Our committee

WMRC Committee 2017-18

  • Pritam Singh (Chair)

  • Aneel Bhangu (Vice-chair)

  • Behrad Barmayehvar

  • James Glasbey (Secretary)


I am currently an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in general surgery working towards an MRes in Clinical Trials in Surgery at the University of Birmingham. I am the senior lead for the STARSurg student collaborative and am part of the steering group for the GlobalSurg collaborative and the international RIFT Study.

I moved to the West Midlands in 2015 to learn more about Clinical Trials and collaborative research! I sit on the trial management group for the Reinforcement of Closure of Stoma Site (ROCSS) RCT and the FALCON GS-RCT 1.

I am the WMRC lead for the ROSSINI 2: Reduction Of Surgical Site Infection using several Novel Interventions RCT – please do get in touch if you want to get involved at your centre! All trainees who recruit and randomise patients will be named coauthors on the final manuscript.

My role on the committee to act as society secretary, helping to organise the meetings and support the administration of the WMRC.

  • Yan Li Goh (MUD Liaison)

I am currently a ST4 General Surgical Registrar in the West Midlands Deanery. I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2011 and completed my foundation and core surgical training in the Manchester. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education and graduated with merit in ChM (General Surgery) from the University of Edinburgh. I have authored MRCS preparatory books and published seven scientific papers, given 45 lectures and presentations in various international and national conferences and courses. I am a WMRC liaison and a member MUD (Mesalazine for treatment of acute Uncomplicated Diverticulitis) steering committee. I am also a member of the NRCM 2017 organizing committee.

  • Georgia Layton (NRCM Representative)


I am currently a Surgical Clinical Teaching Fellow in the West Midlands and I am undertaking a post-graduate certificate in Medical Education at the University of Birmingham. I provide formal teaching for both undergraduates and postgraduates with an emphasis on surgical skills and simulation. I am a member of the RICOCHET (ReceIpt of Curative resection Or palliative Care for HEpato-pancreato-biliary Tumours) steering committee and the NRCM (National Research Collaborative Meeting) organising committee.

My role on this year’s WMRC committee is to act as the link between the meeting and collaborative committees and to ensure smooth handover to the North West who will be leading NRCM 2018.

  • Siobhan Mckay

  • Dmitri Nepogodiev (Meetings Secretary)


I am currently a research fellow undertaking a PhD in global surgery and public health at the University of Birmingham. My doctoral research is identifying and assessing methods for improving access to surgical care from the community in low income countries. I first attended WMRC meetings as a medical student in 2010 and have been involved in our Reinforcement of Closure of Stoma Site (ROCSS) RCT since then. More recently, I have co-led the Right Iliac Fossa Treatment (RIFT) Study. My role on the committee is to help plan and advertise our monthly meetings – please get in touch if you have ideas for future meetings!

  • Jagdeep Singh

  • Richard Wilkin

I am the lead of the SUNRRISE trial that is investigating negative pressure dressings for patients undergoing emergency laparotomies. I have been involved with the WMRC since 2010, initially as a local collaborator collecting data in my hospital and more recently as part of the committee. I am also involved in ROSSINI2 and RICOCHET. Please get in touch with any questions about these studies or anything to do with WMRC.

  • Denise Yeung (Webmaster)


I am currently a registrar in Colorectal Surgery at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham. I joined the West Midlands Deanery in October 2016 and have been attending WMRC meetings fairly regularly ever since. Together with Siobhan, I am bringing the Perianal Abscess Packing RCT (PPAC-2) and Single Use Negative pRessure dressing for Reduction In Surgical site infection following Emergency laparotomy (SUNRISE) trials to Heartlands Hospital.