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PLANETS Medical Team

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.

We 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

Neil Pearce 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 comp …

Brian Stedman BSc, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCR

Brian Stedman 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 …

Arjun S Takhar BMed Sci BMBS PhD FRCSEd

Arjun S Takhar 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 …

Thomas Armstrong PhD FRCSEd

Thomas Armstrong 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 M …

John Knight Bsc, MBBS, MRCS, FRCS

John Knight 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. Hi …

Alex Mirnezami BSc, BM, PhD, PCME, FRCS

Alex Mirnezami Senior Lecturer in Surgery / Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Alex Mirnezami is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon in the department of surgery, with a specialist interest in the field of colorectal surgery. He completed his …

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Jo Tod MBBS, BSc, PhD

Jo Tod Pancreatic Research Dr Jo Tod, Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Southampton Jo Tod graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine, London, in 2004 with MBBS Honours and a 1st class BSc. She undertook her Core Medical Training …

Zaed Z R Hamady MBChB, PhD, FRCS (Eng.)

Zaed Z R Hamady MBChB, PhD, FRCS (Eng.) Consultant HPB and General Surgeon I qualified in Medicine with an MBChB from the University of Baghdad. Following that I moved to the UK and finished my basic surgical training. During this period I obtained the …

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