Stephen Black

Consultant vascular surgeon


Stephen is a consultant vascular surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. He is a professor of venous surgery at King's College London. He is the:

  • research and development co-lead for cardiovascular services (cardiology, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery)
  • the site lead for surgery at St Thomas' Hospital

His main clinical interest is the treatment of venous disease. He has established one of the largest services in Europe for the treatment of short- and long-term deep venous disease and superficial venous disorders.

His basic medical training was in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand). He moved to the United Kingdom in 2001. He completed a doctor of medicine (MD) degree at St Mary's Hospital and Imperial College London in 2006. In 2011 he received the fellowship of the European Board of Vascular Surgery. He was became a professor of venous surgery in 2020.

He is the programme director for:

  • the European Venous Forum Hands on Workshops (EVF HOW)
  • the Charing Cross Vascular Symposium venous programme

He was the venous tutor for European Society of Vascular Surgery (ESVS) from 2014 to 2018 and was an examiner for the Fellowship of the European Board of Vascular Surgery.

He has lectured and published extensively on the treatment of short- and long-term deep vein thrombosis, the treatment of superficial venous disease and other areas of vascular surgery and education. He is currently the editor in chief for Vascular and Endovascular Review and on the editorial board for International Angiology.

He is the global and UK principal investigator for a number of ongoing trials and actively involved in research to improve the treatment of patients with venous disease. He has been involved a number of 'first in man' procedures.

Education and training

  • Bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery (MBBCh), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Doctor of medicine (MD), Imperial College London

Research interests

  • Deep venous disease treatment
  • Lymphoedema
  • Training (simulation)


  • European Venous Forum (EVF) 1st prize, 2021 
  • Runner up, British Medical Journal Team of the Year, 2020
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnerships (HQIP) audit project of the year, 2020
  • EVF 2nd prize, 2019
  • The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) venous forum 2nd Prize, 2019
  • Commercial researcher of the year, Guy's and St Thomas' cardiovascular division, 2018
  • EVF 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize, 2018
  • RSM Venous Forum 1st prize for oral and 1st prize for poster, 2018
  • Level 3 clinical excellence award (CEA), 2018
  • Vascular Society UK and Ireland Venous Forum prize, 2015
  • EVF 2nd prize, 2015 
  • Excellence in T year teaching, St George's Hospital, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Level 1 CEA, 2012
  • Nominated for the Trust award for excellence in medical teaching, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2007 
  • Association of Surgeons in Training (ASIT) prize, RSM Surgery Section Registrar presentation day, 2007
  • Surgical training prize, South West Thames Registrar's presentation day, 2007
  • 1st prize, South West Thames Vascular Surgery meeting, 2007
  • 1st prize for patient safety research, the Association for Science Education (ASE) conference Tuscon, 2006 
  • Runner up Finlandia prize, Association of International Vascular Surgeons meeting, Davos, Switzerland, March 2006
  • Sol Cohen founders prize, Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 2005
  • Richard Wood memorial prize, Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 2005
  • Best video presentation, European Society for Vascular Surgery, 2004
  • John Godlonton Award, Edendale Hospital, 1999

Last updated: January 2024

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