General Surgery Section Visitors

Associate Professor Conrad Ballecer

Peoria, USA

Following graduation from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, Dr Ballecer completed his internship and residency at the Maricopa Medical Center and a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Greenville Health System, University of South Carolina. A true believer in the value of robotic surgery, he is one of a few surgeons in the area to perform single incision da Vinci robotic procedures.”Robotic surgery has literally transformed our practice,” Dr Ballecer said. “It has taken minimally invasive surgery to an entirely new and exciting level. We believe we offer the safest and most effective surgical techniques available with a higher degree of precision by utilising the robot to conduct our procedures.”To satisfy his “teaching bug,” Dr Ballecer serves as an Associate Professor, training students in surgical studies at Midwestern University. He also serves as a consultant for Intuitive Surgical teaching surgeons around the country robotics in general surgery. Dr Ballecer is an attending Faculty Member for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix.

Dr Nial Quiney

Guilford, UK

Nial Quiney has been a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Guildford, UK for 24 years. Before that, he worked in Bristol, Sydney and Brisbane. His main clinical workload is now mostly hepato-bilary anaesthesia. Dr Quiney was involved in the introduction of the ERAS pathways across all surgical specialties in the hospital, especially for hepatic resection and Whipple’s procedure. For the last 6 years, Dr Quiney has been leading improvements in standards of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy. At first, the ELPQuiC project was followed by the recently published Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative (ELC). This later program has been adopted across England and Wales. Dr Quiney is very interested in leadership and negotiation (essential attributes to deliver such programs) and is Deputy Medical Director at The Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford.