Chapter of Surgeons


Bimbi Fernando

Mr Fernando was appointed consultant liver and kidney transplant surgeon programmes at the Royal Free Hospital in 2004. He qualified at the Royal Free in 1990 and underwent his specialty training at Addenbrookes’ Hospital, Cambridge. His sub-specialty interests include general surgery as well as vascular and peritoneal access for the renal failure population. He is passionate about education and training and has local, regional and national roles in this.


The British Transplantation Chapter of Transplant Surgeons conforms and works within the framework of society rules.

It is a forum for all surgical members of the Society and is responsible for:

  1. Providing a professional voice for Transplant Surgeons working in all areas of organ transplantation.
  2. Considering current surgical issues in organ donation and transplant to assist the Society in having an agreed position in these areas.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Provide a professional “voice” for transplant surgeons within the United Kingdom and identify areas which impact on the unique way surgeons in Transplantation workTo work closely with the Carrell Club and the
  • Transplant Training and Education Committee (TTEC) to identify and resolve issues which impact on Transplant Surgery training and clinical practice
  • To run an annual meeting with a specific theme to bring together the wider transplant surgical community
  • Provide specific views and “horizon scan” on surgical issues of specific relevance to the Transplant Surgeon
  • Provide an avenue for transplant surgeons to discuss mentor support
  • Encourage and support new members to join the Society


  • The committee will consist of up to 8 members. The CoTS executive will consist of a Chairman and Secretary. Councillors representing Organ Retrieval Surgery, Kidney Transplant, Pancreas Transplant and Liver Transplant will be co-opted/ elected by the BTS executive. The Carrell Club president will be co-opted onto the committee to provide trainee representation. The Chair of CoTS will sit on the BTS council and be recommended to the General Surgery SAC.
  • Members will be required to complete an annual Declaration of Interests.
  • The committee will meet at least twice a year and report on its activities to the Executive and Council of the BTS through the Chair and Councillors representing Transplant Surgery. The quorate number for meetings will be 3 people to include one Executive plus at least 2 others.
These terms of reference will be reviewed annually – next review September 2017

Current Committee

Mr Bimbi Fernando Royal Free, London

Mr Argiris Asderakis Cardiff

Mr Paul Gibbs Portsmouth

Mr Colin Wilson, Newcastle

Miss Cat Boffa Oxford
Carrell Club


Member (Organ Retrieval)


Position Statements

At present the CoTS are helping develop a specific Transplant Surgery training curriculum with other agencies.

More details to follow.

Job Opportunities

Units with job opportunities for trainees and consultants/ SAS’s are invited to submit adverts for jobs.

These will be advertised for a limited period of time.


University Hospitals Leuven

Transplant fellowship position available

We do approximately 140 kidneys, 80 livers, 120 procurements and we also have a pancreas and bowel transplant programme. All our fellows have had transplant positions after their stay with us.

Interested candidates can contact:

Jacques Pirenne
MD, MSc, PhD

Monothematic Meetings

2016      Chapter of Transplant Surgeons session, ASGBI

2014      “Retrieval and Recovery”, 110 Rochester Row, London

2012      “Transplantation through the Keyhole”, IET London, Savory Place

Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting will be at the 2017 Annual Congress, Harrogate.

Find out more…

Informal Peer Mentor Scheme

The CoTS aspires to provide an informal peer mentor scheme to allow Transplant Surgeons with concerns or difficulties to informally contact another professional member. The Committee are available to be contacted in this regard.