Mr Max Almond

Consultant GI Oncology Surgeon

Mr Max Almond

Mr Almond is an experienced upper gastrointestinal and general surgeon who provides expert evidence in personal injury and clinical negligence cases.

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Profile

Mr Almond (MB ChB(Hons), DM(Hons), FRCS) has a breath of expertise in surgical oncology, benign upper gastrointestinal, pancreaticobiliary and general surgery. His NHS practice is based at University Hospital Birmingham, the largest acute NHS Trust in the country, where he is the lead for governance in emergency general surgery.

His areas of expertise include surgical oncology (soft tissue sarcoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumours, adrenal tumours, neuroendocrine tumours), abdominal trauma surgery, emergency general surgery (peritonitis, bowel obstruction, appendicitis), upper gastrointestinal surgery (cholecystectomy, hiatus hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery), elective general surgery (hernia repair, lipoma excision), and diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy including endoscopic removal of gallstones (ERCP). He is highly skilled at open, laparoscopic (keyhole) and endoscopic procedures.

Mr Almond completed subspecialty training in upper gastrointestinal and pancreaticobiliary surgery in the West Midlands and then gained further specialist experience in abdominal and retroperitoneal sarcoma surgery through Fellowships to the Istitutio Dei Tumori, Milan and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. In addition, he developed specialist skills in therapeutic endoscopy through Fellowships to Harvard University, Boston; the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, US.

In 2010 Mr Almond was granted a prestigious Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship and was subsequently awarded a Doctorate of Medicine. He has published more than 70 research articles and book chapters including publications in the journal Nature and the British Journal of Surgery. Mr Almond is an honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and currently holds a Royal College of Surgeons research grant. He is also a member of several surgical societies through which he has contributed to national and international clinical guidelines.

Experience of Giving Evidence

Mr Almond has experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in personal and occupational injury claims and in medical negligence cases.

His main areas of medicolegal expertise include:

  • Cases involving abdominal trauma / injury
  • Any emergency or elective general surgical negligence (including intestinal obstruction, peritonitis, appendicitis, abdominal pain, hernias and post-operative complications)
  • Cases involving complications of gallbladder surgery
  • Cases involving mis-management of abdominal tumours including soft tissue sarcoma, retroperitoneal sarcoma, adrenal cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumours and neuroendocrine tumours
  • All cases involving upper GI endoscopy

Mr Almond has experience in root cause analysis investigation and in providing evidence for criminal investigations.

He is registered with the National Expert Witness Agency and is a member of the MLAS Expert Witness Community. He is also an APIL expert.  He has completed the Bond Solon Excellence in Report Writing, July 2019.

Cases undertaken

Mr Almond has experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in personal / occupational injury claims and medical negligence cases.

Availability

Mr Almond is available for appointments at 2-3 weeks notice. He is also available for home visits / ad hoc venue bookings. He has a report turnaround time of four weeks.

Publications

Mr Almond has published more than 70 research articles and book chapters, including publications in Nature and the British Journal of Surgery. A selection of his publications are listed below.

  1. Almond LM, Hodson J, Barr H. Meta-analysis of endoscopic therapy for low grade dysplasia in Barrett’s oesophagus. British Journal of Surgery. 2014, 101(10):1187-95.
  2. Almond LM, Hutchings J et al. Endoscopic Raman spectroscopy enables objective diagnosis of dysplasia in Barrett’s esophagus. Gastrointest Endosc. 79(1): 37-45, 2014
  3. Almond LM, Roberts K, Hodson J, Sutcliffe R, Marudanayagam R, Isaac J, Muiesan, Mirza D. Changing indications for a total pancreatectomy: perspectives over a quarter of a century. HPB 2015, 17(5):416-21.
  4. Almond LM, Singhal R et. al. An “all 5mm ports” technique for laparoscopic day-case anti-reflux surgery: A Consecutive Case Series of 205 Patients. Int J Surg. 2016 Nov; 35:214-217.
  5. Almond LM, Patel K, Hodson J et. al. A decade of day-case endoscopically guided stent placement in malignant oesophagogastric strictures. Surg Endosc. 2017 May; 31(5): 2280-2286.
  1. Almond LM, Ford S et. al. Myeloid Sarcoma: Presentation, Diagnosis and Treatment. Accepted for publication February 2017 in Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukaemia. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2017 May;17(5):263-267.
  2. Ford SJ, Almond LM, Gronchi A. An update on non-extremity soft tissue sarcoma. Clinical Oncology. 2017, 29(8): 516-527.
  3. Almond LM, Patel K, Keast L, Hodson J, Nijjar R, Wilson PG, Richardson M, Singhal R. A decade of day-case endoscopically guided stent placement in malignant oesophagogastric strictures. Surg Endosc. 2017 May;31(5):2280-2286.
  4. Almond LM, Hodson J, Ford S, D Gourevitch, Roberts K, Shah T, Desai A. Role of Palliative Resection of the Primary Tumour in Advanced Pancreatic and Small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumours: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2017 May 25.
  5. Almond LM, Tattersall H et. al. Diagnostic Accuracy of Percutaneous Biopsy in Retroperitoneal Sarcoma: Experience from Two Tertiary European Centres. British Journal of Surgery Mar 2019, 106(4): 395-403.

To view Mr Almond’s publications on ORCID visit: https://expertcourt.link/maxalmondpub

Qualifications

MB ChB (Hons), June 2004. Birmingham University.

MRCS (Eng). November 2006.

Doctorate of Medicine (Hons), June 2013. Awarded with no corrections and with the Kings Norton Medal for the best Doctoral student across all schools. Cranfield University.

FRCS (Gen Surg). June 2015.

Professional memberships

Mr Almond is a member of the British Sarcoma Group, the Transatlantic Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group, and the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons, through which he has contributed to national and international clinical guidelines. He is also a surgical tutor on behalf of the European School of Soft Tissue Sarcoma Surgery.

Mr Almond is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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