Clinical Leads

Mr Richard Welbourn

Richard Welbourn is a Consultant Surgeon in Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton, where he developed a regional bariatric surgery programme in 2003. He is lead surgeon and co-investigator in the By-Band-Sleeve study. The unit became the South West Level 1 designated bariatric surgery centre in 2009, and in the same year the unit became the first International Centre of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery outside the USA.

Mr Rob Andrews

Rob Andrews qualified from the University of Birmingham in 1991. After completing his specialist training in Diabetes and Endocrinology he undertook a PhD in Edinburgh.  In 2016 Rob took up a new post as Associate Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Exeter. Rob is also an Honorary Consultant Physician at Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton and is the Principal Investigator of By-Band-Sleeve in Taunton and a co-investigator in the study.

Mr James Byrne

James Byrne is a Consultant Surgeon at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and a founding member of the bariatric surgical service in Southampton, based at the SPIRE Hospital Southampton. James is the Principal Investigator of the By-Band-Sleeve study in Southampton and undertakes in the surgical procedures in the study.

Mr Nick Carter

Mr Nick Carter is a Specialist Laparoscopic Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. In addition to general surgery he specialises in obesity and metabolic surgery.