ACS Clinical Congress: RCSEd Global Engagement

27th October 2021, 22:00 to 23:00 BST


This latest webinar is a key opportunity to engage with our American Fellows, Members, and colleagues, and providing an update on the activities of the College over the past year, during the continued pandemic. Topics to discuss will include current and future initiatives for RCSEd, with an important emphasis on how we have successfully engaged our international Fellows, Members and Affiliates, in the absence of those more traditional in-person networking opportunities.

Furthermore, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities we have uncovered over the past year, both from a College perspective, but also for the wider surgical community, in the UK and internationally. During this we will explore and preview our plans for the future, including the restarting of examinations, courses, and how we plan to move forward in the remainder of 2021 and beyond.

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Professor S Michael Griffin OBE

RCSEd President

Professor Michael Griffin became President in 2018 when he was a Consultant Oesophagogastric surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. He developed the Northern Oesophagogastric Cancer Unit which is now the largest in Europe and North America. A Council Member since 2009, he was Chair of the Joint Committee for Intercollegiate Examinations (JCIE) and Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His clinical and research interests have been focused on early diagnosis and radical treatment of oesophagogastric cancers. He was awarded an OBE for services to cancer health care in 2013.

Professor Rowan Parks

RCSEd Vice-President

Professor Rowan Parks is a Consultant HPB Surgeon and Professor of Surgical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Serving on the Council since 2009, he has been on numerous College committees and short life working groups. He organised the RCSEd Triennial Meeting in 2018, the annual President's Meetings held from 2013-2015, and the Lister Centenary Meeting in 2012. He has a significant interest in medical education and training and is currently Deputy Medical Director of NHS Education for Scotland (NES). Professor Parks is immediate past-President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) and the Great Britain and Ireland Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (GBIHPBA).

Mr Pala Rajesh

RCSEd Vice-President

Mr Pala Rajesh is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. His interests are in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, surgical training and education. He set up the Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery service in the Regional Department of Thoracic Surgery which is now a renowned centre for training in the UK. He is the lead examiner of the Joint Surgical Fellowship examinations in cardiothoracic surgery in Asia. He’s been on Council 2012-17 and served on several committees. He is a Member of Council in the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery.



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