Dr Stephen Chapman

Dr Stephen Chapman


Stephen is an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Leeds and a General Surgery Registrar in the Yorkshire & Humber Deanery. After graduating from Leeds School of Medicine, he completed his academic foundation training and was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship to explore unmet needs in surgery. His research focuses on recovery after major surgery, colorectal disease, and creative innovation for patient benefit. Stephen works with cross-disciplinary collaborators in healthcare, academia, and industry to address complex challenges in surgical care. He is interested in the design and delivery of clinical trials, and has trained in mixed-method, consensus-driven, and qualitative research. He supports and advises the “EuroSurg” Research Collaborative and is a member of the Colorectal Disease Editorial Advisory Board.


  • Clinical Research Fellow
  • Member of the School of Medicine Research Ethics Committee

Research interests

Recovery after surgery

Stephen is interested in how patient care can be improved before, after, and around the time of major surgery. His recent work focuses on the recovery of intestinal function after bowel surgery and the creation of novel, evidence-based information resources to encourage patient engagement in surgical care. 

Cross-disciplinary collaboration

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


  • MBChB
  • BSc (Hons)
  • MRCS (Eng)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Member of the Colorectal Disease Editorial Advisory Board

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's