Prof. R. J. (Bill) Heald
CBE, MChir, FRCS (Ed) (Eng)
Chairman of the Colorectal Programme
Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal
Honorary Chair of European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Director of Pelican Cancer Foundation
A graduate of Cambridge University, Prof. Heald is a consultant in the Colorectal Programme at the Champalimaud Clinical Centre. He holds the position of Professor of Surgery at the University of Southampton and consultant surgeon at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital National Health Services Foundation Trust. He is also the Surgical Director of the Pelican Cancer Foundation, which promotes excellence and educates health professionals in the management of patients with colon and rectal cancer and Honorary Chair of the European Academy of Robotic Colorectal Surgery.
Prof. Heald brings his vast experience and expertise in this field to the Champalimaud CLinical Centre. His main interest for the past 30 years has been the research and development of the Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) technique for rectal cancer. He is a former Vice-President of the Council at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a past-President of the Section of Coloproctology at the Royal Society of Medicine and of the Association of Coloproctology. Prof. Heald has performed over 500 surgeries in more than 50 countries around the world.