Prof. Neil Mortensen is a colorectal surgeon from Oxford, England. As a medical student he spent a summer in the surgical research labs at the Boston City Hospital, MA, and a term at the department of surgery, University of Minnesota. Professor Mortensen trained in surgery and subsequently colorectal surgery in Birmingham, Bristol, and in London at St. Mark’s Hospital. In 1979, he was American College of Surgeons (ACS) Paul Hawley International Guest Scholar. He has published more than 350 original peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters, and has edited eight books.
He has been chair of the British Journal of Surgery Society, president of the Ileostomy Association, president of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, and president of the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Professor Mortensen is now completing his tenure as editor-in-chief of Colorectal Disease. He is an honorary member of numerous national and international societies, including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Professor Mortensen is professor of colon and rectal surgery at the University of Oxford Medical School, where he has been on staff since 1987. He is an honorary consultant colorectal surgeon and a fellow of Green Templeton College.
He met his wife Jane at medical school, and they have three children, one of whom is an interventional radiologist.
Professor Mortensen’s world renown has been recognized in part by the numerous named lectures that he has delivered in the U.K., Europe, Australasia, and North America.
Professor Mortensen was elected as a member of the council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013 and a member of the trustee board in 2016. In 2017, he was appointed as vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has numerous additional functions at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, including chair of the Journals Committee, editor-in-chief of the Bulletin, and chair of the Research and Quality Committee.
Professor Mortensen is a world renowned academician, skilled educator, articulate orator, and gifted clinician. He exemplifies all of the best attributes that the ACS looks for in its Honorary Fellows.