Professor Gordon Carlson CBE
IA President and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
Professor Gordon Carlson CBE is a Consultant Surgeon at Salford Royal, an Honorary Professor of Surgery at The University of Manchester and of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Salford.
Professor Carlson trained in Manchester and after house officer posts at Salford Royal, working for Professor Sir Miles Irving (former IA National President) and Lord Leslie Turnberg, he undertook postgraduate surgical training in Newcastle, returning to Salford as Medical Research Council (MRC) Training Fellow in 1991.
After a period as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Manchester, he was awarded the Intercollegiate Medal in 1996 and he became the first surgeon in England to be awarded a prestigious MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship in 1997 when he took up his post as Consultant Surgeon at Salford.
Prof Carlson is internationally recognised for his pioneering work in the management of abdominal sepsis and intestinal failure and with his colleagues, runs the world-renowned Intestinal Failure Unit at Salford Royal. The unit treats patients with complex abdominal infections and intestinal fistulas from across the UK and the world.
Professor Carlson’s contributions to the management of sepsis and intestinal failure have led to him co-authoring national standards in this area and winning numerous awards; his most prestigious one being a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2019 for his services to general and intestinal failure surgery.
IA was delighted to welcome Professor Carlson as its National President in September 2020.