awarded American fellowship
Earlier this month Prof Bill Heald
was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons
(ACS) during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the official opening of the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons
The granting of Honorary Fellowship is one of the highlights of the ACS Clinical Congress
, which is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world.
Prof Heald's citation read:
Professor Heald is a professor of surgery at the University of Southampton and a consultant surgeon at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
He is also surgical director of the Pelican Cancer Foundation, which educates health professionals in the management of patients with colon and rectal cancer.
led the North Hampshire Hospital team in the development of Total Mesorectal Excision (TME), a procedure used to treat rectal cancer by removing a significant length of the bowel around the tumour.
A passionate educator, Professor Heald has dedicated himself to training surgeons, both in the U.K. and internationally, in the conduct of TME by broadcasting live video of operations, and holding a dialogue with his audience.
has performed more than 4000 of these procedures in more than 30 countries since developing the technique 1988.
has close to 150 peer-reviewed publications in surgical literature, mostly in the field of colorectal surgery.
Besides teaching and publishing, he
has participated in workshops, named lectures, postgraduate courses, master classes, and video productions worldwide.