Kamal Mahawar is a Consultant General/ Bariatric Surgeon & NatSSIP Lead at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, and Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland. Mr. Mahawar is a member of the BOMSS council and chairs its patient safety committee. He also sits on the scientific committee of IFSO and the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR) committee. He was one of the editors of the second and the third NBSR reports.
Kamal has authored over 175 peer-reviewed publications, multiple book chapters in prestigious titles, and two books widely appreciated in media ("The Ethical Doctor" published by Harper Collins and "Fight with Fat") He is the Co-Editor of “Journal of Bariatric Surgery” published by Wolters Kluwer and Associate Editor of “Obesity Surgery”, “Annals of Royal College of Surgeons England”, and “Clinical Obesity”. In addition, Kamal is on the editorial board of SOARD and other journals. The journal “Obesity Surgery” published his biography in 2018.
Kamal sits on the council of the ASGBI (and is its Associate Director for conferences). He is the Northern England representative on the council of the British Benign Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society (BBUGSS) and is the chief co-ordinator of The Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (TUGS).
Michael Courtney is a Consultant General/Bariatric Surgeon based at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2009 and then completed his surgical training in the North East and Cumbria, including spending two years with the bariatric team at the Sunderland Royal Hospital. In addition to his position on the BOMSS Patient Safety Committee, Michael is also Lead for Emergency General Surgery at South Tyneside and Sunderland Trust and is a member of LocSSIP Implementation Group.
Dr Yitka Graham is the BOMSS National Research Lead. Yitka is Head of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute and Associate Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sunderland. As part of her academic role, she holds a research role in the Bariatric Surgical Unit at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Graham's research interests are patient experiences of bariatric surgery, the psychosocial impact of bariatric surgery, challenging the stigma of obesity and the roles of the multidisciplinary team and workforce issues in bariatric surgical care.
BOMSS Patient Safety Committee member
Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon
St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
Will graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1999. After his higher surgical training in the West Midlands he completed fellowships in Bariatic surgery in Taunton and Sydney, Australia. He has been a consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester since 2013.
Will has a career interest in surgical education and was heavily involved with the work of the Association of Surgeons in Training and the surgical colleges throughout his surgical training. Having worked in a number of educational positions as a consultant, he is now the Training Programme Director for General Surgery in HEKSS. He is also the Educational Supervisor for the highly successful, post-CCT fellowship in Bariatric Surgery in Chichester.
He is a strong advocate for Bariatric patients and is delighted to be part of BOMSS Patient Safety Committee, championing their cause and helping to drive improvements in patient care within the specialty.
Mr. Omar graduated and obtained the master of science in surgery from Alexandria school of medicine in Egypt. Subsequently, he obtained the membership of the royal college of surgeons and the fellowship of the European board of surgery in 2017. His work in four different healthcare systems has enabled him to look at healthcare issues at systems level and examine unique solutions.
He takes a special interest in clinical research with a patient safety focus. He has published many scientific papers including a randomised controlled trial as a first author. He is comfortable working in large multinational teams of researchers. He was a key member of the LocSSIP implementation group for South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust during his stay there. He is a member of the ASGBI research committee, BOMSS patient safety committee, and TUGS multinational audits steering group.
Chetan Parmar did his graduation and post-graduation from Maharaj Sayajirao University in India. He obtained DNB, postgraduate (PG) diploma in hospital management (PGDHHM) and PG diploma in medicolegal law (PGDMLS). After moving to the United Kingdom, he undertook training in the Northwest and Northeast of England before being appointed as a Consultant General, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeon at Whittington Health NHS Trust, London. He is Head of the Department of Surgery. His passion for academics and innovation led him to be appointed as the covid research lead of the hospital during the pandemic and is the investigator for multiple National Institute for Health Research-funded trials. He is extremely fond of teaching junior doctors and medical students and was appointed Honorary Associate Professor by the reputed University College of London Medical School.
He has performed thousands of operations including bariatric surgeries and endoscopies. He is actively involved with collaborative, high quality, patient centred research. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed publications in reputed journals. He has also authored a number of book chapters of a reputed publishing house. He is Associate Editor of the popular reference textbook for bariatric surgery ‘Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery: A comprehensive guide, 2nd edition published by springer in 2022. He is an editor and reviewer of numerous esteemed journals. He is regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings globally. He is grateful and humbled to be conferred honorary professor title for his contributions. He is an active member of several societies including the IFSO, IBC and MGB-OAGB International Club.
He is chair of the Scientific Committee for the Annual Meeting of British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS). He is a member of the patient safety committee of BOMSS and thrives to improve patient outcomes.