Professor McCollum was appointed Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgery in the University of Manchester in 1989 and is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at South Manchester University Hospital. The Academic Surgery Unit includes the Breast Unit which was developed to achieve an International reputation for research in surgical oncology now directed by Professor Nigel Bundred. Professor McCollum was previously trained in Birmingham and Leeds before being appointed Lecturer to Sir Geoffrey Slaney in Birmingham in 1978. He moved to London in 1983 as Senior Lecturer and subsequently Reader in Surgery in the University of London and Honorary Consultant Surgeon to Charing Cross Hospital. He is a Vascular Surgeon with a tertiary referral practice in carotid artery disease, cerebral perfusion, complex aneurysm surgery, including thoraco-abdominal aneurysm and in complex venous disease.
Professor McCollum has published over 400 papers including over 300 on original research. Recent grant income includes project grant funding from the NIHR-HTA, British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research Campaign in addition to grants from the manufactures of vascular grafts or devices, and the pharmaceutical industry. (Total £3.85 million since 2000).
Prof McCollum has extensive experience in the treatment of varicose veins and has been treating patients with minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins since 2008. He has expertise with all treatments of varicose veins including foam sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation as well as traditional surgery.