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Mr Kai Leong

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

BMedSci (Hons), BMBS, PhD, FRCS (gen surg)

Practices at: The Meriden Hospital

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Personal Profile

Mr Kai Leong is a consultant general and colorectal surgeon at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire. 

He was awarded honours in Bachelor of Medical Sciences from University of Nottingham in 2001, following his dissertation on specific genes that modulate colorectal cancer. It was during this time he developed an interest in colorectal cancer. He subsequently received his medical degree, BMBS, from Nottingham Medical School in 2003. 

In his early career, he undertook his training in Nottingham, Hull, Wolverhampton and Stoke before entering his higher surgical training in the West Midlands; rotating to Russell’s Hall Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Worcester Royal Infirmary, University of North Staffordshire and University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire. 

He took some time out of clinical training to focus on research into early rectal cancer. His work was so impressive that he was awarded the prestigious Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship, culminating in the award of a PhD by the University of Birmingham. He was also awarded a travelling bursary by the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASIT) to visit Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital in Santander, Spain to learn about robotic rectal cancer surgery and transanal surgery. Prior to taking up a consultant post at Coventry, he spent a year in his fellowship to develop his skills in transanal surgery to treat large rectal polyps and early rectal cancer. 

Mr Leong routinely performs minimally invasive surgery, both laparoscopic and robotic, for benign and malignant colorectal diseases. He continues to search for minimally invasive and the latest innovative surgeries to treat conditions that are effective but also confer the least discomfort for patients. 

In addition to his clinical practice, he has a strong interest in patient safety and is currently the Lead for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) in general surgery at UHCW. His other interest is in surgical training. He is UHCW’s Surgical Tutor, overseeing the training and professional development of surgical trainees in the hospital. He is also the West Midlands General Surgery Simulation Training lead. He is the co-editor of the latest Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) Colorectal Cancer Management Guidelines and the Associate Scientific Programme Director for the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

Clinical Interests

  • Perianal conditions 
  • Haemorrhoids (Piles)
  • Fistula 
  • Fissures
  • Skin tags
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Colitis 
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Stoma problems – hernia, prolapse, retraction
  • Inguinal (groin) hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Parastomal hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Pilonidal sinusSebaceous cysts
  • Lipomas
  • Skin abscess
  • Colonoscopy/Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Laparoscopic/Robotic bowel resection
  • Transanal Surgery

Professional Memberships

General Medical Council 
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland