Wednesday 15th May 2024

GGPET String of Pearls- Obesity PM

Speakers: Mr Oliver Old, Mr Andrei Ilczyszyn, John Russell, Dr Mohgah El-Sheikh

13.00 – 13.30pm Registration
13.30 – 14.45pm Session 1
14.50 – 15.15pm Tea / Coffee Break
15.20 – 16.30pm Session 2

1. To discuss the science behind obesity and address common myths and misconceptions
2. To review the assessment and management of people with obesity, including lifestyle interventions, medical and surgical management.
3. To review current available weight management offers, including the Specialist Weight Management Service


Date: Wednesday 15th May 2024

Time: 13:30

Duration: Half Day

Location: Sandford Education Centre

Members' Price: £0

GP Price: £70

AHP Price: £30

About the speaker

Mr Oliver Old
Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

Mr Old graduated with Honours in Medicine from the University of Birmingham, and holds a degree in Neuroscience. He completed his surgical training in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, including specialist Fellowships at internationally renowned centres in Melbourne and Auckland, covering all aspects of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Mr Old has published papers on gallstone disease, hernias, Barrett’s oesophagus, oesophageal and gastric cancers, and weight loss surgery.

He was awarded a Research Fellowship from The Royal College of Surgeons of England to study Barrett’s oesophagus and received a research doctorate (Doctor of Medicine) from the University of Exeter for this work. This specialist interest has continued, and he is Chief Investigator on a large, international randomised trial in this field (Barrett’s Oesophagus Surveillance Study, BOSS).

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family in the Cotswolds. To support his interests in the treatment of obesity, he has also qualified as a Personal Trainer, to help provide informed diet and exercise advice to his patients. He enjoys keeping fit himself through cardiovascular and resistance training – practice what you preach!

About the speaker

Mr Andrei Ilczyszyn
Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

Mr Ilczyszyn qualified in medicine from St Georges Hospital Medical School, London and completed senior surgical training in the North East Thames Deanery, London.

He undertook a two-year surgical fellowship at the University College London Hospital Centre for Obesity Surgery and Weight Loss Management. He also holds a research degree in oesophageal physiology and oesophageal benign disease from Kings College London.

Mr Ilczyszyn’s focus is on the honest, open and holistic management of people with both obesity and benign surgical conditions.

About the speaker

John Russell

within both physical and mental health, leadership, coaching, and behaviour change implementation as one of the foremost trainers in Motivational Interviewing in the UK and Ireland.

With a breadth of management experience and training delivery with UK wide experience across the private, public and third sector I know how to get the best out of people and services to achieve outcomes-based delivery whilst focusing both on people and service improvement.

With positivity, enthusiam, knowledge, a strong 'why' and a great culture we can achieve anything.

- Motivational Interviewing (MI) in all settings
- Adherence to treatment and programmes (especially reasons for dropout and how to prevent).
- Patient experience and representation
- Harnessing Technology to improve outcomes for people

About Me:
- I currently live in Gloucestershire
- I have cycled from John O Groats to Lands end, have a Black-belt in Karate and kickboxing and have completed the 3 Peaks. I love a challenge.
- Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
- Certified MINT Trainer
- Committee Member MINT UK & Ireland
- Programme Planning Committee Member for MINT Worldwide ConferenceI

About the speaker

Dr Mohgah El-Sheikh
Consultant in Community Diabetes

includes all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology.

My particular areas of expertise are in the management of obesity, type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome.

I trained at Kings College Hospital in London and the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. My first consultant post in 2001 was at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Here, I established the multidisciplinary obesity and bariatric surgery service and expanded it to become a regional referral centre. I also developed the one-stop clinic for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome and led numerous innovative initiatives such as the development of the virtual thyroid clinic and the endocrine e-book.

In 2012 I moved to take a position at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi as a Consultant Endocrinologist.

I have authored several papers and textbook chapters including in the Oxford Handbook for Diabetes and Endocrinology. I am also a published author of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (The Facts).

I am co-organiser of several teaching programmes and regularly present at both national and international conferences.

I was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2003 and SCOPE certified by the World Obesity Federation in 2020.

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