AWRE 2024 Faculty

Every year our conference producers curate a line-up of fantastic speakers for the CPD conference programme.

Consultant Surgeon

Mr Windsor is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon with HCA Healthcare UK, based out of London Digestive Surgery at the London Digestive Centre in Marylebone. He has recently retired from the NHS having been on the consultant staff at St James University Hospital, Leeds (1997 – 1999), St Mark’s Hospital, London (1999 – 2006) and University College Hospital London. (2006 – 2019) He is fortunate to still maintain an expertise and a very busy specialist referral practice in colorectal surgery operating at the Princess Grace Hospital, The London Clinic and King Edward VII in London. His clinical focus has been to a large extent on the management of complex inflammatory bowel disease and its surgical complications. He was formally surgical lead for the national intestinal failure unit at St Mark's Hospital and surgical lead for the intestinal failure unit at UCLH. Part of the work in the IF Unit was also the management of complex and recurrent incisional hernias and abdominal wall defects. Through this work he has developed an equally busy national referral practice in abdominal wall reconstruction. He is a board member of the British Hernia Society and organises and co-chairs the highly successful Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Europe, international meeting in February, now in its fifth year. He has over one hundred and fifty peer reviewed publications, book chapters and books and he remains a committed surgical researcher, trainer and educator.

Consultant Surgeon

David Sanders is president of the British Hernia Society. He is a consultant upper GI surgeon and clinical lead for GI Surgery at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, part of the Royal Devon University Hospital Trust. He completed specialty laparoscopic upper GI training in the South West of England and a trauma fellowship in South Africa. His doctorate thesis was on the influence of mesh and fixation techniques on infection in abdominal wall hernia repair and is an internationally recognized expert in the field with over 70 publications in the field of hernia surgery and several book chapters. He has given numerous invited lectures on the topic both nationally and internationally. David chaired the National Institute for Clinical Excellence approved commissioning guidance for groin hernia, was involved in developing the RightCare patient decision aid for inguinal hernias and is on the European working group that developed the Abdominal Wall Closure Guidelines and the International Hernia Guidelines. He is the co-chair of the European Hernia Society Incisional Hernia Guidelines Group.

Mr David Ross trained in medicine in London and obtained his MD for research into malignant melanoma at the RAFT Institute of Plastic Surgery, followed by specialist registrar training posts in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery throughout London with extended specialist training in the United States. Mr Ross is Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust and to Kings College Hospital, London where he specialises in innovative breast reconstruction techniques and is head of Surgical Oncology . In addition to this and general plastic and reconstructive surgery his interests include the treatment of skin malignancies. He is a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and is a past President of the Plastic Surgery Section for the Royal Society of Medicine. He is listed on the GMC specialist register as a specialist in Plastic Surgery. David Ross provides an extensive range of aesthetic surgery to the face, breast and body as well as non-surgical rejuvenation techniques. He also has a special interest in surgery after massive weight loss and the surgical treatment of lipoedema.

Eric M Pauli, MD FACS FASGE is the David L Nahrwold Professor of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a fellowship trained surgical endoscopist and abdominal wall surgery expert. He is the author of more than 130 peer reviewed publications and invited manuscripts, more than 30 book chapters and has edited 4 textbooks of surgery. He currently serves as a board member of The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, The American Hernia Society and The Fellowship Council.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Jeffrey Janis is full-time faculty as a Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He is also Chief of Plastic Surgery at University Hospital, Co-Director of the Center for Abdominal Core Health, and holds adjunct appointments as a Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Surgery. He received his business degree from Washington University Olin School of Business, medical degree from Case Western Reserve, and did his plastic surgery training in Dallas at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he also served as the residency program director and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He is a Past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, the American Hernia Society, the Columbus Medical Association, and founding President of the Migraine Surgery Society. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. He also currently serves as a Governor on the Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons, is a member of the ACGME’s Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee, serves on the Executive Committee for the Surgical Pain Congress (SPC) as well as the Executive Committee for the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons. To date, he has served as a Visiting Professor at 54 major national and international institutions, published 233 peer-reviewed articles, 109 book chapters, and 6 books, with 3 more books and an app pending publication, and has delivered over 1035 lectures.

Professor of Surgery

Marja Boermeester is professor of surgery and a clinical epidemiologist at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location AMC, and principal investigator of many multicenter trials on diagnostics and treatment of abdominal infections (e.g., RELAP, OPTIMA, ESCAPE, OPTIMAP, DIABOLO, SECURE, EPOCH). She received many grants, (e.g., > 10 National Health Care & Efficacy Research Grants) and trials were published in international high-ranked journals (NEJM, JAMA, Radiology, BMJ, Lancet, Ann Surg).