The grand tour and skull base surgery


Wednesday 18 October 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

History of Medicine Society



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*A subsidised rate of £10 per place is available on a first come first serve basis for 4 student places for each meeting.*

Biography of Dr Vanessa Jenkins

  • Educated St Paul's Hammersmith.
  • Followed family tradition attending Barts Hospital qualifying with honours in surgery.
  • Career in occupational health, Marks and Spencer stores and Baker Street.
  • Worked on screening at Bupa and local hospital.
  • Later career joined Civil service as medical advisor.
  • Ship's Dr for Swan Hellenic On the Nile and Moscow to St Petersburg.
  • Cruise lecturer since 2011 specialising in medical, military and royal history
  • Member of NADFAS, Rotary and Apothecaries committee

Abstract for 'The grand tour'

The grand tour completed the education of young aristocratic gentlemen. Italy was usually the final destination. Classical education, Palladio and artefacts will be featured.

Dr Jenkins will describe William Hamilton and his Palazzo Sessa in Naples with its importance on enlightenment and will examine the typical objects sent to stately homes.

Biography of Professor Michael Gleeson

Previously Professor of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Skull Base Surgery at King's College London and University College London, working at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. Past President of the World Federation of Skull Base Societies (2012-2016) and President of the Section of Otology (2007-8).

Abstract for 'Front to back, side to side, inside out: The evolution of a specialty'

Skull Base Surgery is a relatively new multi-disciplinary specialty that has developed rapidly over the last 50 years. From humble beginnings over 100 years ago, the collaboration of neurosurgeons and ENT surgeons reduced the mortality and morbidity associated with both benign and malignant intracranial and skull base disease. Subsequent contributions by both diagnostic and interventional neuro-radiologists, maxillofacial and plastic surgeons together with radiation oncologists have transformed the outcomes for our patients. Advances in technologies have also played a major part.

The evolution of this specialty will be outlined and illustrated with special attention to key moments and development.

We would like to thank Jon Baines Tours Ltd for supporting this meeting.

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5.30 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

6.00 pm

Introduction and welcome

Dr Catherine Sarraf, President, History of Medicine Society

6.05 pm

The grand tour

Dr Vanessa Jenkins, Lecturer, Cruise Speaker

6.50 pm

Front to back, side to side, inside out: The evolution of a specialty

Professor Michael Gleeson, Emeritus Professor of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Skull Base Surgery, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Guy's, Kings and St Thomas' Hospitals

7.35 pm

Close of meeting

7.40 pm

Drinks reception

Sponsored by Jon Baines Tours Ltd

8.00 pm


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  • RSM member rates £25
  • Non member rates £35
  • 2 course dinner with 2 glasses of wine £45


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