The ALSGBI Academy Minimal Access Surgery and Robotic Training Group

Team Leads: Anuradha Thrikandiyur – ST3 North East, Vimal Mahendran – ST3 Scotland and Matthew Boal – ST6 Severn

Our focus is to facilitate high quality minimal access surgical (MAS) training for our members and beyond, within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Our vision and objectives over the next 5 years:

  • Identify MAS training needs of surgical care providers in order to facilitate standardised and equitable training.
  • To collaborate with surgical societies in the development and evaluation of standardised MAS training pathways including accreditation at core and higher-level surgical care providers.
  • Develop and evaluate objective assessment tools that can be incorporated into MAS training curricula.
  • To evaluate novel MAS devices and technologies.
  • To collaborate with national and international surgical societies to achieve the above goals.

Current projects and publications within the minimal access surgery academy group:

Accepted in-Print and oral presentation at EAES 2023

  • Evaluation status of current and emerging minimally invasive robotic surgical platforms. Boal, C. Giovene Di Girasole, F.Tesfai, T.E.M. Morrison, S.Higgs, J. Ahmad, A. Arezzo, N. Francis.

Posters of Distinction at ALSGBI ASM 2023

  • An updated review of access to laparoscopic and robotic training opportunities for Surgical Trainees in the United Kingdom M Boal, S Sangarapillai, A Thrikandiyur, V Mahendran, A Wilkins, A Jaffer, N Abdul-Kader, HI Choudhry, J Tan, R Patel, ALSGBI Academy Research Group, TEM Morrison

Associated work:


  • Boal MWE, Anastasiou D, Tesfai F, Ghamrawi W, Mazomenos E, Curtis N, Collins JW, Sridhar A, Kelly J, Stoyanov D, Francis NK. Evaluation of objective tools and artificial intelligence in robotic surgery technical skills assessment: a systematic review. Br J Surg. 2023 Nov 10:znad331. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znad331. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37951600.

Oral Presentation at ALSGBI ASM 2023

  • ALSGBI Robotic Driving Licence- Development and Evaluation of a Pre-Clinical Core Robotic Skills Curriculum. M.Boal, A.Afzal, J.Gorard, A.Shah, S.Diop, F.Tesfai, W.Ghamrawi, M.Tutton, J.Ahmad, C.Selvesekar, J.Khan, N.Francis

Collaborative projects

Co-organising 2024 Association of Surgeons in Training (AsiT) led Robotic trainees conference.

Mr Matt Boal

ALSGBI Academy Robotic Lead

Surgical Research Fellow at The Griffin Institute

General Surgery Registrar, Severn Deanery