Professor Stephen Black

Professor of Venous Surgery

Prof Black is a Vascular Surgeon who has a dedicated interest in the treatment of Venous Disorders.

After completing his medical training at University of the Witwatersrand, Prof Black has gone onto complete his Vascular Surgical training in the UK and has an MD Degree from Imperial College, London. He spent 4 years as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at St George's Hospital before moving to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in 2014. He is currently the Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery, the R&D Lead for Cardiovascular and a Professor of Venous Surgery at Kings College, London.


Professor Black has extensive experience in the treatment of Venous Disorders having built one of the largest centres in Europe for the treatment of complex Venous Disease at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital (GSTT). He has an international reputation in this field. He leads many meetings and courses and is actively involved in research including first in man procedures.

Areas of expertise

  • Treatment of varicose veins
  • Treatment of acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Post thrombotic syndrome
  • May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS)

Personal treatment philosophy

Patients must always be at the heart of treatment. The journey through intervention has to involve a journey of mutual decision making and trust.

Why this particular specialism?

Venous disease has been neglected for too long, and is often treated as an after-thought by arterial surgeons. However, this area of medicine is my passion.

What makes a ‘good day’ at the office ‘for you’?

Seeing a patient who was suffering return to a normal life. We don't always achieve this but when a transformational procedure occurs it is wonderful.

What piece of advice do you most often give to your patients?

Treatment is a journey. If you have a complex problem there is rarely a quick fix. It can take time to heal and on occasion the journey is not about instant perfection but about continuous improvement.