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Events and engagement opportunities

King’s Health Partners: Virtual Academic Surgical Grand Rounds

Join our innovative and dynamic lecture series to inform practising surgeons, undergraduate and postgraduate trainees who aspire to be surgeons, along with allied healthcare professionals who support day-to-day work, about the latest themes in surgery.

The aim is simple; to provide a framework in which the King's Health Partners (KHP) 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.

Upcoming Grand Rounds 2022-2023 

All sessions outlined below will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, from 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Topics and dates are subject to change.

  • Robotic Surgery in Gynaecological Oncology, 26 May 2022
  • Neurovascular Surgery, 23 June 2022
  • Urological Surgery, 28 July 2022
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery, 25 August 2022
  • Paediatric CNS tumours, 22 September 2022 - CONFIRMED
  • Orthopaedic surgery, 20 October 2022 
  • Cardiac Surgery, 24 November 2022
  • Plastic Surgery, 22 December 2022
  • Maxillo-facial Surgery, 26 January 2023
  • Vascular Surgery, 23 February 2023
  • Thoracic Surgery, 23 March 2023
  • Paediatric Surgery, 27 April 2023
  • Transplant Surgery, 25 May 2023
  • Coloretal Surgery, 27 July 2023
  • POPS team, 24 August 2023
  • Bariatric Surgery, 28 September 2023
  • Breast Surgery, 26 October 2023 

The details for each Grand Round event are confirmed closer to the time on our events page. You can also join our regular invite list to receive the latest event details by contacting

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.

Catch-up on previous King's Health Partners Grand Rounds

You can watch all previous Grand Rounds in your own time by visiting our Learning Hub and adding the course to your basket for free. Alternatively, you can watch the sessions on our King's College London media channel.

Watch the KHP Academic Surgery workshops 

In 2020, Prof Dasgupta arranged two workshops to explore the vision for KHP's Academic Surgery progamme and how we are bringing surgeons across the partnership together to push for surgical excellence.

You can view the workshops by registering to our Learning Hub, or click on the links below: 

KCL Surgical Society Mentorship Scheme

The Mentorship scheme pairs interested medical students with Core Surgical Trainees and Surgical Registrars based at Lewisham NHS Trust, and Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts (and other London hospitals) to give them the chance to shadow in the wards, in theatre or on-calls, discuss surgical career prospects, and explore research opportunities.

We are looking to recruit new mentors for October 2022. You are encouraged to meet with your mentee on at least 3 occasions during the year, with opportunities for clinical exposure and research, and will receive a certificate for your participation in this scheme. Other reasons to sign up:

  • Share your knowledge with an enthusiastic student;
  • Practice your teaching skills.

In order to enrol please complete the 2-minute form.

For any queries, please email

Contact us

Interested in engaging with the King's Health Partners Academic Surgery? You can contact Prof Prokar Dasgupta at