Meet the Fat Surgeons: Shaw Somers and Chris Pring

Find out more about these highly qualified bariatric surgeons...

Chris Pring

Chris Pring

Chris Pring was first appointed as an NHS Consultant Surgeon in 2008 and he is a full time member of the team at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester.

An experienced medical professional, he has been performing bariatric surgery since 2004, and has performed well over 500 bariatric procedures. Chris graduated from Cambridge University in 1994. He pursued specialist bariatric surgical training in Yorkshire, Brisbane and Florida.

He is frequently invited to review articles for specialist obesity surgery journals, and he often lectures to other healthcare professionals on bariatric surgery. Chris has recently appeared on the Sky 1 TV show "Fat Families" and Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies

Shaw Somers

Shaw Somers

Shaw Somers has been an NHS consultant surgeon since 1996. Before this, he was a senior lecturer and honorary consultant at St James' University in Leeds and Associate Professor at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.

He now has experience of over 3000 bariatric operations including over 1600 gastric bypasses, 800 gastric bands and 300 complex or revision procedures. His mortality rate is exemplary (less than 0.2%) despite operating on patients of extreme size (429 kg and BMI 141) and with associated co-morbidities.

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