Mr Arjun Shankar (MD FRCS)

Sarcoma Hepato Pancreato Bilary and General Surgeon


One of the leading providers of acute surgery in London, and a sarcoma surgeon at University College London Hospital.

Mr Arjun Shankar leads the abdominal sarcoma unit, which is part of the London Sarcoma Service based at University College Hospital.  It is one of the busiest in Europe.  Mr Shankar offers the most advanced surgical techniques, with exceptional outcomes. He uses both open and laparoscopic techniques, directing a multidisciplinary team of subspecialists who are world leaders in their fields. 

Mr Shankar’s specialist interests are pancreaticobiliary disease, abdominal sarcomas, complex hernias, emergency surgery and duodenal polyps. He is able to offer patients the most advanced reconstructive techniques available.

In the independent sector, Mr Shankar’s emergency general surgical practice offers the full range of surgical techniques, including minimal access surgery.  Mr Shankar also runs the complex hernia clinic, which offers the full range of open and laparoscopic techniques. He has a particular interest in dealing with complex recurrences and complications referred from elsewhere.

Professional background


Mr Shankar spent six years as Divisional Clinical Director of Surgery at University College Hospital, supervising surgery in orthopaedics, urology, gastro-intestinal, plastic, vascular, and general surgery.  During his tenure as Divisional Clinical Director of Surgery, he led the development of increased focus on robust governance and transparency in outcomes. 

Is so doing he restructured the division with a move to greater team-working which pooled the expertise of sub specialists into a 24/7 service. He created the educational board which raised the profile of training whilst still providing service to one of the UK s busiest acute trusts. 

Mr Shankar’s research into the development of colorectal liver metastases led to the award of an MD within the University of London.

He recognised the importance of multidisciplinary team-working in both elective and non-elective services and created the acute admissions unit for all of surgery. 

His tenure as Divisional Clinical Director of Surgery at University College Hospital was exemplified by expansion across all elective specialities and creation of GI service excellence as a theme within UCL Partners. 

Team-working has been a central theme across his work in healthcare management both within the NHS and the private sector. 

His own clinical practice is dominated by sarcoma, pancreatic and complex hernia surgery. He created the abdominal sarcoma unit at UCH which is now one of the largest in the UK and Europe. His particular interest in retroperitoneal sarcomas has helped develop a unit which tackles the most complex cases involving multi visceral resection and to date has a zero mortality rate. 

He is actively involved in the field of pancreaticobiliary disease and has a particular interest in pancreatitis and duodenal polyposis where he has an international reputation.

Mr Shankar set up the abdominal wall unit working between the Royal Free and University College Hospitals combining the international expertise of plastic and GI surgeons with interests in complex abdominal wall pathology creating a unique service in the UK. 

The unit’s published outcomes are some of the best in the international literature and have led to Mr Shankar and his colleagues becoming recognised as leaders in the field. They have devised a bespoke system for managing such patients utilising revolutionary techniques and state of the art technology which translates into exceptional patient outcomes. 

Services provided to HCA


Mr Shankar provides medical advisory services for HCA's The Lister Hospital and The Harley Street Clinic. In his role, Mr Shankar supports the hospital medical staff and the hospital leadership team by providing medical advice and promoting high quality, cost effective care. 

In his role, he contributes to the strategy, policies and decision-making regarding surgical treatments and advises HCA to ensure that care provided within the facility is appropriate and efficient. He advises on initiatives to drive clinical standards by providing professional advice on clinical governance matters and ensuring the adoption of those by colleagues in the general surgery area.

In addition, he works with medical insurance companies, GPs, other relevant local NHS contacts, and patients to educate and advise on relevant clinical updates to treatments in general surgery available in the facilities. Furthermore, he advises on the accuracy of literature that may be published regarding relevant services. He will also advise on how to make the patient referral smoother to reduce stress and anxiety for patients.

As well as an active role on The Lister Hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee, Integrated Governance Committee and advising the hospital's senior management team on medical practice within the facility, Mr Shankar provides advice on clinical governance matters to conform with national standards and recommend new programmes to drive up clinical standards.  Crucially, he supports high quality peer review and professional governance at The Lister Hospital. 

He supports the HCA team to recruit and retain staff as well as taking a lead role in medical staff credentialing – for example, he assisted engaging consultants in support of the 24/7 comprehensive acute care service at The Lister Hospital. In his role, he will evaluate ongoing quality initiatives such as clinical audits and quality assurance programmes.

Mr Shankar has a major interest in emergency surgery and recognises that such patients require a MDT approach. With the hospital’s senior management team he led the setup of the 24/7 admissions service at The Lister Hospital which mirrors the best of NHS practice.  He continues to be the clinical lead for this service.  The Lister Hospital offers one of the leading urgent care services in the independent sector and he promotes and supports the hospital’s multi-disciplinary team-working approach to quality care delivery.  

HCA UK is charged by doctors in return for their expertise and advice, including on how to operate safe hospital facilities delivering complex care.

All services provided under this agreement are charged to HCA UK. From January to December 2017, the total charge was £160,750.00

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