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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Association of Surgeons in Training Executive Committee


The ASiT Executive Committee is elected annually at our Annual General Meeting.

If you'd like to get involved and are considering standing for a committee position then please get in touch.

 

 

President Joshua Burke

Josh is an ST3 in General Surgery In Yorkshire and is currently completing his PhD investigating gastrointestinal anastomotic leak through an RCSEng and Bowel Cancer UK funded clinical research fellowship at The University of Leeds. After graduating from The University of Manchester in 2015 he completed his Academic Foundation Training at in East London through an honorary research fellowship at The National Institute of Bowel Research. Prior to coming out of programme, he completed an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Leeds and a post-graduate certificate in Medical Education and Health Research. His interests include gastrointestinal anastomotic leak, abdominal wall reconstruction and trauma surgery. He is the current postgraduate lead for the NIHR MedTech Foundation, Associate Trainee Editor for the RCSEng Bulletin, Vice-Chair of the White Rose Surgical Research Collaborative and former steering committee member of STARSurg UK. 


Immediate Past President Deirdre Nally

 I am a general and colorectal surgical trainee from the Republic of Ireland. I am passionate about surgical education and improving the training experience and completed a Masters in Clinical Education on this theme. I believe that ASiT is perfectly placed to address the challenges that trainees experience and enhance the overall quality of training. It was a huge honour to be elected President last year. With a fantastic team, we had a very successful year, supporting trainees at the individual level, delivering high-quality educational content at the local level and advocating for all trainees nationally. We maintained and built collaborative relationships with key educational bodies and industry partners. I am looking forward to working for Josh with this year’s executive and council to advance these activities further. 


Past President Gemma Humm

Gemma had been elected ASiT President following a 2-year tenure as ASiT Honorary Secretary and prior to that, ASiT Eastern Regional Representative. She graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007, and the University of Birmingham in 2012. Gemma is a General Surgery Specialist Trainee in KSS, following training in both the East of England and Mersey and is currently undertaking a PhD at UCL in Surgical Technology.


Past President Helen Mohan

Ensuring excellence in surgical training is essential to ensure high-quality care for patients both now and in the future. I am a General and Colorectal Surgery SpR in Ireland, currently in my ST8 year. My previous roles in ASiT include Vice President for 2016-2017, Yearbook Editor for 2015-16, and Deputy Yearbook Editor for 2014-15, as well as a regional representative for the Republic of Ireland.

My main aim for ASiT is that we must ensure that surgery remains a sustainable and attractive career for the next generation of surgeons to attract and retain enthusiastic and committed doctors. ASiT's strength lies in you, its members. I invite ASiT members to get in touch with their regional representatives or any of the ASiT executive with any ideas you have on how we can better represent you. Looking forward to hearing from you!


Past President Adam Williams

It was a hugely humbling experience to take on this role, and I spent my year working towards a few particular goals: to reduce our costs to members whilst maintaining our standards, to improve our support and working relationships with the trainee speciality organisations and to be a strong and visible national voice for your views.


Vice President Lola Giwa 

I am a Plastic Surgery trainee based in London. I graduated from King's College London and undertook my Foundation and Core Surgical Training in London also! I joined the ASiT council as the South London regional representative back in 2016 and was recently elected as ASiT Vice President. I am very passionate about improving surgical training and providing courses and resources to enable trainees to fulfil their potential and am very excited for a great year to come!


Vice President Niroshini Rajaretnam

It is a privilege to be elected Vice President of ASiT following a 2-year tenure as Regional Representative for the Peninsula Deanery in South West of England. I am an ST7 General and Colorectal Surgery Registrar with subspecialty interests in hernia repair, abdominal wall reconstruction and pelvic exenteration. I am currently Out Of Programme (OOP) to complete a full-time MD as part of the NIHR funded CIPHER Study. I am a passionate advocate for the rights of all surgical trainees of past, present and future and want to ensure that we not only advance our surgical training to the highest of standards but also deliver the best quality care to our patients.


Honorary Secretary Martin King

Based in Derry, Northern Ireland, Martin was elected to the Executive Council of ASiT as Honorary Secretary in March 2019. He also continues in his role as the Northern Ireland Regional Representative. Martin is due to complete his Core Surgical Training in the coming year. In his role as Honorary Secretary, Martin ensures that ASiT maximises opportunities to its members. This is possible through the ongoing development of partnerships with industry and other sectors. Martin is delighted to welcome Anna Rose as Associate Honorary Secretary this year. The Honorary Secretary team also oversee applications to join ASiT Council. They encourage all prospective applicants to reach out to the Council member already in the role when posts become advertised.


Associate Honorary Secretary Anna Rose

Anna is a core surgical trainee based in Glasgow with an interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery and global surgery. Having completed her foundation training, she was elected as the regional representative for the West of Scotland in October 2019 before joining the ASiT Executive Committee in March 2020 as Associate Honorary Secretary. Anna is also a national committee member of the global surgery organisation GASOC (Global Anaesthesia Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration). Working with both organisations, she hopes to promote excellence in surgical training both locally and worldwide.


Director of Education John Mason

John is a CRUK Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Specialty Trainee in General & Colorectal Surgery in the Oxford & Thames Valley deanery. After medical school in Cardiff, he completed the Academic Foundation Programme in Bristol and an Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Surgery in Oxford, where he undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research. He is currently in the final year of a DPhil,  exploring the molecular biology of extracellular vesicles in colorectal cancer. As a member of ASiT’s Executive Committee, John oversees its diverse educational portfolio: including the delivery of 17 annual regional courses throughout the UK, careers and speciality training recruitment events as well as the pre-conference courses, which last year involved over 50 faculty and 200 delegates across 13 courses. As Director of Education, he also acts as the trainee representative at Joint Committee for Surgical Training (JCST) National Selection, Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) and Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (ASGBI) Education & Training committees.


Treasurer Oroog Ali

I am an ST7 in colorectal surgery based in the North East. I was elected as the ASiT Treasurer following a two-year tenure as the ASiT northern representative. I have a keen interest in robotic colorectal surgery and surgical innovation. I am passionate about surgical training and advocating for the delivery and maintenance of high-quality training standards. I have represented trainees across regional and national platforms and look forward to working with our membership.


Yearbook Editor Srinivas Cheruvu

Srin is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery themed core surgical trainee in the West Midlands. In September 2019, Srin was elected to the Council as the ASiT West Midlands Representative.  By March 2020, Srin was elected to the Executive Council and currently remains West Midlands Representative. Srin graduated from Imperial College London in 2016 where he also completed a BSc in Surgery and Anaesthesia. He returned to the West Midlands as an Academic Foundation Trainee, where he greatly enjoyed involvement in surgical education and is currently an Honorary Clinical Teacher at Keele University. In addition to surgery, Srin is a current LLM Law student at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in Medical Law. During his tenure, he will be developing the mobile app to become an integral communication platform with our membership and will also represent ASiT at affiliated council meetings.


Conference Coordinator Joshua Clements

I am a General Surgical Registrar in Northern Ireland. My previous roles within ASiT include Yearbook Editor & App Lead in 2019-2020, Honorary Secretary in 2018-2019 and Northern Ireland Regional Representative from 2017-2019. I represent ASiT on the General Surgery Speciality Advisory Committee (SAC) and sit on the editorial board for Surgery journal. The culmination of experience in these roles has equipped me with the skills to take on the role of Conference Coordinator for 2020-2021. I look forward to working with the ASIT executive & wider council to deliver an educational and highly beneficial conference experience for all trainees of all grades. If there is something you feel would enhance your experience at the conference in 2021 please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Webmaster & Bursary Liaison Walid Mohamed 

Walid is a Cardiac Surgery Registrar based in Leicester, having completed his Core Surgical Training with the East Midlands Deanery and his Foundation Programme with the North West Thames Foundation School. He was elected to the ASiT Council as East Midlands Representative in 2018 and joined the Executive Council in March 2020 as Webmaster & Bursary Liaison. Walid has a keen interest in medical education, having previously organised and taught on several national courses. As part of his ASiT role, he manages the ASiT webpage as well as the various bursaries, regional grants and prizes that ASiT has to offer, working in collaboration with the Director of Education, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer. He is keen to hear from members and surgical trainees on how ASiT can further improve the delivery of its educational experience. Any feedback or questions are welcome!


Communications Officer Emma Barlow

Emma is currently a Core Surgical Trainee based in South Wales. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2016 and chose to stay in Cardiff to complete her Foundation Programme training. She first joined ASiT Council as the Regional Representative for Wales in October 2019 and was recently elected to Executive Council in March 2020 as Communications Officer. Emma has a keen interest in improving surgical training and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education. As a foundation doctor, she founded the South Wales Foundation Surgical Society in order to promote surgery as a career and ensure high-quality training for Welsh trainees. This society continues to grow and provides extra-curricular educational opportunities and MRCS revision for trainees interested in surgery. As ASiT Communications Officer, Emma will ensure that all our members are up to date with the latest information on surgical training and ASiT news and events. She is also keen to hear from our members about how we can improve our services to help you as surgical trainees, so please get in touch with any thoughts or ideas!


Social Media Officer Daniel Baker

Daniel is an Academic Foundation Trainee in South Yorkshire at Sheffield teaching hospitals. Daniel spent two years on the ASiT council as medical student representative before being elected as Social Media Officer. He has led ASiT publications on the undergraduate surgical curriculum, as well as developed the medical student ambassador programme. His interests lie in General Surgery where he conducts research in Emergency General and Colorectal Surgery which stems from his intercalated degree at Sheffield University. He also holds positions on the STARSurgUK steering committee and DISCUSS study steering group. He is particularly keen to support medical students starting out on their surgical journey, so do get in touch if you have any questions, he would be happy to help!

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