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.

In this webinar, two expert surgeons will examine a variety of clinical situations such as patients with contaminated wounds, patients who are obese, patients with diabetes or emergency patients, and will discuss whether or not it is appropriate to use a biologic mesh in these cases.

*** This webinar is CPD certified and all attendees will receive a personalised CPD certificate sent by email after the session.***
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    Chair: Rebecca Linssen
    Editor, British Journal of Hospital Medicine
    Rebecca graduated from Cambridge University with an Honour’s degree in pharmacology in 1994. She started work as a subeditor on the British Journal of Hospital Medicine and the British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. Rebecca has been Editor of the British Journal of Hospital Medicine (http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/toc/hmed/current), a monthly review journal for hospital doctors, since 1998.

    She is also Editorial Director of MAG Digital Resources and Group Editorial Director for Mark Allen Group, which includes thirty different healthcare publications in its portfolio (http://www.markallengroup.com/ma-healthcare#publications).
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    Neil Smart
    Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation NHS Trust
    Neil is an academic colorectal surgeon in Exeter whose clinical practice includes subspecialty interests in advanced pelvic malignancy, incisional hernias / complex abdominal wall reconstruction and parastomal hernias. Neil leads a number of studies (both clinical and translational) related to colorectal and hernia surgery in collaboration with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. He has published and presented extensively at national and international meetings on a range of colorectal and hernia topics.
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    Dominic Slade
    Consultant Colorectal, Abdominal Wall and Intestinal Failure Surgeon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, UK
    Mr Dominic Slade graduated from Birmingham University in 1992, and undertook his surgical training in the North West of England. He was appointed to his consultant post in 2006, where he works as a general, colorectal and intestinal failure surgeon with interests in laparoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and complex abdominal wall reconstructive surgery.

    Salford is one of only 2 nationally funded centres for the management and treatment of intestinal failure in the UK, and is unique throughout Europe in the volume and complexity of cases it deals with. With his surgical colleagues he offers reconstructive surgery for intestinal failure resulting especially from surgical misadventure. Along the way he has developed a particular interest in the reconstruction of massive abdominal wall defects and complex incisional hernias resulting from the management of the septic abdomen. This has led to a tertiary referral service, involved the appointment of a number of senior fellows in AWR for whom he is a trainer, and collaboration with a plastic surgery department in another hospital. He is part of the North West Abdominal Wall Reconstruction group, which aims to promote collaboration, education and research to improve the management of these patients across the North West of England.

    He has published on the management of enterocutaneous fistulas and AWR, the use of tensor fascia lata (TFL) thigh flaps for massive abdominal wall defects, and presented nationally on patient selection, preoperative work up, management of the open abdomen and anterior and posterior component separation. He is an enthusiastic trainer and is involved in regular teaching of complex abdominal wall reconstruction and the management of the septic abdomen both nationally and internationally.