Mr Colin Forman


Consultant Transplant Surgeon

Mr Colin Forman is a Consultant Transplant Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. He qualified from UCL medical school, London in 2000 having completed preclinical training at Cambridge University.

Mr Forman’s post graduate training took in a spell as a junior doctor in Birmingham, followed by two years in the liver and kidney transplant unit in Brisbane, Australia and then higher surgical training across three teaching hospitals in London.

His interests are in conditions affecting the kidney.

Mr Forman is acknowledged as an expert in dialysis access surgery, such as fistulae, grafts or peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheters, and am often invited overseas to lecture on the subject.  He tends to see patients privately who are having trouble with their dialysis access, or who just want the reassurance of having the best chance of a successful procedure.  Mr Forman can offer techniques such as microsurgery, angioplasty or combined endovascular surgery, which are rarely offered elsewhere.

His other subspecialty interest is in the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the blood vessels of the kidneys, such as narrowing or swelling (aneurysms), including in children.  These rare conditions can be challenging to treat, and he is one of very few surgeons who take on this type of work with excellent results.  Mr Forman’s patients travel from all over the UK, the Middle East and Europe for treatment.

His main speciality is kidney transplantation, where he can draw on previous experience repairing blood vessels to successfully transplant and re-transplant patients, even in the most challenging conditions.

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Hospital Locations

Royal Free Hospital

Year qualified


Country of qualification


Languages spoken



  • Renal Transplant


  • FRCS(England)
  • British Renal Society vascular access special interest group International Society of Nephrology
  • IN committee representing Western Europe

Registration and licensing


Procedures offered

  • Kidney transplant including difficult cases and second or third transplant
  • Laparoscopic (key-hole) live donor surgery.
  • Fistuloplasty and central venous plasty for narrow or blocked veins.
  • Arteriovenous fistula and graft for dialysis.
  • Peritoneal dialysis catheters.
  • Surgery for aneurysms of the renal artery.
  • Surgery for “middle aortic syndrome”

Clinical interests

  • Dialysis Access Surgery – Fistula, Graft and PD catheter.
  • Salvage of dialysis access which is not working properly.
  • Access surgery for patients with haemophilia.
  • Creation of dialysis access where others have failed.
  • Kidney Transplantation, especially cases which are difficult because of problems with blocked blood vessels, or donors with multiple arteries leading to their kidney.
  • Surgery for adults and children with poor blood flow to the kidney

Special interests

  • Renal transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy

Research interests

Mr Forman is the principal investigator at the Royal Free for a multi-centre trial comparing drug coated balloons to plain balloons in arteriovenous fistulae. He has been an invited speaker to many scientific meetings, speaking about dialysis access or complex vascular surgery in children.

Mr Colin Forman, Consultant Transplant Surgeon is available to be seen for consultations at Royal Free London