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Mr Vignan Jain FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen)

Consultant Upper GI (Oesophago-gastric) and laparoscopic surgeon since 1996.

Mr Jain heads the NHS obesity surgery service at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which commenced in 2001. By the middle of 2011 he had carried out more than 400 gastric bypasses, over 100 sleeve resections and more than 50 gastric band operations. Mr Jain has spent time in Antwerp gaining further training in techniques of bariatric surgery. He is a member of BOSS, ASGBI, and AUGIS and is registered with BOSPA.


Mr Douglas WhitelawMr. Douglas Whitelaw FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen. Surg.)

Mr Whitelaw has been working as a Weight loss Surgeon since 2005, He and Mr Jain initially set up the Weight loss surgical unit which is now the largest in the UK.  He carries out Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y-bypass (Gastric Bypass) and Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeves. He inserts gastric bands and gastric balloons, undertakes gastric revision surgery as well as making gastric band adjustments. In 2023 The Hospital acquired a da Vinci Xi Robot. Mr Whitelaw is the Gastrointestinal lead after extensive training in Laparoscopic Robotic Gastrointestinal and Weight loss Surgery through Intuitive worldwide training programme.

He has a regular Friday evening clinic at The Cobham. All candidates for Weight Loss surgery go through the identical assessment pathway as patients in the NHS, this involves being seen by a multidisciplinary team including psychologist, dietician, specialist nurse and anaesthetist. Appointments can be made via his secretary Karen King on 07850 89297 or 07715 346331. For further information regarding his practice please view his website


Mr Omer Al-TaanMr Omer Al-Taan – Consultant Bariatric and Upper GI Surgeon

Omer is a trained bariatric and upper gastro-intestinal surgeon. He did his higher surgical training in the East Midlands in the University hospitals of Leicester followed by a focused bariatric fellowship in Musgrove Park hospital where he developed his skills becoming an independent bariatric surgeon.

He performs the full range of bariatric procedures (Gastric bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Band and Gastric Balloons) as well as revisional surgery. The bulk of his practice is based on key hole surgery. His NHS practice is based at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital which is one of the largest bariatric surgery centres in the UK. Together with weight loss surgery he regularly performs other operations like laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder), inguinal hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery as well as other types of abdominal hernias.

Mr P S Jambulingam MS (Gen Surg), FRCS Ed, FRCS ( Gen Surg)

Clinical Director for Upper GI & Bariatric Surgery. Lead for Oesophago Gastric cancers. Consultant Surgeon – Upper GI & Bariatric Surgeon

Mr Jambulingam is a Consultant Surgeon at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust.  He completed his higher surgical training in the West Midlands, at University Hospitals in North Staffordshire, Coventry & Warwickshire and Birmingham.  He spent a year in the Liver Transplantation Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where he passed the intercollegiate specialty examination (FRCS) in 2004 and obtained the Certificate of completion of surgical training (CCST). He completed his post CCST fellowship in Oesophago Gastric and advanced laparoscopic surgery at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust.

He is trained in oesophago gastric cancer resections, weight loss surgery, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, antireflux surgery, diaphragmatic hernia, inguinal & incisional hernia repair, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. His NHS practice reflects his subspecialty training in laparoscopic surgery.  He delivers bariatric surgical services at the Obesity Centre for research at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and enters his data regularly on the National Bariatric Surgery registry (NBSR).  He attended bariatric training courses in Hull, Taunton, Bruges in Belgium, UPMC – Pittsburgh and Rotterdam.  He is an experienced bariatric surgeon who performs insertion of intragastric balloons (Orbera), laparoscopic gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, roux en y gastric bypass and revisional bariatric surgery.   He has performed more than 500 Bariatric procedures. He was an invited speaker for the Sleeve gastrectomy course at IFSO, Montreal 2014.

His special interest is oesophago-gastric surgery which includes the management of acid reflux disease in the form of laparoscopic hiatus hernia repair, fundoplication, paraoesophageal hernia repair and achalasia cardia.  He has visited the Cancer Institute Hospital and the National Cancer centre in Tokyoand the Division of Thoracic and Foregut surgery at UPMC Pittsburgh on an AUGIS travelling Fellowship.  He performs minimally invasive oesophagectomies (MIO) and gastrectomies for cancers and for excision of GIST tumors.  He also performs laparoscopic inguinal hernia repairs extra-peritoneally (TEPP) which facilitates treatment of all groin hernias (including Spigelian hernias) and incisional hernias.

Abdominal surgery
General Surgery
Surgical Oncology
Weight Loss Surgery

Mr RashidMr Farhan Rashid, DM, FRCS, Consultant Surgeon – Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

Senior Clinical Lecturer (Hon) Imperial College London

Trained at Midlands, East of England and Cambridge. Higher surgical training at Cambridge rotation.  Trained at five regional oesophagogastric cancer units and two regional Bariatric units in UK.

Specialist interests are bariatric/metabolic surgery, anti-reflux/hiatus hernia surgery, laparoscopic hernia repair and oesophagogastric cancer surgery

Perform all oesophageal and gastric cancer operations at regional centre at Watford General hospital and full range of Bariatric Surgery at regional Bariatric unit at Luton and Dunstable University hospital.

Practice includes:
Benign (general surgery),
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallstones
Laparoscopic Hernia repairs
Bariatric Surgery
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic Roux-en-y gastric bypass
Revisional Bariatric Surgery
Benign (Upper GI)
Laparoscopic Anti-reflux Surgery
Laparoscopic repair of giant para-oesophageal hernia
Upper GI cancers
Lap assisted Ivor Lewis Oesophagectomy
Laparoscopic/open Gastrectomy
Upper GI endoscopy

Higher research degree (DM) from University of Nottingham on “role of oestrogen receptors in oesophageal cancer”.

Over 20 peer-reviewed publications and authored 2 book chapters.

A Faculty member of Royal college of Surgeons of England for the Care of the Critically ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) course.