Board of Trustees


Welcome to our Society and Website! The meetings for our 189th session are detailed here, and I hope that you will be able to come to some, or perhaps all of them.

I trust that you will find an interesting mix of topics and speakers; covering, as they do, a range of subjects and bringing a wealth of expertise to the Society.

Our fortnightly meetings are relaxed, informative and fun.

There is the opportunity to share a glass of wine before and perhaps a meal afterwards with colleagues and friends both old and new. Then there is always the opportunity to join our Wine Society.

Our wonderful Rooms are available for hire and are perfect for meetings ranging from business lunches to social occasions and have access to our perfect walled garden hidden behind medieval walls. Specialised catering is always an option.

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

It is an environment removed from the workplace, and a rare opportunity to socialize across specialities in relaxed surroundings whether at one of the meetings or just to call in whilst in York.

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.

On a personal level, as a relatively recently retired York GP, I find it an invaluable means of keeping up with my former colleagues, meeting doctors still at work and getting to know and welcoming those new to the area.

An interest in medicine is lifelong.

Dr Jonathan Evans,

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


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

President Elect

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 (, which is dedicated to researching innovative and child friendly ways of improving the mental health of children and young people. 

Mr Mike Stower


Mike has been treasurer of YMS since 2011, and was instrumental in the society selling 23 Stonegate to York Conservation Trust. He retired from his role as a consultant urological surgeon at York Hospital in 2011, after being in post since 1988. 

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!! 

Mr Andrew Grace


Andrew is an ENT surgeon, starting in York in 1988 and taking his pension in 2014, but  continues to work as a laryngologistHe  joint clinical lead for Global Health and Philanthropy. He has a busy medico-legal practise. He was President in 2011/12 and hacontinued to be involved with looking after the fabric of the medical rooms. He is a Trustee of Jessies Fund, a Director of the Ryedale Festival, and is involved with the care of the Merchant Taylors Hall. 

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 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. 

Mrs Deena El Sharief


Deena is a consultant breast surgeon at York hospital.  

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.

Interested in getting involved?