MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT - PROF. BARRY WRIGHT
It is an honor to be the York Medical Society President for its 190th season, and I look forward to the year that is to come.
On behalf of the York Medical Society, I would like to thank the outgoing President Dr. Jonathan Evans for his excellent stewardship of the medical society over the last year. There have been a considerable number of challenges presented by the COVID pandemic that has meant it has not been possible to have our usual face to face meetings. These meetings are the lifeblood of the society since they allow the all-important human connectedness that the pandemic has shown us that we need and crave. Jonathan steered us through this difficult time with calm, thoughtful and empathetic leadership, and together with colleagues found numerous and innovative ways of helping us to connect. Zoom meetings have been a way of bringing York Medical Society meetings into our homes at a time when many people are relatively isolated. Jonathan will continue to be a valued member of the Board.
Large thanks should be given by us all to the many clinicians and staff in our medical community who have delivered superb clinical services against considerable odds during this pandemic.
I would also like to take this opportunity to add my thanks to Mr Mike Stower who has been the Treasurer of the York Medical Society for the last 10 years. Mike is standing down from the Board and as Treasurer but will continue to be a valued member of the society. Mike has steered the finances of the York Medical Society through some challenging times, not least a period of austerity, COVID and the sale of the York Medical Society buildings at 23 Stonegate to the York Conservation Trust. This latter arrangement enables the Society to move onto a sound financial footing, with continued use of the York Medical Society buildings and has guaranteed the future of the society for many years to come. Dr. John Reid will be taking over from Mike as Treasurer and we welcome him to this role.
Thanks also to Mr Andrew Grace and Ms Deena El-Sharief who are standing down from the Board. Andrew is a past President and has been a strong advocate and wise advisor over the years. Deena has brought energy and innovation to the group and both will be missed.
We hope that it will be possible to move back to face to face meetings by the time the next programme begins in October 2021. We will watch Government announcements with interest and will keep the membership informed. The programme for the 2021/2022 year is shortly to be finalised. This will be posted on the website and will also be circulated to all the members. We are pleased to have some exciting and interesting presentations including for example Sir Marcus Setchell, previous obstetrician to the Royal household and Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the BMA Council. We also have a rich and interesting oration too look forward to from Dr Heather Bonney a principal curator at the Natural History Museum, which will take place on Saturday 2nd October 2021 followed by a dinner at the Mansion House. Members are encouraged to put this date into the diary.
There will also be a number of other social events including the Burns Supper, a popular night at the Merchant Taylors Hall which will be taking place on Saturday 29th January 2022. We also have a comedy night, with an evening of songs by Jake Thackray performed by the excellent Fake Thackray, a Choral Society evening and our usual wine tasting events wonderfully led by Dr. Stuart Calder.
We hope to welcome new members to the Society in the next year and we particularly encourage GMC registered medical staff to consider joining. The York Medical Society is situated in the middle of town. We meet on some Friday evenings for a glass of wine followed by an excellent high quality presentation and this is a wonderful way to start the weekend. There is an optional supper after the presentation at a very good rate. Some members choose to come to this and chat with colleagues, whilst others use the meeting as a springboard and then go on to meet family and friends for dinner elsewhere. COVID has reminded us how important social interaction is, and we would recommend York Medical Society to all ages as a mechanism for having a high quality venue in town, that can be rented for a range of events, or simply to use it for the organised programme that we put together each year.
We will keep you informed and will publish next year’s programme shortly.
Professor Barry Wright
York Medical Society President
Prof. Barry Wright
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jane joined YMS in May 2014. She brings experience in property, accounting, office and people management.
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
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.