Surgeons and Anaesthetists
Mr Zsolt Hegedus
Mr Hegedus has performed more than 1,500 operations in the last four years, mainly primary hip and knee replacements. He has also performed knee arthroscopies, carpal tunnel releases and foot osteotomies, as well as 300 other minor orthopaedic interventions.
Between 2005 and 2007, he held the post of Clinical Lead of the Orthopaedic Team at the Greater Manchester Surgical Centre (NHS Treatment Centre), Manchester, where he represented and coordinated the work of the consultants.
Mr Csaba Marafko
Mr Marafko graduated from Semmelweis University in Hungary in 1988. He qualified in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Acupuncture.
He underwent specialist training in manual therapy and worked in trauma in Hungary, as well as training in paediatric orthopaedics. Mr Marafko was awarded his postgraduate MSc by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010.
Mr Marafko specialises in major joint replacement, arthroscopy, foot surgery and sports surgery. He has also taken part in the METHRO II. clinical study for the Astra Hassle Research Centre in Sweden and has participated in many national and international courses. These include the Exeter Hip Course (UK), Primary TKR and Revision (Austria/Germany), Arthrex Knee and Shoulder Course (Brunel University, London), ACL and Multiligament Knee Course (Royal College of Surgeons, London), 3rd Liverpool Foot Course and the Intermediate Ankle Training Course (Switzerland).
Dr Jozsef Nemes
Dr Nemes graduated in 1982 from the Budapest Semmelweis University, Budapest. Between 1982 and 1986 he undertook his specialist training in orthopaedics following the Hungarian Board of Health specialist training scheme and specialised in orthopaedics in 1986.
Dr Nemes worked in the Orthopaedic Department of the Teaching Hospital of Szeged University in Kecskemet, Hungary, from 1986 to 1998. During this time he spent two months at Bochum University of Orthopaedics, Germany, and also visited the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden in a fellowship programme studying arthroscopy and sports surgery.
Since 1992, Dr Nemes has gained a broad experience in general orthopaedic surgery, including major joint replacements, arthroscopic and ACL surgery. He has extended his knowledge and practice in hip and knee revisions since 2003.
Mr Adam Rozycki
Having qualified from Silesian Academy of Medicine in Katowice, Poland, Mr Rozycki undertook postgraduate training in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in the Provincial Hospital No 4 in Bytom, Poland.
He became a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2002. During his career in Poland he specialised in trauma surgery and minor orthopaedic procedures. Mr Rozycki is a member of the Polish Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. From 2005 to 2009 he worked in Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre as an Associate Specialist and then Joint Fellow, developing his skills in joint arthroplasty.
In November 2009 Mr Rozycki was promoted to the position of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at UK Specialist Hospitals (now Care UK).
Mr Tarique Parwez
Mr Parwez is an experienced Trauma and Orthopaedics Surgeon with four years experience as an NHS Orthopaedic Consultant and seven years at a middle grade (registrar) level.
Mr Parwez has been through a structured Basic and Higher Surgical Training in the UK, complemented by fellowships in Lower Limb arthroplasty (2004) in West Suffolk Hospital and Knee Surgery (2009) at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.
Mr Julius Kvas
Mr Kvas graduated from the Medical School Komensky University Bratislava in 1984. He was a Surgical Trainee at university hospitals in Slovakia and obtained his full specialist qualification in 1993.
Between 1994 and 2005 he provided complex general surgical and endoscopy services as a Consultant Surgeon in NHS Malta. He was appointed as Consultant Surgeon in Western Isles Hospital, North West Scotland in August 2005 where he developed breast and endoscopy services.
Among various surgical activities Mr Kvas was involved in The Scottish National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme as an Endoscopist in 2008 and 2009. He has been serving as a Consultant Surgeon in Greater Manchester Surgical Centre (NHS Treatment Centre) since April 2009.
Dr Peter Lassu
Mr. Lassu graduated from the University of Pecs, Hungary in 1998 and began his career at the MAV Hospital of Buda, Budapest as a Clinical Resident.
He obtained his specialist qualification in general surgery in 2003 from the Haynal Imre Centre for Medical and Health Sciences, Hungary and went on to become a Specialist Vascular Surgeon in 2007.
He is a member of the Hungarian College Of Surgeons, Hungarian Medical Council and the Hungarian College of Vascular Surgeons. Mr Lassu has full GMC registration on the specialist register for general surgery.
Mr. Lassu worked in the General, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Department for Kaposi Mor Teaching County Hospital, Hungary, from 2007-2009, where he led the laparoscopic group of the department and regularly taught surgical trainees and medical students and was involved in wide range of elective and emergency surgery.
He has worked in hospitals all over the UK including Leicester, Manchester, Durham, Nottingham and London.
Dr Teresa Anthony
Dr Anthony completed her postgraduate degree in Ophthalmology in Mumbai, India.
She then trained in the UK at a number of the UK’s leading NHS hospitals, resulting in her obtaining the FRCS degree in Ophthalmology. Dr Anthony subsequently sub-specialised in oculoplastic surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, and is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Dr Anthony is passionate about teaching and training and is a trainer for the Basic Microsurgical course at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, and regularly trains trainees in Cataract surgery and Oculoplastic surgery. She also regularly lectures to other surgeons, GPs and nurses.
She keeps up with recent advances in ophthalmology by attending national and international conferences, and has had several scientific papers and posters presented at these.
Dr Mohammed Othman
Dr Othman qualified from the dental school at the University of Baghdad in 1987 and worked in specialist centres in Baghdad at the same time as being an army dental officer.
Dr Othman moved to the UK in 1995 and worked in various UK hospitals in oral and maxillofacial surgery, obtaining his postgraduate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a registered specialist in oral surgery. Before joining Care UK in his role as Specialist Oral Surgeon, Dr Othman provided oral surgery and dental implants in general practice in the Bristol and Bath area.
Dr Yaaghoub Tashter
Mr Yaaghoub Tashter attended medical school in Debrecen, Hungary. After completing medical school he pursued his specialisation in ophthalmology within the faculty of Debrecen, one of the oldest and most prestigious ophthalmic departments in Hungary. Mr Tashter followed his successful specialisation with a course in the sub-specialty of posterior vitrectomy.
Mr Tashter has practiced ophthalmology as an Associate Professor in Hungary and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the UK. He has been a member of the General Medical Council in the UK as a Specialist Registrar since 2004.
Additionally he has taken part in numbers of studies and teaching programmes for medical students and junior doctors.
Mr Marco La Malfa
Mr La Malfa undertook his medical education in Rome before relocating to Antwerp in Belgium where he completed his training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the University Hospital of Antwerp. After completing his studies and achieving the status of Consultant Anaesthetist Mr La Malfa worked at the University Hospital specialising in anaesthesia for day surgery and loco-regional anaesthesia. In 2004 Mr La Malfa moved to the UK, working as Consultant Anaesthetist within the Princess Alexandra NHS Trust in Harlow. In October 2004 he joined the Department of Health initiative ‘GSup’ contract providing anaesthetics for NHS patients within the Nuffield hospitals in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and North Staffordshire. At the end of the ‘Gsup’ contract he joined Interhealth Canada as Lead Anaesthetist, providing anaesthetics for five years at the Kidderminster NHS Treatment Centre. During that tenure Mr La Malfa carried out more than 6,000 anaesthetic procedures within orthopaedics, including minor and major procedures. He is a member of the Belgian Association for Loco Regional Anaesthesia (Bara) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (Esra). To date Mr La Malfa has presented his works and studies at the Esra Congresses (in Rome and in Porto), in New York at the Nysora Congress, as well as in Hungary and Kiev.
Dr Janos Hamza
Dr Hamza graduated from the Medical University of Debrecen, Hungary in 1995. He worked for two years as a trainee gynaecologist and started his training in anaesthesia and intensive care in 1997.
Since 2002, he has been working as a specialist. In 2005, he worked at the Cardiac Surgery Unit at the University of Debrecen before taking a consultant post at the Greater Manchester Surgical Centre (NHS Treatment Centre), Manchester.
Dr Balint Hargitai
Dr Hargitai graduated from the Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary in 1996. After his graduation he worked as an anaesthetist and intensive care physician, and after five years of training he passed his specialty exam in 2001.
In 2002, he joined the first Department of Surgery at the Semmelweis University. He gained widespread experience in different fields of anaesthesia and intensive care. Dr Hargitai became the Diplomate of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology in 2004. Since 2005, he has worked as a consultant anaesthetist in the UK.
Dr Bozena Lassota-Korba
Following the completion of her formal training in Poland, Dr Lassota-Korba came to the UK to consolidate her knowledge and skills and to gain further experience. She worked in the Anaesthetic Department at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City. She attended a management course at Keele University which improved her knowledge of clinical governance, risk management and clinical effectiveness.
Dr Lassota-Korba has worked as a consultant at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston for over two years, providing an anaesthetic service. While on call she led a team of two junior doctors providing emergency anaesthetic care out of hours. Dr Lassota-Korba is dedicated to maintaining high standards of clinical care.
Dr Lassota-Korba has also gained international experience as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Grey Base Hospital, New Zealand, one of the biggest hospitals on the South Island.
Dr Peter Kocsis
Dr Kocsis graduated from the Hungarian National Emergency and Air Ambulance Services, where he went on to become the Head of the Ambulance Station. He worked in anaesthesia and intensive therapy at the St Rókus Hospital, Budapest.
In 2007, he became Resident Medical Officer at Scottish Regional Treatment Centre, Stracathro Hospital, Scotland, later taking up the position of Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton.
Dr Ljudmila Levy
Dr Levy graduated from the Medical Academy of Sofia in Bulgaria and started as an assistant doctor at the Department of Paediatrics in Petrich. After moving to the Czech Republic in 1991 she started work as an anaesthetist and obtained first and second degree qualification in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Prague.
Dr Levy has widespread experience in blocks, epidural, spinal and all other fields of anaesthesia, including intensive care, accident and emergency, and in particular regional anaesthesia and nerve blocks.
Dr Boris Mavrodiev
Dr Mavrodiev graduated from the Medical Faculty of P J Safarik University in Slovakia in 1995. He trained in anaesthesia and intensive medicine at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medicine of Slovak Health University in J A Reiman Hospital, Presov, Slovakia.
After becoming a specialist in 2002, he developed a special interest in regional anaesthesia and helped to introduce it into daily clinical practice in orthopaedics, trauma surgery, vascular surgery and obstetrics. He also lectured in regional anaesthesia.
In 2005 he moved to the UK to work as a Consultant Anaesthetist in the Greater Manchester Surgical Centre (NHS Treatment Centre), Manchester, where he acted as a Lead Consultant Anaesthetist during 2007 and 2008.
Dr Orsolya Kovacs
Dr Kovacs graduated from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary in 1997. Following her graduation, she worked as a trainee anaesthetist and intensive care physician at the Szent Rokus County Hospital, Budapest, and after completing her training she passed her specialty exam in 2002.
She was appointed as Consultant Anaesthetist at the National Institute of Neurosurgery, Budapest in 2003. Dr Kovacs became the Diplomate of the European Society of Anaesthesiology in 2007. In 2008 she spent six months working within the Anaesthesia Department at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, Stockton on Tees.
She has worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist in the UK since 2009 and joined UK Specialist Hospitals (now Care UK) as Consultant Anaesthetist in 2011.
Dr Svilen Dinev
Dr Dinev studied at the Higher Medical Institute in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and became a Master of Medicine in 1995. He worked at the Dr Ivan Seliminski Community Hospital in Sliven, Bulgaria for thirteen years where he supervised trainee anaesthetists and took responsibility for their work in the operating theatre and in the ICU.
He became a Consultant Anaesthetist in 2008 after training at the Thracian University of Stara Zagora and has performed over 4770 general and 1840 regional anaesthesias to date.
He has been working in the UK for three years, most recently as a Locum Staff Grade Anaesthetist at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, Cumbria.
Dr Mohamed Abdel Rahman Musa
Dr Musa graduated from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1991 and began working at Khartoum Teaching Hospital until moving to the UK and working for Sunderland Royal Infirmary in 1994. He has been a Colligate member of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh since 1998 and Member of the American Gastroenterology Association since 2001.
He went on to gain an MSc in Medical Education from Cardiff University in 2009 and worked as Locum Consultant Gastroenterologist at Great Western Hospital, Swindon from 2008 to 2011. He was involved in the teaching of registrars and medical students from both Oxford and Bristol Universities.
Dr Katerina Vasileva Tsokova
Dr Tsokova has worked as a Radiologist for more than 12 years, including 5 years as a consultant, specialising in surgery, orthopaedics, paediatrics, urology and neurology departments. The methods of diagnostics she has used include conventional radiology, contrast studies (GIT, IVU, fistulography), ultrasound (of abdominal and pelvic organs) and computed tomography (of head, spine, internal organs and extremities).
Mr Chris Potts
Initially in General Dental Practice as an associate and then a principal, Dr Potts has spent half his career in corporate roles. After joining BUPA as a Dental Advisory Panel member in the mid-1990s, he then joined Boots PLC in 1998, progressing to become Director of Healthcare Services for more than 50 locations.
Dr Potts has since advised UK and international organisations including Netcare and Virgin Healthcare on healthcare delivery and management. He is the immediate past president of the British Dental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading oral health charity, and has 30 years’ experience in healthcare.
Dr Raji Ranganathan
After completing her bachelors degree in dental surgery, Dr Ranganathan completed a masters in oral surgery and a National Board Diploma in New Delhi. Her experience spans from academia to the provision of specialist oral surgery services in hospitals and dental practices, both under the NHS and on a private basis. She is a GDC registered specialist in oral surgery and worked as a lecturer for three years before moving to the UK where she worked as a Senior House Officer at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, later moving to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. She was also a staff grade Oral Surgeon in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.
Dr Ranganathan is currently involved in providing specialist oral surgery services for West Berkshire PCT and North Surrey PCT. She is also an examiner for the Postgraduate Dental Diploma, conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons in England.
Mr John Va Faye
Mr Va Faye studied at The London Hospital Medical College at the University of London and graduated in 1993 before embarking on his General Surgical rotation at Imperial College and affiliated hospitals. Subsequently he took his Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar training at St Mary’s Hospital and The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore rotation. He was awarded his intercollegiate fellowship - FRCS(Orth) in 2004. He undertook further subspecialist lower limb arthroplasty fellowship training first at the RNOH and then at The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, particularly in aspects of complex and revisional surgery. He supplemented his hip and knee revision expertise by undertaking visitations to the USA at University of Southern California (USC), The Hip and Pelvis Institute in Los Angeles and Rush University Medical School & Northwest Orthopaedics and Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago. Mr Va Faye’s experience as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon began in 2005 with a locum appointment at West Middlesex Hospital and Ravenscourt Park Hospital, London and subsequently a substantive appointment at Salisbury District General. He supplemented his consultant work at St Richards Hospital in Chichester in 2009, focusing predominantly on lower limb revision arthroplasty and trauma. Particular focus was also on revisions for periprosthetic fractures and treatment and prevention of infected arthroplasty. He also set up the service for open and arthroscopic treatment of femoro-acetabular impingement and related soft tissue pathologies. Consequent to this, he developed new techniques in treatment of soft tissue pathologies around the hip. He enjoys teaching and training and is a recognised national orthopaedic trauma trainer and has been active with the Deaneries and the Royal College in training junior and specialist surgeons. He continues to be active in research with up to date works and publications on aspects of revision lower limb surgery.
Mr Gerard Lattouf
Mr Lattouf is originally from Lebanon but completed his medical studies and orthopaedic training in Lithuania. During his training Mr Lattouf had clinical attachments in France and Lebanon.
From August 2003 Mr Lattouf worked in Lithuania as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon before moving to the UK in June 2007 to work as a Locum Orthopaedic SPr. In January 2009 he started a one-year foot and ankle fellowship at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport. During his fellowship he attended foot and ankle courses and training in Switzerland. Mr Lattouf has also been a member of BOFAS (British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society) since September 2010.
Mr William Dartey
Mr Dartey trained at the University of Ghana Medical School where he achieved a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. After practicing internal medicine, trauma/emergency and obstetrics and gynaecology for a few years he relocated to the UK.
As a postgraduate he achieved his membership from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, MRCOG. Mr Dartey also trained in Groningen in the Netherlands, and in the USA.
Mr Dartey has worked in various teaching and district hospitals in England and Scotland and has carried out research as well as writing papers for publication. He is well known in the region having worked at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and RUH in Bath for four years.
Dr Attila Zoltan Juhasz
Dr Juhasz studied medicine at the Medical University of Debrecen, Hungary, and obtained his MD in 1993. After graduation he worked at the University Clinic of Otolaryngology in Debrecen for 12 years. He qualified as an ENT surgeon in 1997 in Budapest, Hungary.
In 2001, he obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences in the field of head and neck cancer research. From 2005, he started to work at the Greater Manchester Surgical Centre (NHS Treatment Centre) as a Consultant ENT Surgeon. He is a member of The British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists — Head and Neck Surgeons.
Mr Payman Rahimi
Mr Rahimi graduated from the University Medical School of Debrecen in Hungary in 1996. He started his training at the ENT Department of Debrecen Faculty of Medicine, pursuing it at the Regional St Pantaleon Hospital in Central Transdanubia and BZSK Metropolitan Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, obtaining his CCT in 2003.
He continued his practice as a Senior ENT Specialist at BZSK in Budapest until 2005 when he joined GMSC in Manchester. He was the ENT Lead from 2007 to 2009 until his appointment by UKSH in 2010.
Mr Rahimi is a member of the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (BAO hons) as well as the Hungarian and Spanish Otolaryngological Societies.
Mr Laith Tapponi
Mr Tapponi graduated from Al-Yarmouk Medical School, Baghdad, Iraq, in 1989.
He undertook his internship rotation at various specialised hospitals in Baghdad, Iraq.
Mr Tapponi began his ENT postgraduate training in Ireland and completed his Diploma in Personnel and Health Management in Glasgow in 1998. He achieved his FRCSI (ORL) in Dublin in 2002 and his Diploma in Audiology and Hearing Aid in Dublin in 2002. Mr Tapponi completed his Specialist Registration and CSST in ENT, Dublin, 2010. In 2006, Mr Tapponi moved to the United Kingdom and worked in the NHS as well in ENT at the Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust Surrey. He then took up the position of ENT Consultant Surgeon with UK Specialist Hospitals (now Care UK) in 2010.
Dr John Ainley
Dr Ainley has worked in endoscopy for many years and has extensive experience in all forms of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. A graduate of the University of Wales in Cardiff in 1976, Dr Ainley first trained in endoscopy as a registrar in 1977.
He was an Associate Specialist in Gastroenterology at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital from 1999, gaining specialist registration as a Gastroenterologist in 2006. Dr Ainley is a JAG-accredited endoscopy trainer.
Management and Administration
Mr Adeniyi obtained his first degree in medicine (MBBS) at the UCH, Nigeria in 1989. His postgraduate basic surgical training was at the Middlesex/UCH London rotation, in the UK. Mr Adeniyi subsequently trained in urology, and developed a sub-specialty interest in male health and sexual dysfunction. During his training, Mr Adeniyi has authored and co-authored various publications, and presented at various national and international medical conferences. He is currently involved in raising public awareness on male health issues by giving talks to both medical and allied medical practitioners and the general public.
Pam graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1980 and Midwifery in 1981. She gained multispecialty nursing experience and then qualified with a post graduate BA Curriculum in 1990 and a Nurse Education diploma in 1994.
After obtaining considerable multispecialty nursing, intensive care nursing, and management experience in South Africa and the Middle East, Pam moved to the UK in 2005 where she worked as the Integrated Governance Manager for a large private hospital group, followed by a Senior Clinical Management position. Pam then joined Care UK in 2008 as General Manager for one of the Treatment Centres.
In 2011, Pam completed an MBA in Health Services Management with merit through Plymouth University.
In 2011 she went on to work for UK Specialist Hospitals, now part of the Care UK Group, as the Hospital Director for the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Contract – this contract delivers over 20,000 in-patient and day case procedures across three treatment centres which includes; Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre, Devizes NHS Treatment Centre and Cirencester NHS Treatment Centre.
Mona van Wyk
Mona has more than 30 years of nursing experience (clinical and managerial) both in the UK and South Africa and has worked in a Nursing Management position within the ISTC environment in the UK for the past six years. She is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, and has completed numerous directly related and complementary training courses, including Infection Control. She is a member of the Chief Nursing Officers Independent Sector Group which provides a resource of expert advice for the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Department of Health and a focus for the independent sector nursing in line with the government policy.