Price Thomas Travel Bursaries

The group of Travelling Surgical Club (as it was then) members photographed above in Madrid in 1953 includes Clement Price Thomas, seated centrally, beside Bob Nevin (Secretary of the TSC). 

The Travelling Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

2018 Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship


Applications are now closed for the 2018 Price Thomas Fellowship. The bursary covers all registration fees, travelling expenses, hotel costs and all organised meals. The winner(s) travel with the Society to an overseas centre of excellent (Budapest in May 2018). The closing date for applications was 31st December 2017.  The venue for 2019 will be decided at the Business General Meeting in Budapest

Download: Price Thomas application form 2018.     The 2019 form will be posted here in the late Spring 2019

Former Price Thomas Travelling Fellows


The decision to have two Price Thomas Fellows was certainly rewarded this year. They travelled with us to Gent, Belgium. They presented papers at University Hospital Gent, Sint Lucas Hospital in Bruges and Queen Astrid Military Hospital in Brussels. Andrew Healey was a post CCST Fellow who gave superb talks on the value of endoscopic ultrasound in the management of difficult upper GI emergencies and the state of training for laparoscopic liver surgery in UK.

In an era where antibiotic resistance is a very real threat, Ernest Azzopardi gave us some insight into cutting edge research which will differentiate infection (which needs treatment with antibiotics) from inflammation (which does not).


The number and quality of applications for the bursary this year was outstanding.  The judging panel, chaired by the President, deliberated hard and concluded that we should appoint two travelling fellows this year.  They travelled with us to Canada and presented two papers each at our academic sessions in Toronto.  They were: Mr Joseph Hardwicke.  Lecturer in Plastic Surgery at the University of Birmingham, and  Specialty Registrar ST8 in Burns and Plastic Surgery travelled to Toronto, Canada. He Presented papers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (University Health Network) and St Michael’s Hospital.  His report can be seen here and Mr Prasanna Sooriakumaran. Senior Research Fellow in Robotics & Urology and Consultant Urological Surgeon at the University of Oxford


The 2015 Fellowship was awarded to Professor Nawwar Al-Attar, Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon from the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Glasgow travelled with us to Madrid.  He presented a  paper ‘Managing the cardiac crisis: from mechanical circulatory support to transplantation’ at the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre and “Pure internal thoracic artery CABG:the ‘nec plus ultra’ in myocardial revascularisation” at the Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro. His report is here


Mr Fung J Foo travelled with the society to Rennes, France and to Jersey. He presented papers at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes, France.


Mr Jawad Ahmad an SpR from Belfast, was the 2013 Price Thomas Fellow and travelled with the society to Charlottesville and Richmond Virginia, presenting two papers during the meeting. His report is here.


Mr Justin Davies travelled to Dublin with the society where he presented papers at St Vincent’s University Hospital and at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital.


The holders of the 2011 awards, Mr John Simpson (Nottingham) and Mr James Clover (Cork), travelled to Switzerland with the Travelling Surgical Society from 4th to 11th June 2011. During this time they delivered two papers at scientific meetings at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève and attended a meeting at The International Committee for the Red Cross, Geneva. You will find John Simpson’s report here


The winners of the 2010 Price Thomas Travelling Fellowships were Prof Ian Chetter, Senior Lecturer/Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Hull and Mr David Macafee, Trainee, Northern Deanery. They travelled with the society to Cuba and Barbados. You will find David Macafee’s report on his trip in 2010 here .


The winners of the 2009 Price Thomas Travelling Fellowships were Prof David Jayne, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, Leeds and Prof Tim Lane, Consultant Urologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary Medical School, London. They travelled with the society to Iceland.