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Prof Mark Whiteley


Consultant vascular surgeon, Professor Mark Whiteley, founded The Whiteley Clinic in 2001.

Mark Whiteley qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London in 1986, and trained as a surgeon in the Southwest and South of England.  Specialising in vascular surgery in 1992, he spent two years doing research into vascular disease with Professor Horrocks in Bath where he was awarded his MS (Master of Surgery). With a love of innovation and improving treatments for patients, he continued actively researching in his clinical career, being appointed a lecturer in surgery at Oxford University in 1995.

In 1998 Mark Whiteley was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon in Guildford.  Having become very interested in varicose veins and their link with leg ulcers and other complications, he started an active research programme into venous disease.  On the 12th of March 1999 he performed the first minimally invasive or “keyhole operation” for varicose veins in the UK, using only a keyhole to treat the whole of the Great Saphonous Vein, which up until that point had been treated by cutting in the groin and stripping out the vein.

Initially this innovation was largely ignored in the UK. Vascular technologist, Judy Holdstock, joined Mark Whiteley and together they realised the potential of this form of treatment. Mark Whiteley and Judy Holdstock started gaining an international reputation for their work and were asked to speak widely around the world and were approached by many companies to assess innovative techniques.

By 2000, they had invented a new technique called TRLOP to treat perforating veins using a keyhole technique and had improved their keyhole surgery techniques further.  Interest in these techniques started to increase, as the results proved to be so good, spawning a cascade of new treatments for varicose veins using Radio-FrequencyEndoVenous LaserFoam Sclerotherapy and other techniques such as coil embolisation.

Being at the forefront of all of these innovations, and having an active research and teaching programme, Mark Whiteley moved into new premises in Guildford in July 2001 building the first Whiteley Clinic. Joined by consultant vascular surgeon Mr Barrie Price and vascular technologist Charmaine Harrison, the team has continued to expand and improve treatments over the last decade.  The Whiteley Clinics continue to actively research new techniques, teaching the new generation of surgeons, vascular technologists and nurses in the purpose-built lecture unit which has a live link to theatre (The College of Phlebology) and is dedicated to bringing the best treatments to all of their patients at the most cost-effective prices to make them affordable for those with venous disease.

Because of the highly specialised nature of The Whiteley Clinic it is a tertiary or specialist referral centre for complicated vein patients where they have had failed treatment elsewhere. Of course it is much easier to achieve excellent results in those patients who have not had previous procedures, but using it’s expertise The Clinic can usually get the same outcomes in those complicated patients with scars from previous surgery and recurrent vein problems.

Please click here for further information on Prof. Mark Whiteley and his medical profile with Litfield House Medical Centre

Consultant Profile

Name: Prof Mark Whiteley
Qualifications: MS FRCS (Gen) FCPhleb Consultant
Specialities: Vascular surgery, specialising in varicose veins, thread veins (spider veins), pelvic veins, pelvic congestion, perforating veins, venous disease, leg ulcers.
Clinical Research Interests: Varicose veins (causes and treatments), leg ulcers, perforating veins, pelvic veins, pelvic congestion syndrome, laser, microwave, radiofrequency, sclerotherapy and HIFU.
Year Qualified: 1986
Appointments NHS: Prev Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford
University Posts: Prev. Visiting Professor at The University of Surrey
Membership of National Professional Societies: American Venous Forum, American Veins and Lymphatic Society, Editorial board member Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous and Lymphatics, College of Phlebology (Founder).
Publications: Books:
‘Understanding Venous Reflux – The Cause of Varicose Veins and Venous Leg Ulcers’
‘Leg Ulcer Treatment Revolution’
‘Pelvic Congestion Syndrome – Chronic Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Venous Disorders”
‘Vein Health and Problems in Lockdown and Isolation”.
Over 125 peer reviewed research articles. 5 chapters in books on venous disease and venous treatments.
Medico Legal Reports: No
Examining: No

Contact Details

Appointments: 0330 058 1850
Private Secretary: Patient Services Team at The Whiteley Clinic
Contact Number: 0330 058 1850
Email Address: info@thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk
Website Link: http://www.thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk