RIGS Regional Representatives

RIGS Regional Representatives

Introducing your Regional Representatives

Rawia Ahmed

Rawia Ahmed

Ireland RIGS Regional Representative

rawiamoniem@hotmail.com

My name is Rawia Ahmed and I am currently a fellow in minimal invasive gynaecology surgery in and I am completing my final year in the CESER pathway

The main focus of this fellowship is in benign gynaecology laparoscopy and operative hysteroscopy. Minimal access surgery has revolutionised patient care and is becoming an essential component of gynaecological training.

Throughout the course of my career I have always been heavily involved in teaching and now in my new role as BGSE representative in Ireland I endeavour to help all fellow minimal access surgical trainees in Ireland and improve their participation within the BGSE

Kate Danby

Kate Danby

North East RIGS Regional Representative

kate.danby@nhs.net

I am an ST5 and very pleased to have been given this opportunity to be RIGS regional representative for the North East of England.

I am a local trainee representative and over the past couple of years I witnessed the profound impact the pandemic was having on surgical training.

As a result, I found alternative resources and training opportunities within my region, including virtual robotic training and the use of the laparoscopic trainers.

I am currently part of a trainee led team that is delivering a surgical simulation training programme at the James Cook Hospital. This programme was designed to try and address the deficit in training and lack of confidence felt by many trainees when operating.

I am really looking forward to my new role and aim to raise awareness amongst trainees as to the training opportunities offered by the BSGE.  Please contact me if you have any queries.

Priyanka Deshmukh

Priyanka Deshmukh

East of England RIGS Regional Representative

deshpriyanka16220@gmail.com

I am currently an ST3 trainee in the East of England. I have been training in the East of England for the last two and half years, two years as a clinical fellow at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and then as an ST3 at James Paget Hospital. I have worked in a big tertiary care unit and also in a district general hospital and am aware of the training needs in these places. Prior to commencing work in the UK, I have completed my training in OBGY from Mumbai, India.

I am passionate about laparoscopy and have been attending various courses since my training days. I have also done a cadaveric course and wish to pursue advanced laparoscopy in the future. Having worked in the East of England extensively, has helped me form a dense network and a good group of friends. I wish to use this experience of mine for the RIGS programme if given the opportunity. I assure that I will make the best use of my resources to help make the programme more visible, approachable and improve engagement from the trainees and the trainers.

Hannah Draper

Hannah Draper

Yorkshire and Humber RIGS Regional Representative

hannahdraper@nhs.net

I will be returning to training as an ST5 in December, having been undertaking a Clinical Research Fellowship with the Castle Hill Endometriosis Centre. I hope to undertake the advanced laparoscopy ATSM.  I have been a member of the BSGE for several years and have greatly benefited from the excellent opportunities that the BSGE offers to trainees. I was fortunate to receive a Clinical Research Grant during my OOP-R to investigate urine biomarkers for endometriosis.

The RIGS Hub national training program is a fantastic initiative, and I am eager to work collaboratively with other representatives to address these challenges, advocate for improvements in training, and facilitate communication between trainees and the RIGS Hub.  I enjoy teaching and training which has led to be being awarded associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jayasish Ghosh

Jayasish Ghosh

West Midlands RIGS Regional Representative

jayghosh@doctors.org.uk

Jay Ghosh is an ST6 O&G trainee at Birmingham Women’s Hospital undertaking the Advanced Laparoscopy and Endometriosis ATSM. He graduated in 2012 from Imperial College London with a BSc in Healthcare management. He moved back to the Midlands for Foundation Programme commencing ST1 in O&G in 2014 at Bham Women’s. After ST3 he undertook a PhD at the University of Birmingham into Risk Factors and Management of Miscarriage funded by Tommy’s the charity at the National Centre for miscarriage research. After rotations at the Bham Women’s, City Hospital Birmingham, Worcester Royal Hospital and Walsall Manor Hospital he commenced his advanced training in 2023. Jay is also very keen on medical leadership and management having been on the RCOG National Trainees’ Committee, Chair of the West Midlands O&G Trainee’s committee and first West Midlands O&G Education rep. He was also the Deputy Chair of the Bham National Trainees’ Conference 2018 and on the RCOG World Congress 2022 organising committee. Jay is passionate about minimal access gynaecological surgery and training.

Ahmed Hefnawy

Ahmed Hefnawy

East Midlands RIGS Regional Representative

ahmedhefnawy2015@gmail.com

I am currently working as an ST3 at Nottingham University Hospitals, within the East Midlands North deanery. I am passionate about minimal invasive gynaecologic surgery and gynaecologic cancer. I have completed a gynaecologic oncology clinical research fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and several short-term fellowships at the Christie Cancer Center, the United Kingdom, Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa, Polyclinico Gemelli, Italy and King Hussein Cancer Center, Kingdom of Jordan. I am a Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) Young leaders program alumni and the AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Institute (ACLI) alumni.

Minimal Invasive Surgery is an essential component of gynaecological surgical training. Many factors in recent years have impacted minimal invasive gynaecological surgical training, including COVID-19. Improving surgical training will improve patient safety and efficiency and ensure a brilliant future generation of skilled gynaecology consultants.

Khushboo Kandhari

Khushboo Kandhari

Wales RIGS Regional Representative

dr.khushbookandhari@gmail.com

I am currently working as ST4 in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Wales Deanery.  I am passionate about laparoscopic surgery and aspire to be a consultant practising advanced laparoscopic surgery in future.  Besides laparoscopic surgery, with a keen interest in medical education, I have pursued and completed PG Diploma in medical education.

Having experience of working both in North and South Wales regions, I truly believe I can represent, inculcate team spirit and bring enthusiasm among my fellow Welsh trainees, and positively support them in their journey for learning minimal access gynaecologic surgery.   I will make sure positive feedback is highlighted and the concerns are heard and addressed effectively, to nurture a healthy learning environment.

Besides learning laparoscopy surgery, I also look forward to using this opportunity to form new friends, share with and learn from others, and network with the other BSGE representatives. This will certainly help me to enhance my personality and gravitate towards the goal of training in advanced laparoscopy. I am confident that this position will facilitate me to add essence to training in Wales Deanery and be instrumental in my journey to becoming a fully trained laparoscopic surgeon.

Juneida Khodabocus

Juneida Khodabocus

Wessex RIGS Regional Representative

june_khoda@hotmail.com

I am currently an ST5 trainee in Basingstoke Hospital in the Wessex deanery. My interests are fibroid and endometriosis surgery, including both laparoscopic and open. I am aiming to do the benign gynaecology ATSM. A BSGE member since ST1, I am well-versed with the society’s ethos. I have just completed the National RIGS Laparoscopy Training programme, which was a real boost to training during the covid pandemic.

Laparoscopic surgery is undeniably becoming the gold standard and a good foundation is key. Rotating through the units and speaking to my colleagues highlighted the varied training opportunities across Wessex. There is a real need to promote minimal-access training from ST1 level itself. As RIGS Regional Representative, I look forward to facilitate communication between the BSGE and the trainees aiming to help improve the system.

Fiona Reidy

Fiona Reidy

Ireland RIGS Regional Representative

fireidy@yahoo.com

I am currently a Fellow in Complex Benign Gynaecology at Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin. I have completed the Higher Specialist Training scheme in Ireland, working in several units around the country. During my training I also completed a Clinical Research Fellowship in Merrion Fertility Clinic at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin.

My special interests are endometriosis and infertility. As RIGS regional rep for Ireland I hope to support trainees in Ireland and help provide more opportunities for training and learning in minimal access surgery.

Hassan Zeinah

Hassan Zeinah

South West RIGS Regional Representative

hassanzeinah@gmail.com

I am currently an ST5 in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. I have been committed to pursuing a career in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery at the time of my application for specialty training.

I have always been proactive in improving access to training opportunities. In my ST4 year in Exeter, I have founded a regional gynaecology simulation network for gynaecology endoscopy training in Peninsula deanery (PAGES – Peninsula Association of Gynaecology Endoscopy Simulation) and submitted our work to be presented for the RCOG world congress in June 2023. Through PAGES network, intermediate and advanced laparoscopy courses were arranged regionally for trainees throughout 2023. Additionally, my role involved coordinating with trainees in other units in the deanery to arrange local teaching and training sessions.

I am truly passionate about optimising training in gynecological surgery and establishing the existing link between trainees in the South West and BSGE.