Board of Trustees


 Welcome to York Medical Society 

We feel that it is very special place, with historic meeting rooms and lovely gardens, in the heart of our beautiful city.

We have a great range of topics and speakers; covering, as they do, a range of subjects and bringing a wealth of expertise to the Society. 

York Medical Society is one of the oldest in the country and it continues to thrive. 

Our fortnightly meetings are relaxed, informative and fun.

There is the opportunity to share refreshments before and perhaps a meal afterwards with colleagues and friends both old and new. 

It is an environment removed from the workplace, and a rare opportunity to socialize across specialties and ages in relaxed surroundings. 

We welcome those who have lived and worked in York for some time, as well as those new to the area who wish to get to know more about the people and place.

It is a good formula that continues to work well. 

Our Rooms and Gardens are available for outside use through the day and evening. Catering can be arranged, and we have up-to-date multimedia facilities. 

On a personal level, I find it an invaluable means of keeping up with my colleagues, meeting doctors, students and academics and getting to know and welcoming those new to the area. 

We are in the beating heart of York’s cultural life so come along and join us!

Dr Mark Roman
York Medical Society President

Board Members

Dr Mark Roman

President 2022-23

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. 

Professor Barry Wright

Past President

Barry Wright is a retired Professor of Child Mental Health.  He worked at both the Hull York Medical School (University of York) and as a consultant in the Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust leading the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (, 

Dr Kathryn Griffin

Hon. 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 John Reid


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.

Dr Stuart Calder

Trustee and license 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 Judith Boffa


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

Mrs Sarah Anderson

Trustee and IT Lead

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 Barbara Adams


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


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


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

Dr Susan Reaney


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

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

Dr Tim Hughes


GP Kirkbymoorside 30 years.

Dr Vijay Jayagopal


Vijay graduated in 1994 and was appointed as a diabetes consultant at York in 2005. Vijay acts as the lead for medical student placements at York and Scarborough hospitals and is an honorary professor at HYMS

Professor Matthew Morgan


Matt is the Deputy Dean of Hull York Medical School and works closely with colleagues across the region to ensure the School trains the next generations of doctors and researchers for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Matt works as a nephrologist 1 day a week in Hull and as a non-executive director on the board at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

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.

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