About Professor Hemant Kocher

Consultant General and HPB Surgeon

Digestive Health

Sub-specialties: Gallbladder and Bile Duct Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreas Disease, General Surgery, Laparoscopic Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Open Cholecystectomy, Pancreatic Surgery, Gallstones, Liver Cancer, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Complex Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Wall Hernias, Complex Abdominal Wall Hernias, Inguinal Hernia, Liver Metastasis.

Professor Hemant Kocher is a Consultant General and HPB (hepato-pancreatico-biliary) Surgeon at OneWelbeck and director of the Cancer Tissue Bank and Pancreas Tissue Bank. He specialises in diseases of the gallbladder and bile duct, liver and pancreas.

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Professor Hemant Kocher is a Consultant General and HPB (hepato-pancreatico-biliary) Surgeon at OneWelbeck and director of the Cancer Tissue Bank and Pancreas Tissue Bank. He specialises in diseases of the gallbladder and bile duct, liver and pancreas.

Areas of Expertise

Professor Hemant Kocher performs a range of treatments, including:

Some of the conditions he commonly treats are:

  • Liver diseases
  • Pancreas diseases
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver metastasis
  • Liver lesions
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic lesions
  • Hernia

About Professor Hemant Kocher

Professor Hemant Kocher is a Consultant General and hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgeon at OneWelbeck, specialising in diseases of the gall bladder and bile duct, liver and pancreas. He is Professor of Liver and Pancreas Surgery at the Barts Cancer Institute, University of London, as well as Consultant Surgeon at the Royal London and St Bartholomew’s hospitals.

Professor Kocher is widely regarded as being at the cutting edge of his field, receiving national and international recognition for his research into new surgical techniques and improving patient care pathways, as well as translating laboratory research for patient benefit. He runs a large multi-disciplinary pancreas and liver research programme at the Barts Cancer Institute, training the next generation of clinicians and scientists treating diseases of the liver and the pancreas. His laboratory has pioneered the evaluation of tumour-stroma interaction in pancreatic cancer linking patho-physiology of cancer with molecular mechanisms which underpin its aggressiveness. This has led to discovery of novel biomarkers for diagnosing and predicting disease patterns as well as therapeutic areas which are being explored in human clinical trials. It is the first laboratory to target desmoplastic cellular stroma demonstrating the possibility of co-targeting in cancer therapy.

He is also Director of the Cancer Tissue Bank and Pancreas Tissue Bank – the world’s first national pancreas tissue bank. His aim is to change our understanding of disease processes.

He qualified with a number of distinctions, awards and scholarships from the University of Mumbai, in 1993, and then completed his surgical training in Mumbai (KEM Hospital) in 1996. This led to an award of MS (General Surgery) based on his work in “Immunomodulation in Obstructive Jaundice with Tinospora Cordifolia”, which won best thesis award.

Prof Kocher completed his MD (Res) at King’s College London, under the supervision of Prof. Bruce M Hendry and Prof. Irving S Benjamin, in 2003; and completed specialist clinical training in hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery under Prof. Nigel Heaton and Prof Mohammed Rela, in 2005. Professor Kocher has also held visiting posts in Europe and the USA.

He joined the Barts Cancer Institute in February 2005, as a senior clinical lecturer, having been awarded a national clinician scientist fellowship by the National Institute of Health Research (UK).


Additional Information


  • English
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Gujarati

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External roles

Research Highlights

He has been awarded a number of prestigious national and international awards, such as the Pancreatic Society Travelling Fellow, NIHR Clinician Scientist, Cutler’s Fellow, GSK Young Fellow and Agostino Trappani International prize, amongst others.

His clinical research interests include: tissue banking, clinical trials, innovative surgical techniques, epidemiology, meta-analysis and patient care pathways.

While his translational research interests include: pancreatic cancer stroma and tumour-stroma cross-talk including cell signalling, adhesion, metastasis, invasion leading to innovative therapies and novel biomarkers.

For further information on Professor Kocher's research, please visit this page.