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BASS Trainee Committee Members

Below are the current representatives on the BASS Trainee Sub-Committee. If you wish to contact any member of the committee, please email trainee_committee@spinesurgeons.ac.uk

PositionNameSpecialityLevel
ChairpersonAlex GoubranTrauma and OrthopaedicsSTIG Fellow (post CCT)
SecretaryAl DurstTrauma and OrthopaedicsPost CCT Fellow
Educational RepSurya GandhumTrauma and OrthopaedicsST8
Educational RepPaul BrewerTrauma and OrthopaedicsPost CCT Fellow
Research RepMartinique Vella-BaldacchinoTrauma and OrthopaedicsST5
 Research RepPriyanka Jani
Website RepDanny TadrossTrauma and OrthopaedicsCST1
Communication and Social Media RepWing Sum LaoNeurosurgeryST3
Fellowship RepEdward DysonNeurosurgeryST8 (OOPT)
Speciality Trainee RepPhilip CopleyNeurosurgeryST6
Speciality Trainee RepKarim AboelmagdTrauma and OrthopaedicsST5
Medical Student RepKaren Soh Chien Lin  - 5th Yr Medical Student


Trainee Committee Member Profiles


Alex Goubran - Trainee Rep for the Executive Committee

Stage of training: STIG Fellow - Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Sheffield Children's NHS Trust

Experience in spine (months): 24 months

Favourite part of a spinal career: Operating and decision making 

When not in hospital...: In Devon with my daughters and wife. 

Something interesting about you: Half Irish / Half Egyptian


Alexander Durst – Secretary

Stage of training: Post-CCT Fellow (STIG , followed by Canadian fellowship)

Experience in spine (months): 28 months 

Favourite part of a spinal career: The patients, the challenges, the operating

When not in hospital...: With my wife enjoying life with laugh, hiking, snowboarding and doing escape rooms

Something interesting about you: Keen Movember supporter, for 12+ years; have raised a bit of money and awareness for an important cause whilst winning a prize or two



Surya Gandham - Education Rep

Stage of training: ST8

Experience in spine (months): 18

Favourite part of a spinal career: Having exposure to adult, paediatric, trauma and cancer cases all in one week.

When not in hospital...: I am trying to keep up with my three little girls and spend as much time with family and friends

Something interesting about you: Love Japanese food and art and am waiting for COVID to clear up before visiting again.


Paul Brewer - Education Rep

Stage of training: Post CCT fellow

Experience in spine: 3 years experience in spines- 24 months as a reg, 12 months as a fellow in Brisbane, Australia. Now at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham.

Favourite part of a spinal career: variation in procedures with a variety of patients. Not one trick ponies!

Something interesting about you: enjoying playing golf when not working. Trying to develop the next Tiger Woods so I don't have to work (or at or least have a good excuse to go and play)


Martinique Vella Baldacchino - Research Rep

Stage of training: finished St4 on NW London Rotation now on OOPR

Experience in spine (months): 6 months

Favourite part of a spinal career: seeing patients move their legs post op

When not in hospital...: on a bike or hiking with my fiancé

Something interesting about you: cycled solo from London to Glasgow in 5 days.


Priyanka Jani - Research Rep



Danny Tadross – Website Rep

Stage of training: Core Surgical Trainee

Experience in spine (months): 10 months as a junior fellow

Favourite part of a spinal career: The variety of approaches and diagnostic/management challenges

When not in hospital: Still trying to salvage a professional football career at 5 a side