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Professor Nigel Hall


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Address: Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road Shirley, SO16 6YD

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  • Title and name: Mr Nigel Hall
  • Position: Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery
  • Qualifications: MA MB BChir MRCPCH PhD FRCS (Paed Surg)
  • Role: Associate Professor
  • Meta description: Mr Nigel Hall Associate Professor of Paediatric Surgery at the University of Southampton, Faculty of Medicine


  • Introduction: Mr Nigel Hall is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton and Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon at Southampton Children’s Hospital
  • Biographical sketch:  

    Nigel Hall graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1997. He trained in General and Specialist Paediatric Surgery at Southampton Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. During his training he was also Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow at University College London and completed a PhD at the University of London.

    Mr Hall leads an active research program in children's surgical conditions with a specific focus on necrotising enterocolitis, other congenital gastrointestinal anomalies and the design and conduct of randomised trials on paediatric surgery. His team focusses on understanding the pathophysiology of necrotising enterocolitis and the. The development of novel therapies and other interventions aiming to improve short and long term outcome.

    Nationally he sits on the research committee of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and is the BAPS/RCSEng multicentre collaborative research lead for Paediatric Surgery. He is also Chair of the Network Office of the European Paediatric Surgeons Association.

  • Qualifications

    MA, Neuroscience, University of Cambridge (1995)

    MB BChir, University of Cambridge (1997)

    MRCPCH, Royal College of Paediatrics and Chid Health (2000)

    MRCS, Royal College of Surgeons of England (2002)

    PhD, University of London (2010)

    FRCS (Paed Surg), Royal College of Surgeons of England (2010)

  • Appointments

Research Fellow, University College London (2002-2005)

Research Training Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England (2004-2005)

Specialist Registrar, Paediatric Surgery, London Deanery (2006-2010)

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Surgery (2010-2013)

Neonatal Surgical Fellow, the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada (2013-2014)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton (2015-)


  • Primary research group:  Human Development and Health
  • Affiliated research group: Human Development and Health
  • Research Interests:

    Improving outcomes of childrens’ surgery through randomised controlled trials


    Nigel is passionate about improving outcomes of children requiring surgery through generation of high quality evidence to underpin contemporary surgical practice. He has led several national and international randomised controlled trials on a number of conditions and investigating a variety of interventions including minimally invasive surgery, critical care techniques and non-operative treatment of surgical conditions. He has led initiatives to ensure that patient views are at the heart of these studies by embedding public and patient involvement (PPI) within research teams and developing core outcome sets ensuring that outcomes measured are patient centred, meaningful and relevant.

    Understanding pathophysiology and improving outcomes of necrotising enterocolitis

    Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating disease that affects mainly preterm babies and continues to cause real morbidity mortality in the 21st century. This is despite improvements in other outcomes of neonatal care. Current initiatives include generating an understanding of contemporary outcomes to inform the need for ongoing research, investigation of remote ischaemic conditioning as a possible preventive or therapeutic strategy for NEC, understanding surgical decision making and timing of surgery in babies with NEC, and the development of novel biomarkers to aid the earlier identification of infants who require surgery.

  • PhD supervision: Currently supervising one PhD student
  • Responsibilities: 

University of Southampton

Area lead (surgery) for 3rd year research module for BM program

 National and International responsibilities

British Association of Paediatric Surgeons Research committee member

BAPS/RCSEng multicentre collaborative research lead for Paediatric Surgery

Chair of the Network Office of the European Paediatric Surgeons Association

Medical advisor NEC-UK charity

  • Teaching: 

    BM4 and BM5. Ward based teaching for students during their child health and surgical attachments

    Project supervisor for 3rd year research module

    Surgery area lead for 3rd year research module


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