The Hernia Outcomes Campaign is led by a country-wide group of surgeons who specialise in hernia repair. The aim of the campaign is to improve outcomes for hernia patients by increasing access to appropriate treatment and challenging non-evidenced-based commissioning decisions. The Campaign shares industry connections with Bard Limited.

Mr Paul Baskerville


Mr Paul Baskerville qualified from Oxford University, and trained at St.Thomas' and St. Bartholomews’ Hospitals. He was appointed Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital in 1988, and set up the Carotid Surgery Service for Stroke in 1991. Mr Baskerville’s hernia interests coincided with developing one of the earliest Day Surgery Centres in the United Kingdom in Kingston Surrey, after which he worked with Mr Jerry Gilmore, Hernia Expert and exponent of the surgery of Gilmore’s Groin. He has run a hernia clinic at King’s College Hospital for many years, and is currently researching and developing new techniques for improving groin hernia surgery. Mr Baskerville has lectured extensively in the U.K. and internationally on the Care of the Surgical Patient and on vascular and venous disease. He is a Council member and then President of the British Association of Day Surgery and Chair of the Hernia Outcomes Campaign.

Mr David Sanders

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David Sanders is a consultant upper GI surgeon and clinical lead for Upper GI surgery and General Paediatric Surgery at North Devon Hospital in Barnstaple. He completed specialty laparoscopic upper GI training in the South West of England and a trauma fellowship in South Africa. His doctorate thesis studies the influence of mesh and fixation techniques on infection in abdominal wall hernia repair and is an internationally recognized expert in the field with over 50 publications in the field of hernia surgery and several book chapters. He has given numerous invited lectures on the topic both nationally and internationally. David is on the board of the British Hernia Society, Chaired the National Institute for Clinical Excellence approved commissioning guidance for groin hernia, was involved in developing the RightCare patient decision aid for inguinal hernias and is on the European working group that developed the Abdominal Wall Closure Guidelines and the International Hernia Guidelines. Mr Sanders is the editor of the Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons.


Mr Adeshina Fawole

Mr Adeshina Fawole  is a Consultant General & Gastrointestinal Surgeon and has an avid interest in training and was a Royal College of Surgery Tutor from 2007 – 2013. Mr Fawole is a member of the British and European Hernia Society and regularly runs a number of hands-on training courses in laparoscopic repair of inguinal and incisional hernias. He is also a member of faculty and convener of the Royal College of Surgeons Basic Surgical skills course.

Mr Brian Stephenson

Mr Brian Stephenson has a wide experience in all aspects of elective and emergency surgery having trained in London, Leeds and South Wales after spending sometime as a mission surgeon in South Africa. He still works with the charity ‘Hernia International’. He was appointed Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Wales over twenty years ago and is Honorary Clinical Teacher in Surgery, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff. He is a past Examiner in Surgery and Clinical Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons of England and now sits on the Intercollegiate Specialist Board as examiner in General & Colorectal Surgery. He is on the disciplinary Panel of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland.


Mr Abrie Botha

Mr Botha obtained his basic medical degree at the University of Stellenbosch. His post-graduate training as a surgeon was in the North Thames region. Mr Botha spent two years of full-time research in Denver, Colorado and obtained an MD degree at the University of London. His specialist training in upper gastro-intestinal and minimal access surgery was at The Royal London, Middlesex and Whipps Cross University Hospitals.