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  • 30/07/2020 14:03 | Anonymous

    Mr. Kyle Martin McDonald FRCS

    Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Belfast

    Died Suddenly 26th July 2020


    It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of our esteemed colleague and friend Kyle McDonald.

    Kyle was an exceptional Spinal surgeon who will be missed by patients and colleagues alike.

    He was a loving husband to Poppy and devoted father of Darcey and Rory.

    Kyle graduated from Queen’s University medical school and completed his orthopaedic training in Northern Ireland whilst gaining the Sir Walter Mercer Medal for the highest marks in the exit exam.  Upon completion of his training he embarked upon a fellowship in Scoliosis surgery in Dublin before returning as a Consultant in 2017.

    This level of achievement summed up Kyle perfectly.  He was a supremely gifted and talented surgeon who made the hard things look easy. 

    Patients and staff due to his carefree nature and quick wit loved Kyle.  His sense of humour was unrivalled.  He was a kind person who devoted his time to caring for his Scoliosis patients.  Nothing was too much trouble for him.

    Above all Kyle cherished his beautiful family.  He valued the time he spent with his fantastic wife and darling children.

    At this time we offer our deepest sympathies and love to Poppy, Darcey, Rory and the wider McDonald family.

    Our team will never forget what Kyle brought to us.  We are weaker as a result. 

    The UK spinal community has lost a young and talented surgeon, who had given so much and who could have given so much more.

    Sadly Kyle was taken from us too soon but his legacy will be with us forever.  Rest in peace.

    Obituary by Sam Sloan - Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

  • 07/07/2020 11:20 | Anonymous

    Following the webinar broadcast on 30th June 2020, we have now made the recording available  - to view the webinar, click here

  • 26/06/2020 15:51 | Anonymous

    The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) are proud to present the first of many trainee-focused events with a session focused towards a career in spinal surgery.

    Topic: So you want to be a Spinal Surgeon?

    When: Tuesday 30th June 2020 - 8pm

    Where: Zoom Online Webinar

    Registration: Free of charge

    To register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FxlGoCoVQHeWHYqE9z-WlA

    This session will cover:

    - Current training pathways in the UK, with an update on the Advanced 'In-Training' Fellowship in Spinal Surgery (a.k.a. STiG = Spinal Training Interface Group)

    - What makes a good fellowship?

    - Examples of post-CCT fellowship training in the UK and abroad with a discussion about what each route offers.

    - There will also be ample opportunity to ask the panel questions via the Q&A tab.


    The panel includes:

    Host: Zacharia Silk (BASS Trainee Rep)

    Speakers:

    - Niall Eames (Consultant, Belfast)

    - Hui-Ling Kerr (Consultant,

    - Fahid Rasul (Fellow, Royal London Hospital)

    - Zacharia Silk (Fellow, Great Ormond Street Hospital)

    Moderators: Sashin Ahuja (BASS President) / Rajat Verma (BSS Education)

    The event is free to attend and open to non-members too. Please share with your colleagues and trainees.

    For those unable to attend, or wish to review the content again at a later stage, the webinar will be recorded and posted onto the BASS website, within the members section.

    Details of how to become a BASS member can be found here: https://spinesurgeons.ac.uk/Member-Benefits


    FAQs:

    1. Is there a limit to the number of registrants?

    There is no limit on registration, however our webinar platform the limit of attendees at any one time is 500, so when this reaches capacity during the webinar, no other users can enter. It is highly unlikely that we will hit this limit, but we do need to make attendees aware.

    2. Will the event/webinar be recorded?

    Yes - we plan to make the recording available to BASS members after the event. Previous Webinar recordings can be found on the members-only section of the BASS website.

    3. Will the session interactive?

    Yes - you are welcome to ask questions to the panel via the ‘Q&A’ function at the bottom of your screen. The panelists will do their best to answer your questions live, or write back to you.

    4. Will I get a certificate?

    Yes - following a completed feedback form which will be provided to attendees at the end of the event. Certificates will be sent the following week.

    5. Can non-members attend?

    Yes - this event is *freely available to surgeons (junior and senior), so please share amongst your colleagues and trainees.

    * BASS reserve the right to email/contact non-members to suggest becoming BASS members in the future. Future webinars may be limited to members only.

  • 22/06/2020 15:29 | Anonymous

    This is the ninth webinar in our series of online educational events focused on delivering high quality spinal education to you at home.

    Building on recent paediatric deformity sessions, this session will focus on the assessment and treatment Scheuermann's Kyphosis and Paediatric Spondylolisthesis.

    Whilst aimed at post-CCT fellows, consultants, registrars and doctors from other grades are welcome to join. The event is free to attend and open to non-members too. Please share with your colleagues and trainees.

    Topic: Paediatric Spondylolisthesis and Kyphosis
    When: Tuesday 23rd June 2020 - 8pm
    Where: Zoom Online Webinar
    Registration: Free of charge

    Host: Mr Zacharia Silk (BASS Trainee Rep)

    Speakers:
    - Mr Jonathan Lucas (London)
    - Mr Ashley Cole (Sheffield)
    - Mr Sashin Ahuja (Cardiff)

    Moderators: Mr Rajat Verma (BSS Education), Mr Rohit Shetty (BASS Education)


    To register, visit: 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Pg_nSLZOR-e0xi-Y_Ny4-Q

    For those unable to attend, or wish to review the content again at a later stage, the webinar will be recorded and posted onto the BASS website, within the members section.


    FAQs:

    1. Is there a limit to the number of registrants?
    There is no limit on registration, however our webinar platform the limit of attendees at any one time is 500. It is highly unlikely that we will hit this limit, but we do need to make attendees aware.

    2. Will the event/webinar be recorded?

    Yes - we plan to make the recording available to BASS members after the event. Previous Webinar recordings can be found on the members-only section of the BASS website.

    3. Will the session interactive?
    Yes - you are welcome to ask questions to the panel via the ‘Q&A’ function at the bottom of your screen. The panelists will do their best to answer your questions live, or write back to you.

    4. Will I get a certificate?
    Yes - following a completed feedback form which will be provided to attendees at the end of the event. Certificates will be sent the following week.

    5. Can non-members attend?
    Yes - this event is *freely available to surgeons (junior and senior), so please share amongst your colleagues and trainees. 


    * BASS reserve the right to email/contact non-members to suggest becoming BASS members in the future. Future webinars may be limited to members only.


  • 12/06/2020 12:00 | Anonymous
    This is the eighth webinar in our series of online educational events focused on delivering high quality spinal education to you at home.

    This session will focus on the assessment and treatment of Early Onset and Non-Idiopathic Scoliosis, which has been organised in collaboration with the British Scoliosis Society (BSS). We will be joined by an exceptional panel of speakers from the UK.

    Topic: Early Onset & Non Idiopathic Scoliosis
    When: Tuesday 16th June 2020 - 8pm
    Where: Zoom Online Webinar
    Registration: Free of charge.

    To register, visit: 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3gpelwOpQvqSmIcUyzFjug

    Co-Hosts: Mr Rajat Verma (BSS Education Lead) & Mr Zacharia Silk (BASS Trainee Rep)

    Speakers:
    - Mr Nigel Gummerson (Leeds)
    - Mr Alex Gibson (Stanmore)
    - Mr Thanos Tsirikos (Edinburgh)

    Moderator: Mr Peter Millner (BSS Present) & Mr Sashin Ahuja (BASS President)

    Whilst aimed at post-CCT fellows, consultants, registrars and doctors from other grades are welcome to join. A certificate of attendance will be provided on receipt of a completed feedback form.

    The event is free to attend and open to non-members too. Please share with your colleagues and trainees.

    For those unable to attend, or wish to review the content again at a later stage, the webinar will be recorded and posted onto the BASS website, within the members section.


    FAQs:

    1. Is there a limit to the number of registrants?
    There is no limit on registration, however our webinar platform the limit of attendees at any one time is 500. It is highly unlikely that we will hit this limit, but we do need to make attendees aware.

    2. Will the event/webinar be recorded?

    Yes - we plan to make the recording available to BASS members after the event. Previous Webinar recordings can be found on the members-only section of the BASS website.

    3. Will the session interactive?
    Yes - you are welcome to ask questions to the panel via the ‘Q&A’ function at the bottom of your screen. The panelists will do their best to answer your questions live, or write back to you.

    4. Will I get a certificate?
    Yes - following a completed feedback form which will be provided to attendees at the end of the event. Certificates will be sent the following week.

    5. Can non-members attend?
    Yes - this event is *freely available to surgeons (junior and senior), so please share amongst your colleagues and trainees. 


    * BASS reserve the right to email/contact non-members to suggest becoming BASS members in the future. Future webinars may be limited to members only.


  • 09/06/2020 12:19 | Anonymous
    In this fourth webinar of a planned series, the faculty will discuss Principles of Deformity Correction.

    This would be covered with short presentations, case discussions, analysis of the literature and live interaction with the attendees via polling and Q&As. It is envisaged this webinar will last for around 1.5 hrs.

    Topic: Principles of Deformity Correction
    When: Monday 15th June 2020 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Where: Zoom Online Webinar
    Registration Fee: £25.00


    To register, visit: 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z1uNy4sjTYmghwDTQWlFCg

    Please email webinars@spinesurgeons.ac.uk

     if you have any other suggested topics you wish for BASS to run a webinar on.

    Hosts and Moderators:
    Rajat Verma (BSS Education), Rohit Shetty (BASS Education) and Sashin Ahuja (BASS President)

    Speakers:
    Am Rai (Norwich)
    Neil Davidson (Oswestry)
    Zacharia Silk (GOSH)


  • 05/06/2020 17:00 | Anonymous

    This is the seventh webinar in our series of online educational events focused on delivering high quality spinal education to you at home!

    The programme now shifts to the assessment and management of paediatric spinal deformity and has been put together in conjunction with our colleagues in the British Scoliosis Society (BSS).

    This session will focus on Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and we will be joined by an exceptional panel of speakers from the UK.

    Topic: Assessment & Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS)
    When: Tuesday 9th June 2020 - 8pm
    Where: Zoom Online Webinar
    Registration: Free of charge.

    To register, visit: 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RkcS5esORtmuvSt45PoQ2A

    Co-Hosts: Mr Rajat Verma (BSS Education Lead) & Mr Zacharia Silk (BASS Trainee Rep)

    Speakers:
    - Mr Mike Grevitt (Nottingham)
    - Mr Vinay Jasani (Stoke on Trent)
    - Mr Jason Bernard (St George's, London)

    Moderator: Mr Sashin Ahuja (BASS President)

    Whilst aimed at post-CCT fellows, consultants, registrars and doctors from other grades are welcome to join. A certificate of attendance will be provided on receipt of a completed feedback form.

    The event is free to attend and open to non-members too. Please share with your colleagues and trainees.

    For those unable to attend, or wish to review the content again at a later stage, the webinar will be recorded and posted onto the BASS website, within the members section (you will need to be a BASS Member - more details here)

    We very much hope you can join us for this session. If you have any suggestions about future topics you’d like us to cover, please email: webinars@spinesurgeons.ac.uk.

  • 03/06/2020 12:31 | Anonymous

    In this third webinar of a planned series, the faculty will discuss Segmental Spinal Reconstruction for Tumour & Trauma: Surgical approaches.

    This would be covered with short presentations, case discussions, analysis of the literature and live interaction with the attendees via polling and Q&As. It is envisaged this webinar will last for around 1.5 hrs.

    Topic: Segmental Spinal Reconstruction for Tumour & Trauma: Surgical approaches
    When: Monday 8th June 2020 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Where: Zoom Online Webinar
    Registration Fee: £25.00

    This webinar is aimed for those working in MedTech industry, but we also welcome clinicians, researchers and others interested in spinal surgery if they wish to attend.


    To register, visit: 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rMvze5MJQ62FTbfkBrzLaQ

    Please email webinars@spinesurgeons.ac.uk if you have any other suggested topics you wish for BASS to run a webinar on.

    Hosts and Moderators:
    Rohit Shetty (BASS Education) and Sashin Ahuja (BASS President)

    Speakers:
    Neil Chiverton (Sheffield)
    More Speakers TBC

  • 28/05/2020 12:58 | Anonymous

    In this second webinar of a planned series, the faculty will discuss the rationale behind the various approach used to treat lumbar pathology. It will also cover biomechanics of various cages used for treating such conditions.

    This would be covered with short presentations, case discussions, analysis of the literature and live interaction with the attendees via polling and Q&As. It is envisaged this webinar will last for around 1.5 hrs.

    Topic: LIFs
    When: Monday 1st June 2020 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Where: Zoom Online Webinar
    Registration Fee: £25.00


    To register, visit: 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bilnrc3FRCGKsVyjmpJ_cA

    BASS will be looking to run future webinars on various topics in the coming weeks, such as:
    • Rationale of Anterior or Posterior Approach for Spinal Instability
    • Principles of Deformity Correction

    Please email webinars@spinesurgeons.ac.uk if you have any other suggested topics you wish for BASS to run a webinar on.

    Moderator:
    Sashin Ahuja (President BASS)

    Hosts and Moderators:
    Rohit Shetty (BASS Education) and Sashin Ahuja (BASS President)

    Speakers:
    John Leach (Manchester)
    Alwyn Jones (Cardiff)
    John Afolayan

  • 22/05/2020 09:58 | Anonymous

    Recent BASS/BSS webinar about the reintroduction of elective spinal surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. (broadcast on 7 May 2020)

    To view the video, please click here


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