About the KSS Surgical Symposium
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South East Colorectal Forum

 
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The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Surgical Symposium has been running on an annual basis each Summer at the Academic Centre at Maidstone Hospital since 2015. It's aim is to highlight the strength and breadth of surgical research being undertaken by our local trainees, whether in units across the region or other centres of research excellence.

 

Now in it's 5th year, the Symposium goes from strength to strength and we are fortunate to receive ongoing support from the Worshipful Company of Barbers through their funding of the Thomas Vicary Prize, as well as annual CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Furthermore, we are delighted this year to offer a full day's COLORECTAL SURGERY FORUM on Thursday 1st July 2021, generously funded by Ethicon.

The strategic vision for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Surgical Symposium is not only to continue to showcase the excellent clinical and basic science research being undertaken in the region, but to act as a springboard for future trainee-led project collaborations, OOPR experiences and to support the development of an Academic Surgical Unit for the region through greater integration with both the University of Kent and the new Kent & Medway Medical School (KMMS).

This vision is being continually driven by our core committee - biographies can be seen below.

 
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MR JAMIE MURPHY BChir PhD FRCS FASCRS

INVITED SPEAKER (2018)

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Clinical Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

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CEO @

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MR DANIEL LAWES MD FRCS

CHAIR, EAST KSS SURGICAL SYMPOSIUM

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Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Mr Lawes has chaired the East KSS Surgical Symposium since it's inception in 2015.

During his training, he spent two years as a lecturer at University College London, gaining a higher degree for my research work looking at the genetic causes of colorectal cancer. Following specialist training I undertook a fellowship for a year working at The Mayo Clinic in Arizona, USA and was appointed as Assistant Professor in colorectal surgery at The Mayo Clinic Medical School.

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He continues to be involved in research projects and he is currently the lead investigator for a number of trials within the Trust as well as being the East KSS lead for collaborative research. Furthermore, he has written chapters in international textbooks, published an array of research papers on a variety of surgical topics and given over 40 presentations at national and international meetings.

 

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MISS KARINA COX MD FRCS

RESEARCH LEAD, MAIDSTONE & TUNBRIDGE WELLS NHS TRUST

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Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

School of Biosciences, University of Kent

Consultant Breast & Oncoplastic Surgeon

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Miss Cox graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary’s in 1998 and completed her basic surgical training in London. She then spent two years as a Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London investigating the function of immune cells in lymph nodes draining breast cancer.

 

Following on from her research, she continued her training as a General Surgeon with The London Deanery before sub-specialising in Breast and Oncoplastic surgery.

In 2009, she was awarded the National Breast Oncoplastic Fellowship in Manchester. Prior to her current appointment, she spent six months as a locum Breast and Oncoplastic consultant at The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Miss Cox is part of a research group developing new ways to image and treat lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the School of Biosciences at The University of Kent and maintains an interest in the link between lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise and breast cancer risk and survival. She is also a Trustee of the charity Breast Cancer Kent and is an active member of The Association of Breast Surgeons.

 

MR DANIEL LAWES MD FRCS

CHAIR, KSS SURGICAL SYMPOSIUM

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Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Mr Lawes has chaired the East KSS Surgical Symposium since it's inception in 2015.

During his training, he spent two years as a lecturer at University College London, gaining a higher degree for his research work looking at the genetic causes of colorectal cancer. He then undertook a fellowship at The Mayo Clinic in Arizona, USA and was appointed as Assistant Professor in Colorectal Surgery at The Mayo Clinic Medical School.

He continues to be involved in research projects and he is currently the lead investigator for a number of trials within the Trust, as well as being the East KSS lead for collaborative research. Furthermore, he has written chapters in international textbooks, published an array of research papers on a variety of surgical topics and given over 40 presentations at national and international meetings.

 

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MR CHRIS WRIGHT FRCS
CHAIR, SOUTH EAST COLORECTAL FORUM

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Clinical Senior Lecturer

Kent & Medway Medical School (KMMS)

Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Mr Wright is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, appointed in November 2014.

He graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2002 and completed his higher surgical training in the London Deanery in 2013. At the end of his training he was awarded one of just six prestigious Ethicon Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowships available nationally, giving him broad experience in advanced laparoscopic techniques. He undertook this six month Fellowship at the internationally renowned laparoscopic training unit at Colchester University Hospital (ICENI centre).

In May 2016 he was appointed as Clinical Lead for the Colorectal Department at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals NHS Trust.  He is the Specialty Tutor for the whole General Surgery department with responsibility for ensuring high standards of training for junior doctors at MTW. He sits on a number of educational committees at Tunbridge Wells Hospital where he represents the department and its trainees.

As of 2020 he has been appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgery to the new Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) and is committed to delivering excellence in undergraduate surgical education.

STEERING COMMITTEE

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MR LIAM POYNTER MRCS

ST7 General/Colorectal Surgery; East KSS

KSS Surgical Symposium Trainee Lead 2015-present

MISS RADHIKA MERH MRCS

ST7 General Surgery; East KSS

East KSS Trainee & Teaching Representative

MISS SOPHIE WILLIAMS MRCS

ST5 General/Colorectal Surgery; East KSS

East KSS Trainee & Teaching Representative

MISS VICTORIA PEGNA MRCS

ST7 General/Major Trauma Surgery; West KSS

West KSS Trainee & Teaching Representative

Worshipful Company of Barbers Liaison

MISS RABIYA ASEEM MRCS

ST3 General Surgery; East KSS

MR GIUSEPPE PREZIOSI PhD FRCS

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon,

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

MISS SALLY TUCKER MRCS

ST5 General Surgery; West KSS

West KSS Trainee & Teaching Representative

 
 
 
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