Professional background

Manish Chand trained as an undergraduate at the Royal Free Hospital and King's College London obtaining MBBS (Hons) and BSc in Neurosciences (1st Class with Distinction) in 2002. His higher surgical training was completed in the Wessex region including being registrar at the prestigious North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke. He has been trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques and robotic surgery for colorectal cancer. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2015 and a fellow of the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons in 2018.

His sub-specialist development in colorectal surgery includes a PhD at Imperial College London. Working with the renowned MERCURY Study Group at The Royal Marsden Hospital, his thesis examined the effect of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy on clinical, radiological and molecular aspects of rectal cancer. He is associate professor of surgery at University College London and as an academic surgeon, he continues to undertake clinical research and has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He also holds the position of honorary professor of surgery at Apollo Hospitals, India. He is on various global committees for surgery and technology including the EAES and ASCRS.

In addition to his clinical interests, Mr Chand also holds an MBA degree and has a keen interest in organisational culture and management having completed his dissertation on this subject.

Research interests

  • Rectal cancer
  • Minimally-invasive surgery and robotics
  • Molecular and imaging biomarkers
  • Advanced endoscopy
  • Virtual reality in surgery
  • Rectal cancer surgical technology
  • Artificial intelligence in healthcare
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Fluorescence guided surgery


  • Highly Accurate, Patient-Specific, 3-Dimensional Mixed-Reality Model Creation for Surgical Training and Decision-Making. Devoto L, Muscroft S, Chand M. JAMA Surgery 2019
  • Intracorporeal lymph node mapping in colon cancer surgery. Soares AS, Lovat LB, Chand M. EJSO 2019
  • Colorectal cancer in inflammatory bowel disease: review of the evidence. DS Keller, A Windsor, R Cohen, M Chand. Techniques in Coloproctology 2019
  • The Current State of the Transanal Approach to the Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis. B De Lacy, DS Keller, B Martin, S Emile, M Chand, A Spinelli, AM Lacy. Surg Endoscopy 2019
  • Robotics, artificial intelligence and distributed ledgers in surgery: data is key! M Chand, N Ramachandran, D Stoyanov, L Lovat. Techniques in Coloproctology 2018
  • Artificial intelligence and computer-aided diagnosis in colonoscopy: current evidence and future directions. OF Ahmad, AS Soares, E Mazomenos, P Brandao, R Vega, E Seward, D Stoyanov, M Chand, LB Lovat. The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2019 4(1):71-80
  • Novel biomarkers for patient stratification in colorectal cancer: A review of definitions, emerging concepts, and data. Chand M, Keller DS, Mirnezami R, Bullock M, Bhangu A, Moran B, Tekkis PP, Brown G, Mirnezami A, Berho M. World J of Gastroinestinal Oncology 2018; 10(7):145-158
  • The Future of Rectal Cancer Surgery: A Narrative Review of an International Symposium. F Borja de Lacy, S Chadi, M Berho, R Heald, J Khan, B Moran, Y Panis, R Perez, P Tekkis, N Mortensen, AM Lacy, S Wexner, M Chand. Surgical Innovation; 1-11 
  • Opioid-free Colectomy: A Reality that can Improve Patient & Financial Outcomes in Surgery. DS Keller, M Chand. Surgical Endoscopy 2018 – in press
  • MRI Linac and How It May Potentially Lead to More Complete Response in Rectal Cancer. M Chand, RO Perez. Disease Colon and Rectum 2018; 61: 643-44
  • A Novel Application of Indocyanine Green Immunofluorescence in Emergent Colorectal Surgery. DS Keller, R Bolton, M Rodriguez-Justo, R Cohen, M Chand. Journal of Fluorescence 2018; 28(2): 487-490
  • Feasibility of fluorescence lymph node imaging in colon cancer: FLICC. M Chand, DS Keller, H Joshi, L Devoto, JM Rodrigues, R Cohen. Techniques in Coloproctology 2018; 22(4): 271-277
  • Role of Emergency Laparoscopic Colectomy for Colorectal Cancer: A Population-Based Study in England ~AE Vallance, DS Keller, J Hill, M Braun, A Kuryba, J van der Meulen, K Walker, M Chand. Annals of Surgery 2018 – epub (ahead of print)
  • Multidisciplinary Rectal Cancer Care in the United States: Lessons Learned from the United Kingdom Multidisciplinary Team Model and Future Perspectives. DS Keller, SD Wexner, M Chand. Diseases of Colon and Rectum 2018; 61(7): 753-754
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Cancer Surgery - Editorial M Chand, RJ Heald British Journal of Surgery 2011; 98(2): 166-7