National Conference

Cutting Edge Leeds is proud to present our National Annual Conference!

This year's theme is 'A New Wave of Surgery' and will involve a range of inspiring talks from prominent surgeons and hands-on workshops, all revolving around the various aspects of the future of surgery.



Mr. Richard Kerr.

Our first speaker for our National Annual conference will be renowned neurosurgeon Mr. Richard Kerr. Mr. Kerr has interests in skull base tumours, oncology and vascular disease. He has authorship of over 40 peer reviewed articles and 15 book chapters under his belt. He currently holds the role of Chair of Future of Surgery Commission by RCS England and will be presenting the latest reports of their findings of the existing and upcoming innovative changes within surgery. Whether you consistently have your finger on the pulse of surgical development, or have no idea about the updates in this ever-growing field, this talk will be captivating for all and will set the tone for the events of the day!



Professor David Jayne

We are honoured to have Professor David Jayne as our second speaker. He is a pioneer of robotic surgery in Leeds.

His clinical interests include robotic and minimally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer and pelvic floor dysfunction. He led the pan-global robotic surgery ROLARR trial, and holds the position of Clinical Editor of the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. His talk will interestingly explore the implications of the high cost of robotic surgery in public healthcare systems in the UK, and across the globe. He will also touch upon the other ethical challenges presented with increasing involvement of technology in clinical practice in the field of surgery.



Professor Stephen Westaby

Professor Stephen Westaby, our third and final speaker, is renowned worldwide for being the surgeon responsible for the longest surviving artificial heart transplant in the UK, and his award-winning memoir 'Fragile Lives'.

He was innovating new treatments in cardiothoracic surgery, long before 'innovation' became a buzzword, and has seen it all.

Professor Westaby's mantra is: “Move on, learn, try harder.” Innovation, he argues, is the goal, not outcomes. (The Guardian, 2017)

He will speak about his experience of furthering innovation in surgical treatment and his opinion on what the future of surgery holds - it is sure to be an enlightening talk.




Dr William Bolton of NIHR and MedTech, will be running the much awaited ‘’hackathon” at our National Annual Conference.

This will be a rare opportunity to expand your problem solving and collaborative skills, by creating solutions to unmet needs in surgery.

As aspiring surgeons, we need to nurture a culture of innovation, so get your thinking caps on and become a part of the future of surgery!




You will be able to participate in one workshop from each of our three categories! We will email you a form after you have purchased your ticket, so you can indicate your preferences. These include:

ON THEME SKILLS - Laparoscopic Skills - Virtual Reality - 3D Printing

SPECIALIST SKILLS - Plastic Surgery: Z-Plasty - General Surgery: Bowel Anastomosis

BASIC SKILLS - Basic Suturing - Advanced Suturing - Excision of skin lesion and sebaceous cyst



There will be plenty of opportunities for all-important networking with our guest speakers and the multitude of surgeons in attendance.

This event is open to medical students of all years, foundation doctors, specialist trainees, and consultants of any specialty.


Submisssion for poster abstracts closes on the 8th March. Please send your submission to  Prizes will be available for the best presentations!


Tickets are available from: 

You can purchase membership to get access to discounted tickets when they go on sale, membership is only £3 annual or £10 lifetime.

As always, certificates of attendance will be issued to all delegates for their portfolios!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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