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Sharmila Gupta is a specialist in laparoscopic surgery and a consultant colorectal and general surgeon based in Colchester, Essex. She has 25 years’ experience in the health service and is currently the clinical lead for surgery at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which is the largest NHS trust in East Anglia.
Miss Gupta is dedicated to providing the highest standards of care and best possible outcomes for her patients, both within the NHS and in private practice. She has extensive expertise in treating complex inflammatory bowel disease, haemorrhoids and anal fissures and fistulas, as well as carrying out gastro-intestinal endoscopy and minimally-invasive hernia, bowel cancer and gall bladder surgery.

Sharmila Gupta

Sharmila Gupta


Specialist in laparoscopic surgery and a consultant colorectal and general surgeon.



Miss Gupta runs a flexible and convenient clinic for private patients at the Oaks Hospital in Colchester. During your appointment, Miss Gupta will ask about your symptoms and family history, and may also carry out a physical examination or ask for further tests to take place.

Miss Gupta will then discuss your diagnosis with you and answer any questions you may have, as well as explaining your treatment options.


Miss Gupta regularly carries out different types of endoscopy to diagnose and treat various conditions. The lead for endoscopy at the Oaks Hospital, she has particular expertise in upper GI endoscopy, which focuses on the food pipe, stomach and part of the small intestine, and in colonoscopy, which looks at the large intestine.

Miss Gupta has also taught on training sessions to share her knowledge with other endoscopists across the UK.


Miss Gupta offers surgery for a wide range of general and colorectal conditions, including bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticular disease. She also operates on fistulas and haemorrhoids, as well as offering hernia repair and gallbladder surgery.

Before your surgery, Miss Gupta will explain more about the procedure, its benefits and any potential risks, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Miss Gupta graduated from the Medical School of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1995 before completing extensive higher training around the world. This began with surgical training on the Cambridge rotation and specialist colorectal training at St Mark’s Hospital in London, before she further developed her clinical and surgical skills in Leuven, Belgium and at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

A specialist in laparoscopic surgery, Miss Gupta has been a consultant surgeon at Colchester Hospital since 2010. She is also Colchester’s lead for surgery and lead inflammatory bowel disease surgeon. In 2017, Miss Gupta was elected as a staff governor at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, where she represents the views of her colleagues and patients to the Board. Away from the NHS, she holds the position of endoscopy lead at Oaks Hospital in Colchester.

Miss Gupta has a keen interest in education and teaching, and regularly develops training programmes to share her knowledge and expertise with laparoscopic surgeons both in the UK and abroad. She has worked with UK-based training team Lapco International on projects in Norway, Denmark, the USA, Bulgaria and Poland, and regularly teaches at the world-renowned ICENI Centre for laparoscopic surgery.

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  • The Medical School of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London 1990-1995
  • MBBS The University of London 1995
  • FRCS The Royal College of Surgeons of England 2006
  • MD The University of London 2006
Professional memberships
  • General Medical Council
  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
  1. Development and validation of a recommended checklist for assessment of surgical videos quality: the LAParoscopic surgery Video Educational GuidelineS (LAP-VEGaS) video assessment tool.
    Surg Endosc. 2020 Apr 6 Celentano V1,2Smart N3Cahill RA4,5Spinelli A6,7Giglio MC8McGrath J9,10Obermair A11,12Pellino G13Hasegawa H14Lal P15,16Lorenzon L17De Angelis N18Boni L19,20Gupta S21Griffith JP22Acheson AG23Cecil TD24Coleman MG25,26.
  2. Use of laparoscopic videos amongst surgical trainees in the United Kingdom.
    Surgeon. 2019 Dec;17(6):334-339 Celentano V1Smart N2Cahill RA3McGrath JS4Gupta S5Griffith JP6Acheson AG7Cecil TD8Coleman MG9.
  3. LAP-VEGaS Practice Guidelines for Reporting of Educational Videos in Laparoscopic Surgery: A Joint Trainers and Trainees Consensus Statement.
    Ann Surg. 2018 Dec;268(6) Celentano V1,2Smart N3McGrath J4,5Cahill RA6,7Spinelli A8,9Obermair A10,11Hasegawa H12Lal P13,14Almoudaris AM15,16Hitchins CR17Pellino G18Browning MG17Ishida T12Luvisetto F1Cingiloglu P10,11Gash K19,20Harries R21Harji D22,23Di Candido F9Cassinotti E24McDermott FD3Berry JEA17Battersby NJ25Platt E17Campain NJ3Keeler BD26Boni L24,27Gupta S15Griffith JP28Acheson AG29Cecil TD30Coleman MG17,31.
  4. The role of the insulin-like growth factor system in colorectal cancer: review of current knowledge.
    Int J Colorectal Dis. 2005 May;20(3):203-20
    Durai R1Yang WGupta SSeifalian AMWinslet MC.
  5. Laparoscopic Surgery for Inflammatory Bowel disease
    Hollingshead J, Gupta S – Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (chapter) 2015 Hollingshead J, Gupta S
  6. Preoperative neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio > 5 is a prognostic factor for recurrent colorectal cancer
    Colorectal Disease 2013 Mar;15(3):323-328 Mallapa S, Sinha A, Gupta S, Chadwick SJ
  7. Review of current practice and outcomes following ileoanal pouch surgery: lessons learned from the Ileoanal Pouch Registry and the 2017 Ileoanal Pouch Report,
    Worley GHT, Fearnhead NS, Brown SR, Acheson AG, Faiz OD on behalf of the ACPGBI and Ileoanal Pouch Registry contributors Colorectal Dis 2018 Oct;20(10):913-922

Clinic Details

Private Patients

Oaks Hospital
120 Mile End Road
Colchester CO4 5XR
Monday Afternoon
Friday Afternoon

NHS patients

Colchester General Hospital
Turner Road
Colchester CO4 5JL
Thursday Afternoon
Friday Morning

Personal Assistants

Oaks Hospital

Megan Wood
01206 522413
07596 895974

Colchester General Hospital

Kerry Bee
01206 742447