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Mr Philip Coleridge Smith

Professional Description:

Medical Expert Witness – Vascular Surgeon – Medical Editor


BA Hons (Oxon), Physiological Sciences, MA (Oxon), Physiological sciences, BM BCh (Oxon), DM, Oxford University, FRCS.

British Vein Institute
24-28 The Broadway
Area of work:

London and surrounding areas


Mr Coleridge Smith is Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Medical Director, British Vein Institute. He pioneered the introduction of duplex ultrasonography in the clinical investigation of venous disease in the UK. He is an expert in the treatment of venous disease using minimally invasive methods and has pioneered the introduction of ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy into the UK.

He is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon, at the British Vein Institute and Reader in Surgery at the University College London Medical School, based in London, from January 1995 to present.

He is well known for his many publications on venous disease, particularly those related to the pathogenesis of venous ulceration. With others he published a theory suggesting that leucocyte trapping in the microcirculation of the lower limb during venous hypertension is part of the mechanism that leads to skin damage and venous ulceration of the leg. He has undertaken scientific research into methods of preventing deep vein thrombosis in hospital practice. He has investigated the incidence of deep vein thrombosis in passengers on long haul flights. This work has been published in the Lancet.

In 1992 Mr Coleridge Smith became Editor in Chief of Phlebology and saw great advance in the scientific standards of this journal. In 2003 he left Phlebology to become editor of the European Journal for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery with responsibility for papers on venous disease and concluded his term of office in 2010.

Mr Coleridge Smith commenced his medico-legal work in 1999.

Areas of expertise include;
Peripheral vascular disease including diseases of arteries and veins.
Ultrasound examination of the peripheral vascular system
Limb ischaemia
Deep vein thrombosis.
Pulmonary embolism.
Post-thrombotic limbs.
Venous ulcers.
Surgical treatment of vein problems.
Laser treatment and radio frequency ablation of vein problems.

Types of report prepared:
Screening report – a preliminary assessment of the likelihood of successful litigation. (Non-CPR35 compliant).
Report addressing issues of Breach of Duty and Causation (CPR35 compliant)
Report addressing issues of Condition and Prognosis, usually following clinical and duplex ultrasound imaging examinations of arteries and veins. (CPR35 compliant).

Consulting rooms:
The London Vein Institute, 4 Upper Wimpole Street, London W1G 6LF
The Bridge Clinic, Bridge Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8DG
British Vein Institute, 24-28 The Broadway, Amersham HP7 0HP
Waiting time for an appointment for examination: approx. 2 weeks.

All correspondence: British Vein Institute, 24-28 The Broadway, Amersham HP7 0HP
Secretary email:


Oxford University Medical School

Expert Training

Bond Solon course


Fellow Royal College of Surgeons - President, British Association of Sclerotherapists - Member, Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine - Committee Member, Angiology Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine - Member, European Venous Forum - Member, American Venous Forum - Member, European Society for Vascular Surgery.

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