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Introducing our new BSG Officers

Updated on: 11 Jul 2022   First published on 06 May 2022

We are delighted to welcome our new officers taking up various roles within the BSG. We will be posting about new officers on this page as they are announced, read more about each of them below.

Latest BSG officer appointments:

  • Deputy VP Endoscopy – Prof Pradeep Bhandari
  • Deputy Vice President of Hepatology – Dr Coral Hollywood
  • Deputy Chair CSSC/QI – Dr Nick Michell
  • Guidelines Lead – Dr Perminder Phull
  • Workforce Lead – Dr Shairoz Samji

Deputy VP Endoscopy – Prof Pradeep Bhandari

Prof Pradeep Bhandari is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, and Professor of Gastroenterology at Portsmouth University. Previously, he was the Chair of European Society of GI Endoscopy (ESGE), Research Committee June 2018 – 2022, and was the Director of National Endoscopy Training Centre June 2014-2019 at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. His previous posts also include the Treasurer of British Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2013-2016), Specialist Advisor to National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on endoscopic interventions 2016-2019 and 2009-2012, Specialist Advisor to Health Technology Assessment (HTA) a Department of Health Research Grants body (2009 onwards), a core member of the BSG Endoscopy Research Committee, Associate Editor of Digestive Endoscopy Journal (2011-2014), and Associate Editor of Diseases of Oesophagus (2017-2020). His prestigious international awards include Clinical Excellence awards, ASGE Crystal award for best International research (DDW 2016; San Diego), Barbour Freeland Award from Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for significant contribution to Endoscopic innovations and Research (2015), Hopkins Endoscopy award by the BSG in 2012, ASGE Crystal award for Best International endoscopy research (DDW 2013), and AGA Crystal award for Best International Patient friendly research (DDW 2011).

Deputy Vice President of Hepatology – Dr Coral Hollywood

Coral HollywoodMy first experience of university was at the age of 30 as a mature student studying medicine at Southampton. I trained in Wessex and then took a consultant post in Gloucestershire to develop their hepatology department in 2012. I joined the Liver section committee in 2014 and have been privileged to continue through different roles since then within the BSG. I have represented my section on the Education committee, putting together RCP education days and the programme committee inviting international speakers. Most lately, I have been the Liver section secretary, working on guidelines, pathways, and seminars. In my own trust, I am clinical lead and represent my region, the West of England, for hepatology research at the national meetings.



Deputy Chair CSSC/QI – Dr Nick Michell

I graduated with degrees in Biochemistry and Medicine from Birmingham University in 1989 and went on to train in the West Midlands. In 1995, I was awarded an MD in the role of peptide growth factors and colon cancer, and following general gastroenterology training, was appointed Lecturer in Medicine at Birmingham University in 1997. I was appointed as Consultant Gastroenterologist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in 1999 and continued my interests in education and training as RCP Tutor and Chair of the Regional GI Training Committee, working closely with the deanery and JCHMT. During this time, I was also involved in National Cancer Peer Review and took my first steps into management as Clinical Director for Medicine.

In 2005, I returned to my native Cornwall as a Gastroenterologist at The Royal Cornwall Hospital and developed a subspecialty interest in inflammatory bowel disease and ERCP. My medical management experience continued and following completion of The NHS Top Leaders Programme,  I have held a variety of posts and am currently the Deputy Medical Director with a portfolio that covered professionalism and more recently, clinical effectiveness. I have supported NCEPOD and served at South West representative on the CSSC.

Having worked in both teaching hospitals and a busy district general hospital, I have a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities within. Over the last decade, I have focussed on safe, efficient, and effective services, and can bring this experience to the committee.

Guidelines Lead – Dr Perminder Phull

Dr Perminder PhullDr Perminder Phull MB BS, MD, FRCP (Lond.), FRCP (Edin.) is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen Medical School. He is the Clinical Lead for Endoscopy and also for the Bowel Screening Programme in NHS Grampian. His interests include luminal gastroenterology and interventional endoscopy.


Workforce Lead – Dr Shairoz Samji

Shairoz Samji is a newly qualified Consultant Gastroenterologist working in Kent who started in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. She is currently the Endoscopy Training lead for her trust. In 2019, she was awarded the BSG Trainees Leadership and Management Prize on the themes of compassionate and educational leadership. As the co-author of the BSG flexible working statement and LTFT rep on the BSG Training committee, she believes in promoting equal working and training opportunities for all. This is a challenging time to take on the BSG Workforce Lead and she hopes to engage with all members on this critical issue. She also enjoys running by the sea and sings in Whitstable Choral Society as a top soprano.

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