Professor Mark Whiteley

Professor Mark Whiteley

MS FRCS(Gen) MBBS FRCPhleb

General Surgery

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Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
4.9
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4.9
Explanation
4.9

Top feedback

“Very friendly “
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Subspecialty

  • Vascular Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Consultation fees

New appointment: £275

Follow-up appointment: £175

Practices worked at

The Whiteley Clinic - Bristol

1 Litfield Place, Clifton, Litfield House Medical Centre, Bristol, UK, BS8 3LS
152 reviews

The Whiteley Clinic - London

One Chapel Place, London, United Kingdom, W1G 0BG
345 reviews

The Whiteley Clinic - Guildford

1 Stirling Road, Stirling House,, Guildford, UK, GU2 7RF
426 reviews

About

Professor Mark Whiteley is becoming known as the "Celebrity Veins Doctor" following his highly public treatment of Virgin DJ and Celebrity Chris Evans in November 2019. Using his pioneering techniques for varicose veins and thread veins, Mark has treated many celebrities over the last 20 years. Those who have gone public include Kate Lawler, Ian Hyland, and Eve Cameron. Mark has been featured in Tatler as "Best for veins" for the last 11 years.

Professor Mark Whiteley is a Consultant Venous Surgeon at The Whiteley Clinic and a visiting Professor at The University of Surrey. He is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and he was the first surgeon to perform endovenous (keyhole) surgery for varicose veins in the UK.

Professor Whiteley opened The Whiteley Clinic in 2003, which is now a network known as The Whiteley Clinic. He has a research and education unit there and his team has won national and international prizes for their advances in venous surgery for leg and pelvic veins. They have also published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Whiteley has been named as the recommended vein surgeon by Tatler for over 11 years. In 2001, he and Judy Holdstock invented the TRLOP technique used for closing incompetent perforating veins. He has also written a book - "Understanding Venous Reflux: The Cause of Varicose Veins and Venous Leg Ulcers" and had edited a book with Emma Dabbs "Advances in Phlebology and Venous Surgery Volume 1".

In February 2019 he performed the first microwave treatment of varicose veins in the UK.

In May 2019 he performed the first Echotherapy (Sonovein using HIFU - High Intensity focused ultrasound) treatment of varicose veins in the UK.

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Medical procedures

Echotherapy or SONOVEIN (HIFU - High Intensity focused ultrasound) for varicose veins

  • In May 2019, Mark was the first doctor in the UK - and the second doctor in the world - to perform Sonovein treatment for varicose veins.
  • Sonovein uses HIFU - High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound - to ablate varicose veins. Unlike any other method of ablating varicose veins, this is totally non-invasive. The treatment happens by beaming Ultrasound across the skin and concentrating the power on the target vein (see: https://thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk/sonovein-hifu-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound/)

ENDOVENOUS MICROWAVE Varicose veins ablation (emwa)

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) - Walk in Walk out local anaesthetic only 

  • Radial laser for larger veins 
  • Jacket fibre laser for smaller veins
  • All treatments based on The Whiteley Protocol - a research-based protocol to optimise treatments

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) - WALK IN WALK OUT LOCAL ANAESTHETIC ONLY

  • RFiTT - using the Whiteley Protocol proven technique to assure closure
  • VenClose

VenAseal glue "Superglue" for varicose veins - 

  • Non-thermal and so reduces the need for local anaesthetic injections.

Clarivein (MOCA)

  • Mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) called "Clarivein" uses a rotating wire and sclerotherapy to close varicose veins without needing many local anaesthetic injections.

Foam Sclerotherapy

  • Made using the published "Whiteley-Patel" technique and CO2:O2 (not air) to keep as safe as possible.

TRLOP - Transluminal Occlusion of Perforator veins

  • Invented by Mark Whiteley and Judy Holdstock in 2001, the TRLOP technique is used to close incompetent perforating veins. Failure to treat these veins has been shown to be one of the commonest reasons that varicose veins come back again after treatment.  

Phlebectomy of forehead and facial veins

  • Removal of large veins from the forehead and from around the eyes under local anaesthetic with virtually no scars.

Coil embolisation of pelvic veins

  • At the Whiteley Clinics we have specialist radiologists that work with us who perform coils embolisation of pelvic veins in patients with pelvic varicose veins or pelvic congestion syndrome.

Microsclerotherapy

  • For leg spider veins (Telangectasia) 

 

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Special interests

  • Varicose veins
  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS)
  • Varicose veins of vulva and/or vagina
  • Aesthetic Phlebology which includes:
  • Forehead veins and bulging veins around the eyes
  • BREAST VEINS
  • Arm veins
  • Foot veins
  • Bulging veins and arteries on the temples (scalp)
  • Hand veins
  • Veins on abdomen and chest wall
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Education

  • Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey
  • Founder of The College of Phlebology
  • Founder of The Leg Ulcer Charity
  • Founder of The Whiteley Clinic
  • International Committee of the American Venous Forum 
  • Council Member of the Venous Forum 2012-6 
  • Lecturer in vascular surgery at Oxford University - 1995-8
  • Research fellow then lecturer in vascular surgery Unversity of Bath 1992-4
  • Portsmouth surgical registrar rotation
  • Bristol surgical SHO rotation
  • Demonstrator in human anatomy - St Batholomew's Hospital, London
  • Medical School - St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School.

 

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Reviews

Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Very friendly

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. With kind regards, Mark

Patient seen for:
Varicose veins surgery
03-07-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Prof. Whiteley has been extremely kind and informative throughout the whole process, starting from the consultation to the actual procedure. He offered constant reassurance and provided me with all the information necessary to decide on the best treatment plan for me.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely review. I try my hardest to make sure that all of my patients get a full explanation of their condition -and any treatment proposed. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

22-06-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Pioneering leg vein treatment for persistent thread veins. Professor Whiteley is informative and personable which makes it easy to discuss vascular issues. After trying several treatments that failed I feel confident this treatment will work.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you so much for your lovely words. By following The Whiteley Protocol, you will certainly have the highest chance of successful treatment and the lowest risk of recurrence. I look forward to seeing you again. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

24-03-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Brilliant,

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. Such lovely feedback is welcome during this very difficult time. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley

24-03-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

So confident and knowledgable, it was such a pleasure to be under his care.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely comment. It has been a pleasure treating you. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley

23-03-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Excellent and very funny! Put me completely at ease.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely review. I am so pleased that I can both give you the information that you need, and also a smile on your face. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
18-03-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Thoroughly knowledgable as you would expect, Mr Whiteley puts you at ease and will always take time to discuss and allay any fears or concerns. Great bedside manner.

Professor Mark Whiteley

What a lovely review. I am so pleased that you were happy with your care under me. Thank you so much for taking the time to review me. With very best wishes, Mark.

Patient seen for:
Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (ELVA)
18-03-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Very caring and felt in safe hands

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you so very much for your kind words. I am delighted that you were happy with my service. I look forward to seeing you again. With kindest regards, Mark.

Patient seen for:
Varicose veins surgery
18-03-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

He explained everything very well and put my mind at ease.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. I am very pleased that you liked my explanations and felt at ease. I am sure you will also get a good result from The Whiteley Protocol. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley

09-03-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Explained procedure options well. Very knowledgable

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you - it was lovely having you come to see me today. Thank you for your kind review. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
24-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Very knowledgable, professional and friendly

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely review and 5-star feedback. It was a pleasure to see you. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

18-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Very friendly and professional, talked me through whole procedure and put me at ease.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for taking the time to review me. I am very pleased that you were happy with your service and were at ease during your operation. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (ELVA)
14-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Excellent!

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you :-) Mark

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
13-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Extremely reassuring and authoritative. Instantly put me at ease and took time to fully describe treatment.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your 5 stars and lovely feedback, I am really delighted to hear that you were happy with my explanations. I am sure we will give you the best outcome by following The Whiteley Protocol. I look forward to seeing you again. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

10-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Highly professional from the moment I met him!

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you very much for your feedback. I am delighted that you were happy with your service from me. Thank you for taking the time to review me With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

10-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Looked after very well

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. That is my aim - not only to look after my patients as well as possible but also to make sure that they have the best outcomes from their treatment, by following our research-based Whiteley Protocol. Best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

05-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Couldn’t have anymore confidence in his skill and knowledge to give me the best possible result.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. That is a lovely review and really makes all the hard work and research worthwhile. I am sure that we will get you the vey best result possible. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley

03-02-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
4
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5

Super professional and friendly, thank you

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to see you and treat you. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

31-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Very professional and knowledgeable. Excellent.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for those kind words. It is lovely to be appreciated. I am very pleased that you have had such a good experience with me. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

31-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Obviously a very keen intellect, and a reassuring, non-nonsense manner. Very passionate about veins. He is a man on a mission.

Professor Mark Whiteley

That is a lovely review and I am very proud of what you have said. You are quite correct, I am very passionate about getting the very best results for my patients with vein problems. I sent the am a man on a mission with regards the best treatment for veins, pelvic congestion syndrome and treating leg ulcers properly! Many thanks for taking the time to review me. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose veins surgery
31-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Everything went really well. No complains on my part

Professor Mark Whiteley

Excellent - I am really pleased that you are happy and everything has gone well. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley

30-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Very professional and friendly. Happy to chat to both myself and my husband whilst carrying out the procedure. Answered all questions and put me at ease.

Professor Mark Whiteley

I am delighted with your kind words. It has been an absolute pleasure treating you and your husband today. I look forward to seeing you both for your follow-up. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Thread Veins
30-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Gave me belief & hope my vein problems could be managed or solved and his kindness and passion for what he believes in and it’s great to have a procedure and not have to be knocked out

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely review. It was a pleasure seeing you and I am sure we will get a good result for you using our treatment protocol. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

27-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Very professional. Excellent.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. Best wishes, Mark Whiteley

22-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Excellent and professional. Informative. Makes me feel to be in best hands. Witty.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely review. It was a pleasure treating you with HIFU (Sonovein) today. With very best wishes, Mark.

20-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Honoured to be treated by Professor Whiteley Treatment went really well

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you - that is a lovely review and I am delighted that your treatment has gone really well. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

20-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

He was happy to answer all my questions and made me feel very relaxed and well cared for.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your kind review. I am delighted that you were happy with your consultation and treatment with me. Best wishes, Mark Whiteley

Patient seen for:
foam sclerotherapy
09-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Calling veins sexy made me feel he was totally dedicated to his field of expertise. Great explanations and great atmosphere with his theatre staff

Professor Mark Whiteley

:-) What is said in theatre should stay in theatre :-) thank you for your lovely review and I am really happy that you have had such a good experience with me. I am sure you will have a good long term result from The Whiteley Protocol. Thank you for reviewing me. Best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
08-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Thank you. Very quick and painless.. Great to talk as it went very quickly

Professor Mark Whiteley

You are very welcome. I am delighted that you had a good experience and that your operation went well. Thank you for taking the time to review me. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

03-01-2020
Overall
4
Explanation
5
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4

Very professional

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your comment. I am very pleased that you found me professional. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

03-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Friendly & knowledgeable

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for those kind words and I am very pleased that you were happy with your consultation and treatment. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
03-01-2020
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

My procedure was explained very clearly and in a very friendly manner.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for taking the time to feedback. I am delighted that you were happy with my explanation. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

20-12-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

I felt safe throughout procedure.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you - I am delighted to hear that. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
20-12-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Very professional, very informative throughout my procedure to put me at ease.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely comment and 5-Star rating. I am delighted your procedure went well. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (ELVA)
11-12-2019
Overall
4
Explanation
4
Bedside Manner
5

Good

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you.

11-12-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Excellent, very friendly, good explanation

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. I am really pleased that you are happy with your consultation. with kindest regards Mark Whiteley

09-12-2019
Overall
4
Explanation
4
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4

I was a little concerned about so much talk between staff but I got used to it probably because I don’t talk much.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your feedback - and please do let us know at the time if this worries you. Our research has shown that active conversation reduces pain and anxiety during most procedures - silence tends to make patients more anxious. Ever since that PhD was published, we have encouraged conversations during procedures to help our patients. As with all of our approach, we modify all of our treatments and patient care on research findings to give our patients the best care available. Thank you for your feedback. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley

06-12-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

I found Mark Whiteley to be very personable and approachable. He explained everything thoroughly to me. From the initial consultation to surgery, I felt confident and safe in his hands.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. That is a lovely review and I am very proud of it. Thank you for taking the time to review me. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose veins surgery
29-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Pleasant and informative.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely review and your five stars. I am so pleased that you are happy with your experience with me. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

28-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

I felt I was in capable hands yet the procedure was made light hearted by friendly banter.

Professor Mark Whiteley

That is a lovely review and I am delighted that you have had a good experience and were able to give me five stars. The banter is so important in local anaesthetic surgery and I am sure you will get an excellent result. With thanks and best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose veins surgery
27-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Everything was explained very clearly and I was provided with documentation to answer any questions. Mark Whitely is extremely knowledgable and I have every confidence in his treatment and recommendations.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for taking the time to review me. I am thrilled that you are satisfied with my treatment and recommendation. We do strive to provide research evidence in the most digestible form to show why our treatments will give you the optimal outcome. I look forward to seeing you again. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
seal vein perforator following damage from DVT
27-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
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5

Very well cared for.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely review and five stars. Our aim is to make sure that everyone is well cared for and we are all delighted that you have had a good experience. The very best wishes, Mark Whiteley

27-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Everything went well and explained to me very well.

Professor Mark Whiteley

I am delighted that you have had a good experience and everything was explained to you satisfactorily. I look forward to seeing you again. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
23-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Professor Whiteley was very clear and also funny which made the whole experience less nerve wracking

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased that I was able to make you laugh during the procedure. Our research has shown that the more we interact during the procedure, the less pain and anxiety you will feel. I am so happy that you have had a good experience with me. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose Veins
Vascular Surgery
23-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Very professional and would highly recommend to others. Fantastic service!

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you very much for your lovely review and five star grading. I am delighted that you are satisfied with my service. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (ELVA)
21-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Excellent service and friendly staff

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely 5-star review, and for taking the time to feedback to us. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose veins surgery
20-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Very good

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you :-)

19-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Professor is very knowledgable and makes me feel comfortable and answers all questions more and above expected. He carried out procedure perfect.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you s much for those lovely words and excellent rating. I am delighted that you are satisfied with the care. Than you so much for taking the time to review me. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

19-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

It is easy to see why Prof Whitely is the leading figure in his specialist field. Kept me well informed - and entertained! - throughout.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely review. I am so very pleased that you have had a good experience during your treatment with me. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

Patient seen for:
Varicose veins surgery
15-11-2019
Overall
5
Explanation
5
Bedside Manner
5

Very good

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you :-)

13-11-2019

Peer recommendations

Recommended by 6 doctors for:
6

Vascular Surgery

Prof. Mark Whiteley.. He is like a legend in Phlebology, always eager to get what is beyond the very best result in veins treatment and he translates that in studies and continuous research, and he combines that with a very gentle and kind attitude with his patients and colleagues.

For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

Professor Mark Whiteley is a pioneer in the management of venous disease. His passionate dedication to the speciality of Phlebology is unquestionable. He continues to strive to deliver the very best in care for patients with venous conditions and is the rare combination of talented educator, devoted researcher and hands on surgeon.

For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

Mark Whiteley is without doubt one of the leading Phlebologists anywhere in the world. He pioneered the use of thermal ablation in the UK in 1999 and performed the first procedures using the technique. This event represented a paradigm shift in the treatment of varicose veins and has paved the way in dragging the archaic and ineffective traditional treatment of humanity's commonest surgical malady into the 21st century. His research effort is highly respected and Mark has carved out a huge international reputation in the field. I am deeply privileged to be his colleague and to have shared in the journey over 20 years in the improvement and development of varicose vein and ulcer treatment. Mark has no equal in the field of Phlebology and the UK is blessed to number him among its top clinicians.

For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

Prof. Mark Whiteley is a colleague and owner of The Whiteley Clinic. He is a world renowned leader in the management of varicose veins. His research has been presented internationally and this allows Mark and the clinic to practice the most up to date techniques in the management of varicose veins and pelvic congestion syndrome. Mark strives to give patients the best and world leading treatments. He has a great rapport with patients and staff and is one of the easiest doctors to speak to. He is a great colleague to work with and his patients give him great reviews.

For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

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