About this event

  • Date and time Mon 11 Jan 2021 from 10:00am to 3:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Surgery

This webinar will be a chance to gain important updates on the modern management of common abdominal emergencies. Emergency surgery is a hugely important aspect of many surgeons day-to-day life and the emphasis on emergency surgery is higher than ever. Expert speakers from different sub-specialities will share their knowledge in surgery for abdominal emergencies.

During this meeting you will:

  • Learn the current best practice in various common emergency situations from experts in their field

  • Be prepared for unexpected difficulties in complex emergency cases

  • Take part in panel discussions with the speakers in question and answer sessions

Join us to learn more about this common area of surgery, learn about challenging situations and engage in an interactive Q&A session with speakers. This webinar aims to improve quality of care for emergency surgery patients through education and sharing best practice.

We would like to thank our sponsors Baxter Healthcare Ltd and Lawmed UK for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors

The Norman Tanner prize winner will be announced at this event and shortlisted participants will present. Open to all surgical trainees and the deadline is Sunday 1 November 2020. Please scroll down to apply or to view more about this prize.

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Key speakers

Mr James Gossage

Consultant Oesophagogastric Surgeon, St Thomas’ Hospital

Speaker's biography

James Gossage is a Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he performs a high volume of procedures for both cancer and complex benign conditions of the oesophagus and stomach. He previously led the Upper Gastrointestinal Service at St Thomas’ Hospital and was Chair of the Regional Cancer network. He is currently National Lead for Oesophagogastric Cancer Surgery on the AUGIS (Association for Upper GI Surgeons) Council. He was awarded a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons for his research and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Kings College, London and an affiliated researcher with the Upper Gastrointestinal Research Unit at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, three book chapters and two textbooks 

Professor Ameet G Patel

Consultant Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgeon, King’s College Hospital

Speaker's biography

Professor Ameet Patel is a renowned, experienced HPB, Upper GI and bariatric surgeon. He has a specialist interest in minimal access surgery and is keen to take this to a new level. He has developed laparoscopic techniques in treating both malignant and benign disease of the liver, pancreas and biliary system. He has performed the first laparoscopic right hepatectomy, and 'single incision' laparoscopic liver resection in the UK. As a expert in his field, Professor Patel has performed live link surgery for a number of national and international medical conferences, demonstrating laparoscopic complex bariatric surgery, liver resections and laparoscopic pancreatic surgery.

Mr Simon Atkinson

Consultant Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Surgeon, St Thomas’s and King’s College Hospitals

Professor Mansoor Khan

Professor Mansoor Khan, Consultant Oesophagogastric, Trauma and General Surgeon

Speaker's biography

Professor Mansoor Khan, MBBS (Lond), PhD, PGDip, FRCS (GenSurg), FEBS (GenSurg), FACS, AKC, is a Consultant Oesophagogastric, General and Trauma Surgeon at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.  After having successfully obtained his FRCS in General Surgery in 2010, he was subsequently deployed on tour at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, followed by a 1-year Trauma Critical Care Fellowship at the world-renowned R Adams Cowley Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Since appointment as a Consultant Trauma Surgeon he has undertaken multiple operational tours and his positions have included; Consultant Advisor in General Surgery to the Medical Director, General Royal Navy and multiple international Honorary and Visiting Professorships, editor/associate editor and reviewer for multiple journals, Director of the Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills course at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and co-author of Trauma: Code Red.

Mr Philip Bearn

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway College, University of London

Speaker's biography

Phil Bearn trained in vascular and colorectal surgery… He was appointed as a colorectal consultant at Ashford St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust in 1999 and for the last 8 years has been honorary senior lecturer in biomedical sciences at Royal Holloway College University of London. Exposed to predominantly open surgery in the early part of his career, he embraced minimally invasive techniques.  He set up the pelvic floor unit at ASPH NHS Foundation Trust as well as the TEMs and AIN service.  He is currently joint colorectal cancer lead for the Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance. A career long on call commitment has given him experience in emergency abdominal surgery and trauma.  He is a regular faculty member on the DSTS course. 

Mr John Abercrombie

Consultant Surgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals

Speaker's biography

Previously GIRFT lead for general surgery. Council member and trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.



Dr Lorenzo Patrone

Vascular and Interventional Radiology, West London Vascular and Interventional Centre, Northwick Park Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Patrone is a Vascular and Interventional Radiology Consultant who was originally born in Italy (Genoa), where he also studied, completed his training and worked as Interventional Radiology Consultant for one year. In January 2016 he moved to London to join the team of a newly created and innovative Department where Vascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology would have been merged under the name of West London Vascular and Interventional Centre. Since then he has been able to have a role as hybrid vascular specialist. Together with operating daily, he runs regular vascular clinics where he sees patients referred to him by general practitioners and performs regular ward rounds for the vascular in-patients. His main focus is lower limb and diabetic foot management but he also performs a wide range of complex percutaneous abdominal interventions, being involved in the management of elective and emergency surgical patients. He has published and presented widely on his innovative mini-invasive techniques, being involved in collaborative research and trials and surgical training.

Mr John (Ian) T Jenkins

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mark’s Hospital

Speaker's biography

Ian Jenkins qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1997 and trained in Coloproctology and Surgical Oncology in Scotland with specialist training in St. Marks Hospital, London. He was appointed as Consultant Surgeon to St. Marks Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Imperial College, London in 2008. He leads the St. Mark's Complex Cancer Clinic, a multi-specialty team treating patients and developing interventions for patients with advanced and recurrent colorectal  and anal cancers and other pelvic rarities. He has a high volume laparoscopic colorectal resection practice treating patients with colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease related dysplasia and cancerother complex pelvic neoplastic disease and endometriosis. He is currently chairs the ACPGBI Advanced Malignancy Subcommittee and is a founder member of UK Pelvic Exenteration Network. He was a trainer for the Lapco National Laparoscopic Colorectal Training Programme and supervises the RCS Accredited MiMICC Fellowship, that encompasses minimally and maximally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer. His interests centre on improving the quality and rapidity of recovery of patients after major and complex major surgery and has published and presented widely on colorectal and intestinal diseases, being involved in collaborative research and trials in cancer surgery, enhanced recovery and surgical training. His current scientific interests relate to host body composition and immunity manipulation in colorectal cancer. He is on the United European Gastroenterology [UEG] Scientific Committee and Postgraduate Training Programme Committee and was Honorary Secretary of Royal Society of Medicine Coloproctology Section 2017-2018. He is Surgeon to the Royal Household. Previous awards include American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) International Fellowship [2010] and Independent Healthcare Awards Outstanding Contribution Award [2013]. 

Mr Josef Watfah

Consultant Surgeon, St Mark’s Hospital

Miss Rachel Hargest

Consultant Surgeon, Cardiff University

Speaker's biography

Miss Rachel Hargest is an academic colorectal surgeon at the Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative, undertaking a busy coloproctology practice alongside research collaborations in Cardiff and China. Clinical interests include colorectal, anal cancer and AIN and intestinal failure for which the team won the BMJ Gastroenterology Team of the Year Award 2015. Research interests include mechanisms of metastasis, gene therapy, Immunological responses to cancer and organisation and health economics of cancer services. She is a Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Society of Academic and Research Surgeons.  She is former trustee of the Royal Society of Medicine and past-president of the Section of Surgery, and former trustee of BASO. Her excellence as a surgical trainer has been recognised by winning the Silver Scalpel in 2017 and the Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) Medal in 2019.


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Welcome and introduction

Mr Joe Ellul, President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Chairs: Mr Ben Cresswell and Mr Joe Ellul

Modern management of upper GI emergencies

Mr James Gossage, Consultant Oesophagogastric Surgeon, St Thomas’ Hospital

The acute abdomen post biliary surgery

Professor Ameet G Patel, Consultant Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgeon, King’s College Hospital

Pancreatic emergencies for the general surgeon

Mr Simon Atkinson, Consultant Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Surgeon, St Thomas’s and King’s College Hospitals

Panel discussion
Comfort break with sponsored industry presentation from Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Validated Intraoperative Bleeding Scale (VIBe Scale) given by Genevra Griggs

Chairs: Professor Alun Davies, Professor of Vascular Surgeon, Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Mr Joseph Watfah

How to approach the problem of abdominal trauma

Professor Mansoor Khan, Consultant Oesophagogastric, Trauma and General Surgeon

Re-look laparotomy and the ‘ITU abdomen’ - is it sepsis?

Mr Philip Bearn, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway College, University of London

Update on NELA - are we improving?

Mr John Abercrombie, Consultant Surgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals

Interventional radiology for abdominal emergencies

Dr Lorenzo Patrone, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, West London Vascular and Interventional Centre, Northwick Park Hospital

Panel discussion

Norman Tanner prize presentations

Chairs: Professor Frank CT Smith, Professor of Vascular Surgery and Surgical Education, University of Bristol and Mr Joseph Shalhoub, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor Graham T Layer, Immediate Past Vice President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Professor of Surgical Sciences and Consultant in Quality Governance, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Effect of 4-week multimodal prehabilitation on cardiorespiratory fitness and insulin sensitivity before major pancreatic surgery: an interventional pilot study

Mr Jason George, ST6 General Surgery, Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU)

Effects of preoperative diet and bariatric surgery on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Mr Niall Dempster, Specialist Registrar in General Surgery

Trends in operative approaches and mortality related to aneurysmal aortic disease in England; the impact of endovascular aortic repair

Miss Lydia Hanna, Vascular Surgery Registrar

Does non-visible haematuria require urgent assessment? A retrospective cohort from a university teaching hospital

Dr James Lucocq, General Surgical Trainee, East Scotland

Cerebral embolic protection in thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) with carbon-dioxide flushing to reduce cerebral infarcts, stroke and neurocognitive decline

Miss Lydia Hanna

A 16-year longitudinal cohort study of incidence and bacteriology of necrotising fasciitis in England

Mr David Bodansky, Surgical Registrar

Chairs: Professor Humphrey Scott, Professor, St Peter’s Hospital and Dean, Royal Society of Medicine and Mr Hamid T Khawaja, Retired Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon

How to control major pelvic bleeding

Mr John (Ian) T Jenkins, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mark’s Hospital

Modern management of colorectal emergencies

Mr Josef Watfah, Consultant Surgeon, St Mark’s Hospital

Difficult emergencies in proctology

Miss Rachel Hargest, Consultant Surgeon, Cardiff University

Panel discussion
Prize results and closing remarks





Surgery Section: Norman Tanner Prize and The Glaxo Travelling Fellowship


First place - £250 and the Norman Tanner Medal

Second place - The Glaxo Travelling Fellowship of the Section of Surgery of the Royal Society of Medicine. This will enable the recipient to attend the annual "Out-of-Town" meeting of the Section of Surgery in either the UK or overseas, use of the fund to attend an alternative conference is permitted by the agreement of Council. The winner shall be required to submit to the Council of the Section a brief report on the visit.

Submission deadline: Submissions closed

Open to: All surgical trainees.

Application guidelines: Candidates must submit clinically oriented papers detailing original clinical research, multidisciplinary care and audit leading to improved patients' care. Submissions should be no longer than 500 words +/- 10%. 

Abstracts will be shortlisted to present at a Surgery Section meeting in January 2022.

Submissions closed

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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