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Mr Ian Daniels FRCS





General Surgery


Sub-Specialty and conditions treated:

Colorectal Surgery. I treat bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, incontinence, difficult bowels and haemorrhoids etc


Special Clinical Interests:

Advanced and recurrent bowel cancer


Research interests

Staging of bowel cancer (MERCURY Study)
Bowel cancer screening (Exeter CANCCER Trial)

Multidisciplinary Team Management (National MDT-TME Development Project)


Base Ward(s) worked on / with or department:

Lyme Ward


Year of first medical qualification:



Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

British Medical Association
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland        
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
British Association of Surgical Oncology/Association of Cancer Surgeons
European Society of Coloproctology                                 
European Society of Surgical Oncology   


Contact details - secretary phone number:

01392 402704


Recent publications:

MRI directed Multidisciplinary Team Pre-operative Treatment Strategy: the way to eliminate positive circumferential margins? S Burton, G Brown, IR Daniels, et al. Brit J Cancer 2006: 94;351-7


Magnetic Resonance Imaging Pelvimetry in 186 Patients with Rectal Cancer Confirms an Overlap in Pelvic Size between Males and Females. Salerno G, Daniels IR, Brown G, et al. Colorect Dis 2006; 8(9): 772-6.


Complexities and controversies in the management of low rectal cancer: Proceedings of the 3rd Pelican Surgical Symposium. Daniels IR, Fisher SE, Brown G, et al. Colorect Dis 2006; 8(S3); 3-5.


Defining the rectum: surgically, radiologically and anatomically. Salerno G, Sinnatamby C, Branagan G, Daniels IR, Heald RJ, Moran BJ. Colorect Dis 2006; 8(S3): 5-10.


Magnetic resonance imaging of the low rectum:  Defining the radiological anatomy. Salerno G, Daniels IR, Brown G. Colorect Dis 2006; 8(S3); 10-14.


The need for future surgical low rectal cancer studies. Daniels IR, Strassburg J, Moran BJ. Colorect Dis 2006: 8(S3) 25-30.


Quality of life and sexual function following surgery for rectal cancer. Fisher SE, Daniels IR. Colorect Dis 2006: 8(S3) 40-43.


Accurate Staging, Selective Pre-operative Therapy and Optimal Surgery Improves Outcome in Rectal Cancer: A Review of The Recent Evidence. Daniels IR, Fisher SE, Heald RJ, Moran BJ. Colorect Dis 2007; 9(4): 290-301.


Clarifying margins in the multidisciplinary management of rectal cancer: The MERCURY experience. Salerno G, Daniels IR, Brown G. Clin Radiol 2006; 61(11): 916-23.


Diagnostic Accuracy of Pre-Operative MRI-Directed Multidisciplinary Management of Rectal Cancer in Predicting Surgical Outcome. The MERCURY Study Group. BMJ 2006; Oct 13


Variations in pelvic dimensions do not predict the risk of Circumferential Resection Margin (CRM) involvement in rectal cancers. Salerno G, Daniels IR, Brown G, et al. World J Surg 2007; 31(6) 1315-22.


“y” “u” and “p” need “m” and “ct”: Essential clarification of TNM staging of Rectal Cancer. Moran BJ, Brown G, Daniels IR, Quirke P, Sebag-Montefiore D, Heald RJ. Colorect Dis 2007;


Professional Profile (optional):

Having trained in Wales, London, Basingstoke and Oxford I was appointed to The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in Oct 2005. My research interests continue to develop and I was awarded a Hunterian Professorship in 2006 by The Royal College of Surgeons of England. Developing Exeter as a ‘force in Colorectal Research’ and a Centre for Excellence for Colorectal Disease are my career aims.


Additional Information:

Developing a ‘Patient-Centred’ Approach to both in-patient and out-patient care has been an early success. By writing directly to patients following their appointment, so they leave with a record of the consultation and a date for their surgery or endoscopic investigation has been welcomed by both patients and GPs. The direct planning of care prevents a waiting list and delivers patient-choice in treatment planning.