About this event

  • Date and time Thu 21 Nov 2019 from 8:30am to 5:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Join an international host of speakers for the first gathering of UK Humanitarian Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Teams. An excellent faculty of oral and maxillofacial surgeons from across the globe will share with each other and the audience their experiences, opportunities and knowledge.

From microtia and ear reconstruction, craniofacial trauma, cleft and oncology and dental alveolar surgery - the full range of OMFS will be covered in austere and challenging environments. Surgeons working in several countries, including Ecuador, Peru, Iraq, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Philippines and Cameroon, will raise the profile of the humanitarian and global work undertaken by UK OMFS teams.​

Delegates will be able to understand the role of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Humanitarian and Global Surgery and learn about the opportunities in Humanitarian and Global Maxillofacial Surgery available to UK trainees.

Call for submissions: poster prize

Submission deadline: 3 November 2019

Open to: All dental or medical graduates and students

Topic: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery - (Audit, Cleft & Oral Surgery)

Size of the poster: A1 

Abstract up to 400 words - Title, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion

Candidates will receive a certificate for being shortlisted and a winner will be commended for the best poster.

To submit, email oralandmaxillofacialsurgery@rsm.ac.uk


We would like to thank our exhibitor(s):
Ambu, Integra and Mercy Ships.
Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

Key speakers

Mr Chris Lavy

Professor Chris Lavy

Professor of Orthopaedic & Tropical Surgery, Oxford University; Consultant Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery

Speaker's biography

Chris Lavy has extensive clinical and academic experience in global surgery. He is one of the commissioners who set up the Lancet Global Surgery Commission.

Chris Lavy qualified at St Bartholomew’s Medical College in 1982 after a BSc in Anthropology at University College London. He trained in orthopaedic surgery on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital rotation and in 1992 became a Consultant in orthopaedic and hand surgery at The Middlesex Hospital and University College Hospital in London. In 1996 he left to work with the Christian medical charity CBM International and was appointed to an Honorary Professorship at the University of Malawi College of Medicine.

In 2006 he returned to the UK, where he is Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) and a Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. He also holds an honorary chair at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His clinical interests include surgery of the spine, hip and knee, and his research interests focus on surgery in Africa and the Tropics. He has been an elected Council member and trustee of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, and established the annual RCS Global Surgical Frontiers conference. He is a trustee of CURE International UK, which supports children’s reconstructive surgery in resource-poor countries.

During Professor Lavy’s time in Malawi, he helped to set up two orthopaedic teaching hospital and research centres, The Beit CURE International Hospital (2002) in Blantyre and Beit CURE Zambia Hospital (2005) in Lusaka. He helped set up national orthopaedic surgical and clinical officer training programmes in Malawi, and an international clubfoot treatment programme which now spans over 15 countries. He co-founded the regional College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in 1999, set up the college’s orthopaedic fellowship examination and served for many years on the council. Professor Lavy was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2007 for services to orthopaedics.

Since moving to Oxford, he has helped set up the Oxford MSc in Musculoskeletal Sciences, and the international Global Clubfoot Initiative, which works to increase collaboration between organisations delivering clubfoot treatment . He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at Oxford, and has taught on courses such as the popular BMJ Masterclasses series and the LSHTM Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and books, and contributed to Lord Crisp’s report in 2007 on Global Health Partnerships and reports by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

He has recently been a Commissioner for The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, and Co-Director with Associate Professor Hemant Pandit of COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL), a multi-country programme in trauma and orthopaedics training, research and capacity building in East, Central and Southern Africa. Prof Lavy has led the Africa Clubfoot Training (ACT) project which focuses on strengthening and expanding clubfoot training in sub-Saharan Africa. (Both the COOL programme and ACT project have been funded through the Health Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET).)

Currently, he is a Principal Investigator for SURG-Africa (an EU-funded collaboration working towards scaling safe surgery for district and rural populations in Africa) and co-leads Oxford University Global Surgery Group. He is lead faculty for the Oxford University short course in Global Surgery. 

Mr Leo Cheng

Mr Leo Cheng

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon - Royal London Hospital & Mercy Ships

Speaker's biography

Mr Cheng is a regular volunteer serving as a Thyroid and Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgeon on board the 'Mercy Ships' in West Africa. 

He is also Director of a support group called About Face Patients' Support Group, dedicated to patients who have had oral and maxillofacial surgery. The group works with patients and their carers to maximise physical and psychological healing, and to share experiences and 'case studies'.

Mr Leo Cheng is a Consultant in Oral, Maxillofacial and Head & Neck Surgery at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, The Royal London and Homerton University Hospitals. He qualified in Dentistry as BDS from Edinburgh in 1985 and obtained the Diploma of Fellowship of Dental Surgery in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of England, in 1990.

Mr Cheng then went on to qualify in Medicine as MBChB from Birmingham in 1991, and attained Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow in General Surgery in 1995. He was awarded Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1999 after obtaining the intercollegiate FRCS in Maxillofacial Surgery.

In July 2006, he was awarded LLM (Master in Law) in medical practice from the University of Wales, and also became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Now, Mr Cheng is the lead course organiser for the London Deanery for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a clinical lead at Homerton University Hospital in East London.

Apart from being a designated cancer surgeon for skin, thyroid, head and neck regions, Mr Cheng also takes an active part in the tumour advisory panel in all three cancer types.

Miss Caroline Mills

Miss Caroline Mills

Caroline Mills is a Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital and has over 15 years experience working in the Philippines volunteering with an international charity undertaking paediatric maxillofacial, cleft and craniofacial surgery.

Speaker's biography

'I am one of only a few female specialist facial surgeons in the UK who specialize in surgery of the face, neck and jaws. My special interests are facial cosmetic surgery, orthognathic jaw and chin surgery, facial trauma, secondary surgery for patients with cleft lip and palate, and female feminisation surgery (FFS). I also undertake a large number of non-surgical cosmetic injectable treatments to complement my surgical practice. As a specialist in surgery of the face, neck and jaws I have undertaken degrees in both medicine and dentistry and have completed the specialist FRCS exam for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. I have undertaken nine years of training solely in Head and Neck Surgery as well as having undertaken fellowships in Craniofacial Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital and in Cosmetic Surgery at The Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in West London with a number of highly eminent plastic surgeons. I have personally undertaken over 2000 facial procedures involving all aspects of facial plastic surgery and undertake over 500 non-surgical cosmetic treatments with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers a year. I am a trainer for non-surgical treatments and have trained over 200 doctors and dentists in these techniques. I am happy to see and advise any patients either considering facial cosmetic treatments, or patients with problems related to the face, jaws and neck. I am fully registered with the GMC (Reg number 4470940) and on the Specialist List for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.'

Mr Andrew McLennan

BAOMS Norman Rowe International Education Foundation Lead and Consultant at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
Mr McLennan has a wealth of experience in working in Nepal, Iraq and Peru with multiple agencies


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Alistair Cobb, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Bristol

Session one: Africa and research

Chairs: Mr Alistair Cobb and Mr Tom Walker

Mercy mission on board hospital ships in West Africa

Mr Leo Cheng, Consultant Oral Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon,  St Bartholomew’s Hospital, The Royal London and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

“Noma the face of poverty” The presentation and management of facial defects caused by the disease Noma in Sub Saharan Africa

Mr Graham Merrick, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Research in oral and maxillofacial surgery

Professor Steve Thomas, Professor, Oral and Maxillofacacial Surgery, University of Bristol 

Question and answers
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Norman Rowe and research

Chairs: Mr Alistair Cobb and Mr Tom Walker

Operating in challenging environments

Mr Andrew McLennan, Consultant, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust 

Norman Rowe

Mr Sean Laverick, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Ninewells Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust 

Norman Rowe

Mr Shakir Mustafa, Consultant, Oral and Maxillofacial, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Facial Surgeon, Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles Hospitals

Questions and answers
Keynote: Surgical systems strengthening: SURG - Africa training and mentoring support and building a children’s hospital in Zimbabwe

Professor Chris Lavy, Professor, Tropical and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford

Questions and answers

Session three: Cleft and paediatric maxillofacial surgery

Chairs: Mr Alistair Cobb and Mr Tom Walker

Cleft care in India

Miss Victoria Beale, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Cleft care in Philippines

Ms Caroline Mills, Consultant, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery

Global and humanitarian maxillofacial surgery as a trainee

Mr Tom Walker, Speciality registrar, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, University of Bristol Dental Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary

Surgical safety, what matters? - Integrating the WHO checklist in Cameroon

Ms Eiling Wu, Speciality registrar, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Experience and lessons learned from charitable surgical initiatives in Nepal

Mr Sunil Kumar Sah, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Tea and coffee break

Session four: How we work better together

Chairs: Mr Alistair Cobb and Mr Tom Walker

Panel/ open floor discussion

Chairs: Mr Alistair Cobb and Mr Tom Walker

Session five: John Langdon prize presentations

Chairs: Mr Alistair Cobb and Mr Tom Walker

1. What are the benefits of Global Medicine experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training?
Presented by: Mr Thomas Horgan

2. What is the benefit of global medicine experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery training?
Presented by: Mr Aubrey Dickason

3. What is the benefit of global medicine experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery training?
Presented by: Mr Alexander Rickart


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