Dr Karen Ellison

Dr Ellison qualified from Leeds Medical school in 1987 and spent over 20 years in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She left clinical practice in 2010 to join MPS as a medicolegal adviser having been interested in HealthCare law and ethics from an early stage in her career. She attained her Masters in Law in 2011 and now deals with a whole range of cases throughout a doctors career such as GMC referrals, complaints, inquests, RCA reports, SEA reports, and Trust disciplinary procedures. She still has an active role in the RCOG being stakeholder engagement lead for them. She has recently been in the House of Lords lobbying for changes to Civil litigation in order to save costs on both sides.

Mr Bruce Tulloh

Bruce completed his surgical specialty training in Melbourne, Australia, and then worked for ten years as a general surgeon in the rural Australian community of Echuca-Moama before relocating to Edinburgh in 2002 where he developed his special interests in general abdominal laparoscopic surgery, bariatrics and hernia surgery. He has published widely on a wide variety of general surgery topics.  Bruce and colleagues from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh hosted the successful European Hernia Society meeting in Edinburgh in May 2014.

Mr Neil Smart

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation NHS Trust & Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Exeter Medical School. Neil completed the combined MBBS / PhD course at the University of Newcastle in 2001, winning the Philipson Scholarship for the highest mark in the final examination. He undertook Basic Surgical Training in the North East of England where he developed a passion for Colorectal Surgery.

Neil moved to the South West of England in 2006 to undertake Higher Surgical Training, passing the Intercollegiate FRCS examination in 2011. He completed his surgical training with an ACPGBI / ALSGBI laparoscopic colorectal fellowship at Colchester General Hospital in 2012. During Specialist Registrar training Neil developed research interests in laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery, enhanced recovery programmes and hernia surgery. He continues to have an academic interest in both clinical and translational science research, publishing and presenting at national and international meetings on a range of colorectal topics. Neil is an Associate Editor of the journal “Colorectal Disease”.

Professor Chinnusamy Palanivelu

Professor Palanivelu introduced laparoscopic surgery to the South of India and has contributed significantly to the development of minimally invasive surgery as a speciality. Many national and international awards have been bestowed upon him and in addition to his surgical achievements, he contributes to charitable works through the GEM foundation.

Professor Steven R DeMeester

Steven R. DeMeester, M.D., is currently Professor of Surgery and Clinical Scholar at the University of Southern California.  He earned his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and subsequently completed both a general surgery residency and critical care fellowship at the University of Michigan. He then went on to complete cardiothoracic surgery training, with special emphasis on general thoracic surgery, at Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis. To gain further expertise with complex foregut problems, and to refine his skills in minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures, he undertook a one-year esophageal surgery fellowship at USC. He joined the USC faculty in 1997.

Dr. DeMeester focuses on benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, stomach, mediastinum and lungs. His research focuses on esophageal disorders including motility abnormalities, gastroesophageal reflux, Barrett’s esophageal and esophageal cancer.  He is also interested in the role of reflux in lung disease. Along these lines an area of his investigation is in how best to utilize the diaphragm in the surgical correction of hiatal hernia and re-establishment of a competent lower esophageal reflux barrier.   His work has led to over 130 peer reviewed publications, numerous book chapters and invited lectures throughout the world.