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Mr David Constable-Phelps

Mr Constable-Phelps is a consultant gynaecologist and gynaecological oncology surgeon.





Gynaecological oncology

Training and education

Mr Constable-Phelps is a consultant gynaecologist and gynaecological oncology surgeon. His NHS practice is at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He is a skilled surgical oncologist who prides himself on his kind and compassionate approach towards achieving the best outcomes for his patients.

After completing undergraduate studies in biology, Mr Constable-Phelps went on to undertake his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (BM) at the University of Southampton in 2008. Subsequently, he gained a national training number in obstetrics and gynaecology within North-West London Training Deanery, spending many years at Chelsea and Westminster and Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospitals. In 2014, he became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and gained accreditation from the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP).

After completing general training, Mr Constable-Phelps successfully achieved RCOG sub-specialty accreditation in gynaecological oncology at the renowned West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre. Since becoming a consultant, he has relocated back to Hampshire and holds a permanent position as Consultant Surgeon in Gynaecological Oncology, based at the Princess Anne Hospital.

  • PhD; Biomarkers to Stratify Surgical Care in Ovarian Cancer - Imperial College London
  • MRCOG; Membership of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • BM; Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery - University of Southampton
  • DipHE; Diploma of Higher Education in Biology - University of Portsmouth
  • RCOG Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT): Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • RCOG Sub-specialty Training: Gynaecological Oncology Surgery
  • BSCCP Accreditation in Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology – diagnosis and treatment
  • Advanced Training: Advanced Labour Ward Practice
  • Advanced Training: Gynaecological Oncology
  • Advanced Training: Benign Open and Laparoscopic Surgery


Mr Constable-Phelps has experience with the following:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian debulking (cytoreductive) surgery
  • Endometrial/uterine (womb) cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Hysterectomy
  • Radical (Wertheim’s) hysterectomy
  • Advanced laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery
  • Vulval disorders
  • Vulval cancer
  • Radical vulvectomy
  • Familial gynae cancer risk
  • Risk reducing surgery
  • Rapid access services
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Polyps
  • Abnormal smears
  • Colposcopy
  • Loop excisions of cervix
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Vulvoscopy
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic ultrasound scanning

Awards and prizes

  • RCOG World Congress Prize. Cape Town, South Africa, 2017

  • Blair Bell Society Research Prize. London, 2016

  • Herbert Reiss Prize, Royal Society of Medicine. London, 2015


During a three-year break from clinical practice, Mr Constable-Phelps was funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) to carry out dedicated research into the personalisation of surgical care for women with ovarian cancer. His work initially focussed on using DNA methylation as a patient- and tumour-specific biomarker to personalise surgical care. Later, he was the first to trial the use of the surgical intelligent knife (iKnife) on patients with gynaecological malignancies. He was awarded his PhD in 2018 from Imperial College London and remains an honorary clinical lecturer at Imperial. The culmination of his research resulted in published journal articles, national and international presentations, prizes, and grants awarded to continue research into ovarian cancer.

Phelps DL, Borley J, Flower K, Dina R, Darb-Esfahani S, Braicu I, Sehouli J, Fotopoulou C, Wilhelm-Benartzi CS, Gabra H, Yazbek J, Chatterjee J, Ip J, Khan H, Likos-Corbett MT, Brown R, Ghaem-Maghami S, 2017, Methylation of MYLK3 gene promoter region: a biomarker to stratify surgical care in ovarian cancer in a multi-centre study, British Journal of Cancer, Vol: 116, Pages: 1287-1293, ISSN: 1532-1827

Phelps DL, Balog J, Gildea LF, Bodai Z, El-Bahrawy MA, Speller AVM, Rosini F, Kudo H, McKenzie JS, Brown R, Takats Z, Ghaem-Maghami S, 2018, The surgical intelligent knife distinguishes normal, borderline and malignant gynaecological tissues using rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometry (REIMS), British Journal of Cancer, Vol: 118, Pages: 1349-1358, ISSN: 0007-0920

Phelps DL, Saso S, Ghaem-Maghami S, 2020, Is ovarian cancer surgery stuck in the dark ages?: a commentary piece reviewing surgical technologies, BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER, Vol: 123, Pages: 1471-1473, ISSN: 0007-0920


You can contact Mr Constable-Phelps via his secretary Sarah King - call 023 8120 6032 or send an email.