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Professionals

 Members of the Executive Committee are elected each year at our AGM.

Panchali Sarmah, President

 

Panchali is a ST6 in the East Midlands, completing an Hope Against Cancer Fellowship and MD in liquid biopsy use for colorectal cancer surveillance. She graduated from the University of Warwick & completed CST in the West Midlands. Her interests include translational research & improving diversity in the surgical workforce.

Peter Vaughan-Shaw, Past President

 

Peter is an RCSEng Robotic Colorectal Fellow at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Before this he completed a post-CCT fellowship at the John Goligher Colorectal Unit, Leeds, and his higher surgical training in Edinburgh. He was trainee representative on the ACPGBI Research and Audit committee (2017-2019) and became President of The Dukes’ Club in 2020. He has a strong interest in academic surgery and translational research, completing an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship and PhD investigating the link between vitamin D and colorectal cancer.

Mo Rabie, Vice-President & rep Multidisciplinary Clinical Committee

 

I’m an ST7 in general and colorectal surgery at Cambridge University Hospitals. I graduated in 2004 from Ainshams University in Egypt and finished my MD in colorectal surgery in 2013. I was the Dukes’ trainee rep for East of England between 2018-2020 and I’m also an ASiT council member.

Victoria Proctor 
Secretary

 

I am currently ST8 in General Surgery in Yorkshire, having graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011. I have recently helped to lead the MASH study, looking at management of acutely symptomatic hernias in the UK. I am the current trainee representative for Yorkshire.

Ioanna Drami
Advanced cancer/Peritoneal malignancy
 

Ioanna is a higher surgical trainee (ST5) in the North East and Central London deanery, with a special interest in colorectal cancer. Her academic background includes a BSc in Biomedical Sciences at QMUL and an MSc at Imperial College in Reproductive and Developmental Biology. Ioanna elected to take time out of training to undertake a PhD at St Mark’s Institute and Imperial College, under the supervision of Mr Ian Jenkins and Professor Stella Knight, as part of the BiCyCLE research group.

Niroshini Rajaretnam
Abdominal Wall

 

 am an ST7 General and Colorectal Surgery Registrar in the Peninsula Deanery of South West England. Since graduating from Imperial College in 2011, I have developed subspecialty interests in hernia repair, abdominal wall reconstruction and pelvic exenteration. I am currently OOP completing a MD as part of the NIHR funded CIPHER Study. My most recent committee positions as ASiT Vice President, Lead Surgical Trainee for HESW and SWETA Surgical Rep have given me insight into how surgical training is transforming which will help me deliver resources and guidance for our trainees

Jordan Fletcher, Education and Trainee representative

 

My medical education MEd degree has given me a strong understanding of educational theory. As a leadership fellow, I set up and ran the Yorkshire and Humber deanery advanced cadaveric simulation programme CADSIM. I hope to build on the fantastic Duke’s educational programme and aim to 1) expand video-based content 2) produce FRCS podcast episodes 3)  establish a digital library of anatomical specimens using 3D photogrammetry and 4) offer a wider range of cadaveric training courses.

Charlotte El-Sayed
ASiT representative
 

 

I’m an ST5 in the West Midlands deanery. I graduated from University of Birmingham in 2011. I have a keen interest in education and training and particularly in simulation training. I was Dukes’ E and T rep for 2 years and now look forward to driving training standards forward in collaboration with ASiT.

 

Philippa Orchard 
Colonoscopy (& JAG representative

 

I am a General Surgical Spr South West. I was a previous Simulation & Non-technical Skills Fellow 2018, Lead Trainee.

 

Osman Chaudhary Emergency General Surgery Rep
 

 

I am a ST6 in East of England having graduated from the University of Birmingham and completed my core training in London.  I have an interest in minimally invasive surgery, EGS and NELA, medical education, mentorship and healthcare leadership.  I enjoy being an ATLS and BSS instructor and am currently a regional higher surgical trainee representative.

 

 

Lillian Reza
Proctology (& The Pelvic Floor Society representative)
 

I am an ST7 in the North-East Thames London deanery and currently out of programme completing a PhD at St Mark’s Hospital on the classification and management of pouch fistula. I am interested in improving access to standardised educational content and opportunities in pelvic floor and proctology.

Chih Tan
Inflammatory Bowel Disease and abdominal wall/Intestinal failure rep

 

Currently ST7 in General Surgery in the North-West Thames deanery. I have recently finished my PhD at St Mark’s, Imperial College in Crohn’s disease.

Victoria Proctor 
Secretary

 

I am currently ST8 in General Surgery in Yorkshire, having graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011. I have recently helped to lead the MASH study, looking at management of acutely symptomatic hernias in the UK. I am the current trainee representative for Yorkshire.

Joshua Burke
Robotics

 

I am a General Surgery Registrar in Manchester completing a RCS Eng and Bowel Cancer UK PhD fellowship investigating gastrointestinal anastomotic leak at The University of Leeds. I am the current Robotics Representative for The Dukes Club, Immediate Past President of The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) and Chair of the ASiT/RADAR Trainees Committee and FOS:TEST Report. 

Edward Dickson, Research & audit rep

 

I am currently a ST6 trainee in the Thames Valley region. I have just finished a PhD fellowship at the University of Nottingham and prior to this I was a NIHR CRN fellow in Oxford. My research interests include perioperative anaemia and intravenous iron therapy in advanced cancer.