About Me

Mr Lawes2

Who am I?

My name is Mr Daniel Lawes and I am a Consultant Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon. Since 2007 I have been based at The Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent. I also work at The Queen Victoria Hospital, The Nuffield Hospital, The Wells Suite at Pembury Hospital and The Spire Hospital, Fordcombe.


I qualified from University College of London in 1993 and then trained in general surgery in North-East Thames. I have always been particularly interested in colorectal surgery and spent time in specialist laparoscopic and colorectal surgery units at Colchester Hospital, University College and Middlesex Hospitals, St Mark’s Hospital, St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals to build my experience and knowledge.

During my training, I spent two years as a lecturer at University College London, gaining a higher degree for my research work looking at the genetic causes of colorectal cancer. Following specialist training I undertook a fellowship for a year working at The Mayo Clinic in Arizona, USA where I refined my knowledge of laparoscopic and colorectal surgery, being subsequently appointed as Assistant Professor in colorectal surgery at The Mayo Clinic Medical School.

Since moving back to the UK and taking up my consultant appointment, I have been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Kent and Medway Colorectal Cancer Group with responsibility for ensuring treatment standards are satisfactory within the region for patients with colorectal cancer. I am also the lead clinician for colorectal services in the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells trust, Chairman of the local colorectal cancer multidisciplinary team and the lead for safety and governance within the trust.

Additionally, since appointment at The Kent and Sussex Hospital (now Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust), I have lead the introduction of laparoscopic colorectal surgery, developed the pelvic floor service for patients struggling to control their bowels and set up a family history clinic to appropriately manage patients with a genetic risk for developing colorectal cancer.


I continue to be involved in research projects and I am currently the lead investigator for a number of trials within the Trust. Furthermore, I have written chapters in international textbooks, published an array of research papers on a variety of surgical topics and given over 40 presentations at national and international meetings. Publications can be seen here.

Main interests

My specialist areas of interest are in laparoscopic and colorectal surgery.

I look after patients with a wide multiplicity of conditions including the following:

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diverticular disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease)
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Inherited colorectal cancer
  • Constipation and Faecal incontinence
  • Hernias
  • Gallstones
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Pilonidal Sinus
  • Fissure
  • Fistulas


1 D.Lawes: The current management of volvulus of the sigmoid colon
Gastroenterology Today 1997 March 7: 15-16

2 D.Lawes: A retrospective review of emergency admissions for head injury in the over 75`s
Injury International Journal of the Care of the Injured 2002 May 33: (4) 349-351

3 D.Lawes, R.Banga and M.Clifton: An unusual complication of nasal oxygen
British Medical Journal 2002 September: 325: 666.

5 D.Lawes and J.Wood: Acute abdominal pain in an adult with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2002 October 95: (10) 505-506

6 D.Lawes, S.SenGupta and P.Boulos: Pathogenesis and clinical management of hereditary non-polyposis cololectal cancer
British Journal of Surgery 2002 November 89: (11) 1357-1639

7 D.Lawes and P.Boulos: Advances in the management of rectal cancer
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2002 December 95: (12) 587-591

8 D.Lawes, R.Banga and M.Clifton: Kippe Sprengte O2 Sonde
Medical Tribune Deutschland 2003 February 38: (9) 15

9 D.Lawes, S.SenGupta and P.Boulos: The clinical importance and prognostic significance of microsatellite instability
European Journal of Surgical Oncology 2003 April 29: (3) 201-212

10 D.Lawes, J.Refson: The use of corrugated drains in the management of the infected diabetic foot
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons 2004 March 86: (2) 129

11 D.Lawes, F.Palazzo, and M.Clifton: The use of Ligasure™ haemorrhoidectomy in patients taking oral anticoagulation therapy
Colorectal Disease 2004 March 6: (2) 111-112

12 D.Lawes, F.Palazzo, D.Francis and M.Clifton: The long term follow up of a randomised trial comparing Ligasure™ haemorrhoidectomy with open haemorrhoidectomy
Colorectal Disease 2004 July 6: (4) 233-235

13 D.Lawes and I.Taylor: Recent randomised trials in colorectal disease
Colorectal Disease 2005 January 7: (1) 7-14

14 D.Lawes, T.Pearson, S.SenGupta and P.Boulos: The role of MLH1, MSH2 and MSH6 in the development of multiple colorectal cancers
The British Journal of Cancer 2005 August 93: (4) 472-477

15 D.Lawes and I.Taylor: Chemotherapy for colorectal cancer – an overview of current management for surgeons
European Journal of Surgical Oncology 2005 November 31: (9) 932-941

16 D.Lawes, T.Pearson, S.SenGupta and P.Boulos: Cancers of the distal colon demonstrating microsatellite instability predict the development of metachronous malignancy
European Journal of Cancer 2006 March 42: (4) 473-476

17 D.Lawes and R.Motson: The role of repeated laparoscopic procedures in the management of recurrent Crohn’s disease
The British Journal of Surgery 2006 May 93: (5) 607-608

18 D.Lawes, A Chopada, A Gillams, W.Lees and I Taylor: The role of radiofrequency ablation for cytoreductive treatment in the management of breast hepatic metastases
Annal of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2006 November 88: (7) 639-642

19. J.Phillips, D.Lawes, A.Cook, T.Arulampalam, A.Zaborsky, D.Menzies and R.Motson: The use of Laparoscopic subtotal cholecystectomy for complicated cholelitiasis
Surg Endosc. 2008 Jul 22: (7)1697-700. Epub 2007 Dec 11

20. D. Lawes, J.Efron, M.Abbass, J.Heppell and T.Young-Fadok: Early experience with the bioabsorbable anal fistula plug.
World J Surg. 2008 Jun 32: (6) 1157-9.

Letters in Peer Reviewed Journals

1 F.Palazzo, D.Francis, D.Lawes and M.Clifton: Randomised clinical trial of Ligasure™ versus open haemorrhoidectomy
British Journal of Surgery 2002 November 89: (11) 1482

2 D.Lawes and R.Motson: Anatomical orientation and cross-checking-the key to safer laparoscopic cholecystectomy
British Journal of Surgery 2005 November 92: (11) 663-664.

3. K.Lynes and D.Lawes: Comment of Sharma et al: Closure of defunctioning loop ileostomy is associated with considerable morbidity
Colorectal Dis. 2013 Nov 15: (11)1448.

Book Chapters

1 D.Lawes and J.Efron: Anorectal physiology.
Fundamentals of anorectal surgery.
Editor – S.Wexner. Springer. 2010

2 D.Lawes and T.Young-Fadok: Laparoscopic proctocolectomy and ileal pouch anal anastamosis.
Atlas Of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Chapter 18. Pages 139-146
Editors – C. Frantzides and M. Carlson. Saunders, Elsevier 2009

3 D.Lawes and T.Young-Fadok: Laparoscopic colectomy for cancer.
Mastery Of Endoscopic And Laparoscopic Surgery (3rd edition). Chapter 48. Pages 480-488
Editors – N.Soper, L.Swanstrom and W,Eubanks. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins 2009

4 D.Lawes and J.Efron: Rectovaginal and Rectourethral Fistula
Coloproctology. Chapter 14. Pages 169-184
Editors – A.Zbar and S.Wexner. Springer. 2010