Chris Cunningham has been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Oxford since 2000. His major areas of clinical practice are the management of rectal cancer and pelvic floor disorders. He leads the service for colorectal cancer in Oxford and has a particular interest in organ-preserving approaches in early rectal cancer through local excision (transanal endoscopic microsurgery, TEM).
He teaches and lectures on all aspects of rectal cancer management, pelvic floor disorders and minimally invasive surgery and has published widely on these topics*. He is co-investigator in several studies of rectal cancer management in the UK.
At a national level, he has held posts with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Association of Coloproctology of UK and Ireland, the NHS National Cancer Action Team, Low Rectal Cancer Programme (LOREC) and the Department of Health LAPCO programme for training laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
He is currently a member of NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Group, the NHS Colorectal Cancer Clinical Reference Group and the Policy Group of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.