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Surgical Grand Rounds Lectures

The Surgical Grand Rounds, hosted by the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, are the key educational meetings for consultants, juniors and medical students. Presentations revolve around clinical cases and are followed by lively, educational discussion. These podcasts are brought to you by the Oxford University Medical Education Fellows.

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Small intestinal neuroendocrine tumours - surgery and science in Cambridge

Mr Simon Buczacki presents his clinical and scientific data on small intestinal neuroendocrine tumours. Simon Buczacki is a cancer surgeon and scientist from the Cambridge Colorectal Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.


16 Dec 2019

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William Osler and his legacy to medicine

Professor David Cranston tells the story of William Osler's life and career. Sir William Osler was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Osler created the first residency programme for specialty training of physicians, and he was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. He has frequently been described as the "Father of Modern Medicine" and one of the "greatest diagnosticians ever to wield a stethoscope".


14 Jun 2017

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Innovations to improve outcome and patient safety in low and middle income countries

Ms Sarah Kessler discusses and shows clips from ‘The Checklist Effect’, the award-winning documentary inspired by the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. Professor Shafi Ahmed talks about his passion around innovation, technology, global health and education, and how they marry together.Ms Sarah Kessler is Producer of the feature-length documentary ‘The Checklist Effect’ and past Lead for Lifebox. Professor Shafi Ahmed is Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital and Associate Dean at Barts and the London Medical School.


1 May 2019

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How to ask the right questions: Lessons learned in 30 years of research

Professor Wytske Fokkens (Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam) talks about how to ask yourself the right questions, which is the most important thing that she has learned in her 30-year research career.


5 Mar 2018

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It's no longer OK to say I practise differently than everyone else

Professor James Wright asks what is the next fundamental change to orthopaedic surgical practice and wonders if it is using best evidence to direct us to do the same for the same condition. Professor James Wright is Professor of Orthopaedics in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford.


31 Oct 2017

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Bariatric surgery: new challenges

Mr Bruno Sgromo talks about bariatric surgery (weight loss and metabolic surgery) and the new challenges that it brings to the bariatric team and the patient. Mr Sgromo is Lead Consultant Bariatric Surgeon at the Oxford Bariatric Unit, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


30 Nov 2016

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Surgery for advanced rectal cancer – crossing the boundaries

Mr Richard Guy and Mr Bobby Bloemendaal discuss surgery for advanced rectal cancer. Mr Guy is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Mr Bloemendaal is a Senior Clinical Fellow in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


5 Sep 2016

Rank #7

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The impact of complications and errors on surgeons

Mr Kevin Turner and Catherine Johnson talk about their national research study which aims to examine the nature of the impact that adverse events have on the professional and personal lives of surgeons. Whether there may be differences in that impact for complications versus errors and the nature of the support that surgeons might require as a result.For further information see www.surgeonwellbeing.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @Surgeons_UK.Mr Kevin Turner is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and Consultant Urological Surgeon at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Catherine Johnson is a PhD researcher at Bournemouth University.


31 Jan 2017

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The mesentery: congenital and acquired disorders of a new organ

The finding of the mesentery opens up a whole new area of science. The colorectal surgery team talk about the importance of the mesentery and the disorders associated with it. Miss Pamela Sivathondan is a Colorectal SpR, Mr Kalle Landerholm and Mr Diederik Meylemans are Colorectal Senior Fellows, and Mr Bruce George is a Consultant in General and Colorectal Surgery within Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


24 Feb 2017

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Upper GI Surgery

Dr John Findlay (Oxford University) presents 'Heavy Petting in Oesophago-gastric Cancer’ and Mr Nick Maynard (Oxford University) presents ‘How Much Should we Tell the Public About Outcomes from Oesophagectomy?’


28 Feb 2018

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Oesophageal Cancer: Past, Present and the Future

Professor Tim Underwood takes us through the history of oesophageal cancer, where we are now, and some of the science that is done to ask questions about where we might go with the treatment of oesophageal cancer. Professor Tim Underwood is professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Southampton.


16 Apr 2018

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Genes, Hands, Nerves, and Brains

Professor Dominic Furniss and Dr Akira Wiberg discuss the tremendous connection we have between the hand and the brain, focusing their talk on Dupuytren's Disease and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Professor Dominic Furniss is Associate Professor at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) and Dr Akira Wiberg is a MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow at NDORMS, University of Oxford


21 Jan 2019

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Dealing with major trauma in developing countries – 20 years on

Dr Douglas Wilkinson talks about trauma demand, trauma courses in developing countries, and global health in the 21st Century. Dr Wilkinson is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Intensive Care Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He founded the Primary Trauma Care Foundation (PTC) in Oxford and is Surgeon Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve.


15 Nov 2016

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Medicine and Art

Professor David Cranston takes us on a little trip through art and medicine using illustrations of works that portray the changing role of medicine in society. David Cranston is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford.


28 Aug 2018

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OUCAGS and clinical academic training in the UK

Professor Chris Pugh gives a talk on clinical academic training and the role OUCAGS (Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School) plays. Professor Chris Pugh is Professor of Renal Medicine, Director of OUCAGS and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Health Education England – Thames Valley.


17 Apr 2019

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Machine perfusion – a new dawn or optimistic hyperbole?

Professor Peter Friend, Dr David Nasralla and Dr Carlo Ceresa discuss liver transplantation and why they are replacing conventional cold storage in an ice box with normothermic automated, transportable liver preservation. Professor Peter Friend is Professor of Transplantation at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, and Dr David Nasralla and Dr Carlo Ceresa are Clinical Research Fellows in Transplant Surgery at NDS, University of Oxford.This research has been published in the journal Nature. Please visit: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0047-9


28 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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Prostate cancer genomic surgery: A shifting paradigm

In the first half, Dr Alastair Lamb discusses the problem with prostate cancer and what it is that needs to be addressed, his previous research and future plans for research. In the second half, he talks about clinical activity; robotic surgery, changing the paradigm of how patients are selected for surgery, and the use of media to get the message across. Dr Alastair Lamb is a Senior Fellow in Robotic Surgery and Honorary Consultant Urologist at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford.


30 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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Safe surgery in Africa: Exploring barriers and trialling interventions

Professor Peter McCulloch and Dr Tinashe Chandauka talk about improving surgery in Africa and designing a surgical safety education programme. Professor Peter McCulloch is head of the Quality, Reliability, Safety and Teamwork Unit at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and Dr Tinashe Chandauka is a DPhil in Surgical Sciences scholar at the University of Oxford.


14 Mar 2018

Rank #18

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Implementation of Robot Assisted Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (RAMIE)

Professor Richard van Hillegersberg shares his experience with robotic esophagectomy over the years. Professor Richard van Hillegersberg is an Upper GI surgeon from the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.


16 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Cricket to clinic via the lab

Professor Giles Toogood talks about his background which combined sport and surgery, and discusses the advances in hepatobiliary. Professor Giles Toogood is a Professor of Hepatobiliary Surgery at Leeds University.


19 Feb 2019

Rank #20