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Mr Shanka Benaragama

Consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon

Mr Shanka Benaragama is a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Trust. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) medical school.

He completed his higher General and vascular surgical training in Oxford, London and Cambridge with placements at the Royal Free, UCLH, Wexham Park Hospital and Addenbrookes Hospital.Mr Benaragama holds the prestigious National lower limb salvage fellowship (VaLSA) in the UK. He has successfully completed the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge Management and Leadership Resident programme (equivalent to MBA). Mr Benaragama is a course director for numerous management, leadership and quality improvement framework programmes in the NHS.

Mr Benaragamaโ€™s surgical practice embraces all open and endovascular interventions in arteries and veins. He has subspecialty interest in the management of complex wounds due to diabetic foot disease and venous diseases (ranging from varicose veins to deep venous diseases), and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). His other clinical expertise includes the management of peripheral arterial disease, carotid stenosis, aortic aneurysms, lymphoedema and thoracic outlet syndrome. He is also one of the few vascular surgeons in the country with interest in complex hyperhidrosis management and leads the largest hyperhidrosis service in North London.

Mr Benaragama is a fully Accredited GMC Clinical and Educational Supervisor and Royal College of Surgeons of England Course instructor. He is an invited faculty member for the national vascular trainee teaching programmes conducted by the Joint Committee of Higher Surgical Trainees (JCST). Heโ€™s a founder and Director of numerous international and national teaching conferences. Mr Benaragama has presented and written over 50 academic papers both nationally and internationally. He has been a member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG).

Mr Benaragama takes a very careful and considerate approach in every aspect of his consultancy work and he makes every effort to ensure patient dignity, safety and confidentiality are maintained at all times.

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Hospital Locations

Royal Free Hospital


  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • British Society of Endovascular Therapy

Clinical interests

  • Varicose vein
  • Foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins
  • Thread vein treatment (sclerotherapy)
  • Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation for Varicose Veins
  • Varicose vein stripping
  • Multiple avulsions/phlebectomies
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Aneurysms
  • Raynaudโ€™s disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Diabetic foot disease
  • Vascular malformations
  • Carotid disease
  • Venous disease
  • Leg ulcers
  • Lymphoedema

Mr Shanka Benaragama, Consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon is available to be seen for consultations at Royal Free London