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Areas of Expertise
Mr von Roon performs a range of treatments, including:
- Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
- Complex inflammatory bowel disease and ileoanal pouch surgery
- Colorectal cancer
- Intestinal failure surgery
- Laparoscopic and open hernia repair, including complex ventral hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction
- Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
- Haemorrhoidal treatment (including the Rafaelo procedure under local anaesthetic)
- Fistula in ano and pilonidal sinus surgery
Some of the conditions he commonly treats are:
- Colorectal cancer and polyps
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Diverticular disease
- Fistula in ano
- Anal fissure
- Pilonidal sinus
- Inguinal hernia
- Femoral hernia
- Umbilical hernia
- Ventral and incisional hernia
- Benign gallbladder disease
- Benign skin lesions
Mr von Roon completed his undergraduate medical training at Sheffield University and Imperial College London in 2001 and undertook higher surgical training on the Northwest Thames Rotation. He received a research fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2008 and was awarded a PhD by Imperial College London in 2012.
He underwent subspecialist training in colorectal surgery in Adelaide, Australia and St Mark’s Hospital before being appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at St Mary’s and Charing Cross Hospitals in 2015. During this time, he started specialising in inflammatory bowel disease surgery, became clinical lead for enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery and trained on the Senhance robotic surgery platform.
In 2019 he moved to University College London Hospital, where he continues to develop his subspecialist interests in surgery for complex inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal failure and minimally invasive techniques.
Research and Awards
Mr von Roon completed his PhD research at Imperial College in collaboration with St Mark’s Hospital, focusing on outcomes of ileoanal pouch surgery for familial adenomatous polyposis and metabonomic profiling of pouchitis in ulcerative colitis. He has maintained a research collaboration with the Polyposis Registry at St Mark’s Hospital and co-supervises several PhD students investigating the natural history of gastroduodenal and ileoanal pouch polyposis in FAP, genetic and environmental factors associated with these and colorectal anastomotic healing.
He also has an interest in evidence synthesis in inflammatory bowel disease, surgical education and surgical trials. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in the field of colorectal surgery and is a reviewer for a number of surgical journals.
Getting to know Mr Alexander von Roon…
When not at work, he tries to spend time with his two boys, who are starting to beat him at table tennis with alarming regularity. He keeps fit and is passionate about cooking, wine, travel and, occasionally, windsurfing. He has taken up playing the piano again recently and is grateful to his family for their forbearance with his efforts!
“I joined OneWelbeck Digestive Health because I was very excited about the opportunity to be engaged as a clinician in the development and design of a state of the art diagnostics and day surgery centre from the very beginning. There is a uniquely collaborative spirit at OneWelbeck which in my opinion is unrivalled in private or public healthcare in the UK. As a group of clinicians, we are empowered to bring our many years of collective experience at the frontline of delivering healthcare to bear in the design process. As a result, we have been able to build excellence, beautiful design and efficiency into every step of the patient journey through OneWelbeck.”Mr Alexander Von Roon