Dr Peter Watson
President USG & Consultant Gastroenterologist
Since 1991 Dr Watson has been consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital and senior lecturer in the Centre of Medical Education at Queen’s University Belfast, where he is Academic Clinical Lead for Undergraduate Medicine. He was elected President of the Ulster Society of Gastroenterology in October 2016. His research interests have been in coeliac disease and more latterly Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer. He is on the Trials Management Group of AspECT (Aspirin and Esomeprazole Chemoprevention Trial of Oesophageal Cancer in Barrett’s Oesophagus) and is co-lead of the recently formed Northern Ireland GI Research Network, which aims to promote research in gastroenterology in the clinical community. He is serving a second term on the Oesophageal Committee of the British Society of Gastroeterology and has been an author on the BSG guidelines for Barrett’s oesophagus and the forthcoming guidelines on oesophageal strictures. He is an enthusiastic advocate of promoting excellence in medicine by means of shared experience and ideas with experts and peers at educational meetings such as BIG
Dr Shivaram Bhat
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hon Secretary USG
Dr Shivaram Bhat is a consultant Gastroenterologist at Craigavon Area Hospital in Northern Ireland. He graduated from Queens University Belfast medical school (2002) with subsequent postgraduate training in Northern Ireland and a clinical fellowship at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. During his postgraduate training he completed a PhD researching cancer progression in Barrett’s oesophagus. His clinical and research interests include inflammatory bowel disease and early detection of GI cancer. He is a bowel cancer screening endoscopist and is the IBD lead for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
Dr Philip Hall
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hon Treasurer USG
Dr Philip Hall has recently been appointed consultant gastroenterologist within the Belfast Trust. He graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2008 and completed gastroenterology training in Northern Ireland. He has a Masters degree in Clinical Education.
He completed an advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship in St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto in 2017 and has interests in upper GI therapeutics, ERCP and quality improvement.
Mr Tim McAdam
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
I am a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and clinical Lead in Belfast Trust having worked as a Consultant in Aberdeen for 6 years. I was a medical student in QUB and trained in North of Scotland and England. My main interests are management of colorectal cancer, member of specialist endometriosis team and pelvic floor disorders. I am a faculty member for RCSEd surgical skills, NOTSS, RCSEng strategies in emergency surgery. I am a recognised national trainer for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
Dr Helen Coleman
Senior Lecturer Queens University Belfast
Dr Helen Coleman is a Senior Lecturer in Cancer Epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast, and previously studied there during her PhD and postdoctoral research projects. She has also spent time conducting research at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, Ulster University, and at the MRC-Human Nutrition Research centre in Cambridge, England. Dr Coleman’s general research interests are in cancer epidemiology, particularly modifiable risk factors for progression from pre-cancerous conditions to cancer and factors associated with recurrence or survival after a cancer diagnosis. She is also involved in health services research projects that aim to optimise how individuals are treated and followed-up after a diagnosis of a pre-malignant condition or cancer, including analysis of Northern Ireland Bowel Cancer Screening data. Her strong interests are in cancers of the digestive tract, especially colorectal polyp/cancer, and oesophageal adenocarcinoma/Barrett’s oesophagus epidemiology.