McCollum was born in Staffordshire in 1950, the son of a general practitioner, and gained his medical education at the University of Birmingham, qualifying in 1972 and gaining his MD in 1980. He was lecturer in surgery at the Universities of Birmingham and London before being appointed professor of surgery at the University Hospital of South Manchester in 1989. McCollum was a member of a number of surgical societies, including the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the International Society of Cardiovascular Surgery and the Surgical Infection Society. He was awarded the Moynihan Prize of the Association of Surgeons in 1979 and in 1985 was Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons.
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