Dr Stephen Chapman

Dr Stephen Chapman


I am a NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the University of Leeds and a General Surgery Registrar in Yorkshire with a clinical interest in Colorectal and Emergency Surgery. 

After graduating from Leeds School of Medicine, I completed a programme of Academic Foundation training and was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship to explore unmet needs in surgical practice. 

I then went on to win a competitive NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to support a PhD on novel treatments for post-operative ileus, work which was later recognised by a prestigious Royal College of Surgeons (RCS Eng) Hunterian Lectureship. 

My academic interests include surgical recovery, bowel disease, surgical technology, and creative innovation. I have expertise in trials, mixed-method, consensus, and qualitative research, and work closely with industry and cross-disciplinary collaborators. 

I chair the White Rose Surgical Collaborative and promote enthusiasm in bowel research through my role as RCS Eng. Associate Surgical Speciality Lead in Colorectal Surgery. I am an Associate Editor for the Journal Trials and a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Colorectal Disease and British Journal of Surgery. 


  • NIHR Clinical Lecturer (LIMR)
  • MBChB Lecturer & Seminars
  • School of Medicine Research Ethics Committee

Research interests

Recovery after surgery

I am interested in how patient care can be improved before, after, and around the time of major surgery.

My current work focuses on the recovery of intestinal function after bowel surgery and the creation of novel, evidence-based health resources to encourage patient engagement in surgical care. I am currently Chief Investigator of the NIHR-funded RecoverTogether study, which explores the feasibility of a novel health literacy intervention in NHS surgical practice.

Cross-disciplinary collaboration

As an academic clinician, I work across broad disciplines of healthcare, academia, and industry. I am driven to address complex challenges in surgical care by working in diverse and cross-disciplinary teams. I am enthusiastic about new and ambitous collaborations.


  • PhD
  • MRCS (Eng.)
  • MBChB
  • BSc (Hons.)
  • PGCert (Clinical Trials)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
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