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International Surgical Advisers

International Surgical Advisers are RCSEd Fellows dedicated to training and development and committed to promoting and sharing RCSEd initiatives in their local areas. International Surgical Advisers form a vital link between the College and our current and prospective international membership. 

You can find out more about our International Surgical Advisers by reading their biographies below. If you have any questions about our International Surgical Advisers, please contact the ISS.



Dr Uma Krishnaswamy MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FAIS, MA.

Dr Krishnaswamy is Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Apollo (Main) Hospitals, Chennai, India. Dr Krishnaswamy is the first oncoplastic breast surgeon in Chennai and is currently developing robotic enhanced breast cancer surgery. Dr Krishnaswamy serves as Tutor, Examiner and International Surgical Adviser for the RCSEd and has been training surgical trainees for 25 years.



Mr Vittal is Consultant Endocrine and Laparoscopic Surgeon at the Sree Sai Krishna Hospital & Vittals Institute of Endocrine and Laparoscopic Surgery. Mr Vittal is Honorary Secretary of the Indian association of Endocrine Surgeons, and is an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


Dr. P Raghuram Pillarisetti MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Irel)

Dr. P. Raghu Ram Pillarisetti (Hyderabad, India) is amongst the foremost breast surgeons from South Asia. He was conferred the prestigious Padma Shri by the Hon'ble President of India in 2015 making him the youngest surgeon from southern Indian States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and one of the youngest doctors from India to have received one of the highest civilian awards of the land. The award was bestowed in recognition of his vision and work on improving breast healthcare in India, and for his  contribution in promoting the highest standards of surgical education in India through his association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He is one of the few in the world to have acquired the prestigious FRCS from all four Royal Colleges in British Isles. He conceived, designed and established the Indian subcontinent’s first free standing, purpose built centre for breast health at KIMS Hospitals,Hyderabad (2007).

In 2011,Dr Raghu Ram Pillarisetti’s proposal to establish the Association of Breast Surgeons of India, the country’s first and only dedicated society for surgeons practicing the art and science of breast surgery, was seconded by those practicing breast surgery from across the country. Having served as its Founder Honorary Secretary (2011-2013), he has been unanimously elected to serve as President of this Association (2015 – 2017).

He has hosted ten overseas postgraduate courses on behalf of the College in Hyderabad for doctors sitting the final FRCS & MRCS courses (2000 - 2013), the highest number of courses ever held under the auspices of the College in an Overseas location.  In recognition of his unstinting contribution to the RCSEd for well over a decade, Dr. Raghu Ram Pillarisetti has been conferred the Overseas Gold medal (the highest award bestowed upon Fellows practicing outside the UK) in 2013, making him the youngest ever to receive this esteemed honour in the 511 years history of the College.


Dr Sanjay De Bakshi MS (CAL), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed)

Dr De Bakshi trained at the Medical College Calcutta, completing his MBBS and MS in General surgery from this institute. He subsequently went to the UK where he completed his FRCS(England). He is presently attached to the Calcutta Medical Research Institute (C.M.R.I.), Kolkata as a Consultant Surgeon to the Unit of Surgical Gastroenterology.

He is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and organised a very successful examination for the Edinburgh College for the first time in Kolkata in January 2010. He was also conferred the Fellowship of the Edinburgh College without examination in 2001, the second surgeon from Eastern India to be awarded this honour. He has co-authored a chapter in Bailey & Love’s “Short Practice of Surgery” (25th edition), a book that is considered to be an international surgical bible. Dr De Bakshi organised the IMRCS exams held in 2011 and 2012 and received the “College Overseas Medal 1st July 2011”.

New Delhi

Dr Pawanindra Lal MS, DNB, MNAMS, MNASC, FIMSA, FCLS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Eng), FACS

Dr Lal is Professor of Surgery at MAMC, New Delhi. Dr Lal is keenly interested in teaching and laparoscopic surgery and has more than 60 publications in national and international journals and more than 130 paper presentations. He is a member of all national surgical bodies as well as ELSA (Asia), ALS (UK) and SAGES (USA). He has done pioneering work in Laparoscopic surgery in Basic Laparoscopy, TEP, GERD, Colorectal surgery and is now stepping into Metabolic surgery. Dr Lal is an examiner and College Tutor for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow and has been organising MRCS examinations in Delhi since 2005.


Professor Thamer A. Hamdan FRCS, FRCP, FICS, FACS 

Professor Hamdan is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Teaching Hospitals and Medical School of Basrah in Iraq and the Chancellor of the University of Basrah. He is the Iraqui representative for the Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SCIOT), and the AOSpine Chairperson. He is on the advisory boards of the US-China Medical Journal Advisory Board, Asian Spine Journal and The Bone and Joint Journal. He also edits the Basrah Journal of Surgery and is foreign editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma.


Professor Hanafiah Harunarashid FRCS (Ed)

Professor Harunarashid is a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre. He graduated from the University of St Andrews where he was the recipient of the Margaret-Pickerring Gold Medal award.

Currently, Professor Harunarashid is Director of the Advanced Surgical Skills Centre in UKM, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Surgical Academia, Honorary Secretary of the College of Surgeons Malaysia and an Executive councillor of the Vascular Society of Malaysia. He is a coordinator of the Master of Surgery programme and an active member of the Malaysian Conjoint Board of Surgery. He also sits in the National Specialist Register subspecialty committee. Professor Harunarashid was appointed International Surgical Adviser of the RCSEd in October 2012.


Miss Tin Tin Mar FRCS (Ed)

Miss Mar was appointed Professor of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Department in Yangon Specialist Hospital in November 2015. Miss Mar became a Fellow of RCSEd in 2001. She has been an examiner since 2006 and an International Surgical Adviser since 2012. Miss Mar finished a Doctorate degree in General Surgery in 2005 from the University of Medicine (2).

Miss Mar is Vice-President of the Myanmar Surgical Society and secretary of the Myanmar Endoscopic Surgical Society, and is a member of Myanmar Medical Association, ELSA-Endolaparoscopic Surgeons of Asia, ASEAN Colorectal Surgical Society, and the Asia-Pacific Hernia Society.


Professor Abdul Raof Sharfi

Professor Sharfi is a Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Consultant Urologist and the head of the department of Urology in Soba University in Khartoum. He is the local host of the MRCS (RCSEd) in Khartoum, Sudan as well as being an MRCS examiner. He hosted the first Part B examinations in Soba Examination Centre in Khartoum in 2011, and has hosted the MRCS exams there once per year since. 

Professor Sharfi graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, completed MBBS, then obtained an MCS in General Surgery and MD in Surgery. He was appointed as ISA for RCSEd in 2015, and was conferred the Fellowship ad Hominem of RCSEd in 2015. He is the assistant editor of the SMJ, and is a member of many international scientific associations including EUA, AUS and PAuSA.  


Dr Faisal Alam

Dr Alam graduated from Sultan Qaboos University Medical college in Oman. He finished his higher surgical training in Scotland in 2008 before moving back to Oman. He was appointed as a senior consultant in vascular surgery at the Royal Hospital in Muscat. He became Head of General Surgery and Deputy Director of the Surgery Department in 2012.

He is a member of the Education Committee in the Oman Medical Board for the general surgical training programme. He is also an executive member of the Oman Medical Association. His main interest are vascular access for haemodialysis, diabetic foot and surgical training.

Sri Lanka

Professor Ranil Fernando

Professor Fernando is the Chair of the Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya and a Consultant Surgeon at North Colombo Teaching Hospital in Ragama, Sri Lanka. He was board certified as a Consultant in 1995 and has since worked in tertiary level teaching hospitals. His main interest is surgical endocrinology, and he has interests in surgery of the upper GI including endoscopy and surgery of the breast. In addition, medical education and innovation in medical education are strong interests. He is an active member of the International Society of Surgeons and has been the country representative since March 2009. He is a founder member and Council member of the Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and a Council member of the SAARC surgical care society. He was Chairman of the 13th Biennial AAES 2014. He took up his duties as International Surgical Adviser for Sri Lanka for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in March 2015.


Professor Stephen MacLeod FDS RCS (Ed), FRCS (Ed), FACS, FDS RCS (Eng)

Professor of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Loyola University Chicago. Professor MacLeod completed his surgical training in Scotland prior to moving to the United States to pursue a career in surgical training.

Professor MacLeod’s major interests are maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction and clinical skills training.





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