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Mr Malcolm West MD PhD FRCS(Eng)

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Mr Malcolm West is a Visiting Fellow  and a honorary colorectal surgical specialist registrar at the University of Southampton.

Malcolm trained as an undergraduate at the University of Malta before moving to the North West and Merseyside for foundation jobs and core surgical training. He completed a NIHR funded PhD in exercise physiology, perioperative surgical risk stratification and mitochondrial energetics. During his PhD Malcolm was the Clinical Lead for the Perioperative Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) service at University Hospitals Aintree. He was then appointed as a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Wessex in 2014 and then a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in 2016.

Malcolm is a senior investigator for the Fit-4-Surgery Consortium. He works on several work streams, however all aimed at improving post-operative outcomes in patients undergoing major surgery. He is achieving that by reducing the variability around perioperative risk stratification and by utilising tailored multimodal prehabilitation interventions. His research interests include interrogating the pathophysiological mechanisms of changing fitness, sarco-cachexia and mitochondrial function with cancer therapies and the implementation of prehabilitation interventions to rescue and improve metabolic health, physiology, morbidity and cancer outcomes.

Malcolm has published extensively in the perioperative medicine and surgical risk arena with significant clinically important papers published in the past few years. Malcolm was awarded the British Journal of Surgery, John Farndon Prize in 2015 and again in 2017 for his research in predicting surgical outcomes using Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Testing. Malcolm has recently been appointed as the Associate Sub-Speciality Lead for Surgery at the Cancer Research Network, Wessex.

Malcolm is a member of the Steering Committee for the Wessex Fit-4-Cancer Surgery trial – WesFit, a Wessex-wide pragmatic factorial design randomised controlled study to assess the efficacy of the implementation of a multi-modal prehabilitation programme in patients undergoing elective major intra – cavity cancer surgery. He is the Chief Investigator for the Frailty and sarcopenia Outcomes in emergency General Surgery (FrOGS) trial, a NIHR funded, trainee-led and delivered observational study interrogating the effect of CT measured body composition and frailty scores on mortality in patients admitted with an acute surgical pathology.


FRCS, Royal College of Surgeons, England, 2019

Appointments held

Executive Board Member Fit-4-Surgery Collaborative

Associated Sub-Speciality Lead for Surgery - CRN, Wessex

Core Surgical Trainee, Health Education North West (2008-2010)

NIHR Doctoral Fellow, University of Liverpool (2011-2014)

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, Cancer Sciences, University of Southampton (2014-2016)

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Surgery, Cancer Sciences, University of Southampton (2016 – to date)

Research group

Cancer Sciences

Affiliate research group

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

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