Barry Salky, MD

Barry SalkyBarry Salky, MD is chief of the division of laparoscopic surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  He holds the chair of the Franz W. Sichel Professorship of Surgery.  He began the division in 1992 at Mount Sinai, and he has been instrumental in the development of advanced gastrointestinal minimally invasive surgical techniques including intra-corporeal anastomosis.   His primary focus of clinical interest is the intestinal tract with a special interest in laparoscopic surgery for inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and book chapters most of which involve laparoscopic surgery, and he has been instrumental in the training of more than 40 post-doctoral fellows in advanced laparoscopic techniques.

He is the program chair for the 2010 World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery, and past vice-president of SAGES.  


Simon Paterson-Brown, MBBS, MPhil, MS, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Eng), MCS(HK)

Simon Paterson-BrownSimon Paterson-Brown qualified from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1982 before training in surgery around London, the Home Counties, Hong Kong and Edinburgh.

He has been Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since 1994. His main clinical interests are benign and malignant oeosphago-gastric surgery. He has published widely both in textbooks and journals on emergency surgery, laparoscopic surgery, upper gastro-intestinal surgery, surgical training and assessment. His other interests include patient safety initiatives in surgery.

He has just finished a 5 year term as Clinical Director for Surgery in Lothian University Hospitals and is the President of the Association of Upper Gastro-intestinal Surgeons of GB and Ireland (AUGIS).


Abhijeet Mukherjee

Abhijeet MukherjeeAbhijeet Mukherjee is a barrister of 12 years call who specialises in medical law.

His work covers the full range of clinical negligence cases and he advises both Claimants and Defendants. His recent cases have involved advising a Trust in relation to allegations of excessive chemotherapy administered to a breast cancer patient who developed permanent peripheral neuropathy.

Last year, he represented the family of an elderly lady who died as a consequence of the delay in diagnosing peritonitis with a consequent failure to operate promptly.    

Abhijeet also deals with inquests. He regularly appears before coroners across the country in relation to medically related deaths. One inquest resulted in establishing that the NHS practice of procurement caused a fatal delay in the provision of a closed stent which never reached a patient before his death from haemoptysis whilst awaiting it in the high dependency unit.   

He has recently appeared in the High Court representing a Trust who is being sued for extensive damages from alleged psychiatric injury following the stillbirth of her daughter.

Abhijeet has extensive experience in the cross-examination of medical experts in Court.

Abhijeet has also recently begun to represent doctors before the General Medical Council on  fitness to practise issues.


Eleanor Davison

Eleanor DavisonEleanor Davison is a barrister of 6 years call who specialises in regulatory law and criminal law.

Her practice covers the full range of medical disciplinary tribunals including being involved in cases before the General Medical Council and on appeal to the High Court. She has represented medical professionals before the Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal, the Care Standards Tribunal and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She has represented medical professionals before the criminal courts on a range of matters including allegations of sexual assault and fraud. She has recently begun advising Trusts on investigations into criminal allegations against medical practitioners.

In her civil practice Eleanor advises on clinical negligence and personal injury claims. She has extensive skills in the cross examination of experts in Court.


Michael Li

Michael LiMichael Li is Chief of Service in Surgery at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong.  He received his medical education at St Bartholomew’s Hospital University of London and his surgical training in Westminster Hospital and Royal Free Hospital.  In 1985 he was appointed as Lecturer in Surgery at Chinese University of Hong Kong working in Prince of Wales Hospital with the responsibility of developing the hepatobiliary and colorectal surgery of the department.

In 1988, he was appointed as Head of Department and Consultant Surgeon at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital.  He was involved with the early development of laparoscopic surgery in Hong Kong in the early 1990’s and continued to develop a Department of Surgery with a special interest in the advancement of laparoscopic surgery. He subsequently became the founding President of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgery in Hong Kong

In 1993, he was appointed to his current position and also Director of the Minimal Access Surgery Training Centre in 1995 at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.  The Centre has since trained hundreds of surgeons and nurses both locally and abroad over the years through its regular courses and through the use of telemedicine.

He is the immediate past President of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA).  He also holds Honorary Appointments at various institutes like the Honorary Associate Professor in Surgery in the Chinese University of Hong Kong & the University of Hong Kong, Honorary Consultant in Surgery of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust and the Royal Free Hospital of London, Honorary Consultant in Laparoscopic Surgery to Macau Government Health Services at Centro Hospitalar Conde Sao Januario, Honorary Consultant in Laparoscopic Surgery to Guangzhou Medical College First Affiliated Hospital, Visiting Professor of Laparoscopic Surgery at the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences in Guangzhou and Honorary Consultant of Shenzhen Hospital of Beijing University. 

He is appointed as the Hunterian Professor by the College of Surgeon of England in 2009. He is also current Council Member of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, and of the Hong Kong Society of Digestive Endoscopy, the Society of Minimal Access Surgery, the Hong Kong Society for Coloproctology and Hong Kong Association of Day Surgery.  He is also a Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery (SAGES) and member of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

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