About This Webinar
This free-to-attend CPD webinar has been organised by British Journal of Hospital Medicine, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Cook Biotech, Inc, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

With more and more public attention on the complications of meshes, patients are asking more questions of their surgeons. In this webinar, a panel of experts will discuss the need to take time to listen to patients' concerns and will offer their opinions on how best to communicate with concerned patients.

*** This webinar is CPD certified and all attendees will receive a personalised CPD certificate sent by email after the session.***
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    Andrew de Beaux
    Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK
    Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland. His main surgical interest is abdominal wall reconstruction, (in addition to bariatric surgery and elective and emergency general surgery) undertaken in both the National Health Service and private practice. In addition, he has an active medico-legal practice.

    He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has written a number of hernia related chapters in surgical textbooks in addition to original hernia related research papers. He has organised TEP, lap IPOM, open sublay and cadaver hernia training courses.

    He is Past-President of the British Hernia Society (having been Education secretary for 10 years prior to this), and co-organised the second BHS conference in Edinburgh in 2006 as well as the last one in 2018. He was Co-president of the 2014 European Hernia Society Annual Congress which was held in Edinburgh. He has served on a number of EHS Working Parties (EuraHS) and Guideline Groups (Abdominal wall closure, Incisional hernia, HerniaSurge). He became an EHS Board member in 2017 with a responsibility for Social Media and is General Secretary elect.

    He represents the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) and also serves on the Strategy Group for SIGN. He has been on the Editorial Group of a number of SIGN guidelines. He is an Associate Editor for Obesity Surgery, member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Surgery and World Journal of Surgery, and a past European Section Editor at the Journal Hernia.
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    Todd Heniford
    Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic and Carolinas Medical Centre, USA
    Dr Heniford completed his undergraduate degree and played football at Clemson University. He performed his surgical residency at the University of Louisville and a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He has been on the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., where he serves as Professor of Surgery and directs Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Carolinas Hernia Center.

    Dr Heniford is the author of over 450 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and editor of three books. He and his research fellows have won 67 prominent research awards, including 5 SAGES Research Project of the Year Awards, 14 Americas Hernia Society Research Awards, multiple awards from the American College of Surgeons and Association for Academic Surgery, among others.

    He has developed successful surgical apps that have been downloaded in more than 140 countries and has multiple international patents. Dr Heniford was the 2014 recipient of the MedStar Georgetown University Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Hernia Society Nyhus-Wantz Career Achievement Award, and named “Medical Innovator of the Year” from the Business Journal. He is a past-President of the Americas Hernia Society. Five of Dr Heniford’s trainees have become President of the Americas Hernia Society.
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    Agneta Montgomery
    Consultant Surgeon, Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden
    Agneta is senior consultant at the Department of Surgery at Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden and Associate Professor at Lund University. She has worked on the development of laparoscopic and abdominal wall surgery since 1990. She has been the head of the “Division of laparoscopic and abdominal wall surgery” since 1996 at the department of surgery at Malmö/Lund University Hospital, SUS.

    Agneta is principle mentor for the theses of 8 research students, secondary mentor for 3 research students and 3 ongoing thesis projects. In total she has published 120 original publications and 15 book chapters.

    Agneta is former president and one of the founders of the Swedish Laparoscopic Society, former educational secretary of the Swedish Surgical Society and former president for four years of the Swedish Surgical Society. She is board member and a founder of the Swedish Hernia Register and former associate editor of journal Hernia.

    Agneta is board member and currently President of the European Hernia Society (EHS) and member of the BJS council.
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    Chair: Rebecca Linssen