Meet the team

Consultant GastroenterologistsConsultant SurgeonsConsultant HistopathologistsIBD clinical nurse specialistsStoma care clinical nurse specialistsLaparoscopic nurse practitionersDieticiansClinical PsychologistsResearch StaffAdministration Team

Consultant Gastroenterologists

Ian Gooding

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Gooding graduated from Cambridge University in 1994.  His postgraduate training was in the East of England and then as a registrar in London.  His special interests include hepatobiliary medicine, ERCP and interventional endoscopy in which he trained at Hammersmith and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals.  He also has an interest in clinical nutrition.  He teaches medical students and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London Medical School.


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Mary McStay

Consultant gastroenterologist

Dr McStay graduated from Cambridge University in 1991 and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in 1994. She completed additional training as part of the North East Thames rotation in gastroenterology, which included placements at the Royal London, Royal Free, Homerton Hospital, Southend Hospital and Newham Hospital.

In addition, Dr McStay spent two years studying the role of peptide growth factors in primary liver tumours and neuroendocrine tumours at the Neuroendocrine Tumour Unit at the Royal Free Hospital. Her professional qualifications include a Master of the arts degree (MA), Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and a Doctorate of Medicine (MD), which she was awarded in 2005.

Dr McStay spent six years working as a consultant gastroenterologist at Southend Hospital before joining the Colchester team in 2011. She has special interests in capsule endoscopy, managing patients with neuroendocrine tumours and using colonoscopy to screen for bowel cancer.


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Simon Ralphs

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr. Simon Ralphs graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1999. He began training in gastroenterology at St. Mark’s hospital in 2004 and joined the North West London Training programme in 2008 working at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross amongst others. His specialist interests include nutrition, the role of the gut microbiota in intestinal disease and therapeutic colonoscopy. He has been a consultant at Colchester hospital since 2014 and is the current Clinical Lead for Endoscopy and the Clinical Director of the North East Essex Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.


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Achuth Shenoy

Consultant physician and gastroenterologist

Dr Shenoy joined Colchester Hospital in 2008 and specialises in inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal cancer, endoscopy, liver disease, nutrition and medical education.

Dr Shenoy qualified from Mangalore University in India in 1989 and completed further training at Bangalore University before undertaking postgraduate training in the UK. His professional qualifications include Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), a postgraduate Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Diplomate of National Board (DNB) awarded in India, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London (FRCP). He also holds a Diploma in Medical Education (Cardiff University) and is an honorary senior lecturer at the Queen Mary University in London. He is also the principal investigator for several research projects led by the National Institute of Health Research.

Outside of work, Dr Shenoy enjoys playing badminton and an Indian musical instrument called the Tabla, as well as collecting stamps and coins.


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Consultant Surgeons

Sharmila Gupta

Sharmila Gupta, Surgeon, Colchester, laparoscopic, laparoscopy, IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's, Colitis, ulcerative, colorectal, cancer, general surgery,

Consultant surgeon
Lead Surgeon for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Clinical Lead for General Surgery

Miss Gupta moved to Colchester in 2010 and is the hospital’s lead surgeon for inflammatory bowel disease. She specialises in laparoscopic surgery for complex and recurrent Crohn’s disease and surgery for Ulcerative Colitis including ileo-anal pouch surgery, as well as laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery, proctology, general surgery and endoscopy.

Miss Gupta graduated in 1995 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School. She completed her surgical training on the Cambridge rotation and specialist colorectal training at St Mark’s Hospital in London and a fellowship in Leuven, Belgium. Following this she was awarded a National Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship. Her professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, a postgraduate MD degree and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

Miss Gupta has a special interest in teaching and has been involved in developing and running laparoscopic training programmes both in the UK and internationally with the Lapco organisation. She is a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Ireland and sits on Consultant appointment committees as a representative of the Royal College of Surgeons. She is a member of professional bodies including the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Outside of work, Miss Gupta enjoys spending time with her family, foreign travel and cooking.


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Nienke Warnaar

Consultant Surgeon
IBD Surgeon

Miss Warnaar joined the Colchester team in 2015 after earlier completing laparoscopic colorectal fellowships at this hospital, Broomfield Hospital and St Mark’s Hospital in London. She carries out treatments including laparoscopic cholecystectomy, proctology, laparoscopic ventral and inguinal hernia repair, and complex abdominal wall surgery and has a special interest in IBD.

Miss Warnaar completed her training in the Netherlands at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). Awarded by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, her professional qualifications include an MD and also a PhD for collaborative research with the Royal Free Hospital in London and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

She is a Fellow ad eundum of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) and became a Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) after passing the European Exam in Coloproctology in 2015. Outside of work, Miss Warnaar enjoys open water swimming races and walking her dogs.


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Tan Arulampalam

Consultant surgeon

Mr Arulampalam graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in 1992 and completed his specialist higher surgical training in London and a fellowship at the San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital in Rome before moving to Colchester in 2003.

A specialist in IBD and colorectal cancer, Mr Arulampalam carries out procedures such as major colorectal resections, endoscopy and minimally-invasive coloproctology, which is used to investigate, diagnose and treat colorectal conditions. He has special interests in complex abdominal wall reconstruction, minimally-invasive fistula and pilonidal surgery and laparoscopic surgery training.

Mr Arulampalam sits on the Council of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery’s Research Committee and the Medical Board of Beating Bowel Cancer. His professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, a postgraduate MD degree and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

Married with five children, Mr Arulampalam enjoys walking, cooking, travelling and cricket.


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Ralph Austin

Consultant surgeon

Mr Austin moved to Colchester in 2002 after completing his training at North East Thames, in London in 1987. He holds a Master of Science degree (MS) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

Mr Austin carries out colorectal and bile duct laparoscopic surgery, and has a special interest in transanal total mesorectal excision surgery (TaTME). He also has a research interest in natural orifice surgery (NOTES), which is a scarless technique for carrying out abdominal surgery which uses an endoscope passed through a natural orifice, such as the mouth, rather than an external incision.

Previously a preceptor in laparoscopic surgery, Mr Austin now carries out training in TaTME.


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Vijitha Chandima Halahakoon

Consultant surgeon

Mr Halahakoon joined the Colchester team in 2015 and carries out endoscopy as well as laparoscopic, open general, day case and endometriosis surgery. He has a special interest in emergency general surgery, the pelvic floor and endometriosis.

Mr Halahakoon competed his full general surgical training at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka in 2000, and his higher training in Australia. His professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, a Master of Surgery (MS) degree and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

Mr Halahakoon is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and The Pelvic Floor Society. He is also Colchester’s undergraduate clinical tutor at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School.

Outside of work, Mr Halahakoon enjoys spending time with his family.


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Matthew Tutton

Consultant surgeon
Clinical director for surgery
Director of research and innovation

Mr Tutton graduated from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London in 1995, and then completed his surgical training in London and research training at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital. He has also completed fellowships at Mayo Clinic and Weill Cornell, both in the USA, as well as an European Society of Coloproctology Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

Mr Tutton was appointed as a consultant at Colchester Hospital in 2006 and is the trust’s clinical director for surgery and director for research and innovation. He carries out laparoscopic cancer surgery, coloproctology, laparoscopic hernia surgery, gallbladder surgery and emergency general surgery, as well as gastroscopies and colonoscopies. Mr Tutton has a special interest in transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) for rectal polyps and early rectal cancers, while he is currently principle investigator for a variety of research projects.

Mr Tutton’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, a Bachelor of Science in Neurosciences (BSc) degree, a Master of Surgery degree, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS). He is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London, and a member of a variety of professional bodies, including the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery.

Outside of work, Mr Tutton’s interests include foreign travel and sport including squash, triathlons and cycling.


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Subash Vasudevan

Consultant Surgeon
Trust Cancer Lead Clinician

Mr Vasudevan graduated in India in 1999. He completed his basic surgical training in London and embarked on a period of clinical research into pelvic floor disorders at Royal London Hospital. This led to an MD award from the University of London. He has presented his research in national and international meetings. He did his higher speciality and laparoscopic training in the London deanery. Mr Vasudevan was appointed as a consultant to Colchester Hospital in 2014. He is the Trust cancer lead clinician at Colchester hospital. He also has a special interest in pelvic floor disorders and has successfully started a dedicated joint pelvic floor clinic with physiotherapists, and anorectal manometry services at Colchester. He is the founder and chair of the Eastern division of the pelvic floor society. He is married to a consultant haematologist and they have 2 children. His interests include cricket, travelling and music.


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Greg Wynn

Consultant surgeon

Mr Wynn graduated from University College London in 1996 and underwent surgical training in East Anglia, Kent and Sussex before completing his training at Colchester after he was awarded a national fellowship in laparoscopic surgery. He has also trained overseas, completing fellowships in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as studying advanced laparoscopic surgery in Hong Kong.

Mr Wynn’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, a postgraduate MD degree and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

Mr Wynn carries out treatments for inflammatory bowel disease, hernia surgery, gallstone disease, colorectal cancer, proctology and general minor surgery. He has special interests in rectal cancer, surgical training and natural orifice surgery, and his research interests include virtual reality simulation and transanal total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer.

An honorary senior clinical lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, Mr Wynn enjoys the natural environment, running, cycling, wine, classic cars, travel and culture in his spare time.


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Consultant Histopathologists

Joanne Leitch

Consultant histopathologist

Dr Leitch trained at Edinburgh University and graduated in 1994. After doing general medicine, she trained in histopathology in Leeds, being appointed to her first consultant histopathology post in Leeds in 2006. Dr Leitch joined Colchester Hospital as a consultant in 2013 and is involved with the diagnosis of patients with IBD and bowel cancer. She supports both the gastroenterology pathology meetings and the colorectal cancer MDT.

IBD clinical nurse specialists

Kelly Turner

IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kelly qualified from Anglia Ruskin University in 2004 and was then appointed to Colchester Hospital as a surgical nurse. In 2010, she became a Specialist Screening Practitioner for the national bowel cancer screening programme. This developed into Kelly doing her nurse endoscopist training at the University of Hull and is now a JAG accredited nurse endoscopist. In 2014 Kelly started as an IBD clinical nurse specialist. She is also a nurse prescriber. Kelly is a member of Crohn’s and Colitis UK and is deputy chair for the East Anglian regional IBD group.


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Joy Mason

Clinical nurse specialist for inflammatory bowel disease

Joy gained her general nursing qualifications in the Philippines in 1993 and worked in New Zealand before moving to Essex and joining the Colchester team in 2000. Initially working on the colorectal ward, she completed her nursing degree at Anglia Ruskin University before she was appointed as the hospital’s first IBD clinical nurse specialist in 2009.

To fulfil the role, Joy undertook specialist training at the Florence Nightingale faculty at King’s College, as well as IBD placements in Cambridge and London. She also completed a non-medical prescribers course at Essex University, all of which helped her to play an instrumental part in setting up Colchester’s IBD service.

Joy was named nurse of the year in the IBD Nursing Awards 2012, run by Crohn’s and Colitis UK, following nominations from her patients. She is a member of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation and the Royal College of Nursing IBD Steering Group.


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Sarah Hays

Transition sister

Sarah joined Colchester Hospital in 2016 as a transition sister, and works in a specialist team dedicated to helping IBD patients and other young people move from the children’s to adult services when they reach the age of 16.

Sarah qualified as a registered general nurse in 1989 at The Middlesex Hospital in London, and completed her paediatric training to become a registered sick children’s nurse in Brighton two years’ later. Since then, she has focused on caring for young people, working as a children’s community nurse in London before moving to Cambridge to work largely within the Paediatric Accident and Emergency Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Before moving to Colchester Hospital, Sarah spent 11 years working as a special needs school nurse in Cambridgeshire.

Liz Thomas

Lead nurse for transition service

Liz qualified as a sick children’s nurse in 1994 after completing a diploma at the University of Essex and practical training at Colchester Hospital. She then spent just over a year working in the paediatric and young people’s team at Chelmsford before returning to Turner Road in 1995.

Liz has always had an interest in adolescent health and held staff nurse and deputy sister positions in our children’s department before taking up her current role in 2012. Since then, she has helped set up successful transition services in a variety of specialties, including gastroenterology and epilepsy, using a nationally-recognised programme called Ready, Steady, Go.

Liz is currently studying for a BSc in adolescent health from London South Bank University and is due to complete the course in 2019.

Stoma care clinical nurse specialists

Emma Brown

Clinical nurse specialist for stoma care

Emma began her career on the colorectal and upper gastrointestinal surgical wards at Ipswich Hospital after completing a nursing diploma at the University of Essex in 1994. She moved to Colchester six years later and completed a degree in surgical nursing at Anglia Ruskin University 2003.

Emma took up her role as clinical nurse specialist in 2009 and underwent additional specialist training in stoma care in 2010. She plays an active role in the Essex regional stoma group, and regularly attends meetings and study days to keep up-to-date with the latest practice.

Emma is a member of the Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN) and the Royal College of Nursing.

Jennifer Edwards

Clinical nurse specialist for stoma care

Jennifer has worked as a clinical nurse specialist with the stoma care team since 2011, having previously spent a year as a stoma support nurse working within the community. She offers both pre- and post-operative support to any patient who is having stoma surgery, including people with IBD, cancer and incontinence, as well as providing advice to help people care for their stoma. Jennifer and her colleagues also run regular nurse-led clinics and patient support groups across north east Essex.

Jennifer completed her nursing degree at Anglia Ruskin University in 2006 before taking up her first post on the colorectal ward at Colchester, where she developed her interest in stoma care. She has also completed a diploma at Anglia Ruskin and is currently working towards a degree in healthcare practice.

Karen Farmaner

Stoma care support nurse

Karen has been a stoma care support nurse at Colchester for the past four years, having previously worked as a district nurse within the community. She developed her interest in stoma care while on her first placement at the hospital as a student nurse, and chose to return the following year to complete a placement with the stoma nurses and lower gastrointestinal team.

Karen completed a nursing diploma at Anglia Ruskin University in 2011 and has since completed additional training in stoma care and site marking so that she can mark the correct position for the stoma before patients have surgery.

Karen is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Nursing.

Laparoscopic nurse practitioners

Deborah Gooch


Laparoscopic Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Debbie is a Laparoscopic Nurse Practitioner with a specialist interest in laparoscopic general surgery at Colchester Hospital and has been in this post since 2006.
Debbie trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, graduating in 1985. She started work as a scrub nurse in theatres in 1987 and over the years has held senior posts in theatres and the day unit at Colchester. She was instrumental in introducing pre-admission and also in implementing admission on the day of surgery in the hospital. As part of her role, she assists in theatre, helps to manage ward patients and delivers continuity of patient care. She has expertise in the management of complex abdominal wounds. Debbie is also actively involved in education; helping to develop and teach on Human Factors in patient safety, leading the SFA laparoscopic day at the Iceni centre in Colchester, and part of the team delivering lap core skills, hernia study days and common bile duct exploration study days. Debbie is the Chair of the Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchild and walking with her dogs.

Jane P Bradley Hendricks

Laparoscopic Advanced Nurse Practitioner (SCP)

Jane completed her nursing training in Dublin in 1984. She started work at Colchester Hospital in 1989 in theatres and was a theatre sister before joining the Department of Surgery as a Surgical Care Practitioner. She did her BSc at Essex University followed by a MSc. She is also a nurse prescriber. Jane works as an integral part of the surgical team, assisting in theatre, as well as seeing patients in clinic and providing continuity of care. Jane introduced the Enhanced Recovery Programme to Colchester Hospital in 2005 and is the Clinical Lead for this. She has expertise in the management of complex abdominal wounds. Jane is involved in teaching nationally, and for many years was the chair of the Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff. She assists in many different aspects of research with the multi-disciplinary team. Outside of work, her interests are walking, trekking and climbing, as well as being a regular at the gym. She also enjoys reading and travelling.

Estelle Martin

Surgical Care Practitioner

Estelle studied Geography at Leeds prior to doing her nursing training at Anglia Ruskin University. She was appointed to Colchester Hospital in 2006 and worked on the surgical wards, prior to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Urology. Having completed her MSc at the University of Essex, she has taken up the role of Surgical Care Practitioner in the General Surgical Department. In addition, she is a nurse prescriber and helps to manage complex abdominal wounds. She is currently undergoing laparoscopic training. In her spare time she enjoys looking after her chickens, crocheting, watching films and reading.


Morgan Serres

Gasto-surgical dietitian

Morgan joined the Colchester team in October 2013 and has worked as a gastro-surgical dietitian since December 2014. She is the hospital’s lead dietitian for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and holds weekly outpatient clinics providing dietary advice to newly-diagnosed patients as well as those who are experiencing complications or flare ups. She also supports IBD patients who have been admitted to the wards.

Morgan completed her four-year BSc in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College in London and qualified in 2012. Prior to moving to Essex, she worked for St George’s Hospital and Imperial College Healthcare, both in London.

Morgan is a member of the British Dietetic Association and treasurer of the East of England branch.

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Clinical Psychologists

Sarah Lambert

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lambert graduated from Kings College, London in 2000 with a BSc in Human Psychology. She trained at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and was awarded a MA in Child Devlopment, prior to being appointed to Colchester Hospital in 2003. She provides psychological interventions for IBD patients, as well as across a range of other medical specialties. She is a member of the Health Care Professions Council. In her spare time Dr Lambert enjoys archery, choral singing and going to the cinema and theatre.

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Research Staff

Deanna Naylor

Deanna Naylor
Clinical research nurse

Deanna qualified as a nurse in 2013 after studying at University Campus Suffolk. She joined Colchester Hospital after completing her degree, and spent the first three years of her career caring for trauma and orthopaedic patients on the Aldham Ward.

Deanna moved into research after deciding she wanted a new challenge, and began working as a clinical research nurse in May 2017 when she was allocated the hospital’s IBD studies. Since then, she has studied Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, listened to the experience of patients and worked closely with the clinical nurse specialists at the hospital to develop her knowledge of IBD.

Administration Team

Jennie Lancaster-Jones

Jennie Lancaster-Jones
Medical PA and IBD MDT co-ordinator

Jennie started working in the NHS in 2004 and has worked in health records and endoscopy admissions until joining the gastroenterology team in 2010. Jennie works as a personal assistant for both the IBD CNS team and Dr Mary McStay, having gained a BTEC Apprenticeship in Business and Administration Level 3 in 2013 through the Trust. Jennie’s role includes coordinating and attending the monthly IBD MDT meeting at Colchester General and also the IBD teleconference meeting with the Royal London Hospital. She also coordinates and assists in the organisation of regular patient group meetings for both patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis and neuroendocrine tumours, assisting in the promotion of disease awareness.