Visit Belfast works with a number of staff from the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Trusts within a number of specialisms including, core surgery, general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, paediatric surgery, plastic surgery, urology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and oral and maxillofacial surgery to name a few.

Simon Henderson
Simon Henderson

Simon Henderson

Consultant in Orthopaedics & Trauma

Mr Henderson graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1983 and did the majority of his surgical and orthopaedic training in Northern Ireland. He undertook Fellowship training in Melbourne and Seattle before taking up his current post in Musgrave Park Hospital. He currently works as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a subspecialist interest in Foot and Ankle Surgery for the Belfast Trust in Musgrave Park Hospital Belfast. He also works at the Ulster Independent Clinic in Belfast and the Orthoderm Clinic in Hillsborough.

Mr Henderson has a wide ranging clinical practice in all aspects of Foot and Ankle surgery including: forefoot reconstruction for pain and deformity (Bunions / Hammer toes); flat foot reconstruction; arthritis of the foot and ankle; ankle arthroscopy (keyhole surgery); heel pain; sports injuries including ankle instability; late trauma reconstruction; ankle replacement and painful feet and ankles in general.

He has an active interest in educating the next generation of foot and ankle surgeons and is involved with the training programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate doctors as well as allied health professionals (podiatrists and physiotherapists). He has published widely in a variety of national and international journals as well as authoring a chapter in European Surgical Orthopaedics and Traumatology.

Mr Henderson is a Past President of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and he is a member of a number of other learned societies including: Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh); The British Orthopaedic Association; The Irish Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and The European Foot and Ankle Society.

Maurice Loughrey
Maurice Loughrey

Dr Maurice Loughrey

Consultant gastrointestinal pathologist

Dr. Maurice Loughrey MRCP FRCPath MD is a consultant gastrointestinal pathologist in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. His main expertise is in the pathology of colorectal cancer, precursor polyps and in screening. He is involved in quality assurance of colorectal cancer screening programmes in the UK, regionally and nationally, and is lead author on the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) dataset for reporting colorectal cancer (2014) and on forthcoming UK guidelines for reporting bowel cancer screening pathology (Public Health England). Dr. Loughrey provides pathology support for the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry and oversees a research registry of screen-detected colorectal polyps and cancers.

John Moorehead
John Moorehead

John Moorehead

John Moorehead qualified at the Queens University of Belfast in 1978 and obtained his FRCS(Ed) in 1982. He gained his MD for colorectal research in 1986 and for this was awarded the Sir Richard Havelock-Charles Scholarship and Gold Medal by Queens University. Following this he spent one year as a Research Associate with Professor John Wong in the Queen Mary Hospital and the University of Hong Kong.

In 1989 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Queens University of Belfast working with Professor Brian Rowlands. At the same time he was appointed Director of the N. Ireland Colorectal Cancer Register. In 1992 he was appointed to his current post of Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Ulster Hospital, Belfast and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queens University. While in the Ulster Hospital he has held the posts of Clinical Director of Cancer Services, Elective Care Reform and General Surgery.

He was elected to the Council of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland in 2006 and in 2010 was appointed as Honorary Secretary and Director of Operations of the Association. At the end of 2012 he was elected to the position of Vice-President of the Association for the period of 2013 to 2014 and President for 2015 to 2016.

Hans Nagar
Hans Nagar

Hans Nagar

Consultant Gynaecologist

Consultant Gynaecologist at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, based at the Belfast City Hospital and the Royal Maternity Hospital.  He specialises in treating women with gynaecological cancers.

Most of his training has taken place in Northern Ireland and England but he has also trained in Toulouse, France and Melbourne, Australia.

Special interests include the care of women with pelvic pain, heavy or irregular periods, vaginal discharge, ovarian cysts, abnormal smears, cancer screening, vulval problems and menopausal health.

In particular he is a specialist in keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery, difficult pelvic surgery and colposcopy for abnormal smears and following extended training, he is one of the few gynaecological cancer surgeons in Northern Ireland.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Consultant HPB Surgeon

Mr Mark A Taylor PhD FRCSI FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Gen Surg) is a Consultant HPB Surgeon at the Mater Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. He trained in Belfast and at the Regional HPB and Transplant Unit in Edinburgh. His Doctorate of Philosophy was in the pathophysiology of obstructive jaundice. He is the President of GBI Hepato-pancreato-biliary Association (GBIHPBA), President Elect of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (PSGBI), Lead for Education, Research and Training for the Association of Upper Gastro- Intestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) and on the Medical Advisory Board of Bowel Cancer UK.  In 2016, he was appointed by the Health Minister to an independent Expert panel tasked with Reconfiguration of Health and Social care in Northern Ireland. In 2017 he was appointed to the Transformation Implementation Group (TIG) Department of Health. In 2018 he was appointed the Director of Professional Affairs (NI) for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has published extensively in the field of Hepatobiliary Surgery. He is passionate about innovation, change and collective leadership within the HSCNI .

He is the District Surgeon and Trustee of St. John Ambulance and a keen cyclist.

Steve White
Steve White

Steve White

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Studied Medicine in home city of Liverpool and had junior hospital jobs in Salisbury, Plymouth and Bristol before moving to Northern Ireland in 1991. Completed specialist training in Ophthalmology in Royal Victoria and Altnagelvin Hospitals and then sub-specialised in Oculoplastics [eyelids, tear system and eye socket conditions]. Appointed full-time consultant at RVH in 1998 and also has clinic in the Ulster Hospital . Practices comprehensive ophthalmology and eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery. Non-medical interests include music and piano – playing, physics, metaphysics and Bengali.

Iona McCormack
Iona McCormack

Iona McCormack

Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

Iona McCormack is a very experienced dermatology nurse practitioner working in the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. She has 23 years experience of working in dermatology. She independently runs a skin cancer screening clinic and is surgically competent to primarily remove most skin cancers. She is an independent nurse prescriber.

She has a real passion for dermoscopy and also runs a mole screening service in which she digitally records and interprets dermoscopic images for skin cancer surveillance. She has had extensive training in Austria and Brisbane in the interpretation of dermoscopic images by recognised world experts in the field. She is a registered expert with the International Dermoscopy society.

She has recently successfully ran a dermoscopy course for local dermatologists and aspires to run this successful course on an annual basis in the future.

She was Northern Irelands nurse of the Year in 2009.

Heather Weir
Heather Weir

Heather Weir

CEO

A qualified nurse by profession, Heather has been the CEO of the Northern Ireland Hospice since January 2015. She has held leadership roles in the Charity Sector for over 15 years, leading transformational change, supporting and empowering people to be at their best, elevating performance and driving excellence across all organisational divisions. Using fresh thinking, she leads with authenticity and creativity to ensure the sustainability of fundraising and statutory income. Heather provides transformational leadership and strategic direction, ensuring the focus remains on delivering the highest quality care which is person and family centred. She ensures all legal, regulatory and best practice prerequisites are adhered to ensure the income needed to deliver the hospice services for infants, children and adults.

Cathy Harrison
Cathy Harrison

Cathy Harrison

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Cathy Harrison is the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. In this role Cathy is the senior professional advisor to the Minister on pharmaceutical and medicines issues and provides professional and strategic leadership to the pharmacy profession.

Cathy is a qualified pharmacist and undertook her pharmacy undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moore’s University and postgraduate degree at Queen’s University, Belfast. After graduation in 1989 she worked in community pharmacy in England and Northern Ireland before joining the Department of Health in 2005 as Principal Pharmaceutical Officer. She was later promoted to Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer before being appointed as Chief Pharmaceutical Officer in January 2020.
With her team Cathy leads a wide ranging work programme involving pharmacy and medicines policy, legislation and compliance with statutory requirements pertaining to medicines regulation, inspection and enforcement.

Cathy is currently leading the implementation of a strategy to improve the safety and benefits of medicines titled ‘The Medicines Optimisation Quality Framework (MOQF)’, supported by a Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC). This involves collaborative working with stakeholders from academia, industry, community development and health and social care, across four reform programmes encompassing, pharmacy workforce, medicines safety, efficiency and innovation.

Cathy has an interest in the integration of pharmacy teams across health and social care sectors, combining professional and technical skills with redesigned services and new technologies.

Cathy works closely with Heads of Pharmacy and Medicines Management in the Health and Social Care Service and with her counterparts in other parts of the United Kingdom. She is committed to realising pharmacy’s greater contribution to better health outcomes for patients and more effective utilisation of health resources.

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