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W James Smellie

MD(Cambridge) FRCS(General)


General surgery
Endocrine surgery



NHS Base

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Clinics at

Chelsea Outpatient Centre


020 7881 4168



Mr Smellie trained at Cambridge as an undergraduate and completed clinical training at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. He gained parallel medical certification in the USA and worked in trauma at the Medical College of Virginia. He then completed surgical training in London, including time in Lille,France and returning to the USA at the Mayo clinic and Ann Arbor Hospitals.

He gained specialist certification in 1999 having sat the first exit exam in endocrine specialist general surgery. He was appointed to his current post in July 2000 as consultant surgeon at the Chelsea and Westminster NHS foundation trust. He has been at the forefront of adopting and disseminating new technologies in surgery such as neuromonitoring of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in thyroid surgery; minimal incision neck surgery, application of facelift-derived cosmesis in parotid surgery and also metabolic surgery such as laparoscopic gastric band surgery for type II diabetes. 

Mr Smellie has a particular interest in inguinal hernia surgery and surgery for umbilical herniation including in pregnancy. 

Special Interests

Endocrine surgery, Hernia surgery, General surgery.

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