Meet the team
Professor Michael Bailey
President and Founder of MATTU
MBBS FRCS FRCS(Edin) Hon. Legion d’Honneur
Professor Bailey is Professor of Surgery at The University of Surrey, and Visiting Professor at IRCAD Strasbourg, Taiwan, and Brazil.
He is Chairman of the Advanced Surgical Meetings at The AIMS Academy Milan. He chairs the annual Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Meeting at the University of Brussels.
He was awarded the Cheselden Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2014 for ‘Outstanding service to British Surgery’, and the Moynihan Prize of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland in 1976.
He founded MATTU at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in 1995 with special monies provided by the Government after open competition.
MATTU moved to new purpose built premises at The University of Surrey in 2005.
Professor Tim Rockall
Consultant Colo-rectal Surgeon, Director
MB BS FRCS MD
Professor Rockall is a Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Surrey County Hospital Guildford and Professor of colo-rectal surgery at Surrey University.
He specialises in laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery and has a particular interest and expertise in laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
He was previously Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London in the department of Surgical Technology and Oncology and Honorary Consultant at St. Mary's Hospital London, where he directed the clinical robotic programme with the Da Vinci surgical robotic system.
He has held the position of Director of the MATTU since 2003.
Mr Iain Jourdan
Senior Laparoscopic Tutor
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
MA MB MChir FRCS
Trained at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital. Qualified in 1992 and subsequently awarded a Master of Surgery with Distinction. Specialist training in laparoscopic surgery at the European Institute of Telesurgery in Strasbourg.
Has been a member of the teaching team at MATTU since 1996 and is now Senior Laparoscopic Tutor and Senior Fellow of the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit at the University of Surrey and Consultant The Royal Surrey County Hospital.
Member of the Association of Coloprotologists of Great Britain and Ireland, Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons.
Mr Andrea Scala PhD FRCS
Mr Andrea Scala has been a Colorectal Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since 2014.
He graduated at Federico II University of Naples and subsequently undertook his post-graduate Higher Surgical Training at the London Deanery (south West Thames). After Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) he was selected for the national ACPGBI Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery.
He was awarded a Doctorate of Research in surgical sciences and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies at Federico II University of Naples in 2007.
His main expertise lies with the minimally invasive treatment of malignant and benign conditions of the colon and rectum, multidisciplinary approach to locally advanced pelvic malignancies, laparoscopic hernia surgery and complex abdominal wall reconstruction.
He is a regular member of faculty on the laparoscopic training courses at the MATTU where he also performs live demonstrations.
Miss Angela Riga MSc FRCS
Consultant HPB Surgeon and EAU Surgical Tutor
Miss Angela Riga has been a Consultant HPB Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since 2011. She graduated from the University of Athens. During her post-graduate training she worked in several HPB units including Royal Free Hospital, Royal Surrey County Hospital, King's College Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital. She spent six months as a clinical lecturer in pancreatic surgery in Dublin and she did a travelling fellowship at the Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital in New York. She was awarded an MSc from UCL in surgical science for work on liver transplantation and reperfusion injury. She has been teaching surgical skills in many courses over the years including BSS, ATLS, CCrISP, Core Surgical Skills, Lap chole courses and Senior Trainee Surgical Skills days in St Mary's hospital as well as teaching anatomy at the Physicians Associates course of the University of Surrey.
Mr Andrew Kent
Director of Gynaecological Surgery
TD MD FRCOG
Andrew Kent is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Minimal Access Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since 2001. He is Director of Gynaecological surgery at the MATTU and is convenor of the gynaecological courses. He runs masterclasses in laparoscopic hysterectomy, tissue morcellation, laparoscopic pelvic floor surgery and rectovaginal endometriosis. He is on the faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in London and the European Surgical Institute in Hamburg. He is on the faculty of the British and European Societies of Gynaecological Endoscopy. He has been involved in the development of Endometriosis Centres in the UK and is Deputy Clinical Director for the MSc programme in advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy, University of Surrey.
He has presented on the subjects of advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery in all aspects of gynaecology.
Mr Tim Worthington
Consultant Hepato-Biliary Surgeon
MB chB, MD, FRCS
Consultant Surgeon, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Laparoscopic Tutor, Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit, University of Surrey.Member of The Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons: International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Society; Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Trained at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. Awarded the Royal College of Surgeons Simpson Research Fellowship and studied the biology of Pancreatic Cancer. After being awarded his doctorate in 2001, Tim spent his higher surgical training in London and undertook further specialist training at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Tim was appointed Consultant Surgeon at University College Hospital, London 2004.
After his appointment to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in 2005 he is developing the use of Minimal Access Techniques in the field of Hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery.
Mr. San Sunkaraneni
Consultant Rhinologist and ENT Surgeon
DOHNS LLM FRCS(ORL-HNS)
Mr San Sunkaraneni is a Consultant Rhinologist at The Royal Surrey County Hospital with a special interest in diseases and surgery of the paranasal sinuses and anterior skull base. He is an endoscopic sinus surgeon, having completed fellowship training in Vancouver, Canada, and has special interest in advanced frontal sinus and skull base surgery. He teaches on national and international sinus surgery courses, and is developing a research programme in affiliation with the University of Surrey.
Mr Matthew Solan
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Matthew Solan graduated from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1992 and completed General Surgical training in London, Guildford and Oxford. His specialist Orthopaedic training was in the South Thames (West) Region. Mr Solan was awarded a British Orthopaedic Travelling Fellowship to Dublin and has also worked overseas in South Africa and at the Universities of John Hopkins and Maryland, Baltimore, USA.
In 2003 he was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Frimley Park Hospital.
Mr Solan was appointed to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford in 2006. His special interests are in forefoot deformity, arthroscopic ankle surgery and heel pain. Mr Solan has published extensively on foot and ankle surgery.
Matthew has many educational interests, teaching on International and National Courses. He is Convenor of the ankle Arthroscopy Course and the UK Forefoot Surgery Course, with his colleague Paul Halliwell, at the MATTU. In addition he finds time to fulfill Surgical Training responsibilities with the London Deanery and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery.
Ms Alison Snook
Alison Snook qualified as a nurse at St Bartholomew\'s Hospital, London in 1983 and chose the operating theatres as her specialty. A further year studying the finer aspects of theatre life and a teaching course led her to a theatre sister post in 1986. As leader of a busy General surgical theatre she was at the forefront of the laparoscopic revolution when laparoscopic cholecystectomy was introduced. A keen interest into emerging technologies and techniques led to a move into education and in 1995 she became Manager of The Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit [MATTU] in Guildford. Her enthusiasm has taken her all over the world lecturing and teaching in this specialist field.
Ms Sophie Allen
MBBCh, MRCS, BSc
Sophie completed her undergraduate medical degree at Cardiff University in 2010, having also undertaken an Intercalated BSc in Physiology. She is currently a Higher Surgical Trainee in General Surgery in the West KSS Deanery and have an interest in Colorectal surgery.
She has taken two years out of training to complete an MD at the MATTU. Since October 2016 she has been undertaking a randomised controlled trial which aims to determine whether a prehabilitation programme improves cardiopulmonary exercise test results in patients undergoing chemotherapy prior to surgery for oesophagogastric cancer. The research is funded by Macmillan Cancer, and being carried out in conjunction with Surrey Sports Park and St Lukes' Fountain Centre.
Mr William Maclean
MB ChB, MRCS
Will graduated from Bristol Medical School in 2010. He is halfway through his higher surgical training from the South West London Deanery and wishes to pursue a career in colorectal. He is undertaking a two year MD at the MATTU as a research fellow which started in October 2018. His research topic will be assessing the value of point of care faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) for symptomatic patients referred into the two week rule pathway.
Mr. Daniel White
Dan completed his undergraduate degree at the Hull York Medical School in 2009. He is currently a higher surgical trainee in General surgery in the Kent Surrey and Sussex deanery with a specialist interest in Colorectal surgery.
Dan is taking 2 years out of programme to complete an MD in clinical and experimental research at the University of Surrey. He will run a randomised controlled trial to investigate whether nutritional supplementation can improve human immunity and reduce infectious complications after surgery.
Mr Paul MacKenzie
BSc (Hons), BM BS, MRCS
Paul graduated from St. Georges, University of London in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences before studying medicine at Peninsula Medical School (Universities of Exeter and Plymouth), graduating in 2010.
He completed foundation and core surgical training at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, before being appointed to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Higher Surgical Training Programme. He has a specialist interest in Upper GI Surgery and is currently undertaking an PhD in the field of post-operative ileus.
Mr. Rishabh Singh
MBBS, BSc, MRCS
Rish graduated from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Medical School in 2010. He is currently a higher surgical trainee in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery. He is undertaking an MD Programme at the MATTU and University of Surrey. His research project is looking at biomarkers of renal failure in surgical patients.
Mr. Christopher Limb
Chris completed a medical and postgraduate masters in research at Newcastle University in 2013, before moving to London and the South Coast to pursue a career in surgery. He has taken two years out of higher surgical training in order to undertake an MD through the University of Surrey. His research aims to identify a novel biomarker for Pancreatic cancer