Mr Charlie Chan



GMC number: 3166224

Practising since: 1986


General Surgery

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Charlie Chan is a Consultant General Surgeon with a special interest in breast disease, skin cancer, and soft tissue tumours. He also has a varied practice in general surgery. He has extensive research interests, and is currently involved on the Trial Management Group for 4 large UK breast cancer trials.

On average, he performs 30 to 40 major breast reconstructions a year, as well as numerous cosmetic breast procedures. Amongst his breast cancer patients, he is normally able to conserve the breast in 70-75% of his patients. AIong with his colleagues in Cheltenham, James Bristol and Fiona Court, he is one of only a few surgeons in the UK who are trained in the new Breform™ cosmetic breast operation. He has contributed to numerous articles in the national press (Sunday Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) as well as the local press and BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

He has written breast cancer guidelines for the Association of Breast Surgeons, organised national cancer surgery meetings for the British Association Of Surgical Oncology, and reviews oncology education across Europe for the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe.

Other interests

  • Breast surgery
  • Breast reconstruction 
  • Cosmetic breast surgery 
  • Skin cancer and malignant melanoma 
  • Soft tissue tumours 
  • General surgery.

Personal interests

Away from his day job, Charlie has a second career as a photographer. On his website, he describes himself as an “itinerant cancer surgeon and frustrated photographer”. His photographs have been used by the Python Terry Jones, Imelda May, Georgie Fame, Ronnie Scott’s, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Cheltenham Festivals amongst others.

He is a Patron of the Cheltenham Festivals and believes strongly in the ethos of the Festivals to inspire the young, as well as the not so young, to appreciate Literature, Science, and Music in its various forms. His first musical love is Jazz, but his wife (a pianist and ex-GP) does not approve, as there are too many notes in Jazz.

If you are unable to find him in the hospital, in Ronnie Scott’s or at home, then you may well find him in seat ZB118 at Kingsholm watching Gloucester Rugby. He is surprisingly tall (not) for someone who has spent 15 years in the front row of the scrum!

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Charlie Chan at Nuffield Health

  • Inverted nipple surgery
  • Breast uplift (mastopexy)
  • Family history screening
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Gynaecomastia surgery (male breast reduction)
  • Skin cancer surgery
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast oncology
  • Breast augmentation (enlargement)
  • Hernia repair

Locations Mr Charlie Chan works with

Related experience


  • Association of Breast Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Association of Surgical Oncology
  • European Society Of Surgical Oncology
  • Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe

Other posts held

  • Consultant in private practice

Insurers Mr Charlie Chan works with

Mr Charlie Chan works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA


Mr Charlie Chan has the following interest in this hospital/ another Nuffield Health hospital or the company:

Mr Charlie Chan is the Medical Advisory Committee Chair for Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital. No remuneration is paid for this role, however use of medical secretary services, administrative accommodation and consulting room used in connection with it are not charged for. Services used in connection with the provision of Mr Charlie Chan's private practice are charged at market rates.

Mr Charlie Chan does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Charlie Chan does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.