April 2010

Research Fellows

Research FellowsIt is a great pleasure to announce the imminent arrival of new research fellows to Colchester. Tan Arulampalam established a laparoscopic overseas fellowship in Colchester for Sri Lankan surgeons in 2007. Dr. Bawantha Gamage has been trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and has established a successful practice in Colombo and is teaching the “Colchester technique”. His successor will be returning to Sri Lanka in 2011.

Tan has established a link with Professor Phillipe Rouanet from Montpellier, France and is pleased to welcome Dr. Pierre Emmanuel Colombo to the Unit in August. He will divide his time between the Royal Marsden Hospital (Dr. Gina Brown), Imperial College (Mr. Paris Tekkis) and Colchester (Mr. Tan Arulampalam). In addition, Tan will supervise an MD student at the University of Essex Biomedical Sciences Department working on early diagnosis and surveillance of Colorectal Cancer. From June Tan will be training Mr. Murt Jamnagerawala, an Australian surgeon. The Department of Surgery is recognized as a training centre by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

LAPCO – National Laparoscopic Colorectal Training

LAPCO – National Laparoscopic Colorectal Training Tan has been involved in 26 bowel resections in the first quarter of the year. As a National Laparoscopic Colorectal Training he has been involved in the training of consultant surgeons from Bury St Edmunds, Manchester, Queens Hospital Romford and Bedford. As a member of the National Steering Committee he will attend the next meeting on the 15th April during the Annual meeting of the Association of Surgeons. Tan has also devoted substantial amounts of time developing the Laparoscopic Colorectal Foundation Programme in conjunction with Ethicon Endo Surgery. His interest in teaching is not only in the delivery of knowledge and skills but also the methodology and techniques used to do this successfully. He has a vision of developing a state of the art simulation suite in the Eastern region.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)Tan aims to pursue his interest in minimally invasive technologies including NOTES (Natural Orifice Trans luminal Endoscopic Surgery, NOSE (Natural Orifice Specimen Extaction) and SILS. Once training is complete he plans to initiate SILS colorectal surgery with other interested colleagues.



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