Mr Richard Baker



GMC number: 4307110

Practising since: 1996


General Surgery

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  • Weekly Thursday evening
  • Weekly Friday lunchtime
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Mr Richard Baker offers a general surgical and coloproctology service. His particular area of expertise is in bowel problems. His main areas of interest are advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques in the treatment of colonic and rectal (bowel) cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as specialist disease of the anus and anal canal including haemorrhoids (piles), fissures and fistula.

He also offers a comprehensive approach to the management of abdominal and groin hernias, mainly using laparoscopic techniques.

Mr Baker did his undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds Medical School and completed his basic surgical training in Hull. Mr Baker did his higher surgical training in the Yorkshire region as well as a senior fellowship at the world-renowned specialist centre for coloproctology St Marks Hospital in London.

Currently, Mr Baker is the lead clinician at the John Goligher Colorectal Unit at St James University Hospital.

He is also the lead clinician for the Leeds bowel cancer Multidisciplinary team (MDT). The Leeds MDT has one of the highest volumes of cancer work in the county and Mr Baker has performed over 400 cancer resections with excellent results (See NBOCAP audit data).

He is the lead surgeon in the treatment of Squamous cell carcinoma of the anus for the Yorkshire region. He also runs the Bowel cancer screening programme in Leeds and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country who is a screening accredited colonoscopist.

Mr Baker specialises in the following treatments, tests and scans at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital:

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Special interests

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Problems
  • Abdominal Swelling
  • Altered Bowel Habits
  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Tear
  • Anterior Resection
  • Anus and Rectum
  • Bowel (Faecal) Incontinence
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Bowel Disease
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diagnostic Endoscopy
  • Diarrhoea
  • Diverticulitis
  • Epigastric pain
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Haemorrhoidectomy
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion (Dyspepsia)
  • Polypectomy
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Other interests

Mr Baker is actively involved in the teaching and training of medical students and junior trainee surgeons. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds.

He is a faculty member for the Leeds Institute of Surgical Training and also teaches at the Royal college of Surgeons.

He is the surgical tutor for the higher surgical trainees at St James University hospital, a position that gives him a place on the Yorkshire regional training committee. He teaches undergraduate medical students on emergency surgery and acute surgical conditions and provides supervision and mentorship to junior doctors.

Personal interests

Mr Baker lives in Leeds with his wife and two children. He enjoys cycling, live music and plays the guitar. He also suffers the misfortune of being an Oldham Athletic supporter.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Richard Baker at Nuffield Health

  • Polypectomy
  • Colorectal screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Diagnostic endoscopy
  • Haemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileal pouch anal anastomosis
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Anterior resection

Locations Mr Richard Baker works with

Related experience


He gained his MD after a period of postgraduate research at the University of Hull researching the genetic origins of colorectal cancer and the impact of laparoscopic surgery on its management.

Mr Baker is the principle investigator of a large randomised controlled trial examining the role of aspirin and fish oils in bowel polyp growth. He is an enthusiastic contributor to a number of trials including trials on the management of anal fistulae, the use of robotic surgery in rectal cancer and the value of (laparoscopic) keyhole surgery techniques in emergency bowel diseases.

He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers.


  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons

Other posts held

  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Leeds
  • Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Insurers Mr Richard Baker works with

Mr Richard Baker works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • Freedom Health
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • WPA


Mr Richard Baker does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

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

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