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FSSA President

Mr Ian Sugarman, FSSA President

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Ian graduated from Medical School in 1985. Ian always knew he wanted to be a surgeon and, after periods in Orthopaedics and Urology, stumbled across Neonatal and Paediatric Surgery in Southampton, where his career choice completely changed. Over the ensuing years Ian trained in Paediatric Surgery, but also in Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine, before finishing his training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Ian became a Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon in Leeds in 1999 and has remained there to the present. In the department Ian subspecialised in Paediatric Colorectal Surgery. He, with colleagues have developed joint clinics covering patients with inflammatory bowel disease, Spina Bifida and other neuropathic conditions and transition clinics. He has now established transition clinics in Bradford where there are Paediatric Colorectal Nurse Specialists. During his time as Lead Clinician, he became Lead Clinician for the Paediatric Gastroenterology Department and overseen the development of this to a thriving department with Consultants, Nurse Specialists, Pharmacists, Dieticians, Psychologists and Social Workers.

Whilst research is not Ian’s greatest strength, he has had over 40 papers published, 19 chapters published and has taught and presented work nationally and internationally.

Ian has been part of the Yorkshire and Humber Operational Directive Network since October 2020 and is presently Lead Clinician for the ODN.

Ian has been heavily involved with British Association of Paediatric Surgeons since 2008, initially as webmaster, but then as Honorary Secretary and then Honorary Treasurer, before being elected as President, which he has held since July 2022. Over the years, Ian helped develop the first BAPS Specialist Interest Group (of which there are now four), that being in Paediatric Colorectal Surgery.

Ian is the first Paediatric Surgeon to be elected President of FSSA.

Ian is married to Rachel, a Consultant Pathologist, and they have three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys walking the beaches of Northumberland, photography and is a season ticket holder for Leeds United.

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