BJS Editorial team
Des Winter MB, FRCSI, MD, FRCS(Gen)
St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Des is a Clinical Professor and Consultant Surgeon with a special interest in gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgery. His clinical and biological research (doctorate by thesis) training spanned Ireland and the USA, and he finished first place in the 2004 professional examination for completion of surgical training in UK and Ireland. Having completed a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Des returned to his alma mater in 2006, where he began his current position. In the 15 years he has been involved in publishing, he has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and books. Des succeeds E. Hey Groves, Cecil Wakeley, H. H. G. Eastcott, Crawford Jamieson, David Carter, Chris Russell, Robin Williamson, John Farndon, John Murie, Derek Alderson and Jonothan Earnshaw, who steered BJS from 1913 to 2020.
Martyn Evans MB, MPhil, FRCS(Gen)
Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, Wales
Martyn is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon with an interest in advanced and recurrent pelvic malignancy, and Honorary Associate Professor at Morriston Hospital and Swansea University Medical School, a position he took up in 2021. Following medical school at Southampton University, Martyn trained in England and Wales, completing fellowships with the Swansea Pelvic Oncology Group and the John Goligher Colorectal Unit, Leeds. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has been a BJS Editor since 2018.
Robert J. Hinchliffe MB, FRCS, MD, Enid Linder Foundation and Royal College of Surgeons of England Chair in Clinical Trials in Surgery
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Robert is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Bristol, Bristol Surgical Trials Centre and Bristol NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He is an academic Vascular Surgeon in the Bristol, Bath and Weston Vascular Network with a special interest in diabetes-related lower-limb complications and minimally invasive surgery. His research focuses include clinical trials, the new technology development and evidence-based practice. Robert has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and has been a BJS Editor since 2015.
Niels F. M. Kok MD, PhD
Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Niels completed medical school at Leiden University Medical School, the Netherlands and obtained a PhD in organ transplantation at the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam before starting surgical training. Having completed two clinical fellowships in HPB and peritoneal malignancy at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam and the Erasmus MC, Niels took up his current position as Staff Surgeon with a special interest in HPB and peritoneal malignancy at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in 2016. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and was an Associate Editor at BJS Open from 2017 to 2020, before taking up the role of Associate Editor at BJS in 2020.
Amy L. Lightner MD, FACS
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Amy is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, the Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Surgery and an Associate Professor of Inflammation and Immunity. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and completed her surgical training in General Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and post-doctoral work at Stanford University under a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Training Grant (differentiation pathways of embryonic stem cells). After completing her fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Amy remained there as a surgeon and Medical Director for the Centre for Regenerative Medicine until moving to Cleveland. Amy has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and has been a BJS Editor since 2019.
Kjetil Søreide MD, PhD, FRCSEd, FACS
Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
Kjetil completed his medical training at the University of Freiburg in Germany. He trained in general surgery and obtained a fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery at the Stavanger University Hospital in Norway, where he is a Consultant General and HPB Surgeon. In 2007, he completed a PhD in translational and molecular cancer research and is the current lead for a translational research group in cancer and head of the Clinical Surgery Research Unit at Stavanger University Hospital. He has been a Professor at the University of Bergen since 2011 and from 2017 to 2018 was a visiting Professor and Honorary Consultant at the department of HPB surgery at the Royal Infirmary/University of Edinburgh. His main interest is cancer biology and gastrointestinal research, with a focus on hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases. Kjetil has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and edited books, and has been a BJS Editor since 2010.
Malin Sund MD, PhD
Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Malin received her MD and PhD in molecular biology from the University of Oulu, Finland in 2001. From 2003 to 2005 she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Malin completed surgical training at Umeå University Hospital from 2005 to 2012. She was appointed Professor of Surgery at the university in 2013 where she headed the breast and endocrine surgery unit between 2012 and 2020. In 2021, she was appointed Professor of Surgery at the University of Helsinki. She is affiliated to both Umeå and Helsinki University Hospitals. Her research interests are breast and pancreatic cancer, tumour stroma, matrix biology and cancer biomarkers. Malin has published over 175 peer-reviewed papers and has been a BJS Editor since 2014.
Bas P. L. Wijnhoven MD, PhD
Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Bas obtained his MD in 1997 and started a PhD programme in molecular and clinical aspects of oesophageal cancer at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, which he completed with honours in 2001. In 2006 he was registered as a General Surgeon and completed a clinical and research fellowship (upper gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery) at the Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia. Bas has been a Staff Surgeon at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam since 2008 where he is the programme lead for oesophagogastric disease. His clinical interests are benign and malignant diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Bas has been an author on over 250 peer-reviewed papers and has been a BJS Editor since 2014.
Social Media Editor
Rebecca Grossman MA, MBBS, AKC, DHMSA, MRCS
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Rebecca is an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and a Specialist Registrar in General Surgery in the Oxford Deanery. Her specialty interest is upper gastrointestinal, bariatric and metabolic surgery, and her current area of research is in the circadian mechanisms of liver metabolism. Rebecca has published 11 peer-reviewed papers and has been a BJS Associate Editor since 2018.
Sheraz R. Markar PhD (Imperial), PhD (Karolinska), MRCS, MSc, M
Oxford University Hospital Trust, UK and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Sheraz is senior oesophagogastric fellow at Oxford University Hospital Trust, UK and assistant professor at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2007 and has worked clinically and academically primarily in the field of oesophageal and gastric cancer, undertaking fellowships in Seattle, USA, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and Lille, France. He undertook his first PhD at Imperial College, London, using mass spectrometry for breath analysis to diagnose oesophageal and gastric cancer. He undertook his second PhD at Karolinska Institutet, using national datasets to identify areas of improvement in surgical therapy for oesophageal cancer. He has published over 230 peer publications and given 120 international presentations. His research interests include evidence synthesis, novel design in surgical clinical trials, challenges to cancer survivorship and surveillance, and non-invasive cancer diagnosis with volatile organic compounds. He joined the BJS team as an Editor Assistant in 2021.
Paul Sutton BMBS, PhD, MMEd, FRCS
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
Paul is a consultant colorectal, pelvic, and peritoneal surgeon at The Christie Hospital, Manchester UK. His clinical interests are in locally advanced/recurrent rectal cancer and peritoneal surface malignancy. He has trained in the UK and Australia, taking up his current post in 2021. His research interests are in predicting and modifying response to adjuvant therapies, as well as PROMS and human factors. Paul has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and joined the BJS team as an Editor Assistant in 2021.
BJS Open Editorial team
Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
Ville is an Adjunct Professor and a Consultant Gastrointestinal and HPB/Transplant Surgeon at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. He received a PhD in basic neuroscience in 2009 and finished his surgical training at the University of Helsinki in 2014. Ville is currently leading a research group focusing on clinical research and trials on colorectal, emergency and HPB/ transplant surgery. Clinically he is busy with complex HPB/transplant and gastric cancer patients. Ville has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He served as a BJS Editorial Assistant from 2016 to 2017 and as an Editor for BJS Open from 2018 to 2021 before taking up his current role. Ville succeeds Derek Alderson, who steered BJS Open as Editor-in-Chief from 2017 to 2021.
Katy Darvall MD, FRCS
Somerset Foundation Trust, Taunton, UK
Katy has been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in the Somerset and North Devon Vascular Network since 2014. Following medical school at the University of Birmingham, she completed surgical training in the West Midlands and South West of England. Katy received her Medical Doctorate by thesis from the University of Birmingham on the outcomes from ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy for chronic venous disease, particularly patient-reported outcomes. Katy first joined the BJS family as BJS Editor Assistant in 2015 and has been a BJS Open Editor since its launch in 2017 under the leadership of Derek Alderson.
Laura Lorenzon MD, PhD
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli, Rome, Italy
Laura is a surgeon and post-doc researcher at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli in Rome. She trained in surgery at the Sant’Andrea Hospital of Rome and was a Clinical Fellow at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London in 2009. Laura completed her PhD in early 2013 with a thesis on translational medicine and has since become a research enthusiast. In 2014 she was awarded a post-doc Fellowship position with the prominent Fondazione Veronesi with a project on microRNA in gastrointestinal oncology. Her main area of interest is gastrointestinal surgery and surgical oncology. She was Chair of the Young Board of the Italian Society of Surgical Oncology (YSICO) from 2017 to 2019, Chair of the European Society of Surgical Oncology Young Alumni Club from 2018 to 2020 and is currently SICO Secretary General. Her studies range from clinical to translational investigations and a bioengineering implementation of surgical devices. To date, she has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. In late 2016, Laura joined the BJS team as an Editorial Assistant. She was later appointed Associate Editor at BJS Open in 2018 and subsequently BJS Open Editor in 2019.
Frank McDermott MBBS, FRCS, MD
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK
Frank is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter with a specialist interest in advanced disease and diverticulitis. Following medical school at Imperial College, he completed his surgical training in the Peninsula region (Southwest England) as well as fellowships in Aarhus and Barcelona. Frank received his Medical Doctorate by thesis from University College Dublin in colonic translational research including gastrointestinal physiology, complex gels and microbiome. Following this, he completed a Masters in Genomic Medicine to support his current research interests in epigenetics. His editorial experience includes a year as a BJS Editorial Assistant and three years as an Associate Editor of Colorectal Disease.
Giovanni Marchegiani MD, PhD
Verona University Hospital, The Pancreas Institute, Verona, Italy
Giovanni graduated from Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna and then studied HPB surgery and multiple organ transplantation at the San Raffaele Hospital, Milan in addition to the New York University and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. He completed surgical training at the University of Verona and was a Research Fellow in pancreatic surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA before his current position as junior faculty at the Verona Pancreas Institute. Giovanni has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers and was a BJS Editorial Assistant from 2020 to 2021.
Social Media Editor
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Mattis an NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and Honorary Registrar in the Yorkshire Deanery. His clinical focus is colorectal surgery and emergency care. He completed his PhD in 2018, which looked at variation in treatment strategies and preferences in Crohn’s anal fistula. Ongoing clinical research investigates perioperative outcomes in colorectal and emergency surgery, PROM development, and methodology to improve surgical research. He has been an author on more than 60 peer-reviewed papers. Matt Joined the BJS Open team as Social Media Editor in 2019.
Pim B. Olthof MD, PhD
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Pim completed medical school at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD, titled ‘Enhancement of liver regeneration and liver surgery’ at the University of Amsterdam. Pim is currently in surgical training in at the Erasmus Medical Center, specializing in colorectal and HPB surgery. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and joined the BJS team as an Editor Assistant in 2021.
About BJS Society
As a registered charity, BJS Society’s mission to improve surgical education is underpinned by its strategic partnerships and its leading surgical journals.
Since its inception in 1913, the readership of BJS has continued to grow across the globe, paving the way for complementary open access journal, BJS Open, in 2017.