Mr Mark Taylor is the AUGIS HPB Lead & GBIHPBA President
GBIHPBA President Report
I am delighted to introduce this newsletter to all GBIHPBA members. Our last conference was in February 2018 (Lemington Spa) in which we enjoyed the company of over thirty surgical colleagues from China as well as a fantastic programme. One would assume that all have been quiet since then. However, we have also been actively involved in the Roux Weekend 9-10th March 2019). Under the leadership of Ms Siobhan McKay and a committee of like- minded trainees, the Roux group ran this Inaugural Annual Trainee Weekend in Chesford Grange, Kenilworth. I was delighted to attend and speak at this event on behalf of GBIHPBA and the buzz in the room was superb. Following this Prof Giles Toogood and I had the pleasure of chairing sessions at a Robotic HPB event run in Coventry (11th March 2019) by Mr Jawad Ahmed. The range of ‘key’ minimally invasive and robotic surgical speakers was impressive and I was delighted to discuss with Prof Mo Abu-Hilal, the coming together of GBIHPBA and MI-LAPS. Personally, I have always believed that we are better together as one society as all HPB surgeons possess a set of skills including open and minimally invasive procedures. It is my intention, as president, to develop such opportunities over the coming year.
We have an excellent GBIHPBA committee with Mr Ian Pope as secretary, Mr Andy Smith as Education/ Governance lead, Ms Fenella Welch as Membership lead and Mr Krish Menon as Transplant lead. We will soon be advertising for Robotic/Minimally Invasive lead to engage with MILAPs. I am extremely grateful to Andy for taking this newsletter forward which will not only highlight upcoming events but also address Fellowship schemes in the UK as well as ‘Best Evidence’ in the Literature.
In terms of looking forward, I would like to comment on three upcoming meetings. Firstly, GBIHPBA is very happy to support a Symposium on Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Malignancy in the Elderly (9-10th December 2019) in Manchester organised by Mr Nicola de’Liguori Carino. The programme is excellent and the discussion around major resectional surgery with an increasingly ‘aged’ population will be of benefit to us all.
On the 10th January 2020, we will be holding a ‘one day’ symposium on minimally invasive/robotic HPB surgery at King’s in London. Krish Menon has been leading on this and I am delighted to share the programme in this newsletter.
I am delighted to announce that GBIHPBA will be one of five UK societies taking part in the Upper GI Congress 2020 (14th – 16th October 2020, Belfast). We will join BOMSS, the Pancreatic Society of GB and I (PSGBI), Endoscopic Users Society (EUS UK) and AUGIS in this major event. We will be joined by five surgical societies from China with 100 surgeons from Shanghai, 100 from Beijing and 50 from Guangzhou. Significant discussions with all of the societies have taken place and the programme will cater for all IHPs, CNSs, trainees, gastroenterologists, scientists and surgeons, allowing a fantastic opportunity to come together. In June, Prof Ashley Dennison, Mr Wen Chung (AUGIS China) Mr Eyad Issa and I visited Shanghai to confirm details with Prof Jia Fan, Prof Jian Zhou and the various surgical societies. We have received an excellent response from our industry partners in relation to this conference, which will replace all the individual societies’ normal conferences. A big thanks to all for sharing the vision and opportunity this venture allows.
I would like to congratulate Mr Rob Jones, from Liverpool, on being appointed the Liver SSL in association with AUGIS, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal College of Surgeons. I look forward to meeting up with as many members of GBIHPBA over the coming year.
Finally can I take this opportunity to thank my colleagues on committee as well as Sarvjit and Nichola from the AUGIS office who provide all administrative support for GBIHPBA.
M A Taylor