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Derek Alderson is the Barling Professor of Surgery and Head of the surgical unit at the University of Birmingham. He holds an honorary appointment as a consultant surgeon with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Before moving to Birmingham in 2005, he was Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Head of Teaching in the Department of Clinical Sciences at South Bristol. He has held Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Adelaide, Cape Town and Montreal.
He has held a variety of managerial and executive appointments locally and nationally including: Senior Tutor responsible for professional behaviour within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Clinical Director for Surgery at United Bristol Healthcare Trust, Programme Director for surgical training in the South West region, Chairman of the Oesophago-gastric sub-group of the National Cancer Research Institute) and President of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland from 2000 – 2002. He is currently a Member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Member of Council of the Medical Defence Union, non-executive director of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and general surgery expert member of the UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers infected with bloodborne viruses. He has been joint Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Surgery since 2009.
He qualified from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and trained in the Northern Region and in the United States of America. His research interests lie in the field of oesophgo-gastric surgery and particularly upper gastrointestinal cancers. This has included extensive laboratory work related to tumour suppressor genes, growth factors, mechanisms of invasion and most recently, tumour metabolomics. He has published widely on clinical topics particularly related to tumour staging by endoscopic ultrasonography and laparoscopy as well as quality of life assessments. He is currently the principal surgical investigator for two multi-centre trials in the UK involving surgery and chemotherapy in patients with oesophageal and gastric cancers.
Professor Alderson is committed to improving surgical standards at all levels through education, research and clinical performance. Outside work his hobbies include diving, walking and wine, depending upon temperature, location and time of day.
Iain Anderson has been Consultant Surgeon at Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester since 1995. He is a senior surgeon on the Intestinal Failure Unit, a national unit specialising in the treatment of intestinal fistulae and other complications after abdominal surgery to which patients are referred from around the UK. He practices colorectal and emergency surgery and has a specialist interest in Crohn’s disease.
He trained in surgery in Manchester and Edinburgh, receiving several national awards including a Hunterian Professorship (1996), for clinical studies of abdominal infection. He has given numerous lectures on aspects of abdominal sepsis, critical care and intestinal fistula and failure at meetings around the world.
From 1994 to 2007, he was Tutor In Surgical Critical Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, where he developed and established the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) Course. The CCrISP Course teaches young surgeons how to care for their sickest patients and is now seen as an international standard of care. Since 2009, Iain has been a member of the executive of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and is Director of Emergency Surgery.
Marja A. Boermeester is a consultant gastrointestinal surgeon and clinical epidemiologist, and principal investigator of many multicentre trials on diagnostics and treatment of abdominal infections that received national grants and international high-ranked publications. Her core business in GI / HPB surgery is acute abdominal infections (peritonitis, acute and chronic pancreatitis), intestinal failure such as enterocutaneous fistula, late-phase abdominal reconstruction after peritonitis. She has ten PhD students / research fellows and two research nurses under her supervision. She is member of the National Grant Committee, editor of the BJS, member of the writing committee of the Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group, chair of the National Safety Management committee ‘wrong site or side surgery’, and member of several guideline committees (Antibiotics in Sepsis, Acute Diverticulitis, Peri-operative Patient Safety, and Diagnostics of Acute Abdominal Pain), and founded the SURgical Patient Safety System (SURPASS) checklist, results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Gordon Carlson has been Consultant Surgeon at Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester since 1997. He is a senior surgeon on the Intestinal Failure Unit, a national centre specialising in the management of intestinal fistulae, sepsis and other complications of abdominal surgery.
He trained in Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne, prior to returning his appointment in 1994 as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Manchester, and MRC Senior Clinical Fellow in 1997. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters and was appointed Honorary Professor of Surgery at the University of Manchester in 1995 and Honorary Professor of Biomedical Science at the University of Salford in 1996.
He is a Consultant advisor to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, as well as the Department of Health. He has gained numerous national and international awards for his clinical and academic work on intestinal failure, nutritional support in critical illness and gut barrier dysfunction, including a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Bengt Ihre Medal of the Swedish Medical Society, and the Medals of Honour of the Swedish and Danish Surgical Societies.
Steve has worked the majority of his professional life as a microbiologist in Sheffield. He has publications on many different organisms, but his current favourites are Orthopaedic Infections and MRSA. Steve is a Chartered Scientist and is doing his PhD on the effect of silver in wounds, as Steve feels chronic wounds is an area that many microbiology departments appear to ignore.
Steve is the current Microbiology Specialist Advisor to the IBMS and Honorary Treasurer for the Society for Applied Microbiology. Steve has helped organise many scientific conferences, most notably the Microbe Symposia, for which he is currently the Chairman. Steve lectures at both Sheffield Hallam and Hull University and enjoys imparting knowledge.
Steve’s main objective is to break down some of the professional barriers that still exist, by aiding the introduction of Biomedical Scientist Consultants, in a similar vain to what has happened in the nursing profession. A BMS Consultant in Wound Management is one area being considered.
Mr Peter Dziewulski F.R.C.S., F.R.C.S. (Plast) is a Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. He has held a Consultant post at the St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery & Burns, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex since 1998, and is Clinical Director of the Burns Unit.
He is a Hon Clinical Lecturer at The Centre for Cutaneous Research, Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Queen Mary’s College, University of London and a Visiting Professor at the Post Graduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Essex.
He trained in Plastic Surgery in Yorkshire, Newcastle and Texas, U.S.A. and has a special interest in burn management. He belongs to the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons, England. He is a past Chairman of the British Burns Association and is on the Editorial Committee of the Burns Journal.
Dr. Edwin A. Deitch is Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New Jersey Medical School. His clinical and research fields of interest have included abdominal surgery, burns, trauma and critical care. He has been named as “Best Doctor in the US”, “Best Doctor in New Jersey” and “Best Doctor in New York” for over a decade. His clinical practice specialties include abdominal surgery, complex soft tissue diseases, burns, trauma and critical care.
Dr. Deitch has served as President of the American Burn Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons Foundation, the Shock Society, and the Surgical Infection Society. In addition, he has served on the Boards of many national medical societies as well as the NIH. Dr. Deitch is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of 8 professional journals. He has also received 4 national awards for his clinical and research activities.
As a researcher, Dr. Deitch has a history which spans almost two decades, having been the recipient of more than $18.8 million (direct and indirect) in federal funding, including a Trauma Training Grant and a Center Grant. Dr. Deitch has published more than 350 original articles and three books, written 48 book chapters and 40 invited review articles. He has served as Visiting Professor at more than 75 Universities and Medical Schools in the US and Canada and has been an invited speaker at 69 national conferences and 40 international conferences.
Marguerite Dupree is Professor of Social and Medical History at the University of Glasgow. She has been a core staff member of the Centre for the History of Medicine at Glasgow University since 1986. She is co-author, with Anne Crowther, of Medical Lives in the Age of Surgical Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2007, now available in paperback), a study of the social origins, education and careers of a cohort of 2,000 medical students at Glasgow and Edinburgh universities who began their studies around 1870, many of whom were taught by Joseph Lister and put his ideas into practice as they pursued their careers around the world. Surgery was not confined to specialists and Lister’s methods were adapted to suit hospitals and households, peace and war. Currently she is working on similar issues regarding the medical profession in the early twentieth-century. Among her other books and articles are publications on the history of hydropathic establishments, on medical practitioners and the business of life assurance and on issues of service integration in the National Health Service 1948-74. She is also the author of books and articles on family history and on the history of government-industry relations in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries.
Ken Fearon is Professor of Surgical Oncology at Edinburgh University and Honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. He qualified in Medicine with honours in 1982 from Glasgow University. From 1983-1986 he was the Cancer Research Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Oncology in Glasgow University, and submitted his thesis on the Mechanisms and Treatment of Cancer Cachexia in 1987. He was appointed Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 1988, Senior Lecturer in 1993 and Professor of Surgical Oncology in 1999.
Principal research domains include human nutrition and metabolism, the metabolic response to surgery and cancer cachexia. Translational research is focused on the role of the systemic inflammatory response. Clinical research is aimed at development of trial methodology including early biomarkers and novel outcome measures.
Professor Fearon has conducted several of the largest prospective randomised intervention trials in cancer cachexia and had a major interest in nutritional pharmacology. He has also been a founding member of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Group and is Chairman of the Board of the ERAS Society.
He was presented with the Cuthbertson Medal from the Nutrition Society in 1991, the Hippocrates Award from the Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD) in 2009 and the Arvid Wretlind Lectureship from the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism in 2011.
He has published 153 peer-reviewed original publications and written 75 book chapters and reviews.
Adam Frosh is a consultant ENT surgeon based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage in Hertfordshire. He is Clinical Research Fellow at the MRC Prion Unit at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, and is Honorary Consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is also Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School. Mr Frosh has written and published numerous scientific articles on prion diseases and is engaged in research on the impact of these disorders on ENT practice. Adam Frosh has sat on Government advisory committees on the impact of Spongiform Transmissible Encephalopathies in Surgery. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.
Marcel Gatt was appointed as Consultant Surgeon at Scarborough Hospital in 2011. He qualified in Malta in 1997 and furthered his specialization in Colorectal Surgery in the Yorkshire region and Newcastle. His areas of expertise include those of Laparoscopic Surgery and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). He also has an interest in day-case patient management and human nutrition.
Marcel has been involved in translational research into a broad range of areas relating to gut function, bacterial translocation, human nutrition, and ERAS. They include such diverse topics as establishing a clinical definition of gut failure, developing a technique of bedside nasojejunal tube placement, assessing the respective benefits of pre and postpyloric enteral feeds, adapting splanchnic blood flow in practice, and attempting to modulate gut function and the systemic inflammatory response in vivo. His research has won him multiple national and international awards, including the Moynihan Prize in 2005 and 2007.
He is an ardent proponent of the ERAS ethos as well as the importance of gut function on patient outcome, which he endeavours to propagate through a schedule of international presentations. An award-winning author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of the ASGBI.
Kate Gould qualified for full GMC registration in July 1981 and was appointed Consultant Microbiologist at the Freeman Hospital in 1988. She is currently in administrative charge of a busy diagnostic microbiology laboratory based on two sites within a Teaching Hospital Trust, which houses a number of supra-regional, regional and district specialities, and is Clinical Director of Laboratory Medicine.
Kate is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, an examiner for both the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the Viva Voce Working Party for the Royal College of Surgeons.
She is Honorary Professor of Medical Microbiology for the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an Honorary Consultant for the Health Protection Agency and Northumbria Healthcare Trust, as well as being a member of two National Working Parties (Endocarditis and MRSA).
Kate is Editor of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Referee for the Journal of Hospital Infection, The Journal of Bone Marrow Transplantation, Journal of Infection, Journal of Gastroenterology and Thorax. She has written or co-authored over 100 publications and does approximately 12 medical cases per year.
Dr. David N. Herndon, MD, is the Chief of Staff and Director of Research at the Shriners Burns Hospital in Galveston, Texas and has held this position since 1981. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Case Western Reserve University graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1970 and 1974. He was inducted into the A.O.A. in 1973. He completed his surgical training at Duke University, the United States Army at the Brooke Army Medical Center - Institute of Surgical Research and the New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Herndon served as Chief of Burns Services at Cornell Medical Center. He came to Galveston in 1981 where he was appointed Chief of Staff of Shriners Hospital for Children-Galveston (SHCG), and Director of Burns Services at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). In 1988, he was awarded the Annie Laurie Howard Distinguished Professorship and honored with the Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair in Burn Surgery in September of 1990. He received the Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award from the ABA in 1998 and the Flance-Karl Award from the ASA in 2006 for fundamental contributions in the pathophysiology of thermal injury.
Dr. Herndon began his career in research in 1977 during his tenure in the Army where he developed a small animal model to study the humeral mediators of hypermetabolism due to burns. A second major research area was the development of a large animal model to study smoke inhalation injury. Since then, Dr Herndon has been actively conducting research into the immune depression that follows major burns. In addition, he conducts research on neutrophils and abnormal natural killer cell suppressor function; and starting in the early 80’s, research of new drugs and technologies to improve the immune deficiency state after burns. This research has significantly contributed to advancements in resuscitation, control of infection, and reduction of hypermetabolism, early wound closure, treatment of inhalation injury, and decreased scarring and improved rehabilitation. Research in these areas has resulted in the mortality of burned children to be vastly reduced. Also, with the increasing survival of children with large burns, SHCG/UTMB has become immersed in the treatment and rehabilitation of children with burns after discharge because children with massive burns continue to be hypermetabolic affecting their recovery process for up to two years post injury.
Dr. Herndon has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Shriners Hospitals for Children for the last 25 years with grants to study smoke inhalation injury and to look at the hypermetabolic response to burns both in the acute patient population and in rehabilitation in the years after injury and on a multi-center collaborative effort to investigate he genomic and phenotypic responses to burns and trauma. He has also been funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study exercise and anabolic agents, as well as the reduction of morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Herndon currently serves as Treasurer of the Southern Surgical Association. He is the Past President of the International Society for Burn Injuries, the American Burn Association, the Society of University Surgeons and the Singleton Surgical Society. He has served as Chairman of the Program Committee of the American College of Surgeons and has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Surgery. He has served on other committees with the American College of Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Surgical Association, and the Surgical Infection Society. He has been elected into the memberships of the Halstead Society, James IV Association of Surgeons and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He was awarded the James the IV Traveling Fellowship of The International James IV Surgical Society in 1993. He sits on the standing Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma review board for the NIH and for Veterans Health Services Research Administration Proposals. He is on editorial boards for The Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, Shock, Annals of Surgery, Journal of American College of Surgeons, and The Journal of Burns.
Education of others has always been a major focus of Dr. Herndon’s career. He has trained over 150 Postdoctoral Fellows (75% of them presently serve in academic positions in trauma, burns and critical care), Dr. Herndon has authored more than 800 articles in peer reviewed front line journals, 123 book chapters and edited 9 books, including Total Burn Care, which is used nationally and internationally as a reference on burn care and research. Dr Herndon has also contributed to literature with multiple surgical innovations in the treatment of burns.
Alan Horgan graduated from University College Cork in 1988. Following Basic Surgical Training, he completed his MD in Surgical Immunology at Harvard Medical School. Higher Surgical Training was undertaken in the West of Scotland Rotation following which he spent a year as Clinical Fellow in Colorectal Surgery at The Mayo Clinic. He was appointed as Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in 1999. He has since Co-founded and is Director of the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre and the Newcastle Translational Research Unit. He has concentrated his clinical and research efforts on Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery and Enhancing Recovery after Colorectal Surgery and in 2009 was appointed National Clinical Lead for the Dept. of Health’s Enhanced Recovery Programme.
Hilary Humphreys is Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin since 1998. He trained in Dublin and Bristol and he has a long standing research interest in healthcare-associated infection prevention and control, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). He has chaired expert groups, including the Strategy for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ireland (SARI) and working parties that have produced guidelines on MRSA in the UK and Ireland and on theatre rituals and commissioning.
In recent years he has received major research grants to: determine the benefits of universal MRSA screening, to improve the detection of hospital pathogens from the environment and to enhance environmental decontamination including through gas plasma. He is currently collaborating with surgical colleagues to improve practice and reduce surgical infections through audit and blended learning techniques.
He chairs the Irish Department of Health and Children’s National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and is taking a lead with the Healthcare (Hospital) Infection Society in developing guidelines for the prevention of infection in minor surgery. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Hospital Infection.
Professor Iain Hutchison is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon specialising in head and neck oncology and reconstruction.
He has translated unusual ideas into practice:
- He sends OMF surgeons into schools to talk about their experiences treating patients with facial injury or mouth cancer. These talks discourage binge drinking and smoking respectively.
- He founded the counter-intuitive Saving Faces Art project charting the physical and emotional journey of patients undergoing facial surgery. This has had a dramatic effect on the public and proved cathartic for the patients who participated.
- He founded and leads the charity The Facial Surgery Research Foundation – Saving Faces (www.savingfaces.co.uk). This organisation’s mission is to set up national registers and facilitate prospective surgical studies. He is Principal Investigator in several national research studies and funds psychology and stem cell research groups.
- He has instigated nationwide facial injury surveys that have informed facial injury prevention campaigns. He was a member of the group organising the UK’s first national mouth cancer awareness campaign, which has now been replicated worldwide.
- He funds and organises free public events to demystify scientific topics such as face transplantation and tissue engineering.
He lives with his wife and 3 children.
Sir Bruce Keogh is Medical Director of the National Health Service in England. He is responsible for clinical quality, policy and strategy and postgraduate education of doctors, dentists, pharmacists and clinical scientists. He is also responsible for the medicines supply chain in to the UK, including policy around the pharmaceutical industry, drug pricing, prescriptions and the role of pharmacy. He oversees the work programme of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).
He was a British Heart Foundation Senior Lecturer and consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at the Hammersmith Hospital in London before moving to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he became associate medical director for clinical governance and the cardiac surgical service lead. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Cardiac Surgery at University College London and Director of Surgery at the Heart Hospital. He has been president of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Secretary General of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and president of the Cardiothoracic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He remains International Director of the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He has served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and the Healthcare Commission and was knighted for services to medicine in 2003.
Anthony Kessel is a public health physician and medical ethicist. His current position is Director of Public Health Strategy and Medical Director for the Health Protection Agency (HPA), and Honorary Professor and Co-ordinator of the International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights (IPEPH) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Previously Anthony has been Director of Public Health at Camden Primary Care Trust in London, and also a general practitioner.
At the HPA Anthony is the executive director responsible for issues of national public health strategy, and oversees areas including global health, health security and bioterrorism, healthcare associated infections, clinical governance, professional development, medical microbiology and health protection trainees, and the HPA’s field epidemiology training. At the university his research interests are in public health ethics, public health policy, and environmental health. Anthony has published articles, reports and book chapters in areas such as public health ethics, clinical ethics, research ethics, HIV and environmental health. He is sole author of a book published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press entitled Air, the Environment and Public Health, reprinted in paperback in 2011.
David Leaper qualified from Leeds Medical School in 1970, with honours, trained in general surgery in Leeds, Scarborough, King’s College and Westminster Hospitals, with CRC and MRC Fellowships leading to MD and ChM. He has Fellowships at RCSEd (1974), RCSEng (1975) and ACS (1998).
He was Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Bristol (1981-1995) and Professor of Surgery at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1995-2004), now Emeritus, with Visiting Chair status at Cardiff University and Imperial College, London.
Research interests include surgical infection and sepsis, and wound healing. He is past president Surgical Infection Society of Europe and European Wound Management Association; Hunterian Professor and Zachary Cope lecturer. He has published over 10 books, 50 chapters with 300 original research and review papers (over 160 on Medline). Professor Leaper is a past member of the Court of Examiners and has examined for the Intercollegiate Fellowship. He was an instigator of the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient course and a past programme director and member of the Specialist Advisory Board. He is a member of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Group and past chair of the NICE guideline on SSI.
Olle Ljungqvist is Professor of Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro and affiliated Professor of Surgery, Metabolism & Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He clinically active in the field colorectal surgery.
He trained mainly at the Karolinska Insututet and Hospital, with MD 1985, PhD 1987 Depts of Surgery & Endocrinology, Karolinska Institutet.
He has held several surgical positions at the Department of Surgery Karolinska Hospital 1982 - 1999, as Head of Center for Gastrointestinal Disease, Ersta hospital Stockholm 1999-2007 and as Professor of Surgery Nutrition & Metabolism Karolinska Institutet since 2005, and Professor of Surgery Orebro since 2009.
He is a co-author of about 120 original publications, 50 reviews and book chapters, about 20 editorials and other commentaries and is a tutor of 12 PhD students and 2 ongoing students. He has been appointed to the Editorial Board of several leading international journals in surgery and nutrition, and has been invited to give key lectures at approximately 20 major conferences annually world wide the last 10 years in the field of surgical nutrition, metabolism and perioperative care. He gave the Arvid Wrtelind lecture at ESPEN Istanbul 2006 and is awarded the Jonathan Rhoades lecture at ASPEN in Vancouver 2011.
He initiated the idea of preoperative carbohydrate treatment instead of fasting, now recommended in fasting guidelines the last five years.
He has held several leading positions in the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) including General Secretary 2000-2004 and Chairman 2006-2010. He is the current President of the International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (IASMEN) that is part of the International Surgical Society. He is chairing the Europeans Nutrition for Health Alliance. He is serving the Danish Research Council as Chairman of the Fund for Strategic Clinical Research, and has been appointed by many international bodies as reviewer for funding. He cofounded the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery study group in 2001 and initiated the ERAS Society in 2010, where he is serving as the Chairman.
He was born 1954, is married with four sons and lives in Stockholm.
Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery, University of Nottingham
John MacFie qualified in 1974 from University of Birmingham, obtained his FRCS in 1978 and was awarded his MD in 1980. After two years full-time research under the direction of Professor J C Goligher in the University Department of Surgery in Leeds, he completed surgical training and was appointed Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, NZ in 1984 and Consultant Surgeon, Scarborough hospital in 1986.
His clinical interests remain predominantly colorectal with a specific commitment to the management of patients with intestinal failure and those with inflammatory bowel disease. He maintains an active interest in nutrition and metabolism, ethics and care of the critically ill.
John MacFie has received a number of prizes and research grants over the years. In 1996 he was awarded a Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, was the recipient of the John F Kinney prize for Nutrition and Metabolism in 2001, the British Journal of Surgery editorial prize (John Farndon) in 2003 and the Moynihan prize in both 2005 and 2007. He has written over 200 papers and many book chapters. Particular interests include energy metabolism in surgical patients, the utilisation of fat emulsions, the use of peripheral parenteral nutrition, the ethics of nutritional support and gut barrier function.
He was elected Regional Advisor and Programme Director for General Surgery in Yorkshire in 2000 and served for 5 years. He was appointed to the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2002 and acts as external examiner for the universities of Cork, Southampton and Leeds. He is a Governor of BUPA Foundation. He was appointed Professor of Surgery by the Post Graduate Medical Institute, University of Hull in 2005. He is Director of the Postgraduate MSc Programme in the University of Hull, current President of the Leeds Regional Surgical Club and President of the Association of Surgeons of GB and Ireland in 2011 and 2012.
He holds Honorary Fellowships with the Royal College Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Ruth McKee is Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She trained in Scotland and spent time as a Resident Surgical Officer at St Mark’s Hospital. Her clinical practice includes a tertiary referral practice in complex nutritional problems and colorectal surgery.
She was Lead Clinician of the Scottish Managed Clinical Network for Home Parenteral Nutrition from 2002-2007. From 2000 until 2008 she was a member of the SAC in General Surgery, being the editor of the General Surgery syllabus from 2003 until 2008. She has continued to be involved in the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme as the Web Tutor and more recently was an Assistant Programme Director for General Surgery in the West of Scotland.
Mr. Antony Louis Rex Michael graduated from Tirunelveli Medical College, Tamilnadu, India in 1993. After completing basic surgical training he completed a Masters degree in Trauma and Orthopaedics in Kochi obtaining the Diplomate of the National Board (DNB) in T&O. He subsequently moved to the UK and completed a Masters degree in Trauma from the University of Birmingham. He then obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Surgery in General. Higher Specialist Registrar training in T&O was in Northern Ireland. He obtained the Intercollegiate Fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2008. This was awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He completed an advanced training fellowship as the National Spine Fellow in Leeds. He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon at the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in August of 2010. He carries out the full spectrum of Spinal surgery including Trauma, Deformity, degenerative, Infective and Inflammatory disorders. He is a member of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons, British Scoliosis Society, British trauma Society and AO Spine. He is a faculty member for ATLS and AO Spine. He has significant interest in the management of complex spine infections and has presented at national meetings.
Graduated MBChB (1981) and underwent surgical training in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Leicester. He was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon in 1993, Reader in 2001 and Professor of Vascular Surgery in 2003.
His research interests include complex vascular infections, monitoring and quality control during carotid surgery, antiplatelet and antithrombotic regimens for preventing post-operative thrombosis and mediators of acute change in carotid plaque morphology.
The author of 350 publications and 54 book chapters, Professor Naylor has served on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Surgery, the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery. He is currently Senior Editor of the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery and is President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain & Ireland for 2011-2012.
Robert Pickard has been Professor of Urology in Newcastle for the past two years and co-leads a research group with Dr Judith Hall investigating innate immunity against urinary tract infection. He is particularly interested in the interplay between toll-like receptor signalling and the expression and secretion of the beta-defensin group of anti-microbial peptides - the human body’s own antibiotics.
Professor Pickard trained in urology at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and was originally an NHS consultant until moving to a university post in 2004. His main clinical interest is in ‘benign’ lower urinary tract disease, particularly lower urinary tract dysfunction, urethral stricture and neurourology. He has also played a role in urological training in the UK; previously leading the Urology MCQ group for the Intercollegiate Examination Board and acting as examiner for FRCS (Urol).
Professor John Primrose is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southampton, a post he has held since 1994. He trained in Glasgow and subsequently undertook work for his MD there as well as commencing surgical training. He has a FRCS from both RCSE and RCPSG. In 1984 he was appointed as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Leeds in Prof David Johnston’s unit and subsequently in 1989 Senior Lecturer in Surgery in the late Prof Geoffrey Giles’s unit.
In Leeds he developed his continuing interest in translational gastrointestinal oncology, this programme being supported by the Yorkshire Cancer Research Campaign. In Southampton his research programme has obtained major grant funding from CRUK and the NIHR Heath Technology Assessment Programme. His research department is one of the most successful surgical centres in the UK with a large number of Clinician Scientists funded by MRC, CRUK and NIHR. The research programme in recent years has move to large scale clinical trials in cancer and is Chief Investigator a number of pivotal studies. All of these retain strong translational components. He lectures widely on his specialist areas, both in the UK and overseas.
His clinical interest is in cancer, particularly hepatobiliary cancer and Southampton is now a large tertiary referral centre for HPB disease. It is currently the largest laparoscopic HPB centre in the UK.
He is currently Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute Upper GI Clinical Studies Group and Director of the NIHR Hampshire and Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network with a £10M budget. In that role he is committed to promoting a research-led NHS. He has served on a large number of national bodies particularly Cancer Research UK funding committees. He has served Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland as Director of Education where he developed the surgical education agenda and later Director of Education, Training and Research at the Association of Upper GI Surgeons. In 2010 he was elected Vice President of ASGBI and takes up the Presidency of ASGBI in 2013.
Colonel Mike Stewart is the senior Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in the British Armed Forces. A native of Aberdeen where he attended Robert Gordon’s College, he graduated in Medicine from Aberdeen University in 1979. He trained in General Surgery in Aberdeen and Capetown before joining the Army in 1987. Following tours of duty in Central America, Nepal, Northern Ireland and the 1990/91 Gulf Conflict, he trained in Trauma and Orthopaedics in Glasgow and London. He accredited as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1995 and was appointed to the Duchess of Kent Military Hospital in Catterick Garrison. Since 2003, he has been a Consultant in Orthopaedic Surgery at South Tees NHS Trust. From 2001 – 2011, he was Defence Medical Services Consultant Advisor and Programme Director of Training in Trauma & Orthopaedics. He has seen active service in the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and published widely on the management of war wounds. In 2009, he gave the prestigious Robert Jones lecture on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Since 2005, he has served as Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen. He was appointed CBE in 2010.
Ian Stockley graduated MB ChB from Sheffield University in 1979, undertook orthopaedic training in Sheffield, Manchester and Toronto Canada before being appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with special responsibility for hip surgery at the Northern General Hospital in 1991.
Basic Surgical Training was at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, FRCS (Eng) awarded in 1983. Orthopaedic Higher Surgical training started in Sheffield the following year and a return across the Pennines came in 1987 when he was appointed as the Sir Harry Platt Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He was subsequently awarded an MD for his thesis.
Interest in the management of bone loss and infection associated with failed hip and knee replacements and success in being a Sir John Charnley Fellow (1990) led to a one year fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto under Professor Allan Gross. Further fellowships have been undertaken in Holland, Austria and Germany.
Since appointment in 1991, he has pursued his interests in hip and knee Arthroplasty surgery both locally and nationally. He is a Trustee of the Cavendish Hip Foundation, Past President of the British Hip Society and Honorary Professor at Sheffield Hallam University.
Sir Graham Teasdale was Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Glasgow, from 1981-2003; President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, from 2000-2002; President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 2003-2006; and Chairman of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland from 2006-2010. He is author of some 300 refereed publications on topics including the Glasgow Coma Scale and the management of head injury.
Honours received include Fellowships of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Gold Medal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, Scot of the Year in Science and Medicine and Knight Bachelor in 2006 for services to Neurosurgery and victims of head injuries.
Andrew Thomas is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and the Medical Director of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. Andrew qualified at the London Hospital and undertook his higher orthopaedic training in the West Midlands with a fellowship in rheumatoid arthritis surgery in Edinburgh in 1991.
In his surgical practice he undertakes a high volume of joint replacements and foot surgery for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. He therefore has a particular interest in preventing deep infection in immunocompromised patients. Building on the work of Sir John Charnley he uses as total body exhaust system for joint replacement surgery and he has documented levels of colony forming particulates in the operating enclosure and documented deep infection rates.
He has undertaken laser imaging studies of air flow patterns in an ultra-clean air enclosure in conjunction with Cranfield University. He has clinical publications in joint replacement surgery including hip resurfacing and basic science publications in rheumatoid arthritis in conjunction with colleagues at Birmingham University.
Dr Rob Townsend is Consultant Microbiologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Clinical Lecturer for both Sheffield universities.
He originally started out life as a biomedical scientist in microbiology (his first publication was in 1991). Subsequent to his first degree (biomedical science, Sheffield), he obtained a distinction in his masters degree during his time as a biomedical scientist and went to medical school in 1995, qualifying in medicine in 2000. He did house jobs in medicine, surgery and infectious diseases, and SHO jobs in infectious diseases before getting a registrar job in microbiology. He was appointed as consultant in microbiology in 2007.
His main clinical interest is orthopaedic infections; he conducts four ward rounds and an arthroplasty MDT each week in orthopaedics and co-created a new bone joint research group at Hallam university with an interest in antibiotic implant coatings. Dr Townsend lectures nationally and internationally on orthopaedic infections, and organises a successful national meeting on the subject in Sheffield. He is currently on the national working party to produce national guidelines for the management of orthopaedic infections.
A 1993 graduate of the National University of Ireland (Dublin) Des Winter entered basic surgical training in Cork (Ireland) and achieved his fellowship examination (FRCSI) in 1998. During this time he completed cellular physiology research spanning Ireland and Yale University for a doctorate of medicine by thesis before entering the Irish senior registrar scheme in surgery. He received the ASGBI medal for the Intercollegiate Fellowship in 2003 and was awarded the Millin Lecture and Medal (RCSI) that year. Des was appointed as consultant surgeon to his alma mater, St Vincent’s University Hospital (Dublin) in 2004 but deferred commencement until 2006 to complete a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester). The recipient of over 30 national/international scholarships and research awards, he has over 150 publications. Des is member of 25 national and international surgical societies, is an associate editor of BJS, and sits on the international advisory board of Arch Surg as well as the editorial boards of Ir J Med Sci, Curr Drug Ther and Langenbeck’s Arch. Current research grants extend from gastrointestinal cellular physiology to clinical trials on minimally-invasive intestinal surgery. Des is married to Genevieve with whom he has 4 children.