He studied at the University of Glasgow where he graduated in Medicine in 1977. His early postgraduate training was focused in the West of Scotland and after becoming a lecturer in surgery in his alma mater, his specialty postgraduate training involved posts in London and in New York City where he completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
On return to Glasgow in 1988 he was appointed as a consultant surgeon with a particular interest in colorectal surgery. His clinical interests developed to build a tertiary referral practice in gastrointestinal surgery, advanced laparoscopic techniques and more recently bariatric and metabolic surgery.
He relished the opportunities for clinical research that came with a teaching hospital appointment, has just over a hundred publications and has supervised numerous projects for others working towards a higher degree. He was appointed Honorary Professor in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow in 2015 and has a part time role as a Professor in the Department of Surgery in the University of Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
One of the highlights of professional life has been a long association with the College. He has held various roles notably as Honorary Treasurer (1999-2006), Vice President (Surgical) (2007-2012), Chair of the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations (2004-2008), and Chair of the Fellowship Committee (2012-2015). He was elected President in December 2014 and after a year in the role of President Elect, he was invested as President in December 2015.