Laparoscopy Training

  • Mr Sameer Umranikar

    Laparoscopy Training

    Princess Ann Hospital, Southampton

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Laparoscopic training is one of the key functions of the BSGE. We successfully held the Benign Abdominal ATSM Course in September 2016, with eighty-one delegates, good feedback and profits made to continue training and education.

Preparations are already in progress for this year’s event and the course details have now been finalised. It will run on 18-20th September and will comprise a two-day theory and one day practical course that covers the essential aspects of intermediate laparoscopic and open surgery.

The practical sessions on the third day will provide training on essential skills of equipment and stack management as well as video editing and hands on dry laboratory training under supervision of expert faculty. The delegates will be required to register for the third day separately.

This meeting is recognised for the ‘Benign Abdominal Surgery: open and laparoscopic’ and ‘Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for the excision of benign disease’ Advanced Training Skills Modules (ATSM).

Click on the events section of website for more details about the faculty, pricing and how to reserve your place.

Mr Dominic Byrne


Royal Cornwall Hospital

Dominic Byrne is Consultant Gynaecologist speacialising in Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic surgery at the Royal Cornwall Hospital where he leads the BSGE accredited, Cornwall Endometriosis Centre. He was elected to be Vice President in 2014 and became BSGE President in 2016

He is a nationally recognised expert in Laparoscopic surgery and regularly gives presentations at national and international Scientific meetings on the subject. He is currently a trainer for the RCOG Advanced ATSM in Laparoscopic surgery for benign disease and for the emerging national LapHyst project.

He has been an active member of the BSGE Council and was elected for two successive terms, before becoming Vice President; chairing the Awards committee initially and the Endometriosis Centres committee subsequently. As Awards committee chair he simplified the process for bursaries and fellowships, making it more accessible to more BSGE members, which increased the number and quality of award applications. He introduced the trainees video competition and this in turn increased membership of the BSGE. As chair of the Endometriosis Centres portfolio he introduced annual accreditation of Endocentres, introduced Provisional Endocentre status and updated the endometriosis database to simplify its use. These changes have lead to more Endometriosis centres entering higher quality data and has established BSGE Endometriosis Centre’s on the national and international stage. He is currently working on BSGE publication of Endometriosis Centre’s data and is constantly striving to improve patients access Endocentre nationwide.


Mr Sanjay Vyas

Vice President

Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Sanjay Vyas is the senior gynaecologist at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where he has been a Consultant for over 20 years. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Sanjay qualified from the University of London in 1985 and is a nationally recognised expert in gynaecology, laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and pelvic ultrasound scans. A large proportion of his surgical work involves keyhole surgery for treatment of heavy periods, ovarian cysts, endometriosis and other benign conditions. The majority of his patients have been referred directly to him for this expertise, and other consultants locally regularly seek his opinion.

Sanjay has been an elected member of the Councils of both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and was elected to be Vice President of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy in 2016. His work has contributed to significant improvements in the structure and provision of training junior doctors, and he is regularly invited to lecture at national and international educational meetings.


Mr Andrew Kent

Honorary Treasurer

Royal Surrey County Hospital

As a minimal access surgeon with over 20 years experience, I learnt my trade under the
auspices of Chris Sutton and Percy Coats. I have been a consultant in Guildford since 2001.
My skills set includes advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, particularly with
relation to endometriosis, uterine disease and prolapse. I am Director of Gynaecological
Surgery and Research at the MATTU and Clinical Director of the MSc in Advanced
Gynaecological Endoscopy at the University of Surrey.
I have previously served on both the BSGE and ESGE Councils. I have substantial experience
in delivering training programs, including budgetary responsibility and program management.
I have over the years developed excellent relationships with industry, who continue to support
the society and training for our speciality as whole. It is vital that we maintain and foster this
It is important that we value and nurture our human resource, from which will flow excellent
patient care. I would like to help take our society back to its’ roots whilst looking to the
challenges of the future, with training and the sharing of knowledge at it’s heart.
As Treasurer I feel that I would be in a good position to help with this task.


Mr Mark Whittaker

Honorary Secretary

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester

I currently serve as Honorary Secretary to the BSGE.

On the BSGE Board for over 10 years, I understand very well the aims and ambitions of this Society. I was initially elected as a Junior Representative and then as a senior member when I was appointed as a Consultant in Gloucestershire. I served two terms and then was required by the constitution to step down from the Board. I was then re-elected to Council in 2011 and subsequently to Honorary Secretary in 2013.

I am a Faculty member of the MSc in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy at the University of Surrey. I actively teach on the laparoscopic training courses in the South West and MATTU. I contributed to the development of the BSGE Endometriosis Centres and co-organised the first joint meeting with colorectal surgeons in Hamburg in 2008. I co-authored the original RCOG ATSM in Laparoscopic Surgery and contribute to the current RCOG course. I have an interest in digital imaging technology.

If elected I would wish to develop:
• a national training network for promotion of laparoscopic hysterectomy
• a national training programme in laparoscopic hysterectomy involving skill acquisition using cadaveric courses, live surgery and training box exercises.
• validated gynaecological box trainers specific for gynaecological surgeons
• an online tool for the audit of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery to assist members with accreditation data requirements

I would be delighted to serve as an enthusiastic and reliable Vice-President to your Society, if you choose to elect me to this position.


Mr Sameer Umranikar

Laparoscopy Training

Princess Ann Hospital, Southampton

Mr Sameer Umranikar works as a Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University Hospital Southampton. His main interests are Minimal Access Surgery and Gynaecological Ultrasound. He has been elected to the BSGE Council for the second term and actively participates in the BSGE activities.
He has completed his training in the Wessex Deanery and was awarded an MSc in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy by the University of Surrey. He was also awarded the Diploma in Advanced Gynaecology Endoscopy from the University of Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France. He has also attained the Fogarty Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. He was awarded to the Fellowship of the RCOG and to the membership of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has visited several International centres to gain wider experience in the field of minimal access surgery.
His is very keen to teach and disseminate the skills in minimal access surgery and he has been a Faculty on several courses. He actively teaches and promotes laparoscopic and hysteroscopic training and has been a Faculty on several RCOG and BSGE courses.

He is the Lead for Simulation training in the Wessex Deanery and represents the Deanery at the Sim NET group of the RCOG. He has the BSGE portfolio for laparoscopic training and is one of the Joint organisers for the RCOG BSGE course on Benign Abdominal Surgery. He has authored several book chapters and is keen to undertake research when time permits.

He is married and has two daughters. He likes to travel and his interests are ancient history and explore the different cultures around the world. In his spare time he likes to read on history and astronomy.


Mr Kirana Arambage

Awards & Bursaries

Oxford University Hospitals

Kirana is a Consultant Gynaecologist at the BSGE accredited Endometriosis Care and Research (CaRe) Centre at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford having completed the RCOG/ATSM in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He won RCOG Bernhard Baron travelling fellowship and BSGE travel scholarship to visit centres of excellence in France (Strasbourg, Rouen) and in Australia (Melbourne).

Kirana has been an active member of the BSGE since 2009. He was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 as the trainee’s representative of the BSGE council. He had proposed, designed and co-organised the annual BSGE fresh cadaveric laparoscopic anatomy course in Oxford University, which continues to have excellent feedback. He is great passion for training and has been a faculty member of the RCOG benign gynaecology/laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery courses.

He has been a part of BSGE subcommittees contributing to SCOPE e-newsletters, guidelines, laparoscopic and hysteroscopic training. He co-organised the first Young Endoscopic Platform (YEP) meeting at the Jubilee ASM of BSGE and represented ESGE/YEP from 2013-15 developing networks between European trainees.

He is a member of the medical advisory panel of Endometriosis UK and contributes to it's charitable activities. His MSc in advanced gynaecological endoscopy from University of Surrey (with merit pass) evaluated a structured training module for any laparoscopy, which has helped feed the proposed RCOG national simulation curriculum.

Kirana is a co-author for the latest Cochrane review of surgical treatment of endometriosis and guidelines (to be published) on management of distension media in hysteroscopy and consent for laparoscopic surgery.

Kirana was a trainee representative for the BSGE and was elected to become a senior council member in 2016. His experiences and relationships created, have given him insight in to the working of our society and views of our membership, which enables him to effectively represent and continue to improve services for the members.


Mr Shaheen Khazali

Comms & Website

St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey

Shaheen is a Consultant Gynaecologist in Surrey at CEMIG (Centre for Endometriosis and minimally Invasive Gynaecology), Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, Surrey and is the director of ltd. ( He has a particular interest in Endometriosis and minimally invasive Gynaecological surgery.

He holds a Masters degree in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy from the University of Surrey and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Royall Holloway, University of London.

Shaheen has been an active contributor to the BSGE council’s work since 2008, first as the trainees rep for 3 years and then from 2013 as a senior council member. He Chairs the website and communications subcommittee and has been leading the development of the new website.

His other baby is “The Scope”, our new newsletter which he edits and hopes to continue to publish regularly.

Mr. Khazali’s other contributions to BSGE work include:

– setting up the video library and discussion forums (which has become useless recently due to a cyber-attack. This is also being re-designed to integrate with the new secure website),
– setting up and running 5 successful video competitions since 2010, initially for trainees only, now extended to all members
– organising live Webcasts and chairing two of these

He lives in Woking with his wife, Tina and two young children Nickan and Dana.


Mr Chris Guyer

Endometriosis Centres

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

Chris has been a consultant gynaecologist in Portsmouth since 2001. He is the lead for minimally invasive gynaecological surgery and developed the Southern Endometriosis Centre in 2003, which is now part of the Endometriosis Centres network in the UK. Chris has been involved with training and education for gynaecological endoscopy for many years. He has been part of the faculty at the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU) in Guildford and has also been a Programme Director for the Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy MSc at the University of Surrey. He has helped establish a simulation training unit in Portsmouth and has helped with the introduction of basic endoscopic training for trainees in the Wessex region.

Chris is involved in a number of the College courses for both laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery and has also been on the Scientific Advisory Committee for hysteroscopic surgery for the annual scientific meetings of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL).
Chris has been on Council since September 2014 and will be taking over as Chair of the Endometriosis Centres project from May of this year.


Mr Fevzi Shakir

Information and Guidelines

Royal Free Hospital, London

I work as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London specialising in Advanced Minimally Invasive Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery.

In 2014 I was elected as a BSGE council member in charge of the trainee portfolio and re elected in 2016. During my 3 years on council I founded the trainee group RIGS (Registrars in Gynaecological Surgery) aiming to improve training and resources. Since inception RIGS has grown from strength to strength and 13 UK regional representatives have been appointed. In addition, we have initiated RIGS training courses and have regular breakout meetings and events at annual scientific meetings.

I have recently completed an MSc in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy based at the University of Surrey and currently my research includes work on endometriosis, humidification in laparoscopic surgery, design and validation of a laparoscopic hysterectomy scoring system, 3D and Robotics. In addition, I am actively involved in teaching and part of over 15 National and International course faculty.

I continually fundraise for Endometriosis UK. In 2014, I ran the London Marathon raising £2,333.75, In 2016 I ran the British Vitality London 10Km run, raising over £740 and am scheduled to run again in July 2017.

My continuous research, teaching and training activity has led me to have good relationships with industry. As well as this my time previously spent on council will enable me to contribute not only to the continuous growth of RIGS but also at representing the senior members of our society.


Dr Natasha Waters


Western Sussex Hospitals

Natasha Waters trained in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery in Australia, France (European Institute of Telesurgery, IRCAD, Strasbourg) and Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit, Surrey alongside gynaecology, urology and colorectal colleagues. She maintain links with Strasbourg and as a faculty member for the annual Business, Engineering and Surgical Technology Course at the Institute of Hybrid Surgery.
She works at Western Sussex Hospitals Trust which performs around 90% of our hysteroscopic procedures in ambulatory (office) setting, which has changed from 12% in 2012. The Trust is continually looking into ways to minimise discomfort and pain for the patients. They introduced the vaginoscopic approach as a default approach for hysteroscopy combined with the opportunity to be fully informed about the procedure before coming to the clinic and have any concerns answered by nurses on arrival at the clinic along with short waiting times before the actual procedure which made a substantial difference in pain scores.

Natasha supports trainees though mentoring and Fellowship in Ambulatory Gynaecology and works on safety and complication prevention in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy and in particular, support trainees to develop their roles as future Leaders in Ambulatory Care. She recently completed the Diploma in Clinical Risk and Claims Management.

In hysteroscopy, together with European colleagues, Natasha is working on developing and improving the Ambulatory Gynaecology Training module and the work has started on updating current Hysteroscopy ATSM. 

In laparoscopy, Natasha is working on BSGE National Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (LapHyst) Project as a Governance and Research Lead for the Project alongside Jim English, Mark Wittaker and Ertan Saridogan. The project is working on safe introduction of training for Laparoscopic Hysterectomy similar to LAPCO program with the aim of increasing the national rate of laparoscopic hysterectomies to 30-40% and with the aim of training program to become self-perpetuating.


Mr Arvind Vashisht

Industry Relations & Meetings

University College London Hospital

For me, the BSGE stands out amongst fellow national societies in its inclusiveness, forward thinking and its effectiveness to responsibly drive through key issues such as training programmes, setting standards and national governance.
I was lucky enough to have been the Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2015 BSGE Silver Jubilee meeting. In this role I gained considerable understanding and experience of the working of the society, its profile, role, projects and administration.
I had ample opportunity to work with members of Council as well as a significant number of members nationwide spanning nurses, junior and seniors who worked collaboratively with me to make the meeting the biggest and most profitable annual scientific meeting yet.
Having whet my appetite, I am keen to serve the society in a productive fashion and I want to help ensure that it continues in its direction:
- to reach out to all gynaecology endoscopy subspecialties
- to recognise and represent multi-disciplinary team members
- to appeal, encourage and facilitate education for trainees.
To this end I am already involved in BSGE anatomy and surgical training workshops, and it would be a pleasure to assume greater responsibility with Council.


Wendy-Rae Mitchell

Nurse & Paramedic

Royal Surrey County Hospital

I have many years of experience working with women in all aspects of their care. Practising in outpatients, operating theatre (Gynae sister) and ward departments.
The past sixteen years provided me with the opportunity to work with women diagnosed with severe endometriosis. This inspired me to look at how we can enable women to manage their disease and understand the impact it has on them and their family. My work involves input with patients support groups, facilitating, teaching and training for health care professionals and being part of various committees. I am a member of Endometriosis UK medical advisory panel which I see as an important link to the everyday work we do in offering verbal and written advice, information and support. I am a member of the NICE guideline committee and the James Lind Alliance (JLA) PSP steering group; demonstrating the need for guidance and a firm commitment to offer the best care available by researching the way forward. I am passionate about nursing and remain committed to sharing my skills, knowledge and expertise in order to achieve this goal. It will be a privilege to represent my colleagues by being a member of the BSGE committee and look forward to working with the RCN to move the role of the endo nurse forward.


Mr Justin Clark

Research & Audit

Birmingham Womens Hospital, Birmingham

Justin has been a Consultant in O&G at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital for the last 10 years and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham. His clinical and research interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding and pelvic pain. He has helped pioneer ambulatory gynaecological intervention and is an elected council member of the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy. He has published widely, holds several NIHR research grants and is a scientific editor on the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and co-edits the Recent Advances in Obstetrics & Gynaecology series.


Prof Peter O'Donovan

Co-opted for BSGE ACCEA Committee

Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford


Professor Andrew Horne

Co-opted for BSGE ASM 2018

MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh


Mr Ertan Saridogan

Co-opted as BSGE Meetings Convenor

University College London Hospitals, London


Donna Ghosh

Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Donna is a post CCT fellow at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital having completed the ATSM in advanced laparoscopy. She has gained considerable experience in laparoscopic surgery across a number of deaneries and during her out of programme training in Australia. In addition to benign laparoscopic surgery she also has a special interest in gynaecological ultrasound, previously being trainee representative on the British Society for Gynaecological Imaging.

Donna became a member of the BSGE in 2010 and has since benefitted from a range of training and development opportunities from the BSGE understanding exactly how the society can best support trainees with a similar passion for minimal access surgery.

Donna has continued to improve opportunities for trainees this year including, introducing the inaugural ‘Pecha Kucha’ session at the ASM and co-developing the Registrars in Gynaecological Surgery group. She has conducted a national laparoscopic training survey, which identified key deficiencies in training that has since helped direct the content for further BSGE laparoscopic training courses.

Donna is currently enjoying maternity leave with her baby Ralph.


James McLaren

Univeristy Hospital Lewisham

James graduated from Medicine in Sydney, Australia and immigrated to London in 2010. He is currently ST7 undertaking Benign Gynaecology and Advanced Labour Ward ATSMs at King’s College Hospital and has a particular interest in laparoscopic training.

James became a member of the BSGE in 2013 and is a strong advocate of the generous training opportunities the Society offers. With support of a BSGE Travel Bursary, he completed a comparative analysis of advanced endoscopic training programmes in Australia and the UK.

As BSGE Trainee Representative James has become an active member of the BSGE Laparoscopic Training Subcommittee. He hopes to utilise this platform to improve the standardisation of laparoscopic training across the UK and increase support and guidance to deliver training at Trust and Regional level.


Atia Khan

BSGE Secretariat

As specialist societies co-ordinator for the BSGE, Atia Khan is the first point of contact, and something of a Girl Friday, for BSGE members.


Lesley Hil

Membership Administration

Lesley Hill Lesley has been the Accounts and Database Administrator for almost a quarter of a century! Born in London and raised in Kidderminster, she was educated at Kidderminster High School for Girls. Her working life began in the Civil Service and, after the birth of her son, and five years in Germany working as an English Secretary, she returned to England and furthered her career to management. Lesley became Head of Examinations Services at Pitman Examination Institute in Godalming, Surrey dealing with schools and managers throughout the world. She became a full member of the Institute of Management. She managed 54 staff and played a major role in the development of the company’s computerisation. After 12 years, Pitman relocated to London and Lesley decided to start afresh in a stress free (!) job. She secured a position with Jeremy Wright to build up his private medical practice. From the day Jeremy handed her a set of index cards she has helped to develop the BSGE into the impressive Society it is today. Lesley suffered her second bout of cancer in 1997 and when her husband retired from St George’s Medical School in 1998, they decided to move to Cyprus where she continued her work for the BSGE.18 months ago they left Cyprus and now spend a lot of time in Spain. They have a place in Midhurst, West Sussex. Whether in Spain, England, on a cruise or a far off land, every day is a work day and she is always ready, computer to hand, to deal with members’ problems, needs and queries and to ensure she fully supports the Treasurer with his many duties. Lesley thoroughly enjoys all that she does for the BSGE and its’ members and will continue to do so as long as her services are required!


Dr Jane Gilbert

Dr Jane Gilbert qualified as a doctor from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School just as it was being eaten up by Imperial College. She has been working for the past eighteen years as a health journalist. She has been published widely and created content for Roche Pharmaceuticals, Diabetes Wales, Hamlyn books, Boots, ITV and Channel 4 and a number of NHS Trusts.

She is currently employed as the BSGE’s assistant editor as well as creating digital health information ‘prescriptions’ for the E-Health company Pocket Medic.

Members of a certain age may remember Jane’s toe-curling interview for medical school which featured on the BBC series “Doctors to Be’ –she definitely still enjoys a bit of Shakepeare!


Suruchi Pandey

Suruchi completed her under-graduate medical education from Banaras Hindu University in India where she graduated at the top of her medical school class. Her post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was in the Oxford Deanery. She is currently a Clinical Fellow in Minimally Invasive Gynaecology at the Centre for Endometriosis and Minimally invasive Gynaecology in Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals. Suruchi has a keen interest in teaching and has completed the Post-graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Oxford. She is also an Oxford University Medical Education Fellow. She is the initiator and the co-lead for the Ledingham Lecture series in Oxford which aims to inspire medical trainees to excellence through learning how inspirational leaders overcame challenges to achieve transformational changes within their own fields.


Dr Pille Pargmae

Dr Pille Pargmae is a ST6 in Ob/Gyn and Endometriosis Fellow in Oxford University Hospital. She entered the UK Ob/Gyn training after 4 years of run through training in Ob/ Gyn in Estonia, completing the equivalent MRCOG exam with honours. She was a chair of Estonian Ob/Gyn Trainee Society, executive in European Network of Trainees in Ob/Gyn (ENTOG), and part of Training and Assessment Working Group in European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG). She was recently selected for 2016 BSGE/Olympus Laparoscopic Training Programme. She is passionate about laparoscopic surgery, skiing, sailing and classical music.


Nadine Di Donato

Ashford and St. Peters Hospital

Dr. Nadine Di Donato, currently Clinical Fellow for Centre of endometriosis and Minimally Invasive Gynaecology (CEMIG), Ashford and St. Peters Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chertsey, United Kingdom.

She is dedicated medical graduate in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a special interest in gynecological minimally invasive surgery. She has en xcellent academic record with strong independent research skills resulting in peer-reviewed published work.

She completed her specialty training in Obs&Gyn (CCT) last year and gained good clinical, diagnostic and surgical skills in a third referral endometriosis centre, S. Orsola Malpighi Hospital Bologna, Italy.



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