Mr Mike Clarke qualified from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1989 and moved to the North East in 1993 to develop a career in surgery. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1994.
After two years studying myointimal hyperplasia, Mr Clarke was awarded an MD by Newcastle University and was appointed as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Freeman Hospital in 2001. Mr Clarke has a special interest in all aspects of arterial surgery, particularly complex aortic and carotid surgery.
In addition to his clinical work, Mr Clarke has been closely involved in Postgraduate Medical Training, holding the position of Clinical Tutor between 2003 and 2010 when he oversaw the implementation of Foundation Programme training in Newcastle. In 2013 he was responsible for establishing the Vascular Surgery training programme in the Northern Region, serving as Training Programme Director until 2020.
Mr Clarke currently sits on the Vascular Surgery Specialty Advisory Committee where he is Liaison Member for East of England, and is a member of the RCSEd Specialty Programme Board for Vascular Surgery.
His managerial roles have included Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery and Clinical Director of Surgical Services for the Newcastle Hospitals during which time he was heavily involved in the reorganisation of vascular services in the North East.
Mr Clarke has a particular interest in clinical governance and was Clinical Governance Lead for Newcastle Hospitals’ surgical directorate for six years.
During his time on the Council of the Vascular Society he was an active member of the Audit & Quality Improvement Committee.
In 2015 he was appointed Clinical Director for Patient Safety & Quality Improvement in the lead up to the Trust’s initial CQC inspection. He continues in that role and is chairman of the Trust’s Patient Safety Group.