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Professor Charles McCollum

Consultant Vascular Surgeon


Vascular Surgery

Sub specialty

Research Interests

Professor McCollum’s research is in arterial and venous disease. He leads a research team of some 40 lecturers, fellows, scientists and technicians, and his collaborations are with various disciplines including particularly epidemiology, neuro-imaging, mental health and stroke medicine. Special research interests include:

Cerebral emboli and dementia
Venous disease
Wound healing and leg ulceration
Blood transfusion therapy
Risk-prediction in surgery
Pelvic vein incompetence
Arterial and venous thrombosis Cerebral emboli and dementia
Stroke and cerebral perfusion Venous disease
Carotid and extracranial artery disease Wound healing and leg ulceration
Paradoxical embolism in stroke Blood transfusion therapy
Ischaemic tissue injury Risk-prediction in surgery
Aortic aneurysm repair
Indications for aortic aneurysm repair Pelvic vein incompetence

A research team is investigating the role of cerebral emboli in the causation of both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. A new team is being assembled to explore the importance of carotid plaque volume in the causation of stroke.


MB ChB, FRCS(London), FRCS (Edin), MD

NHS Base

UHSM, Wythenshawe Hospital

Consulting address

The Wilmslow Hospital

Contact for appointments


Professor McCollum was appointed Consultant & Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Charing Cross Hospital in London in 1983, aged only 32. He specialised exclusively in vascular surgery following his appointment as Professor of Surgery in Manchester in 1989. He now has nearly 30 years consultant experience in complex vascular surgery. He has perhaps the biggest practice in carotid surgery in the UK & specialises in reconstructions of the aorta including all arteries to the brain, viscera & legs. 

His research is in arterial & venous disease.  He leads a research team collaborating with various disciplines including epidemiology, neuro-imaging, mental health, stroke medicine & cardiology.  Special research interests include: arterial & venous thrombosis, cerebral emboli & dementia, stroke & cerebral perfusion, shock & organ damage, carotid & extracranial arteries, venous disease, paradoxical embolism, wound healing & leg ulceration, cerebral injury in dialysis & blood transfusion therapy.

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