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Susannah Hill

Patient representative Susannah required abdominal wall reconstruction surgery after suffering major complications from prior surgery. She describes how the abdominal reconstruction not only brought physical benefits, but having her tummy look beautiful again, has helped reduce her post-traumatic stress triggers. She hopes that with continued surgical advances that this surgery will become an option for …

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Jackie Bullock

Patient representative Jackie’s interest in hernia stems from her own hernia journey. Following surgery in 2015 she was left with multiple incisional hernia which were repaired using mesh. Jackie is fully able to understand why patients associate post-operative pain with mesh as she did this herself for several years, however through discussions on social media …

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Aali Sheen

Past President Aali Sheen was appointed Consultant Surgeon in 2005 at Manchester Royal Infirmary and specialises in both Hepatopancreatobiliary & hernia surgery. Aali qualified from was born and raised in London and went to Medial School in Dundee qualifying in 1993. He trained to be a Surgeon in London, Manchester and Leeds with a short …

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Nasra Alam

Surgical trainee representative

Nasra Alam is a specialist registrar in General and Colorectal Surgery, rotating through hospitals in the North West of England.

She has a keen interest in hernia surgery, in particular abdominal wall reconstruction and has presented at multiple hernia conferences and courses in relation to these areas.

Dermot Hehir

Ordinary member – Ireland Representative Dermot received his undergraduate education at NUI Galway. Postgraduate training was in Ireland and UK with a fellowship in Boston MA. he is Adj Clin Professor of Surgery at Limerick University Medical School and Surgical Tutor  at Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore.His surgical interests include laparoscopy, promoting excellence in hernia surgery, …

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Dimitrios Damaskos

Congress Secretary & Scotland representative Born and raised in Greece. Post graduate training at the General Hospital of Nikaia-Piraeus, Greece. Training in General and Emergency Surgery, rotation in ICU – Thoracic Surgery – Neurosurgery from 2007 to 2013. Emergency Medicine Consultant, Centre Hospitalier de Jolimont, La Louviere, Belgium, 2014-2015. Post CCT Fellow in Emergency General …

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Harsha Jayamanna

Website, Membership, Communications & Wales representative Mr Jayamanna qualified from University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and after basic training there, he moved to the UK and continued higher surgical training In South Wales. He currently works as a Specialist Surgeon in Emergency & General Surgery in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Newport. He has …

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Oroog Ali

Education Secretary Miss Oroog Ali is a specialist registrar in general and colorectal surgery based in the North East of England. She has a keen interest in education and training conducting national surgical courses, conferences and training days. She is a surgical mentor to students and trainees and has obtained the NHS Leadership Academy Award …

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Toby Hammond

AWR & Scientific Secretary Toby Hammond is a Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon at the Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. He performs open & laparoscopic surgery for groin and abdominal wall hernias, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticular disease. He has a subspecialty interest in abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR) for complex and recurrent abdominal …

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Liam Horgan

Database and registries lead Liam Horgan is a laparoscopic upper gastro-intestinal surgeon working in Northumbria Healthcare Trust with a special interest in day case hernia and gallbladder surgery. Liam qualified from University College, Cork in 1985. He moved to NE Thames for his higher surgical training and was a research fellow at the Royal Free …

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