Our vision and role
The King's Health Partners Academic Surgery aims to facilitate outstanding surgical science collaborations, support hybrid surgical and implementation trials, improve education for the next generation of surgical trainees and inspire students aspiring to exciting surgical careers.
Prof Prokar Dasgupta [pictured right], our Professor of Surgery, talks about his vision for King’s Health Partners new Surgical Academy and how he plans to bring surgeons across our partnership together to push for surgical excellence.
What will your appointment as Professor of Surgery at King’s Health Partners mean for surgeons across the partnership?
Becoming King’s Health Partners Professor of Surgery is a huge honour. We have a massive opportunity of bringing surgeons across King’s Health Partners together, irrespective of their specialty, and showcasing the fantastic work that they are doing along with their scientists and educationalists. My vision is to facilitate outstanding surgical science collaborations, support hybrid surgical and implementation trials, improve education for the next generation of surgical trainees and inspire students wishing to embark on exciting surgical careers. Bringing together our tremendous colleagues in this way will help create our new Surgical Academy – a space that brings surgeons across our partnership together to push for surgical excellence.
What are your plans for the new Academic Surgery over the coming months?
To tell everyone more about what we are trying to achieve, we will be hosting Virtual Academic Surgical Grand Rounds on the last Thursday of every month. The aim is simple; to provide a framework in which the King's Health Partners surgical community can come together and network, develop friendships and relationships with national and international colleagues, present high-quality research and inform others of progress in their specialist field. Take a look at our events pages for any upcoming events.
Celebrating pioneering surgeons through our Grand Round Professorships
Our flagship Academic Surgery Grand Rounds series offer our visiting lecturers a Professorship, which we have chosen to after two prominent surgeons in history.
The first is Sir Astley Paston Cooper, who was a famed anatomist and surgeon operating in the late 1700s and early 1800s, recognised for his work at Guy’s Hospital which has a Dialysis Unit named after him. He was known in particular for vascular surgery, surgery for hernia, aneurysm, otology and serving as president for the Royal College of Surgeons. The second surgeon is Margaret Bulkley, who was also known throughout their life as Dr James Barry. Operating throughout the late 1700s and early 1800s, Bulkley-Barry was a famed military surgeon and performed the first ever recorded and successful caesarean section. Bulkley-Barry was a pioneer both in their professional and personal life, as they lived as a man but it was in fact discovered upon their death that they were female and had even given birth. We want to honour this individual as a pioneer whilst respecting their gender identity choice - which is why we have chosen to name this series the Bulkley-Barry-Cooper Professorship. You can read more about their fascinating life in our guest article by the esteemed author, Jeremy Dronfield.