Austin Obichere trained at the University of Lagos Medical School and Stanford University Medical Centre. He was awarded an MD by the University of London in 2000 and he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2002.
Austin Obichere was appointed a Consultant Laporoscopic/Colorectal Surgeon at the London University College Hospital (UCLH) and Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL) in 2003. He also treats patients at Highgate Hospital and the Harley Street Clinic. He is the Director of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme at UCHL. He conducted specialist training in Coloproctology at St. Mark’s Hospital in London and the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
He is a trained laparoscopic colorectal surgeon with a specialist interest in minimal access bowel cancer surgery, colorectal cancer screening and surgical management of other benign disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and pelvic floor.
He is a Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) Accredited Bowel Cancer Screening Colonoscopist and the president of the West London Chapter of the IA Association (ileostomy & anal pouch). He is passionate about seeking alternatives to abdominal stoma and to improving the quality of life for patients.
He has maintained an active research interest in this field and is a member of the Surgical Sub-Group of National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI). He is the Chief Investigator of the ISAAC (Initial Surgery in Advanced Asymptomatic Colorectal Cancer) clinical trial, which is exploring the role of early surgical removal of primary tumours in patients receiving systemic chemotherapy for stage IV colorectal cancer. This trial has received funding and support from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the NCRI respectively.