Mr Richard Miller MS FRS
Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

Mr Richard Miller


Richard Miller is a specialist colorectal and general surgeon working in Cambridge, UK.

He was appointed to Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1993 while working as an international fellow in Minnesota, USA. Prior to that he worked at St Marks Hospital in London.

Richard has over 20 years experience as a consultant in his specialist field. He was put in charge of General Surgery in 1994 and has been the prime mover to build the Department of General Surgery into groups of surgeons who can offer specialist surgery in all areas. He strongly believes that this will offer the patient the best possible quality service and the results of these groups vindicates this philosophy.
After running general surgery further groups were added and was made Clinical Director of Surgery 1 at Addenbrooke's in 1999, responsible for general surgery, trauma and othopaedics, urology, and the Emergency Dept (A+E). In 2008 he was appointed Associate Medical Director. In 2009, after a management restucture, clinically led Divisions were created and Richard was appointed Divisional Director for all of Surgery. This involved direct managerial and financial resposibility for all gastrointestinal and vascular surgery, transplantion, ENT, plastics, urology, trauma and orthopaedics, maxillofacial and eye surgery, a £120m business.

In 2014 Addenbrookes restructured again into more functional groups, for example Division A comprises three clinical groups, GI surgery, GI medicine and endoscopy is one, with musculoskeletal another and theatres/ITU/anaesthetics the third group. After 20 years continuous management roles plus a busy clinical practice it was time to stop being a Divisional Director so he did not apply for these new posts in 2014. He is currently running a variety of projects that span all the hospital.
Richard's NHS practice is based at Addenbrooke's Hospital, private practice at the Nuffield Cambridge and Cambridge Lea Hospitals.

Positions (Current)
  • Lead for anorectal physiology - now with Michael Powar
  • Clinical lead for Trust patient pathways program
  • Lead for eHospital workforce program
  • Examiner for final FRCS - the exit exam for surgeons in the UK

 Positions (Previous)

  • Chair of the Colorectal Cancer Group (SSG), Anglia Cancer Network - Inception-2010
  • Lead clinician for colorectal cancer 1993-2010
  • Associate Medical Director, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, 2008-2010
  • Divisional Director of Surgery 2009-2014
  • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  • American Association of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • St Marks Association
  • BMA
  • MDU
  • Royal Society of Medicine


Qualifications & Training in brief

Medical School Training - St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1973-1978.

  • LRCP MRCS (London) Sept 1978
  • MD BS (London) October 1978
  • FRCS (Edinburgh) January 1984
  • FRCS (England) May 1984
  • MS (London) January 1990


Distinctions and Awards 
  • Honours in Surgery MB BS 1978
  • Patey Prize, Surgical Research Society, Jan 1988
  • Hunterian Professor, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1989-1990
  • Hamilton Bailey Prize, International College of Surgeons 1992
  • Patey Prize (research supervisor for recipient, Justin Davies) 2002


  • Research Registrar - Bristol Royal Infirmary 1986-1988
  • Senior Registrar - Bristol Royal Infirmary 1990-May 1992
  • RSO St Marks Hospital, London May 1992-Oct 1992
  • Travelling Fellow - Minnesota Colorectal Group Oct 1993 - Dec 1993
  • Appointed to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, Jan 1993


He was appointed in 1993 as the only colorectal specialist and remained so until 2000 when Mr Hall was appointed. Since then Miss Fearnhead, Mr Davies, Mr Powar, Mr Wheeler and Mr Morton have joined the Department. All these surgeons are specialist colorectal surgeons so as a group they now can provide a very comprehensive colorectal service.
He has performed many hundreds of major procedures. For example, the operation of Anterior Resection involves excising some or all of the rectum. He has performed over 800 of these. He therefore has a huge experience to call on when operating on any particular patient which is reflected in the consistent high quality outcome of his surgery, all of which is subject to audit both at Addenbrookes and in the private sector. He has performed over 6000 colonoscopies without injury to the colon. Another quality factor is recurrence of cancer after rectal surgery. His rate is 5.2%. This is a good indicator of high quality surgery. The figure was the result of analysis of patients operated on over a 10 year period and then followed up over another 5 years, a robust way to come to a true and accurate assessment of patient outcome.

Personal Interests
  • Fly Fishing for salmon and trout
  • Game shooting and conservation
  • Gardening
  • Walking - in the UK, France and Italy