About Mr Denzil May

Denzil May is a consultant general and colorectal surgeon offering services to private and NHS patients at the Duchy Hospital Truro and at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.  He treats a full range of general and colorectal conditions and the vast majority of operative procedures are carried out “keyhole” using the latest equipment and techniques.

Mr May is a born and bred Cornishman.  He went to school and college locally in Penzance before studying medicine at the University of Southampton.  He trained in busy specialists units in Wessex and undertook a dedicated Fellowship in this field of surgery.

Mr May’s top priority is patient safety.  He is GI Specialty Governance Lead at RCHT and is involved with Human Factors Training in the Trust.  His clinical outcomes are consistently excellent and he has an enviably low anastomotic leak rate.

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Sporting Achievements

Denzil has achieved an exceptionally high standard at sailing.  From a young age Denzil sailed regularly in Cornwall at Penzance and Mounts Bay Sailing Club.  He was a member of the British Sailing Team from 1994 to 1998, being part of the National Youth Squad and Olympic Development Squad.

He became National Youth Champion in the Laser class at the RYA National Youth Championships in 1996 and was selected to be the sole representative for Great Britain at the IRYU World Youth Championships in the male single handed class.

Whilst at university he was Student National Champion in 1997 and 1998.  Subsequently during his surgical training in Wessex he was the skipper of the Southampton Surgeons entry to the NHS regatta, which they won in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012.

Upon taking his consultant post in Cornwall Denzil began sailing his Laser again at Mounts Bay Sailing Club – link.  After a break of 16 years from competitive laser sailing he won the first National event that he sailed; the Laser Masters National Championships becoming Laser Masters National Champion in 2014.  He then competed in the World Masters Championships in Kingston, Ontario in 2015, finishing 4th overall. 


  • Wife – Fiona
  • 3 children ages 8,6 and 3.
  • Part of MBSC, Hayle Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Enjoys road cycling, sailing, surfing and encourages an active outdoor lifestyle

    Contact Details

    Address: Duchy Hospital, Penventinnie Lane, Truro, Cornwall. TR1 3UP.

    Secretary: Liz Venn

    Tel: 07500 847733

    WhatsApp: 07500 847733

    Email: admin@denzilmay.com

    Duchy Hospital

    Mr Denzil May is the trading name of Kernow Surgeons Ltd

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