Board of Trustees

OUR PRESIDENT - PROF. BARRY WRIGHT

Barry Wright is currently the Professor of Child Mental Health at the University of York. Since 1995 he has worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in York, initially as a community child and mental health psychiatrist and then since 2004 until recently as the Clinical Lead of the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (NDCAMHS). He has special interest in supporting the families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, deaf children, children with learning disabilities and children with physical illnesses.

Barry has been involved in the Hull York Medical School since it began in 2003 and chaired the group that wrote the mental health curriculum. During his time at the medical school he has been in various posts including the Director of Student Support and then the Director of Research in the medical school at the University of York. In 2015 he set up the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (COMIC). The main aim of the COMIC research group is based around the need to find better interventions for children and young people with mental health problems. Previously many of the interventions were based around medication or adult based therapies and not designed specifically for children and young people. COMIC seeks to find and research child friendly interventions and works closely with children, young people and their families to achieve this. In the last few years the centre has run three randomised controlled trials in this field and has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council. Barry retires from this work in October 2021 and will be able to devote more time to York Medical Society and to other things such as being a trustee with Martin House Children’s Hospice. For this reason the children’s hospice will be one of the charities that the medical society will be supporting in 2021/2022.
We hope that you will enjoy the programme for the year. We have tried to make it innovative and interesting. In times when we have been universally coping with a global pandemic with devastating consequences, and where this has impacted greatly on the health professions, having a society which is compassionate and supportive becomes ever more important. York Medical Society enables us to remain connected with each other during a time when connectedness has been greatly disrupted. We hope that you will support the York Medical Society in its 190th year.

Professor Barry Wright
York Medical Society President

Board Members

Dr Stuart Calder

Trustee and licensee holder

Stuart Calder is a retired GP and medical educationalist, who continues to lecture in Medical Ethics.  He founded the York Medical Society Wine Club forty years ago and travels to France and Italy each year to source wines for the club’s list. 

Dr Mark Roman

Trustee 

Mark qualified from the Westminster in 1982, did his GP training in York and was a Partner at York Medical Group for over 29 years before joining the Yorkshire Chambers as a Locum.  During his career he has developed many clinical interests  including GP training,  Research as well as Foundation Lead for Primary Care.   He is married with 3 children, lives in York and enjoys keeping fit with cycling and running. 

Mrs Sarah Anderson

Trustee 

Sarah Anderson is a Consultant Ophthalmologist in York with a sub-speciality interest in Emergency Eye Care. She provides IT and social media support to YMS.  

Dr John Reid

Treasurer

John is a largely retired GP having worked in Selby for 35 years. Currently I am doing some part time GP work in remote and rural Scotland, as well as teaching year 2 students at HYMS. 
 
He is married with 3 daughters, and hopefully soon a 1st grandchild. He lives near Selby and is an ex President of YORK Medical Society.

Professor Barry Wright

President 

Barry Wright is a Professor of Child Mental Health working at both the Hull York Medical School (University of York) and as a consultant in the Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust. 

He leads the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (www.comic.org.uk/research), which is dedicated to researching innovative and child friendly ways of improving the mental health of children and young people. 

Dr Kathryn Griffin

Secretary

Kathryn is a a retired GP and also worked for many years as a GP specialist in Cardiology at York Hospital. She was  President of the Medical Society in 2014-15 and is now Honorary Secretary. She believes that the Society is an important living group of doctors not just a beautiful historic building!! 

Dr Judith Boffa

Trustee

I am a retired GP. My last 13 years I spent in a team as the GP to homeless people and traveller families 

Dr Barbara Adams

Trustee

Barbara is currently working as an Out of Hours GP with Harrogate District Foundation Trust and Vocare in York. She is also a clinical supervisor for GP registrars. 

Dr Sarah Watson

Trustee

I am a GP Partner at Millfield Surgery, Easingwold, a market town 10 miles North of York and a Honorary tutor at HYMS, involved in teaching 4th year medical students.  I went to St Andrews and Manchester Medical School, qualifying in 1996. I have worked in Chester, New Zealand and did my GP training in York.  

I was one of the youngest Presidents of the Medical Society in 2018-19 and now chair the Social Committee.   

Dr Jonathan Evans

Trustee

Arrived in York as a youngster on the General Practice Vocational 
Training Scheme. 
 30 years a GP and still here.

Dr Susan Reaney

Trustee

Qualified Liverpool 1983.

Radiology training Liverpool and Manchester.

Visiting Assistant Professor University of Maryland 1993 (Trauma and Critical Care Radiology).

Consultant Radiologist Manchester 1994-2001 (Breast Imaging and Interventional
Uro-Radiology).

Consultant Radiologist York 2002-2017 (Breast and Musculoskeletal Imaging).

Dr Tim Hughes

Trustee

GP Kirkbymoorside 30 years.

Jane Mortimer

Office Manager

Jane joined YMS in May 2014.  She brings experience in property, accounting, office and people management.

Angie Zurek

Office Administrator

Angie joined YMS as Administrator in January 2020.  Angie previously worked in procurement for the water industry for over 30 years.

Mr David Pring

Hon Curator of Instruments 

David Pring was appointed Consultant in York in 1988.He had a special interest in fertility and Gynaecological Endocrinology and postgraduate  training. He had a longstanding interest in medical politics and represented Yorkshire on the BMA Central Consultants Committee. He retired from clinical practice in 2010 and continued to work as a panellist for the GMC. He has had a longstanding interest in the history of Medicine and is honorary curator of instruments of the York Medical Society.

Professor Jim Drife

Hon Librarian

Jim Drife is emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Leeds and a former BMJ columnist.  He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation and a vice-president of the RCOG, and has appeared several times on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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