meet the team

The Gynaecology Group brings together the expertise of experienced UK qualified and trained gynaecologists and modern, fully-equipped private hospitals in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Worcester and Bath.

By consulting and operating in 4 private hospitals we are able to provide a unique, first-class, private service at a time and place that is convenient for you.

All our consultants are advanced level laparoscopic surgeons and as such routinely perform procedures such as hysterectomy, myomectomy and complex endometriosis surgery laparoscopically.

We offer rapid access to a full private service for the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant (cancerous) gynaecological conditions. Urgent appointments are available within 48 hours of referral and often the same day with pelvic ultrasound sometimes available at the same appointment.

Mark Whittaker

Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon.


Mr Mark Whittaker is a consultant gynaecologist with more than 20 years experience as a consultant in the NHS and private practice. He is a general gynaecologist with his main areas of interest including the management of menstrual disorders, endometriosis, pelvic pain, painful sex and the treatment of prolapse.

He has considerable experience in treating women with heavy and painful periods using both medical and surgical treatments, including Mirena and endometrial ablation procedures. He is competent to perform laparoscopic hysterectomy and has been involved nationally studying and teaching different types of hysterectomy.

His other major interest is the management of endometriosis and is able to treat this condition using laparoscopic techniques. He has extensive experience in the laparoscopic excision of endometriosis. He was on the working group focused on developing national Endometriosis Centres for the surgical treatment of advanced endometriosis.

He is very experienced in dealing with most benign gynaecological conditions and regularly performs surgery for prolapse. Since qualifying as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist he has been very involved in teaching and training doctors in how to perform ‘keyhole’ surgery in gynaecology. Wherever possible he uses these less invasive approaches in treating his patients.

Rob Gornall

Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon.


Mr Rob Gornall was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon in 2001. He completed his training in Manchester, Southampton and London initially in General Surgery with the award of the FRCS and subsequently specialising in Gynaecology and Gynaecological Oncology.

He has undertaken original research into the genetic causes of Ovarian and Breast Cancer for which he gained a DM.
In addition to managing common gynaecological conditions he specialises in the investigation and treatment of possible gynaecological cancers and is clinical lead for the gynaecological cancer multidisciplinary team.

He is one of the most experienced surgeons nationally undertaking total laparoscopic hysterectomy and along with 150 national specialists is formally accredited by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologsts to undertake complex gynaecological cancer surgery. He has recently been able to introduce robotic surgery for gynaecology and has undertaken over 100 robotic hysterectomy procedures. He is a trained colposcopist investigating abnormal cervical smears and precancer changes.

In addition to his clinical duties he works within NHSE as Clinical Director for the West Midlands Cancer Alliance since 2015 providing cancer care for the population of the West Midlands. He is married with 4 children and lives in the Cotswolds. 

Kathryn Hillaby

Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon.


Miss Kathryn Hillaby is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital, as well as Cheltenham General, Gloucestershire Royal, and Worcester Royal. She qualified as a Doctor in 1998 from the Royal Free Hospital in London with distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and has been a Consultant since 2010.

Miss Hillaby is an experienced surgical gynaecologist who specialises in treating women with gynaecological cancer (cancer of the womb, ovary, vulva and cervix) as well as general gynaecological problems, especially vulval problems.

She is accredited in colposcopy (the management of smear test abnormalities). She is also an expert in gynaecological ultrasound, particularly in the diagnosis of ovarian cysts, having undertaken her Doctorate in this. She is trained in the use of laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, including keyhole hysterectomy.