About Michael Swinn

I have been a doctor for over 30 years, having qualified from University College London in 1991. Before qualifying I did an extra degree (BSc) in The History of Medicine at The Wellcome Institute in London. I also have a Masters degree in urology (MSc) and was awarded an additional higher degree (MD) for original research into young women with urinary retention at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Before taking up my Consultant post I spent a year in Brisbane, Australia where I was clinical fellow at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and honorary lecturer at The University of Queensland. I was appointed Consultant Urological Surgeon at The Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in 2004 where my practice encompasses a broad spectrum of general elective and emergency urology. I have held a variety of posts in the department including being head of department, a post I held for 6 years.

Following a preceptorship in robotic pelvic surgery at the world-renowned Keck Hospital in Los Angeles in 2013, I was appointed Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford where I spend half my working week. There I am a core member of the regional specialist bladder cancer team and carry out robotic cystectomies, ie “key-hole” operations to remove the bladder.

I have written numerous book chapters and papers in scientific and medical journals and have keen interests in teaching and the training of junior surgeons.

I am passionate about patient safety and am author of a book called "Hitting Your Head Against A Brick Wall" recounting my experience of raising concerns in the NHS and stating how I believe changes should be made to make healthcare a safer environment for patients.

For more information please visit my personal website.


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Date of birth:14th April 1966

Place of birth: Southampton, England

Nationality: British

Marital status: Married, two daughters and one son

GMC registration No. 3612842


June 1988 BSc (Hons) in History of Medicine (London)

June 1991 MB BS (London)

October 1993 FRCS (England)
Part 1 – Applied Basic Science Section

February 1996 FRCS (England)
Part 2 - Clinical Surgery in General

June 1999 MSc in Urology (London)

October 2004 MD (London)


1976 – 1979 Oakmount School, Southampton

1979 – 1984 Mill Hill School, London


1985 – 1991 University College and Middlesex School of Medicine


November 1998 £31,000 (£25,000 from the UCL Hospitals R & D fund and £6000 from industry) to aid in the study of female urethral sphincter function together with Dr C J Fowler. With this award I purchased an ultrasound machine and probes to enable me to carry out transvaginal ultrasonography in order to measure the volume of the rhabdosphincter in patients as part of the work for my MD thesis.

February 2000 The Urology News Travelling Scholarship to AUA 2000 in Atlanta for the award of the best written article 1999. This was an article on the role of sacral neuromodulation in various types of voiding dysfunction.

August 2002 Royal College of Surgeons of England Ethicon Foundation Travelling Scholarship

November 2002 Royal Society of Medicine Travel Scholarship
These last two awards helped enable me to travel to The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia


NHS: Consultant Urological Surgeon

The Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
East Surrey Hospital
Canada Avenue

Private: Gatwick Park Hospital

Povey Cross Road


Literature scanner for “Current Opinions in Urology” from 1999 to 2003

Reviewer for BJU Int since 2001

Former course tutor on the biannual BAUS-approved London Certificate of Urodynamics Course, St Mary’s Hospital

Associate Lecturer for The University of Queensland for 2003 and had a regular commitment (weekly during term time) teaching medical students