Kamal Mahawar

Chief Coordinator

Kamal Mahawar is a Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland. 

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Alessandro Martinino

Membership Coordinator

Alessandro Martinino is an Italian last year medical student enrolled in the honours programme at the University of Rome "La Sapienza"

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Mohamed Abouelazayem

TAG Coordinator

He is an Upper GI Surgical Registrar at St George’s University Hospitals. He completed his surgical training in Cairo University in Egypt.

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Brijesh Madhok

TUGS Lounge Coordinator

He is a Consultant bariatric surgeon at the Royal Derby Hospital and an Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham.

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Juan Pablo Scarano Pereira

Communication Coordinator

He graduated at the University Complutense of Madrid. He has participated in several international research projects about the GI tract.

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Alpa Morawala

Growth Coordinator

She is a Surgical Registrar,  working at North middlesex University Hospital. Developing Laparoscopic Simulation Suite at the trust.

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Mohamad Hayssam ElFawal

TUGS Middle East Coordinator

He is the president of the Pan Arab Society for bariatric and metabolic surgery. He is also an assistant professor of Surgery BAU.

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Sjaak Pouwels

Scientific Sundays Coordinator

Sjaak Pouwels is a resident doctor at the Intensive Care department of the Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital in the Netherlands. He has published over 80 Pubmed publications.

Kelvin Voon

TUGS Asia Coordinator

Kelvin Voon is a Consultant Upper GI & Bariatric Surgeon at Penang General Hospital, Malaysia. He is also a visiting lecturer at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus.

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Elliot Goodman

North America Coordinator

Elliot Goodman started his studies in Cambridge and continued his training in New York. He has been in practice as an academic GI surgeon in New York for the last 24 years.

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Johnn Henry Herrera Kok

TUGS Spain Coordinator

General and digestive surgeon at the Complejo Asistencial Universitario de León. He has experience as a collaborating tutor for residents and students, delivering surgical educational activities, and clinical research. 

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Vikas Jain

TUGS India Coordinator

Consultant in Surgical Oncology & MIS at Aakash Healthcare super speciality Hospital. He is also an editorial Board member of the prestigious Journal of Minimal access surgery (JMAS). 

Yitka Graham

HSR Coordinator

Dr Yitka Graham is Head of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute and Associate Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sunderland, England.  

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Abel Abou-Mrad

TROGS Coordinator

Dr Abou-Mrad is a general surgeon with a deep interest in 

laparoscopic digestive and bariatric surgery. One of the biggest fields of work in his career is the application of robotic surgery in the upper GI system.

Mohamad Hayssam ElFawal

TUGS Middle East Coordinator

He is the president of the Pan Arab Society for bariatric and metabolic surgery. He is also an assistant professor of Surgery BAU.

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Sjaak Pouwels

Scientific Sundays Coordinator

Sjaak Pouwels is a resident doctor at the Intensive Care department of the Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital in the Netherlands. He has published over 80 Pubmed publications.

Rachel Lee

Early Surgical Training Committee co-coordinator

Rachel graduated from St George's University of London and is currently a run-through General Surgery trainee in the UK. She has a keen interest in medical education. 

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Fady Anis

Early Surgical Training Committee co-coordinator

Fady Anis is a University of Nottingham alum and is currently a General Surgical trainee in the UK with a keen interest in Upper GI surgery.

Alex Boddy

TUGS Journal Coordinator

Alex Boddy is a Consultant Oesophagogastric Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester, UK.  He is also the the Upper GI Associate Editor for the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons

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Vignesh Bala

TMNS Coordinator

He graduated from Newcastle University and MRCS from RCS Edinburgh. Currently working as a Senior House Officer in East of England.  Interested in research and Upper GI surgery.

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Stijn van Laarhoven

TUGS HPB Coordinator

Stijn van Laarhoven is a consultant HPB Surgeon at the University Hospitals Bristol & Weston in the UK. He has a keen interest in education and training and is an advocate of collaborative research.

Arda Isik

TUGS Turkey Coordinator

General surgeon at the Istanbul Medeniyet University. He has experience as a collaborating tutor for residents and students, delivering surgical educational activities, and clinical research.

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Saurabh Singhal

TUGS Fellowship Match Coordinator

Consultant surgeon in Surgical Gastroenterology, MIS, and liver transplant in India. He has keen interest in academics and clinical research and has trained several residents and fellows. He is also a Mentor in the SSAT.

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Ioannis Gerogiannis

TUGS Non-Technical Coordinator

He is a Consultant General Surgeon with Specialist Interest in UGI, Bariatric & AWR Surgery at Kingston Hospital, London and Hon. Senior Lecturer at SGUL. He is a Royal College Tutor and keen Medical Educator. His vision is to offer global surgical training and mentorship in technical as well as in non-technical skills.

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Guillermo Ponce de León-Ballesteros

TUGS Talks Coordinator

Consultant surgeon in general, endocrine, and bariatric surgery in Mexico. He has a special interest in surgical training, as well as in research in the fields of bariatric and metabolic surgery, parathyroid, and thyroid surgery; and perioperative outcomes. 

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Bhavneet S. Bhalla

TUGS Endoscopy Coordinator

He is a Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon and GI Endoscopist from Mohali, India. He has keen interest in education and training of fellows/surgeons in GI Endoscopy. His vision is to promote GI Endoscopic procedures among surgeons.

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Tejal Lathia

TUGS Women Co-Coordinator

Dr Tejal Lathia is an Endocrinologist practising in Navi Mumbai, India with keen interest in sustainable solutions to Metabolic disorders.

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