Executive Committee members

Members of the Executive Committee are elected each year at our AGM in November.

Panchali Sarmah, President

Panchali is a ST6 in the East Midlands, completing an Hope Against Cancer Fellowship and MD in liquid biopsy use for colorectal cancer surveillance. She graduated from the University of Warwick & completed CST in the West Midlands. Her interests include translational research & improving diversity in the surgical workforce.

Peter Vaughan-Shaw, Past President

Peter is an RCSEng Robotic Colorectal Fellow at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Before this he completed a post-CCT fellowship at the John Goligher Colorectal Unit, Leeds, and his higher surgical training in Edinburgh. He was trainee representative on the ACPGBI Research and Audit committee (2017-2019) and became President of The Dukes’ Club in 2020. He has a strong interest in academic surgery and translational research, completing an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship and PhD investigating the link between vitamin D and colorectal cancer.

Mohamed Rabie, Vice-President

I’m a lecturer of surgery and ST8 in the East of England deanery. I graduated in 2004 from Ainshams University in Egypt and finished my surgical residency there. I started my surgical career in the UK in 2010 and finished a PhD in colorectal surgery in 2013.

Victoria Proctor, Secretary

I am currently ST8 in General Surgery in Yorkshire, having graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011. I have recently helped to lead the MASH study, looking at management of acutely symptomatic hernias in the UK. I am the current trainee representative for Yorkshire.

Niroshini Rajaretnam, Abdominal wall rep

I am an ST7 General and Colorectal Surgery Registrar in the Peninsula Deanery of South West England. Since graduating from Imperial College in 2011, I have developed subspecialty interests in hernia repair, abdominal wall reconstruction and pelvic exenteration. I am currently OOP completing a MD as part of the NIHR funded CIPHER Study. My most recent committee positions as ASiT Vice President, Lead Surgical Trainee for HESW and SWETA Surgical Rep have given me insight into how surgical training is transforming which will help me deliver resources and guidance for our trainees.

Ioanna Drami, Advanced cancer & peritoneal malignancy rep

Ioanna is a higher surgical trainee (ST5) in the North East and Central London deanery, with a special interest in colorectal cancer. Her academic background includes a BSc in Biomedical Sciences at QMUL and an MSc at Imperial College in Reproductive and Developmental Biology. Ioanna elected to take time out of training to undertake a PhD at St Mark’s Institute and Imperial College, under the supervision of Mr Ian Jenkins and Professor Stella Knight, as part of the BiCyCLE research group.

Charlotte El-Sayed, ASiT rep

I have recently completed my ST6 in the West Midlands deanery and am now OOP undertaking the RCS England research fellowship in robotics & digital surgery. I have worked closely with ASIT in the past year engaging closely with their work and representing our colorectal trainees’ viewpoints. My current interests include education, simulation and robotic surgery which I will continue to pursue as the ASiT representative.

Jordan Fletcher, Education & trainee rep

My medical education MEd degree has given me a strong understanding of educational theory. As a leadership fellow, I set up and ran the Yorkshire and Humber deanery advanced cadaveric simulation programme CADSIM. I hope to build on the fantastic Duke’s educational programme and aim to 1) expand video-based content 2) produce FRCS podcast episodes 3)  establish a digital library of anatomical specimens using 3D photogrammetry and 4) offer a wider range of cadaveric training courses.

Chih Tan, IBD & intestinal failure rep

I’m an ST8 general and colorectal surgery trainee at Cambridge University Hospital. Prior to my higher surgical training, I studied my medical degree in University of Liverpool and completed CST in North West deanery. My clinical interests are minimally invasive surgery and inflammatory bowel disease.

Philippa Orchard, JAG & colonoscopy rep

I am a General Surgical Spr South West. I was a previous Simulation & Non-technical Skills Fellow 2018, Lead Trainee.

Edward Dickson, Research & audit rep

I am currently a ST6 trainee in the Thames Valley region. I have just finished a PhD fellowship at the University of Nottingham and prior to this I was a NIHR CRN fellow in Oxford. My research interests include perioperative anaemia and intravenous iron therapy in advanced cancer.

Lillian Reza, The Pelvic Floor Society & proctology rep

I am an ST7 in the North-East Thames London deanery and currently out of programme completing a PhD at St Mark’s Hospital on the classification and management of pouch fistula. I am interested in improving access to standardised educational content and opportunities in pelvic floor andproctology.