Cutting Edge Leeds is delighted to announce its annual conference for 2018 – Global Surgery: Redefining Boundaries – in support of MSF and Syria Relief.

The conference will provide delegates with an understanding of working in international healthcare through a series of talks delivered by highly acclaimed surgeons working at the forefront of this exciting field

The day will also involve a number of thought-provoking plenary sessions which will cover topics such as international health, global surgery, and sustainability and challenges faced by the developing world.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in surgical skills workshops including basic and advanced suturing, laparoscopic skills, chest drain insertion, and incision and drainage of abscess. There will also be a workshop which covers developing a surgical CV.

Delegates are also invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation. Abstract submission closes on at 23:59 hours on Sunday April 15th 2018.

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 21st April 2018, Saturday
  • Venue : University of Leeds, Level 6, Worsley Building
  • Conference Fee:
    £5.00 Cutting Edge Members
    £10.00 Non-members
  • No of Places Available : 120
  • Target Audience : Medical students, Foundation year doctors


Time Programee
09:00 - 09:15 Registration
09:15 - 09:30 Welcome and Unofficial Guide to Medicine talk
09:30 - 10:15 Professor Simon Kay - Starting a Specialised Nerve Surgery Service in Hanoi, Vietnam
10:15 - 11:00 Ms. Carin Van Doorn - Establishing Sustainable Humanitarian Cardiac Programmes in Africa
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:30 - 12:15 Plenary Sessions
How to get involved with international health and global surgery
Building sustainability for the local environment
Overcoming challenges in the developing world
12:15 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 15:00 Skills
One extended skill, to choose from:
Knot tying
Basic Suturing
Advanced Suturing

Two applied skills to choose from:
Laparoscopic skills
Chest drain insertion
Incision and drainage of abscess
Developing a surgical CV
15:00 - 15.15 Break
1515 - 1600 Mr Mounir Hakimi - Working in a Warzone

Organising Committee

  • Mr Luke Allen – President
  • Miss Riya Sawhney – Vice President
  • Miss Hansa Iqbal – Treasurer
  • Miss Aisha Ali – Publicity Rep
  • Mr Michael Moody – Mentoring Rep
  • Miss Lauren Storey – WinS Rep
  • Miss Sabeen Majid – Clinical Years Rep
  • Mr Michael Cooke – Pre-Clinical Years Rep
  • Miss Mariam Kenner – Pre-Clinical Years Rep


  • Professor Simon Kay

    Professor Simon Kay is a highly experienced consultant plastic surgeon working at the Leeds General Infirmary. He specialises in all aspects of plastic surgery, particularly hand and major nerve surgery in children and adults. He has established the UK’s largest children’ hand surgery service, and in 2012 carried out the first hand transplant in the UK. Most recently he has undertaken work supported by the British Foundation for International Reconstructive Surgery to establish a specialised nerve surgery service in Hanoi, Vietnam.


  • Ms. Carin Van Doorn

    Ms. Van Doorn is head of congenital cardiac surgery at Leeds General Infirmary with specialist interest in establishing sustainable humanitarian cardiac programmes For more than 10 years she has been involved with the charity Chain of Hope which treats children from developing and war-torn countries with heart disease. She has led missions to Mozambique, Ethiopia and Aswan, treating hundreds of children and providing expert training to local teams in the field of both congenital and rheumatic cardiac surgery.


  • Mr. Mounir Hakimi

    Mr. Hakimi is a trauma and orthopaedics specialty trainee in the North West deanery, who was born in the UK but grew up in Syria. Mr. Hakimi has returned regularly to Syria to provide life saving medical care to the victims of the relentless civil war. In 2011 he helped set up Syria Relief, a charity which aims to relieve suffering and support the future. It does this through providing non-profit support to cover unique and critical areas, from psychiatric treatment for children suffering from PTSD to prosthetic limb clinics.