Mr Richard Wilkin MBChB, BSc, MRCS

Mr Richard Wilkin

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Academic Clinical Lecturer/General Surgical Registrar

Contact details

Open Plan East, Second Floor
Institute of Translational Medicine
Heritage Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TH

Mr Richard Wilkin is a Clinical Lecturer interested in clinical trials. He has specific interests in surgical site infection and diverticular disease.

His clinical work is as a colorectal surgeon in the West Midlands Deanery and his research activity is in conjunction with the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit.

He has an ongoing active role within the West Midlands Research Collaborative with lead roles in both cohort studies and RCTs affiliated to the Collaborative.


Richard is Co-CI on the SUNRRISE Trial. This is a fully funded RCT investigating the use of a topical negative pressure dressing to reduce the rate of surgical site infection in patients undergoing an emergency laparotomy.

He is also a co-applicant and TMG member for the ROSSINI-2 RCT. This is a multi-arm, multi-stage trial design to investigate multiple peri-operative interventions for a reduction in surgical site infection.

He is a senior member of the steering committee for two cohort studies- RIFT and RICOCHET.

  • RIFT is an international study investigating patients with right iliac fossa pain. It involved 7 countries, over 400 collaborators and over 11 000 patients.
  • RICOCHET is a cross specialty study of patients with pancreatic cancer and malignant biliary obstruction. It is looking at the pathway and management of patients and involves approximately 100 centres across the UK.