Neil Mortensen is Professor of Colorectal Surgery in the University of Oxford Medical School and has been on the staff of the Oxford University Hospitals since 1987, where he is currently honorary consultant colorectal surgeon. He is Fellow of Green Templeton College. Since his appointment in Oxford he campaigned for the recognition of colorectal surgery as a specialty and created the present department.
He trained in Birmingham, Bristol and St Mark’s Hospital and has clinical and research interests in a wide range of colorectal diseases. In 1980 he was awarded a Paul Hawley International Guest Scholarship with the American College of Surgeons. He is Past Chair of the British Journal of Surgery Society, Past President of the Ileostomy Association, and has been Past President of the Association of Coloproctology GBI and the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is immediate past Editor in Chief of Colorectal Disease. He is an honorary member of a number of national and international surgical societies including the American College of Surgeons.
He founded the first patient association for those with ileoanal pouches, the Kangaroo Club in 2000, and in 2004 the charity OCCTOPUS – Oxford Colon Cancer Trust which supports education, research and new technology.
He became a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013, and a member of the Trustee Board in 2016. In 2017 he was appointed Vice President, and in 2020 President.