworth

Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, and NHS Research Scotland Clinician.

Richard Skipworth

Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

  • Clinical Surgery, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

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Mr Skipworth provides inpatient and day case general surgery (with a specialist interest in oesophagogastric surgery), elective and emergency endoscopy, and general surgery emergency cover. Mr Skipworth holds the post of NHS Research Scotland Clinician and he retains an active research interest in the fields of cancer cachexia (the syndrome of muscle wasting experienced by patients with cancer), involving collaboration with pharmaceutical companies, and oesophagogastric malignancy. Mr Skipworth is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education. He is an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Instructor and teaches regularly on these and other courses. He is an e-tutor for the online Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ) and Masters in Surgery (ChM). He is a reviewer for various medical and scientific journals.


Mr Skipworth’s pre-registration House Officer posts were undertaken in Edinburgh. He then trained for a year in London, as a Senior House Officer in Accident & Emergency, followed by an Anatomy Demonstrator post in Imperial College. The remainder of his Basic and Higher Surgical Training were undertaken in the South-East of Scotland. This training included a dedicated period of translational and clinical research, following which he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. Between 2013 and 2014, he was awarded an international fellowship by ANZGOSA (Australia and New Zealand Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery Association) and worked as a Fellow in Upper GI Surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia.


  • Batchelor of Science (BSc Hons) 1997. Pathology. University of Edinburgh.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) 2000. University of Edinburgh.
  • Member Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS Edinburgh) 2004. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Doctorate of Medicine (MD) with Distinction 2011. University of Edinburgh.
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Gen Surg) 2013. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Member of Faculty of Surgical Trainers 2016.


  • University of Edinburgh School of Surgery Clinical Prize 2009.
  • Syme Medal from Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2012.
  • Co-author on Douglas Piper Award, University of Sydney 2013.


  • Member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Member of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS).
  • Member of ESPEN (European Society of Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism) Faculty.
  • Member of Faculty of Surgical Trainers.