A medic in South Tyneside has been appointed to one of the top posts in his field.
South Tyneside District Hospital’s consultant professor Colin Rees has been made vice-president of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG).
In this role, Professor Rees will lead UK endoscopy on behalf of the BSG for the next two years.
He said: “This is a tremendous honour and I am very much looking forward to taking on this new challenge, whilst continuing my clinical and research work with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and Durham University.
“The North East leads the way in many areas of gastroenterology and this post is a recognition of our leading role, both nationally and internationally – particularly in relation to endoscopy.”
Professor Rees is an international expert in endoscopy. As well as chairing the BSG’s endoscopy research, he is chairman of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s research committee. He has led several initiatives, including the evaluation of colonoscopy within the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and the setting of national endoscopy standards.
In 2007, he founded the Northern Region Endoscopy Group to improve the quality of the service for patients throughout the North East.
He has been awarded the UK’s leading Endoscopy award for his work on prevention and earlier diagnosis of bowel cancer and, in recognition of this, he will present the Hopkins Endoscopy Lecture at the 2nd Digestive Disorders Federation meeting in London next week.