In addition to Dr Remon Keriakos (Director) our course features a faculty of currently-practicing, long-standing consultants and doctors with many, many years of practical experience.  Come and learn from those who have been in the trenches and have earned their stripes through decades of practice.

Andrew Farkas

Andrew Farkas has been a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals since 1996. Previously, he trained and was a Senior lecturer, in London. He is an examiner for the MRCOG examination, a member of the Ethics Committee ICS, and previously has been College Tutor and Clinical Director at the Jessop Wing, Sheffield.
He has a special interest in all aspects of Urogynaecology (prolapse and incontinence) and, in particular, vaginal surgery. He maintains the linkage between obstetric and gynaecological practice managing 600 new patients each year.
Mr Farkas is an experienced medico-legal practitioner preparing reports on the instructions of both the Claimant and Defendant Solicitors.  For many years he was a member of the Directorate Risk Management Team addressing issues on perineal trauma and other birth injuries.

Keith Chapple

Keth Chapple is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. He has a specialist interest in laparoscopic (‘keyhole’) surgery, pelvic floor disorders (such as constipation and faecal incontinence) and new treatments for benign problems such as haemorrhoids.
He trained in Sheffield, Leeds and Australia and completed his PhD thesis on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin) in preventing colorectal cancer. His current research interest centres on the role of dietary fibre in preventing colonic adenomas (polyps).
He is a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, director of the Sheffield Anorectal Ultrasound course and has published widely on all aspects of colorectal disease

Swati Jha

Swati Jha is  Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Her main areas of interest are Urogynaecology (prolapse of the womb, bowel, bladder and urinary incontinence) and General Gynaecology (period problems).  She is the lead for Perineal Trauma and has an interest in vulval and perineal problems (enlarged labia and vaginal laxity) and also problems of painful sex.

She has been particularly interested in Sexual function in women with urinary incontinence and is published widely on this subject.  Her chief research interest is in the field of Sexual Function in women with pelvic floor dysfunction.  Incontinence and prolapse has always been a focus of her research and publications, and since taking up post as a Consultant, in spite of full time clinical commitments, she has continued to be research active and published book chapters, peer reviewed papers and presented at National and International meetings.

Lynne Smith

Lynne is a Clinical Scientist in Gastrointestinal Physiology and has worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals since 1974.   Lynne Smith is the Clinical Manager at the Gastrointestinal Investigation Unit at the Northern General Hospital, is one of only a handful of extraordinary individuals across the country recognised for her significant contribution for services to healthcare. She has been made an MBE. She is a member of the Education Committee of the Association of Gastro Intestinal Physiologists, the British Society of Gastroenterology, and is a course leader for Gastro Intestinal Physiology on the MSc Clinical Science at Newcastle University. She also works with the Academy of Healthcare Scientists, who work to ensure that healthcare science is recognised as a key clinical profession