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 Patrick Allen
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Secretary USG
Dr Patrick Allen is a Consultant Gastroenterologist working in the South East Trust. He graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2002. He completed his training in NI and completed a fellowship in
St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne in Endoscopy and IBD. He has been Secretary for the Ulster Society of Gastroenterology since 2012 and was on the organising committee for the BIG Meeting held in the Waterfront Hall in 2013. His main interests are IBD and Endoscopy.
Dr Jenny Addley
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Treasurer USG
Dr Jenny Addley Graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and completed her Gastroenterology Training in Northern Ireland Deanery. She is currently employed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in the Ulster Hospital,Dundonald. Within Gastroenterology, Jenny has an interest in Hepatology and Quality Improvement, is a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and has recently been appointed Alcohol Care Team Lead for the South Eastern Trust. Jenny is also involved with the BSG SWiG group (Supporting Women in Gastroenterology) and currently participates in their Mentorship Programme for new consultants.
Mr Eamon Mackle
Consultant Surgeon Southern Trust & Past President USG
Eamon Mackle confesses to being a general surgeon, albeit with interests in GI surgery and the pelvic floor. He has been a Consultant in Craigavon Area Hospital for 21 years and is the Southern Trust’s Associate Medical Director for Surgery and Elective Care. He is President of the USG and President elect of the Ulster Medical Society.
He is a past member of AUGIS Council. He is a member of the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations as well as a member of the IMRCS paper panel and the OSCE subgroup. He is an undergraduate examiner for QUB as well as being an undergraduate and
postgraduate examiner for RCSI.
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.