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Our aim is to work together as a team to try and give you the best and most up to date treatment and care that each one of us can offer within our specialty.


W e are fortunate enough to work in a hospital environment that has a vision directed at establishing world leading care for specialist services (often called tertiary services in Department of Health terminology) here in Southampton.

Southampton University Hospitals and Spire Southampton Hospital are both committed to providing high level, state of the art, cross specialty care to patients with complex conditions such as Pancreatic and Neuroendocrine Tumours (NET)

There are many excellent individual clinicians specialising in Pancreatic, Liver and NETs across the globe, however as with most things in life the best results are achieved when care is not focussed on a single clinician or treatment, but rather on providing the full range of treatments, delivered by a group of highly qualified clinicians working together as a team.

This way we can tailor the treatment to the individual and his or her circumstances. There is no “one size fits all” approach with this disease.

We are also committed to research into these cancers by further developing and evaluating treatments to try and achieve a year by year improvement in the long term out look for this disease.  We strive to achieve these goals and invite those of you who are being treated for Pancreatic Liver or NET tumours or live with or care for someone with these cancers to join our team in fighting these diseases.

The people below comprises the core members of this team, there are many other clinicians who are involved with specific cases on occasion, so in a hospital service with nearly 5,000 employees the list will never be exhaustive. None the less these are the specialists who will be principally involved with your care:

PLANETS Medical Team


Neil Pearce BM, FRCS, DM, CCST

Gastrointestinal surgery Training and Education BM, 1990, Southampton (Medical degree) FRCS 1995 London (Appointed Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons) DM, 2004 Southampton (Masters degree for research) CCST 2002 London (Certificate of completion of subspecialist training) House jobs: Bournemouth and Southampton 1990-1991 Basic surgical training: Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon 1992-1995. Specialist registrar training: Wessex Region Rotation 1995-03. Fellowship…

Brian Stedman BSc, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCR

Abdominal and interventional radiology Professional profile Dr Stedman qualified from the Royal Free Medical School in London with distinctions and first class honours clinical BSc in Molecular Medicine. Following surgical training in London and Melbourne he obtained FRCS in surgery before training in radiology. He was awarded the gold medal for the FRCR exam and…

Arjun S Takhar BMed Sci BMBS PhD FRCSEd

Gastrointestinal Surgery Mr Arjun Takhar was appointed as a Consultant in Hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) and General Surgery at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Trust in 2013. He graduated from the University of Nottingham Medical School with a BMed Sci in Biochemistry in addition to his medical degree (BM BS). He completed his basic surgical training in Birmingham…

Thomas Armstrong PhD FRCSEd

General surgery/Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery Training and education Nottingham University Wessex Higher Surgical Training Scheme Senior Fellowship in Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgery, Brisbane, Australia. Experience Mr Armstrong has worked for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since 2010. He is a general surgeon with a special interest in liver, pancreatic, biliary, gallbladder and hernia…

John Knight Bsc, MBBS, MRCS, FRCS

Colorectal surgery / Laparoscopic colorectal surgery Professional profile Mr John Knight provides a comprehensive colorectal practice for patients with colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal prolapse and benign conditions. His specialist interest is laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ surgery. In this area he performs laparoscopic bowel surgery and laparoscopic hernia repair. He is also a member of…