How we are saving lives

St. Mark’s Hospital and Hospital Foundation is able to save lives as a result of its commitment to a process of continuous development and improvement.

St Mark’s Hospital was founded in 1835 by surgeon and social entrepreneur Frederick Salmon.

In addition to a distinguished history of research in colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, St Mark’s currently looks after more than 50,000 patients a year with complex bowel disease.

In fact, over 60% of patients are referred to St Mark’s by other UK hospitals. This is because the Hospital is resident to specialists in the field of gastroenterology.

St Mark’s Hospital Foundation

The Foundation helps fund the innovative research projects that are undertaken at St Mark’s. The charity does not receive NHS funding, hence it is reliant on the generosity of donors to generate income. The income that is raised helps to facilitate multidisciplinary medical research.

Our mission is to improve the lives of patients affected by complex bowel disease through research, education and the dissemination of clinical excellence.

Our vision is a future free from the fear of bowel disease.

Two students who are studying at St Mark's.

Research projects

Find out more about the research projects that St. Mark's Hospital Foundation support...


Statistics and information on bowel disease and the impact of these conditions in UK, internationally and how St. Mark's Hospital helps...

Development of Minimally Invasive Surgery

St Mark's Hospital has been pioneering new surgical treatments for 180 years. The innovations developed aim to improve recovery for patients and reduce complications.

A close-up of a hand holding a test tube.

Anorectal Research

St Mark's has pioneered investigation and treatment of haemorrhoids, anal fistula, anal fissure, incontinence and problems of bowel function since it was founded in 1835.

Treatment of Advanced Cancer

St Mark's already offers complex treatments for patients with advanced and recurrent bowel cancer and is one of a handful of units across the UK offering complex interventions.