Mr Alexander von Roon completed his undergraduate medical training at Sheffield University and Imperial College London. He undertook higher surgical training on the north west Thames rotation and was awarded a PhD by Imperial College London. He underwent subspecialist training in colorectal surgery in Adelaide, Australia and at St Mark's Hospital, London before being appointed consultant colorectal surgeon at St Mary's and Charing Cross hospitals. His specialist clinical interests include the use of advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, operative treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and ileoanal pouch surgery. His academic interests include the use of digital mobile technologies and metabolic phenotyping in inflammatory bowel disease, familial adenomatous polyposis research and surgical education. He has published and presented widely on the topics of inflammatory bowel disease and familial adenomatous polyposis and is a reviewer for a number of surgical journals.