Their reputation as an innovative leading acute hospital has developed over 250 years. The RD & E was one of the first Foundation Trusts to be created in the country and this status has enabled them to foster closer links and a better understanding of what local people expect and need from then now and for future planning.
They provide specialist and emergency hospital services to residents and visitors primarily in Exeter and East and Mid Devon, though patients also come from further afield in the South West and England because of their excellence. The achievements and improvements in patient care and experience could not be realised without the professional skills and dedication of their staff. They are one of the top 100 performing Trusts committed to delivering clinical research to time and target.
Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust
Exeter EX2 5DW
+44 (0) 139 240 6297
Mr Saj Wajed is a Consultant Upper GI surgeon at the Royal Devon & Exeter, and Nuffield Health Exeter Hospitals. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Exeter Medical School.
He graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University in 1986, with 1st Class Honours in Medical Sciences, before completing his Clinical Studies at Oxford University Medical School (St. John’s College), qualifying with the BM BCh Degree in 1992. Following completion of his pre-registration house officer posts at the Liver Transplant Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, then went on to do Surgical Training in London, including the University College Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital rotations, and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, FRCS (Eng) in 1996.
In 1999, he was appointed as a Foregut (Upper GI) Research Fellow at the Department of Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles USA, under the direct supervision and mentorships of Professor Tom DeMeester, a world authority in oesophageal surgery. He was involved in a number of major research projects including those involving reflux disease, molecular biology, cancer and surgical innovation. Following completion of the Fellowship in 2000, the research thesis was submitted to the University of Cambridge who awarded him the prestigious Master of Surgery (M Chir) degree.
Following his return to the UK, he was appointed as Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal Free and UCL Medical School for two years. Since his appointment as a full-time Consultant Upper GI Surgeon at Exeter in 2004, Mr Wajed has been prolific in research and innovation. He has been invited as faculty, to speak and present at numerous national and international surgical and scientific meetings and symposia, and has published extensively.
He has pioneered and help advance the understanding and practice of minimally invasive oesophago-gastric surgery, with the LINX device being one of the most recent examples.
Mr Wajed has a specialist interest in laparoscopic surgery for reflux disease, gallstones and hernias, concentrating his expertise specifically to these areas. Consequently he provides expert advice through consultations to a large number of patients and performs a high volume of surgical procedures each year.