12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

MAHSC Inaugural Lecture Series: Professor Smeeta Sinha & Professor Nicholas Lees


Join us in a lecture series that celebrates MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs in Greater Manchester, hear their professional and personal journey, clinical and research areas, and plans for the future with an opportunity to share your questions.

We are honoured to host:

Topic: TBC

  • Nicholas Lees, Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust.

Topic: “Surgery-it’s a risky business.”


Professor Smeeta Sinha

Prof Smeeta Sinha is a Consultant Nephrologist at Salford Royal, the  NHS England National Clinical Director for Renal Medicine and the NHS England Clinical Lead for the Renal Services Transformation Programme.  Her clinical interests are in glomerulonephritis and multi-morbidity. She also leads the complex glomerulonephritis service at Salford Royal.

Her research interests focus on multi-morbidity including diabetic kidney disease, vascular calcification, and rare renal diseases. She is a recognised international key opinion leader in the field of vascular calcification and calciphylaxis and has supported the development of clinical trials including Phase 1 -3 studies. She is the Chief Investigator for the UK Calciphylaxis Study and the UK PI for numerous other randomised controlled trials and studies.

Smeeta is also NCA’s Deputy Director of Research for innovation and improvement and Lead Researcher for NCARC’s renal collection.

Professor Nicholas Lees

Professor Nick Lees grew up in Manchester. Following medical training at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and junior surgical training “down south”, he passed the FRCS exam in 1996 and promptly found himself back in the North West as a General Surgical Specialist Registrar. In 2001 he was awarded a DM (Oxford) for his research into the molecular epidemiology of colorectal neoplasia and he passed the Royal College of Surgeons of England part 3/exit exam in 2002. He was appointed as a Consultant General, Colorectal and Intestinal Failure Surgeon at Hope Hospital, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (correct at time of press) in 2004.

Over the subsequent 20 years he has developed a busy clinical practice in high risk bowel surgery for conditions including Colorectal Cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In particular he has grown a national practice in Intestinal Failure, managing patients referred from around the UK who have suffered catastrophic complications of bowel surgery, leaving them with high output entero-atmospheric fistulae, dependent on intravenous nutrition and in need of complex and exacting multidisciplinary surgical care.

For several years he led work to reconfigure delivery of General Surgery throughout Greater Manchester in order to achieve greater standardisation. In so doing he gained an insight into the barriers to change (clue-it’s not really patients).

In 2018 he was both delighted and humbled to be voted Public Servant of the Year by the City of Salford.

Meeting Access:

The MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs are awarded on an annual basis by The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Promotions Committee. They are awarded to individuals from across Greater Manchester who have made a major contribution to their clinical speciality, including excellence in research and education. There are now 86 MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs.

We look forward to your participation and engaging discussions.

Register your place here  in advance to join via Zoom, watch the live stream or watch back the recording here.

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