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Prof. Bill Heald

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Surgical Director

Local Address:  United Kingdom
Company Description: Pelican Cancer Foundation is committed to sustainable development (meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • honorary degrees of professorships
  • honorary degrees
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The Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) ..., 27 May 2015 [cached]
The Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) precise surgical technique that was pioneered by Professor Bill Heald, founder of the Pelican Cancer Foundation.
Prof Heald awarded American ..., 23 Nov 2013 [cached]
Prof Heald awarded American fellowship
Earlier this month Prof Bill Heald was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the official opening of the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The granting of Honorary Fellowship is one of the highlights of the ACS Clinical Congress, which is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world.
Prof Heald's citation read:
Professor Heald is a professor of surgery at the University of Southampton and a consultant surgeon at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is also surgical director of the Pelican Cancer Foundation, which educates health professionals in the management of patients with colon and rectal cancer.
Professor Heald led the North Hampshire Hospital team in the development of Total Mesorectal Excision (TME), a procedure used to treat rectal cancer by removing a significant length of the bowel around the tumour.
A passionate educator, Professor Heald has dedicated himself to training surgeons, both in the U.K. and internationally, in the conduct of TME by broadcasting live video of operations, and holding a dialogue with his audience. He has performed more than 4000 of these procedures in more than 30 countries since developing the technique 1988.
Professor Heald has close to 150 peer-reviewed publications in surgical literature, mostly in the field of colorectal surgery. Besides teaching and publishing, he has participated in workshops, named lectures, postgraduate courses, master classes, and video productions worldwide.
Pelican - The board, 11 May 2011 [cached]
In 1999, Sir Peter and friends decided to start the Pelican Cancer Foundation in order to support the work being pursued by Professor Bill Heald and his colleagues in Basingstoke.
Through his interest in camera technology Prof Heald has been able to film surgical procedures throughout the world using the latest high definition cameras and projectors.
ESSOWEB - Awards, 30 Mar 2015 [cached]
ESSO Award session Bill Heald 1 for the website The 2013 ESSO Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Professor Bill Heald in recognition of his professional life dedication to the research and development of the Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) technique for rectal cancer. His Award lecture addressed: "2013 a year of challenges in the technique of TME".
Bill Heald enjoys an international reputation as a cancer surgeon. He is only one of only a handful of living surgeons who have developed a new operative technique that definitively improves outcomes for cancer patients. In Professor Heald's case, he has devoted his professional lifetime to developing the operation of total mesorectal excision (TME) for rectal cancer. He was the first to appreciate that rectal cancer threatening the radial surgical resection margin was the major cause of local recurrence of disease following proctectomy. He appreciated that rectal excision, as previously practiced, was being performed inadequately in the wrong anatomical plane, and that proctectomy should also include the anatomical mesorectum. The development of TME has single handedly reduced local recurrence of rectal cancer following proctectomy from 25% in the early 1980s to below 5%, a reduction of 80% in the prevalence of one of the most difficult to treat sites of cancer recurrence.
Bill Heald is Director of Surgery at the Pelican Cancer Foundation and has a personal chair of surgery at the University of Southampton. He is a former Vice-President of the Council at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is past-President of the Section of Coloproctology at the Royal Society of Medicine and of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He has recently received numerous honorary degrees and Professorships in Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Germany, Poland, France, Austria, China and Serbia. He has performed over 500 operations in more than 50 countries around the world and remains extremely active in teaching, training and mentoring colorectal surgeons.
Afghan connection, 21 Sept 2010 [cached]
Bill Heald has a personal chair at the University of Southampton. He is Director of the Pelican Centre and Colorectal Research Unit at the North Hampshire Hospital.
His main interest for the past 20 years has been the research and development of the Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) technique for rectal cancer. He is a former Vice-President and currently a Member of Council and Director of International Affairs at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is past-President of the Section of Coloproctology at the Royal Society of Medicine and of the Association of Coloproctology. He has recently received honorary degrees or professorships in Sweden, Holland, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. During 2001 he has received The Gold Medal of the Society of Surgery of the Netherlands and in July the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain and Ireland.
He remains essentially a practical operating surgeon with a primary interest in the detail of the surgery of colorectal cancer.
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