Kamal Mahawar

Chief coordinator

Kamal Mahawar is a Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland. 


Alessandro Martinino

Membership coordinator

Alessandro Martinino is an Italian student currently attending the fifth year of medical school at the Univeristy of Rome "La Sapienza"

Mohamed Aboulezayem

TAG coordinator

He is an Upper GI Surgical Registrar at St George’s University Hospitals. He completed his surgical training in Cairo University in Egypt.


Brijesh Madhok

TUGS Lounge coordinator

He is a Consultant bariatric surgeon at the Royal Derby Hospital and an Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Juan Pablo Scarano

Communications coordinator

He is a fifth year medical student at the University Complutense of Madrid. He has participated in several international research projects about the GI tract.

Alpa Morawala

Growth coordinator

She is a Surgical Registrar,  working at North middlesex University Hospital. Developing Laparoscopic Simulation Suite at the trust.

Mohamad Hayssam ElFawal 

TUGS Middle East coordinator

He is the president of the Pan Arab Society for bariatric and metabolic surgery. He is also an assistant professor of Surgery BAU.

Eloise Owen

Students coordinator

She is a third year medical student at the University of Manchester. She has a prior degree in Human Physiology from the University of Liverpool

Sjaak Pouwels

Scientific Sundays coordinator

Sjaak Pouwels is a resident doctor at the Intensive Care department of the Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital in the Netherlands. He has published over 80 Pubmed publications.

Kelvin Voon

TUGS Asia coordinator

Kelvin Voon is a Consultant Upper GI & Bariatric Surgeon at Penang General Hospital, Malaysia. He is also a visiting lecturer at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus.

Elliot Goodman

North America Coordinator

Elliot Goodman started his studies in Cambridge and continued his training in New York. He has been in practice as an academic GI surgeon in New York for the last 24 years.

Johnn Henry Herrera Kok

TUGS Spain Coordinator

General and digestive surgeon at the Complejo Asistencial Universitario de León. He has experience as a collaborating tutor for residents and students, delivering surgical educational activities, and clinical research. 

Yitka Graham

Health Services Research coordinator

Dr Yitka Graham is Head of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute and Associate Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sunderland, England.  

TUGS India coordinator

Associate Consultant in Surgical Oncology & MIS at Aakash Healthcare super speciality Hospital. He is also an editorial Board member of the prestigious Journal of Minimal access surgery (JMAS). 

Vikas Jain