Mr Alastair Windsor

Mr Alastair WindsorTel: 020 3447 5490
Fax: 020 3447 9218

University College Hospital

Colorectal service, General surgery, Gastrointestinal services

Professional background

Alastair Windsor trained at St Mary’s Hospital in London. Having spent three years in research at the Medical College of Virginia, USA, he returned as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Surgeon to the Academic Surgical Unit at St James’ University Hospital, Leeds.  A research and clinical interest in sepsis and nutrition provided an opportunity to join the staff at St Mark’s Hospital in London as colorectal surgeon and surgeon to the intestinal failure unit.

He then joined UCLH as Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University College London. Since moving from St Mark’s he has retained an expertise and significant tertiary referral practice in intestinal failure, focused to a large extent on the management of abdominal catastrophe, which includes the management of enterocutaneous fistula and complex inflammatory bowel disease as well as managing complex abdominal wall hernias. He also maintains a busy clinical practice in the broader aspects of colorectal surgery including minimal access surgery, colorectal cancer and proctology. He is a founder member of Surgical European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization and a committee member of the IBD section of British Society of Gastroenterology. Working with these organizations he has been a contributing author for European and UK guidelines on the management of IBD. He has over 120 publications and book chapters and remains a committed surgical trainer and educator.

Clinical interests

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Abdominal wall hernias
  • Minimal access surgery
  • Proctology (Haemorrhoids, Fissure, Fistula etc)


Research interests

  • Crohn's disease: Imaging and pathophysiology
  • Abdominal Wall Hernias: Biological grafts
  • Preop Optimisation: Cardiopulmonary Exrecise Testing


Selected publications

A.C.J Windsor, S Kanwar, A Li, E Barnes, F Welsh, P.J Guillou, J.V Reynolds. Compared with parenteral nutrition, enteral feeding attenuates the acute phase response and improves disease sverity in acute pancreatitis. - Gut 1998;42:431-435

Hollington P, Mawdsley J, Lim W, Gabe SM, Forbes A, Windsor ACJ. An 11-year experience of enterocutaneous fistula. Br J Surg. 2004 Dec;91(12):1646-51.  

Dignass A , Van Assche G, Lindsay J.O., Lémann M., Söderholm J., Colombel J.F., Danese S., D'Hoore A., Gassull M., Gomollón F., Hommes D.W., Michetti P, O'Morain C., Öresland T., Windsor ACJ., Stange E.F., Travis S.P.L. The second European evidence-based consensus on the diagnosis and management of Crohn's disease: Current management. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis (2010) 4, 28–62

Mowat C, Cole A, Windsor ACJ, Ahmad T, Arnott I, Driscoll R, Mitton S, Orchard T, Rutter M, Younge L, Lees C, Ho GT, Satsangi J, Bloom S; IBD Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology. Guidelines for the management of inflammatory bowel disease in adults. Gut. 2011 May;60(5):571-607.

Dignass A, Lindsay JO, Sturm A, Windsor ACJ, Colombel JF, Allez M, D'Haens G, D'Hoore A, Mantzaris G, Novacek G, Oresland T, Reinisch W, Sans M, Stange E, Vermeire S, Travis S, Van Assche G. Second European evidence-based consensus on the diagnosis and management of ulcerative colitis Part 2: Current management. J Crohns Colitis. 2012 Oct 3.

GMC/GDC number: 3191945 

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