Professor Neil Mortensen
Neil Mortensen is Professor of Colorectal Surgery in the University of Oxford Medical School and has been on the staff of the Oxford University Hospitals since 1987, where he is currently honorary consultant colorectal surgeon. He is Fellow of Green Templeton College. Since his appointment in Oxford he campaigned for the recognition of colorectal surgery as a specialty and created the present department.
He founded the first patient association for those with ileoanal pouches, the Kangaroo Club, in 2000 and in 2004 the charity OCCTOPUS – Oxford Colon Cancer Trust which supports education, research and new technology. He became 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 Vice President, and in 2020 he was appointed President.