About Mr Singh

Sukhpal SinghSukhpal Singh
MS (Lon), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Gen).
Consultant Surgeon, Frimley Park Hospital

Professional Profile

Mr Singh is hard working and patient focused. He is dynamic, motivated, progressive, and is not adverse to change with an approachable and outgoing personality. He has an ambition to develop and embrace new technology and techniques to enhance patient focused care. He facilitates and promotes multi disciplinary team and working to ensure the best possible care for his patients.


Mr Singh trained at Guys Hospital Medical School from 1978 – 1983 and was subsequently a South West Thames Training Programme Surgical Registrar and Senior Registrar. Mr Singh also gained valuable surgical experience in the USA, Belgium, France, Japan and Hong Kong.

Prizes and Awards

  1. April 1989 – Regional Research Grant. Awarded for the research project “Endotoxaemia in Obstructive Jaundice – the role of Kupffer Cells, Small Bowel and Antioxidant defences.”
  2. June 1990 – World Hepatopancreaticobiliary Congress Prize: “Bile salts alter Kupffer cell morphology without loss of viability”
  3. October 1990 – Registrar Prize Surgical Section of the RSM. “Effect of bile salts and endotoxin on isolated Kupffer cell morphology, viability and function.”
  4. June 1993 – Travelling fellowship Coloproctology Section of the RSM. (Smith Kline & Beecham Fellowship): “A 10 year prospective audit of outcome after surgery for Colorectal Cancer.”
  5. November 1993 – Rogers Prize finalist for the MS Thesis – Endotoxaemia in Obstructive Jaundice – the role of Kupffer cells, Small Bowel and Antioxidant defences.
  6. Ethicon Travelling Fellowship 1994
  7. Nordic prize-winner – Section of Coloproctology of the RSM. Liverpool March 1994
  8. BJS Society Travelling Fellowship 1994
  9. Continuing Medical Education Award (R.C.S. of Edinburgh) 1994
  10. Autosuture and Smith & Nephew Laparoscopic Surgical Fellowship 1995
  11. Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Prize 1995 – Awarded for achieving the highest marks in the 1995 Intercollegiate Examination.


Mr Singh was appointed in 1997 as a Consultant General Surgeon with an Upper Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic interest at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. During this time he introduced a number of operations to the hospital including laparoscopic extraperitoneal hernia repair, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, minimally invasive oesophagectomy and laparoscopic splenectomy. Mr Singh introduced Endoscopic Ultrasound and he was the first in the area to provide the EUS Service until it was established in the other local trusts. He was the Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Lead when the unit was assessed by the National Peer Review process as being a Centre of Excellence. He is currently an Assistant Program Director for South West Thames Training Program and represents the Royal College of Surgeons of England on Consultant Appointment committeees.


Mr Singh has a keen interest in teaching and has taught and directed courses locally, nationally and internationally. He has instructed on subjects that include Basic Surgical and Laparoscopic Skills, Laparoscopic Hernia and Gallbladder Surgery, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Training the Trainers, Assessment and Appraisal, Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient and Minimally Invasive Oesophago-gastric Cancer Surgery.

Mr Singh spent 18 months at the University of Surrey researching host defences in Obstructive Jaundice. The project was the basis of his Master of Surgery thesis which was awarded in 1993 and shortlisted for the University of London Rogers Prize.

Mr Singh’s current research interests include improving the quality of care patients with Gallstones receive, minimally invasive oesophago-gastric surgery.

Selected Peer reviewed Publications, abstracts, national/international presentations and letters

Malignant Haemangiopericytoma of the Parapharyngeal Space.
P. Robb, S. Singh, R.B. Hartley, O.H. Shaheen.
Head and Neck Surgery. 1987 Jan/Feb 179.

The Management of Rectal Polyps in a District General Hospital.
S. Singh, N. Jones, C.G. Marks.
Coloproctology 1988 ;5: 293.

Bile salts alter isolated Kupffer Cell morphology without loss of viability.
S. Singh, M.E. Bailey.
HPB Surgery 1990;2:297

Autologous Kupffer cell-hepatocyte co-cultures: a new research tool.
S. Singh, J. N. Lawrence, M.E. Bailey.
HPB Surgery 1990;2:83

Vitamin E and Selenium in experimental Cholestasis.
S. Singh, J Chakraborty, M.E. Bailey.
HPB Surgery 1990;2:355

A Scanning and Transmission Electron microscopic study of small bowel in experimental Cholestasis
S. Singh, D. Chescoe, M.E. Bailey.
HPB Surgery 1990;2:479

Antioxidant defences in experimental jaundice.
S. Singh, G. Shackleton, E. Ah-Sing, J. Chakraborty, M.E. Bailey.
Gastroenterology 1992;103:1625.

Endotoxin stimulates radioactive colloid phagocytosis.
S. Singh, M.E. Bailey.
In: Cells of the Hepatic Sinusoid, Vol. 3.
Eds: E. Wisse, D.L. Knook, R.S. McCuskey.
Pub: The Kupffer Cell Foundation. 1993 pp 519-520

Kupffer Cells profoundly effect Hepatocyte Cytochrome P450.
S. Singh, T. Richardson, M.E. Bailey.
In: Cells of the Hepatic Sinusoid, Vol. 3.
Eds: E. Wisse, D.L. Knook, R.S. McCuskey.
Pub: The Kupffer Cell Foundation. 1993 pp 84-86

Endoscopic Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology in the diagnosis of Linitis Plastica.
S. Singh, G. Macleod, T. Walker, G. McKee, ME. Bailey.
British Journal of Surgery 1994;81:1010

A 10 year prospective audit of outcome of surgical treatment of colorectal carcinoma.
S. Singh, MBF. Morgan, M. Broughton, S. Caffarey, CG Marks.
British Journal of Surgery 1995;82:1486-1490.

Minimal Access Surgery – a specialty in its own right ?
S. Singh, M. E. Bailey
Current Practice in Surgery 1995;7:207-210

Biliary anatomical abnormalities and their surgical importance.
S. Singh, MJ. Knight
Surgery 1997; 15:8: 188-91

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, bile duct and the British and Irish Surgeon
CM. Pring, S. Singh
Ann. R. Coll. Surg. Engl. 1998;80(5):373-4

Nationwide Survey of Basic Surgical Training and Trainee Satisfaction
CM Pring, S Singh
Ann. R. Coll. Surg. Engl. 1999;81(suppl 2):80-82

Pancreatic pseudocyst drainage by endoscopic sphincterotomy
M. Uheba, S Singh, IM Paterson
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 1999;92:470-471

Abdominal Access Techniques, including Laparoscopic Access
FKS Welsh, S Singh
Surgery 2003 ;21(5):125-128

Abdominal Access Techniques (including laparoscopic access)
FKS Welsh, S Singh
Surgery 2006 ;24(7):229-233

Selective MRCP in the management of suspected common bile duct stones
S Mercer, S Singh, I Paterson
HPB 2007;9:125-130

The role of PET CT in staging oesophageal cancer in addition to conventional CT and EUS combined.
R Smith, R Taylor, A. Lee S. Singh
Presented ASGBI 2008

Abdominal Access techniques (including laparoscopic access).
R Smith, S Singh
Surgery 2009

Pilot Study results of randomised controlled trial assessing the effect of Active Gas Aspiration on Postoperative Pain after Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
K Schwab, A Bond, M Chaudery, I Paterson, P Keeling, S Singh
Presented ASGBI 2010

Two phase laparoscopic assited oesophago-gastrectomy: 10 year experience and outcomes.
CR Baker, ME Bailey, Y Soon, S. Singh, K. Singh, SR Preston .
European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons 2009 and submitted for publication

An Introduction to flexible endoscopy
Katie Schwab, Sukhpal Singh
Surgery 2011;29(2):80-84

“Correspondance letter in reply to the article; Index admission laparoscopic cholecystectomy for patients with acute biliary
symptoms: results from a specialist centre. (HpB 2010; Vol 12:p270-276)
K. Mann, IM Paterson, Sukhpal Singh
HPB Surgery 2011;13(4):293

High rates of Acute Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy are achievable by an Emergency Surgical Team but may be best performed by Upper GI
Mann K, Malhan N, Bond A, Paterson I, Singh S
Accepted for presentation May 2011 ASGBI Annual Meeting

Professional Body Memberships

Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgeons
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons
Royal Society of Medicine
British Medical Association
Hospital Consultant and Specialists Association
European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons

Qualification (what do the letters mean?)

MBBS – Batchelor of Medicine and Surgery

FRCS (Ed) – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

FRCS – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

FRCS (Gen) – Intercollegiate Fellowship in General Surgery

MS – Master of Surgery


Married with three children and as a consequence has very little free time, however his hobbies include scuba diving and winter sports.