Name: Shaw Somers
BOMSS roles: Secretary, media sub-committee, professional standards sub-committee.
Current NHS Post: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (part-time)
Other role: TV and Media work promoting healthy eating and championing the use of effective therapies to combat severe obesity, including Channel 4’s Food Hospital and Embarrassing Bodies, and Discovery Channel’s Fat Doctor.
Professional background: Shaw Somers is a senior UK surgeon specialising in upper gastrointestinal problems. He has worked as Professor of Surgery in Hong Kong and consultant senior lecturer in Leeds. He has performed more than 3,000 bariatric and complex upper gastrointestinal procedures.
Post-graduate training: Leeds, Cambridge, Bristol and St Mary’s, London
Special clinical Interests: Minimally Invasive weight loss surgery, revision bariatric surgery and complex bariatric surgery
BOMSS role: I hope to steer and assist BOMSS in becoming a strong advocate for bariatric/metabolic surgery in the UK and a guardian of standards for its members.