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Meet the Presidents

Here we meet two Section Presidents at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and find out more about their Section education programmes. Throughout the coming months and year, we will be looking to introduce more RSM Presidents.

In this issue we meet Professor Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, President of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Section and Mr Michael Kuo, President of the Section of Laryngology & Rhinology.


Professor Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami

Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at Imperial College, London, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami (pictured above) has been a member of the RSM since 2001 and has sat on the Council of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Section since 2005.

Her current research interests include research into surgical technologies in ovarian cancer, ovarian cancer diagnosis and novel markers and treatment of cervical smear abnormalities.

She says: “I joined the RSM many years ago when I was a junior trainee, after attending some amazing meetings there and it has been a great place to meet and network with colleagues. The RSM is a huge educational resource, and the annual programme provides cutting edge teaching on different specialties. I am very pleased and honoured to be able to lead the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the RSM this year.”

2021/22 Section programme:

Friday 25 February 2022: Cervical screening: Where are we now?

Friday 25 March 2022: Trainees and medical students present their research

Friday 29 April 2022: Topics to include national and international variation on cancer outcomes

Friday 10 June 2022: Topics to include resilience in the workplace

Follow this link to visit the Section web page for more information.

Miss Victoria Possamai, Honorary Secretary, and Mr Michael Kuo, President, RSM Laryngology & Rhinology Section

Mr Michael Kuo

A paediatric otolaryngologist at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Michael is a former president of the British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology. He has been heavily involved in education and paediatric curriculum development through chairing the Education Committee of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and as the paediatric board member of the European Board Examination in Otolaryngology.  He has been a member of the RSM since 1996 and has been a Council member and honorary secretary of the Section of Laryngology & Rhinology. 

He says: “The Royal Society of Medicine is a unique environment to share knowledge and ideas. In the early days, meetings took the form of a ‘conversazione’. While the size of the Society no longer lends itself to such a format, the aim of the diverse and innovative programme we have curated is to encourage collegiate networking that will stimulate discussion that will go on way beyond the meeting.” 

2021/22 Section programme 

Friday 3 December 2021: Psychology and leadership in surgery 

Friday 4 February 2022: When adult and paediatric clinicians work together 

Friday 4 March 2022: Paediatric matters, including laryngeal reinnervation and cleft lip & palate surgery 

Friday 6 May 2022: Storz Travelling Professor and Garnett Passe memorial lecture 

Follow this link to visit the Section web page for more information

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