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TUGSS is a platform of Upper GI Surgeons from across the globe, probably one of its kind.  


Hernia is a surgery that almost all surgeons have to do in their practice. Therefore, we have created a separate platform within the group dedicated to Hernia. TUGSS Hernia is committed to research in this field under the leadership of Prof Todd Heniford. 


At TUGSS, with its presence in more than a 100 countries, we are committed to making a global impact in surgical practice.


The science of hernia is rapidly evolving and plenty of new concepts and procedures have been added recently. To ensure moving in the right direction, data needs to be accumulated at a global level. We are here to do just that. And a little more. 


Our activities would also help colleagues around the world to stay updated with evidence based concepts and practices. Mentoring the younger surgeons is another area of focus. 


Watch out for future workshops, symposia and observership programs that this organisation has to offer. 


If you want to be a part of this giant wheel, join us!


Dr Sarfaraz J Baig

Dr Sarfaraz J Baig is a a Gastrosurgeon and Director, Digestive Surgery Clinic, Kolkata 


He is the Vice President, Hernia Society of India, Associate Editor for Journal of Bariatric Surgery and Editorial Board member of Journal of Minimal Access Surgery   


He has authored several books and chapters and has 20 international publications


Elliot Goodman

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. He is currently Vice Chair for Surgical Quality at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City.


Luca Gordini

General Surgeon at Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS (Rome, Italy).

Operation Hernia volunteer.

Member of the Editorial Committee of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI).


Brij Madhok

Consultant UGI & bariatric surgeon, University Hospitals of Derby & Burton, Honorary Assistant Professor University of Nottingham & Honorary Senior Lecturer Edge Hill University, UK.


Luis Alfonso

Member of the scientific committee for Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía General. Staff surgeon at Robotic Surgery Center-Hospital Angeles del Carmen.

Interests: Hernia, surgical endoscopy and global healthcare economics.


Pallawi Priya

Dr Pallawi Priya is Minimal Access Surgeon from India. She is a Hernia researcher and Hernia enthusiast. She is very interested in biomechanics of hernia repair and finding out individualised solutions for the type of repair and prosthetics to improve the quality of life after hernia surgery.


Domingo C. Sampang

Domingo C. Sampang MD, FPCS, FPSGS, FPALES, FACS Bataan, Philippines General & Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgeon. Chief of Section MIS The Medical City Clark & Centro Medico de Santisimo Rosario Hospital. International Advisory Board of HERNIA(The World Journal of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery. President of Philippine College of Surgeons Central Luzon Chapter.


Dr Sumeet Shah

Dr Sumeet Shah is Director & Head of Minimal Access, & Bariatric Surgery at PSRI Hospital, New Delhi. He serves on the Executive Committee of Hernia Society of India as Vice President (North). Dr Shah has been a keen Hernia enthusiast and champion of Minimally Invasive techniques for Hernia Repair for two decades. He has been invited as Faculty to operate and give talks in > 100 national & international meeting. 


Dr. Reynu Rajan

Malaysian metabolic and bariatric surgeon society – secretary chapter of women surgeons Malaysia – secretary young IFSO – committee.



Dr Sujith Wijeranthne

Dr Sujith Wijeranthne, Consultant, General Surgery, Endocrine Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of Surgery, National University Health System (NUHS), Singapore.

Deputy Head, General Surgery Services, Alexandra Hospital (NUHS), Singapore.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS)


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