Royal Society of Medicine Profiles

Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine Delegates

Professor Graham Layer, DM, FRCS, FACS, is President of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine. Based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guilford, he is Professor of Surgical Sciences and consultant breast and general surgeon. He is the Director of Professional Standards for the NHS Trust. He serves as the United Kingdom Governor of the American College of Surgeons, Honorary Secretary of the Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations Board in General Surgery, Chair of the Intercollegiate Pan- Specialty Committee on Recertification, Honorary Treasurer and Trustee of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, and a member of the SAC in General Surgery with a responsibility for the Republic of Ireland. He also served as the Honorary Secretary of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Professor Layer has wide interests in surgery and medicine centered around various aspects of surgical professional life and standards. He first qualified in 1977 from the University of Oxford and St. Thomas’ Hospital and has been a consultant surgeon since 1993. In addition, Professor Layer has various other roles with the Department of Health and the NHS including being a foundation member of the Clinical Reference Group of the Cooperation and Competition Panel and was a trainer for the New Start programme of sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures. He is enjoying writing the new restaurant column for Surgeon’s News produced by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, “Layer’s cake and eat it.”

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Professor Michael Bailey, is a past president of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine, and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Surrey, Guildford, where he serves as a consultant and President of the Minimal Access Therapy Training Centre for Laparoscopic Surgery, Postgraduate Medical School. He is the President of MATTU, Guildford; Hunterian Professor of The Royal College of Surgeons of England; Vice President and Founder Member of the European Association of Transluminal Surgery; and Permanent Member of Faculty of the European Institute of Tele-Surgery, Strasbourg, France, and of the Advanced International Mini-Invasive Surgery Academy, Milan, Italy. Professor Bailey served as president of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland; Examiner in Surgery for the Intercollegiate Board of The Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK and Ireland; and Invited Member of Council and Secretary to the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has been awarded the Moynihan Prize and twice has won the Medal of The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland. Professor Bailey has over two hundred publications and chapters, and has been an invited speaker to all continents of the world.

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Professor Tom Bates, a past president of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine, qualified at Bart’s in 1966 and was appointed Consultant General Surgeon at Ashford, Kent, ten years later. He was active in clinical research which included the prophylaxis of wound infection, the etiology and management of esophageal cancer, and the epidemiology of gallstones. However, his major research and clinical interest now lies in the management of breast cancer. He was Chairman of the Association of Breast Surgery 2002-2004. Professor Bates developed the Surgical Logbook for the Association of Surgeons of which he became President in 2004. He retired from the NHS in 2006, but continues as the Programme Director for the MSc in Surgical Practice at the University of Kent which has now been running for ten years. Professor Bates serves as Vice Chair of the British Journal of Surgery Society, and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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Professor Kevin Burnand, is a Fellow of the Section of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons. He is a Professor of Surgery and vascular surgeon at St. Thomas’ Hospital, Guys and Kings. Professor Burnand has served as president of the Vascular Surgical Society and of the Surgical Research Society. He has a number of distinguished titles, publications, and very well known books to his name including Symptoms and Signs of Surgical Disease with Sir Norman Browse. He is renowned as a surgical teacher, educator and examiner throughout the UK and also internationally. He is an accomplished sportsman, gourmet and chef.

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Mr. Christopher M. Butler, MS, FRCS, is a Fellow of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Surgeons. He is a consultant vascular surgeon, and the Chairman of the Court of Examines, Royal College of Surgeons of England. Mr. Butler qualified in 1976 after training at King’s College and Westminster Hospital, London. He completed basic surgical training in 1977-1981 at St. George’s and South West Thames region, followed by a research fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College Hospital. From 1984-1990, Mr. Butler attended higher surgical training at St. George’s and Hospital of the South West Thames region. Upon completion, he was appointed Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at Medway Group of Hospital, Kent. He serves as: Lead Clinician for General Surgery and Clinical Governance for Surgical Directorate; member of the Court of Examiners RCS England from 2001; member of Exams Executive from 2004; Lead for Clinical exams 2003-2008; member of the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE); and Chairman of Intercollegiate MRCS Part B (OSCE) examination from 2008. Mr. Butler’s research interests include non-invasive assessment methods of vascular disease and improving patient safety.

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Mr. Simon Cawthorn, is a past president of the Section of Surgery, the Royal Society of Medicine. An ex general surgeon, he is now an oncoplastic breast surgeon and the Associate Medical Director at North Bristol NHS Trust. He is an Honorary Lecturer in Surgery at the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia, and the National Clinical Lead in Breast Cancer NHS Cancer Improvement. Mr. Cawthorn also serves as Chair of the National Technology Adoption Centre Steering Group for the UK Government. He is renowned for his interest in the clinical applications of ultrasound.

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Mr. David Gerrard, is Secretary of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine. He is a consultant vascular surgeon and Associate Dean of Kent Surrey Sussex Deanery, Frimley Park. Mr. Gerrard qualified in 1989 from King’s College, London. His higher surgical training was in SW Thames, including two posts at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, under the tutelage of Professor Graham Layer. His final surgical training was completed at St. Thomas’ Hospital under Professor Kevin Burnand and Peter Taylor where he was awarded the first endovascular fellowship. He has introduced and developed the endovascular programme at Frimley Park Hospital and has taken a strong interest in teaching, currently holding the posts of Surgical Tutor at Frimley and Surgical Programme Director for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery.

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Miss Rachel Hargest, is a Fellow of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine. Having trained in London/Thames region, Johannesburg and Toronto, Miss Hargest returned to her Welsh roots ten years ago, and is currently a consultant surgeon and senior lecturer in colorectal surgery at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Her clinical interests include anal cancer, family cancers and polyposis, intestinal failure, and the catastrophe abdomen. Her research interests include gene therapy, pyoderma gangrenosum, and FAP. Miss Hargest is interested in surgical education and training, and serves as an academic representative, careers lead, and mentoring lead for the Welsh School of Surgery and has formal roles within the Royal College of Surgeons.

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Mr. Paul A.E. Hurst, MS, MRCP, FRCS, is a past president of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine. He is a consultant vascular surgeon and senior lecturer in surgery at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, Sussex. Mr. Hurst is also Lead in Surgical Training, having developed the curriculum at the new Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He qualified in 1970 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, subsequently assuming the positions of registrar and lecturer at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. The surgical treatment of lymphoedema was the topic of his MS thesis. He is an intercollegiate FRCS examiner and travels widely to examine, most recently in Zambia.

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Mr. Andrew McIrvine, is a past president, vice president and honorary secretary of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine.  He is a consultant vascular surgeon at King’s College Hospital, London, and at Dartford, Kent. He served as a council member of the British Medical Association. Initially having practiced as a general surgeon, he now limits his practice to vascular and endocrine specialties. His interests are in carotid, aortic and venous surgery; and he has an especially large experience in current endovenous techniques. Mr. McIrvine trained in London (St. Thomas’ and King’s), and Harvard (Brigham & Women’s) and in Cape Town (Groote Schuur). He is also current Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club!

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John G. Payne, MD, FRCS, is a past president of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine. He is Consultant General and a colorectal surgeon at South London Healthcare NHS Trust, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. Mr. Payne is a member of the Intercollegiate Board in General Surgery; Regional Specialty Advisor in General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England for Kent Surrey and Sussex and London South-East Deaneries; and a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the London Postgraduate School of Surgery.

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Miss Asha Senapti, is a past president of the Section of Surgery, Royal Academy of Medicine. She is a consultant colorectal surgeon at Portsmouth and is a tireless worker for international charities in India and in colorectal disease in the UK. She has a number of special interests and is one of the country’s leading experts on the management of pilonidal sinus and acute diverticular disease.

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Mr. Frank Smith, is a past secretary of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Surgeons. He is a consultant senior lecturer in vascular surgery at the University of Bristol and Director of the Confidential Reporting System for Surgeons (CORESS). He holds a number of prominent formal College and Association roles and is a keen sportsman and pilot. He has recently completed yet another marathon – this time in the Sahara Desert!

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Miss Anne Stebbing, is the Vice President of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine and has also served as the organization’s secretary and holds high office within the financial committees of the RSM. She is a consultant breast and general surgeon, and Associate Medical Director, Basingstoke. She is widely travelled and well respected for her organizational abilities within the surgical profession.

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