Introducing your Regional Reps
East of Scotland – Lauren McRoberts
I am an ST4 in the East of Scotland with a keen interest in all aspects of minimal access surgery and treatment of benign disease.
As a trainee representative for my deanery, I have a clear awareness of the challenges of training and access to surgical opportunities especially during the Covid pandemic. My hope is to help develop laparoscopic simulation training and provide better access to training opportunities for colleagues in my region.
West of Scotland – Laura Beatty
I am an ST7 within the West of Scotland. My main areas of interest are in advanced laparoscopy and endometriosis.
The emergence of the pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on gynaecology training. With ever increasing pressures from the RCOG for a focus on obstetric training and service provision, to the detriment of gynaecology, more than ever RIGS have a crucial role in supporting their trainees.
As regional representative for Scotland I aim to strengthen networks and communications between regions, share ideas and objectives, action these and optimise gynaecology training nationally.
Ireland – Fiona Reidy
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.
Ireland – Rawia Ahmed
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
Northern Ireland – Shaun McGowan
I am the current BSGE regional trainee representative for Northern Ireland. I am an ST7 trainee having done the majority of my training within Northern Ireland. I am currently out of programme as the Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Advanced Minimal Access Surgery under Mr. Andrew Kent at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. I have a keen interest in minimally invasive surgery and endometriosis. As a trainee representative I am passionate about teaching and training, specifically tackling issues impacting on gynaecological surgical training. I believe training in minimal access surgery is essential for the future treatment and management of gynaecological patients. The BSGE is foremost in the UK in improving standards, improving training and providing guidance in this area. As a representative I aim to promote the societies activities particularly those focused on our trainee members to a higher degree nationwide and within my region. I also aim to increase the presence and activities of trainees and consultants from my region within the society.
North East – Kate Danby
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.
Yorkshire and Humber – Cal Wilson
I am an ST5 currently based at The York Hospital. I have a special interest in minimal access surgery, particularly that for severe endometriosis, and I intend to commence the Advanced Laparoscopy ATSM in September. I also have a deep interest in medical education and surgical simulation, and I am currently working with my local medical education department to provide surgical simulation training to both local and regional trainees. I am also involved in curriculum support for Hull York Medical School. Within this role I hope to promote minimal access training and hopefully help to alleviate some of the disparity in surgical training within the speciality.
Mersey and Northwest – Jessica Clements
I am currently an ST4 based in Mersey Deanery and have always had a keen interest in laparoscopic surgery. I am passionate about making sure laparoscopic training is accessible to all no matter what unit they are based in.
As RIGS representative I am hoping to make all trainee in North West and Mersey aware of the training opportunities available to them and ensure that trainees wishing to pursue a career in laparoscopic surgery can use their time in training to feel confident in their skills and make themselves employable for their ideal job.
East Midlands – Emmanouil Katsanevakis
I am currently an ST5 based in East Midlands deanery, with a keen interest in minimal access surgery. I will be commencing the gynae oncology and hysteroscopy ATSMs in August and I am always looking for ways to improve my surgical skills by attending simulation and cadaveric courses. BSGE has played an integral role in the development of my surgical skills.
I am passionate about teaching and I would be very honoured to represent and support my colleagues within my deanery. I will make every effort to improve training in minimal access surgery across the units of my region. This is very important as part of the recovery plan following the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects in our training.
Finally, I am enthusiastic about promoting basic training in the use of robotics in gynaecology via simulation sessions and courses, which is something that is not widely available in my deanery.
West Midlands – Sabrina Butt
I’m happy to take up the role as BSGE regional trainee representative for West Midlands. I’ll be ST6 in August and starting the Advanced Laparoscopy for Excision for Benign Disease ATSM at Worcester. I’m very keen to improve gynaecology surgical training in the region by improving access to laparoscopic simulation so we can make the most of our operating opportunities. As a member of the new deanery simulation faculty, I am championing the development and implementation of a regional laparoscopic simulation training programme.
I’ve been an active member of BSGE since 2018, benefitting from training opportunities including funding for a travel fellowship to a larger UK endometriosis centre with robotics and attending the recent excellent virtual ASM. The BSGE RIGS HUB National Training Programme is a great addition. As representative I hope to promote these opportunities to my colleagues and help develop and deliver new ones to support our training.
Wales – Monica Tryczynska
I am currently an ST4 and a clinical teaching fellow at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff with a keen interest in minimal access surgery and hysteroscopic procedures. I am passionate about the management of fibroids and other pelvic masses and how these can present difficulties with regards to minimal access surgery.
I feel honoured to represent my colleagues and gynaecology trainees within the Wales Deanery. I am particularly enthusiastic about encouraging the fantastic opportunities within the Wales Deanery and keen to tackle the ongoing geographical challenges that are present to us.
I am privileged to be able to unite my commitment to education and minimal access surgery by enhancing simulation training, which is more pertinent than ever given the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on surgical training opportunities. I will continue to strive to improve the delivery of minimal access training across the region.
Thames Valley – Ahmad El-Zibdeh
I am currently an ST6 at John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford University Hospitals
My main domains of interest are Minimal Access Surgery and Reproductive Medicine
I have completed a Clinical Research Fellowship post with University of Oxford and Oxford Fertility Unit.
While pursuing my ATSMs in Advanced Laparoscopic surgery and Advanced labour ward practice I am also the Endoscopic Simulation Trainee Representative for Thames Valley, I have organized simulation days workshops and hands on endoscopic training sessions.
I am passionate about training and education and I am looking forward to supporting my colleagues achieve a good standard of endoscopic surgery training through the BSGE.
East of England – Babu Karavadra
I am an ST3 trainee in the East of England. Recently, I returned to training after taking three years out of programme as a Clinical Research Fellow in Norwich to complete a PhD in endometriosis. As the regional academic representative for the East of England and the regional UK-ARCOG representative, I am keen to expand my education and leadership role nationally. I am a dedicated and enthusiastic trainee who will work collaboratively with others to ensure that trainees are represented equally and fairly.
London – Sarah Wali
I am currently a ST5 trainee in Northwest London. My main interests are endometriosis and fibroids and I hope to achieve an endometriosis fellowship and register for the ATSM in advanced laparoscopic surgery for the excision of benign disease.
I have been attending the BSGE conference throughout my training years presenting oral, video and poster presentations on topics of interest to an engaged and friendly audience. I find the environment of the conference energetic and the interaction with colleagues with similar interests highly enjoyable.
I am a practical and hands on person and strive to promote the excellent training opportunities that BSGE has to offer to colleagues in my deanery.
London – Sophie Strong
I am an St5 trainee in the North Central & East London Deanery. I am passionate about minimally invasive gynaecological surgery and wish to become a specialist in managing endometriosis and fibroids. My ethos of ensuring women with chronic pelvic pain are listened to, having a holistic approach and developing excellent surgical skills to operate safely on these complex patients is essential to me.
As a RIGS regional representative, I aim to bridge the gap between London trainees and the BSGE. Please get in touch if you would like information about accessing local simulation training / box-trainers, which allow for development of necessary psychomotor skills ahead of precious operating theatre opportunities.
I am friendly, approachable and here to help if you are experiencing issues or want more information about BSGE training opportunities. RIGS is an excellent platform to speak with other like-minded trainees interested in Gynaecological Endoscopy across the UK.
Wessex – Juneida Khodabocus
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.
South West – Parveen Kuma Verasingam
I am completing my advanced laparoscopy training in Cornwall. My interest lies in all aspects of laparoscopic gynaecological procedures and simulation training . I am also completing my MD postgraduate research in application of Virtual Reality technology in Laparoscopy surgery. I hope to be able to spread the ethos of BSGE in the South West region.
Kent, Surrey, Sussex – Benedetto Mondelli
I am an ST5 trainee, currently undertaking a clinical research fellowship in endometriosis and minimally invasive surgery. I will be starting the ATSM in advanced laparoscopy (benign disease) in October.
I am passionate about minimal access surgery, in particular chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis.
I have been a BSGE member since 2018 and as RIGS regional rep, I look forward to supporting my colleagues who are interested in minimal access surgery.
I will also aim to increase the involvement of the trainees in the society.
Kent, Surrey, Sussex – Oscar Barnick
I am currently an ST4 trainee in the KSS deanery, and have always had a special interest in laparoscopic treatment of disease. As a RIGS representative I hope to build upon the excellent foundations laid by my predecessors and improve access to high quality laparoscopic training.
I also have experience working with state of the art virtual simulators and I’m really keen to bring things into gynaecology training in KSS. I am friendly, approachable and here to help if you are experiencing issues or want more information about BSGE training opportunities!