Natalie Blencowe


I am a consultant upper GI surgeon at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, and an MRC Clinician Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials at the University of Bristol. I co-founded SPARCS and am currently a Royal College of Surgeons Associate Surgical Specialty Lead for Oesophago-gastric research and research lead for the Roux Group.

Samir Pathak


I am a locum Consultant and NIHR Clinical Lecturer in HPB surgery in Bristol. I was trained in Liverpool, Leeds and the South West. I am the NCRI HPB trainee lead and the associate specialty lead for pancreas and liver cancer research with AUGIS/RCS England. I am the HPB lead for the Roux group. The focus of my current research is how surgical innovation occurs in Liver and Pancreatic Surgery. A keen sportsman, I have played for the England Universities Cricket team and currently sits on the MCC cricket committee.

Mahim Qureshi


ACL in vascular surgery at North Bristol Trust.

Flossie Carpenter

Treasurer (Chair)

I am an academic specialist trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedics in the Severn Deanery. I have an interest in Paediatric Orthopaedic surgery. I am also currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Bristol. I am a member of SciBORG, the Bristol Orthopaedic Collaborative and have previously collaborated with SPARCS. I volunteer with organisations in French speaking Africa teaching surgical and trauma skills and spend my holidays volunteering as an expedition and arduous event medic. When I’ve time, I’m baking sourdough and running ultramarathons.

Graeme Ambler

Treasurer, Funding

ACL in vascular surgery at North Bristol Trust.

Sam Lawday

Funding, Conference App

Core surgical trainee based at Southmead Hospital and NiHR Academic Clinic Fellow in General Surgery. Aspiring Colorectal Surgeon. Home Chef. Part Time Hockey Player. Generic Cyclist. Amateur Golfer. Failing Surfer.

Adam Chambers


I am an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Colorectal surgery with an interest in advanced rectal cancers and how we translate findings from the ‘wet lab’ into changes to patient management. I have a PhD in colorectal tumour biology. I also enjoy running (anything that gets me outdoors) and have two beautiful daughters.

Kat Baker


Jozel Ramirez

Communications (Chair)

I am an Academic Foundation Doctor in Surgery based in the Severn Deanery. I graduated from St George's University of London. My research experience and interests are in the field of vascular and general surgery. I enjoy cycling, dancing and baking.

Kitty HF Wong

Communications, Webmaster

I am an academic foundation doctor working at the North Bristol Trust with a keen interest in vascular surgery. I am actively involved in clinical research with the Bristol Centre for Surgical Research (CSR), as well as collaborative research groups including STARSurg and the Vascular and Endovascular Research Network (VERN), having led an international collaborative project in 2019. Outside of medicine, I am a seasoned musician and amateur photographer.

Conor Jones


I am one of the academic foundation doctors working within the “Surgical Innovations” theme at the Centre for Surgical Research. I am interested in orthopaedic trauma, collaborative research, the introduction of novel devices and surgical trial design. Outside of medicine I enjoy drawing and graphic design.

Darren Scroggie

Communications, Abstracts

I am a general surgery registrar with an interest in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. I am currently employed in the University of Bristol as a Clinical Research Fellow, developing methods for improving and evaluating surgical innovation. I am a keen guitarist and amateur astrophotographer.

Lauren Dixon

Communications, Workshops

I am currently an Academic Foundation Doctor in lovely Bristol. I am very happy to have accepted an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Surgery to start in August 2020. I have experience of Basic Science Research and I am excited to develop my clinical research skills in methodology, especially in the context of surgical innovation. I am a firm believer that collaboration is the future for clinical research!

Aggie Skorko

Abstracts Chair, Prizes

I am a former NIHR academic clinical fellow (ACF) in Intensive Care Medicine. I moved to Bristol in 2015 having completed Core Medical Training and Core Anaesthetic Training in London. My research experience includes developing and running an observational NIHR portfolio study which investigated ROTEM and platelet function post cardiac arrest. I also managed the bi-regional audit of tracheostomy care in the South West, which is now being developed into a national research project – ATOMIC2, supported by ICNARC. I am developing an interest in qualitative research, to understand how information is shared with families in intensive care. When not working, I can be found in the kitchen baking, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

Ben Zucker


I am an Academic Foundation doctor at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. I aim to pursue a career in academic surgery and I am currently undertaking my research as part of the Bristol Centre for Surgical Research. In my free time, I am a passionate home cook.



Emma Sewart

Programme, Conference App

I’m an academic F2 doctor based in Bristol, currently working on patient-reported outcomes of reconstructive breast surgery. My interest in research first started during my involvement with medical student collaboratives, so I am really excited to be a part of NRCM 2020. In my free time I can be found exploring the gorgeous South West on foot or by bike, and I have a weak spot for banana bread.





Emily Kirkham

Abstracts, Workshops

I'm a Bristol uni grad and Severn surgical trainee aiming for a career in vascular surgery. Hockey is my main passion, coupled with cycling and swimming which occupies most of my spare time. Always on the look out for the next challenge!

Lorna Leandro

Workshops, Logistics

I am an academic foundation doctor at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. I would like to become an academic ophthalmologist and am currently doing research in neuro-ophthalmology. Outside of medicine, I love horse riding and being by the sea!



Lysander Gourbault


I’m a core surgical trainee looking to do Orthopaedics (the best specialty!). I think collaborative research is the future and last year organised a national audit looking at ankle fractures. Outside of medicine I love sport and have been known to run marathons and do some Arctic swimming.

Jane Collingwood

Ticketing, Logistics

I work at the University of Bristol as the Trainee Coordinator for the nationwide Sunflower Study, which looks at the usefulness of bile duct stone testing before gallbladder surgery. I have a particular interest in gastrointestinal disease, and work as a medical reporter alongside academic research. In my spare time I like to run and play the violin very badly (not at the same time).