Surgical Services

Staff profiles

There are two specialist endocrine surgeons in the trust working closely with each other - Mr Richard Bliss and Mr Peter Truran.  Both have joint clinics on a Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the RVI. 

Both submit their outcome data to the national registry (BAETS – British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons) and are also members of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons. Between them they perform over 200 thyroid or parathyroid procedures per year as well as 30 to 40 adrenal operations per year.


Mr Richard D Bliss

Richard Bliss has been working as a consultant endocrine surgeon since 1999 after training in the North East and Australia. He was awarded the T S Reeve International Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery by the University of Sydney, Australia. He was the Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons for 6 years and remained on the executive committee for a further 3 years.

Mr Bliss has also served 4 years on the Council of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and an additional 5 years as a member of the general Surgery SAC which oversees training for surgeons throughout the country. He is currently an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons  in endocrine and general surgery and the Director of Cancer Services for the whole Newcastle Hospitals.

Mr Peter Truran

Peter Truran has been working as a consultant endocrine and general surgeon in Newcastle since January 2016.  He trained in the specialist endocrine surgical units in Newcastle and Sheffield before becoming a consultant in 2015.  He is a BAETS member, has a Masters of Clinical Research and received a travelling fellowship from the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES). 

Mr Truran is currently the thyroid cancer lead for the trust and the chairperson of the Thyroid Cancer and Endocrine MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team), and he has a particular interest in paediatric endocrine surgery and the endoscopic retroperitoneal approach (keyhole, through the back) to remove the adrenal glands.

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