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Surgical Specialty Associations

Surgery is a diverse field and there are 24 professional associations and expert groups that represent the interests and set standards for the varying surgical specialties, techniques and patient groups.

Although separate organisations, most are based at the Royal College of Surgeons and have representation on the College council.

Contact details for each of them are listed below in alphabetical order:

ABS (Association of Breast Surgery)

Healthcare professionals treating malignant and benign breast disease in the UK, Ireland and worldwide.

Tel: 020 7869 6852 Fax: 020 7430 9235 Email: jackiespencer@absgbi.org.uk

ACPGBI (Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland)

Surgeons who treat diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Email: info@acpgbi.org.uk

Tel: 020 7973 0307 Fax: 020 7430 9235 Email: admin@acgbi.org.uk

ALSGBI (Association of Laproscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland)

Tel: 020 7869 6940 Email: swilliams@alsgbi.org 

ASGBI (Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland)

The umbrella body for all the sub-specialties that together make up general surgery.

Tel: 020 7973 0300 Fax: 020 7430 9235 Email: admin@asgbi.org.uk

ASiT (Association of Surgeons in Training)

The representative body for trainee surgeons.

Tel: 020 7973 0305 Email: info@asit.org

AUGIS (Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery)

Surgeons who treat diseases of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver and biliary tract.

Tel: 020 7304 4773 Fax: 020 7430 9235 Email: manager@augis.org

BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)

Representative body for cosmetic surgeons. Contact: Ms Tingy Simoes. (media enquiries)

Tel: 020 7549 2863 Fax: 020 7242 4922 Email: tsimoes@wavelengthgroup.com

BADS (British Association of Day Surgery)

Expert body for day surgery.

Tel: 020 7973 0308 Fax: 020 7973 0314 Email: bads@bads.co.uk

BAETS (British Association of Endocrine & Thyroid Surgeons)

Surgeons who treat diseases of the endocrine system (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands).

Tel: 020 7304 4771

BOAMS (British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons)

Surgeons who treat diseases of the jaw, mouth, face and neck

Tel: 7405 8074 6857 Fax: 7430 9999 Email: office@baoms.org.uk

BAPS (British Association of Paediatric Surgeons)

Expert body for surgery in children.

Tel: 020 7869 6915 Email: adminsec@baps.org.uk

BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons)

Surgeons who specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Contact: BAPRAS team

Tel: 020 7831 5161 Fax: 020 7831 4041 Email: media@bapras.org.uk

BASO (British Association of Surgical Oncology - the Association for Cancer Surgery)

Surgeons who treat cancer.

Tel: 020 7869 6954 Fax: 020 7869 685 Email: admin@baso.org.uk

BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons)

Combined medical and surgical specialists who treat diseases of the kidney, bladder and urinary tract.

Tel: 020 7869 6950 Fax: 020 7404 5048 Email: admin@baus.org.uk

BOA (British Orthopaedic Association)

Surgeons who treat injuries and diseases of the bone, joints and muscles.

Tel: 020 7405 6507 Fax: 020 7831 2676 Email: secretary@boa.ac.uk

BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)


Tel: 020 7831 5162 Fax: 0207 831 4041 Email: secretariat@bssh.ac.uk

BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology)

Combined representative body for all medical professionals who treat diseases of the digestive system.

Tel: 020 7935 3150 Fax: 020 7487 3734 Email: enquiries@bsg.org.uk

BTS (British Transplant Society)

Expert body on the development of transplant surgery.

Tel: 01625 664 547 Email: secretariat@bts.org.uk

CEM (College of Emergency Medicine)

Expert body for Accident & Emergency medicine.

Tel: 020 7404 1999 Email: cem@colemergencymed.ac.uk

ENT UK (British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists)

Combined medical and surgical specialists who treat diseases of the head and neck, particularly ears, nose and throat.

Tel: 020 7404 8373 Fax: 020 7404 4200 Email: ent@entuk.org

SARS (Society of Academic and Research Surgery)

Expert body for co-ordinating research into new surgical techniques.

Tel: 020 7869 6640 Fax: 020 7869 6644 Email: sars@rcseng.ac.uk

SBNS (Society of British Neurological Surgeons)

Surgeons who treat diseases of the brain and central nervous system.

Tel: 020 7869 6892 Fax: 020 7869 6890 Email: admin@sbns.org.uk

SCTS (Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland)

Surgeons who treat diseases of the chest cavity, in particular the heart.

Tel: 020 7869 6893 Fax: 020 7869 6890 Email: sctsadmin@scts.org

SCPSGBI (Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland)

Specialists in maintaining blood circulation and life systems during transplant operations.

Tel: 020 7869 6891 Fax: 020 7869 6890 Email: admin@sopgbi.freeserve.co.uk

VSSGBI (Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Surgeons who specialise in treating conditions of artery, vein and blood circulation.

Tel: 020 7869 6936 Fax: 020 7430 9235 Email: office@vascularsociety.org.uk

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