Tim Batchelor graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School in 1995 and went on to train in cardiothoracic surgery in Scotland and Yorkshire. In 2007 he was appointed as a consultant in thoracic surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary in the South West of England.
An interest in pre-operative assessment led to the introduction of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) in 2010, one of the first centers in the world to do so. At the same time, Bristol became established as a European training center for VATS lobectomy.
Tim is the lead for thoracic surgery within the ERAS Society and the lead author for the international guidelines for ERAS after lung cancer surgery. He also sits on the thoracic sub-committee for the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. In addition, he is on the guideline writing group for the upcoming European Respiratory Society/European Society for Thoracic Surgery guidelines on assessing fitness for radical lung cancer treatment. He has an active role in research and is either a co-applicant or principle investigator for a number of national multicenter RCTs.