Global surgery


Wednesday 7 March 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Surgery Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

This one day meeting will provide an update on current collaborative practices that have led to substantial improvements in access to safe and high quality care throughout developing nations. It will describe opportunities for involvement in such initiatives, as well as exploring the growing interest and opportunities for quality research networks.

Book your place to hear experts such as noted consultant surgeon, Mr Andy Leather, give an inspirational lecture on strengthening the surgical care system. In addition to exploring the latest developments in these areas, delegates will also learn about the opportunities that exist to become involved in this rewarding and challenging area of surgical practice.


  • Understand how collaborative working has led to improvements in safety and efficacy of surgical practice in Sierra Leone and Rural Africa
  • Know how new technological advances are breaking down barriers in introducing new and complex surgical techniques to developing nations
  • Learn the balance of introducing new technology over the constraints of availability in rural African surgical practice
  • Explore the challenges and know the opportunities for undertaking large scale surgical research in low income and middle income countries
  • Advocate the opportunities for medical student involvement with international student collaborative in developing nations

who should attend?

Consultants, trainees, medical students, research scientists, professionals working in global health, public health, cancer policy, treatment, education, epidemiology and the third sector.


Member rates start at £45 - £100
Non member rates start at £65 - £150


* The programme and speaker line up will be updated regularly.


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.20 am

Welcome and introduction

Mr Ben Cresswell, President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Strengthening surgical care

Mr Ewen Harison, Honorary Secretary, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Professor Ameet Patel, President Elect, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

9.30 am

Strengthening the surgical care system in Sierra Leone

Mr Andy Leather, Co-Director, Global Health Events Programme, Royal Society of Medicine and Director, King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, King’s College London

10.00 am

SURG-Africa: Scaling up safe surgery in rural Africa

Professor Chris Lavy, Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford

10.30 am

Exploiting technology to break down barriers in global surgery

Dr Nick Boyd, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist, Bristol, Lifebox Research Fellow, MSc Student in Global Surgery, King's College London

11.00 am

Panel discussion

Surgery in austere environments

Mr Ben Cresswell and Mr Hamid Khawaja, Past President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

11.30 am

The section of surgery debate: This house believes that minimally invasive surgery is an appropriate approach in the austere environment

For: Mr Ewen Harrison and Against: Mr Aneel Bhangu, Clinical Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery, University of Birmingham

12.20 pm


General surgery short papers prize

Miss Rachel Hargest, Immediate Past President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Mr Bassam Bekdash, Honorary Treasurer, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

1.20 pm

Global surgery volunteerism with operation hernia: A decade on

Miss Sala Abdalla, Specialty Trainee 6 Registrar in General Surgery, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3.20 pm

Tea and coffee break

1.30 pm

A review of trainee surgical research collaboratives (TSRCs): Does this novel model for research reflect a lack of surgical research infrastructure in the UK and should it be extended to create national databases?

Dr Joanna Aldoori, Core Trainee 2, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

1.40 pm

Hernias across Ghana: The impact on quality of life

Mr James Allen, Core Trainee 1, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

1.50 pm

Harnessing technology to improve surgical care in low and middle income countries (LMICs): 6 Month results of the national institute for health research (NIHR) global health research group in surgical technologies (GHRG-ST)

Dr William Bolton, NIHR Clinical Research Fellow, University of Leeds

2.00 pm

The impact of sleever gastrectomy on weight loss and type II diabetes mellitus in a multiracial community

Poh Hong Tan

2.10 pm

Audit into the management of patients sent straight to test after 2 week referral for suspected upper gastrointestinal tract (UGI) cancer

Mr Angelos Mantelakis, St George's University of London

2.20 pm

Thrombocytosis as a novel risk factor for surgical site infections following colon resection

Dr Samantha Stancu, Foundation Year 2 Doctor, St Mark's Hospital and Academic Institute NHS Foundation Trust

2.30 pm

The impact of chronic kidney disease on post-operative outcomes after colorectal cancer resection

Dr Jennifer Wright, Foundation Year 2 Doctor, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Catrin Morgan, Foundation Year 2 Doctor, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

2.40 pm

The long-term outcomes of hernia repair with generic mesh, at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, northern Tanzania

Miss Katie Parker-Conway, Final Year Medical Student, Newcastle University

2.50 pm

Group and save before cholecystectomy - judicious planning or unjustified cost?

Miss Fatema Patel, Core Trainee 2 in General Surgery, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

3.00 pm

Fluorescence image-guided photothermal therapy: Diagnosis and treatment of upper gastrointestinal cancer and beyond

Mr Mohan Singh, Specialist Registrar, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

3.10 pm

Pre-operative dietary weight loss does not correlate with better post-operative outcomes from laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding

Mr Mohan Singh, Specialist Registrar, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Global surgery

Mr Colin Bicknell, Council Member, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Mr Joseph Watfah, Council Member, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

3.50 pm

Challenges in running a randomised controlled trial in low and middle income countries

Mr Aneel Bhangu, Clinical Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery, University of Birmingham

4.20 pm

"Crowd sourcing" surgical data

Mr Ewen Harrison, Senior Lecturer in General Surgery, University of Edinburgh

4.50 pm

InciSioN: Training a new generation of leaders in global surgery

Dr Isobel Marks, Academic Foundation Doctor, Imperial College London

5.20 pm

Panel discussion

5.40 pm

Announcement of prize winners

Mr Ben Cresswell

5.45 pm

Close of meeting

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  • Places are still available and registrations will be taken on the day for the meeting
  • Please note lunch cannot be guaranteed


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Surgery Section: General surgery short papers prize


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organiser's details

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