Management and Administration
Chester has been Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre’s Hospital Director since April 2008. Having studied Maths and Statistics at the University of Exeter, Chester subsequently gained financial management and leadership experience in a range of business sectors. Since 1995, Chester has worked in the UK independent healthcare sector. Chester is particularly interested in developing a streamlined and efficient patient experience. He is passionate about implementing best practice, and delivering the highest quality service to patients.
Liz is responsible for professional clinical leadership at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre. Liz trained at Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. Before joining Shepton Mallet, she worked in BMI Healthcare’s Bath Clinic, where she was Director of Nursing from 1993. Liz’s management experience is hospital wide, with a particular focus on quality and accreditation processes. Her experience includes significant involvement in the achievement of CQC standards and clinical governance practices across the board. Liz is passionate about delivering excellent patient care, and is especially interested in how hospital-wide clinical governance can benefit clinical outcomes for patients.
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.
Mr Szabolcs Szigethy
Mr Szabolcs Szigethy was born in Tatabanya, Hungary. He qualified from Medical School of Szeged, Hungary and was granted his Certificate of Completion of Training by the Hungarian National Specialist Board, Registration Number 1332, in 1998.
After gaining valuable experience training in four centres in Hungary, he moved to the UK to further his experience and has spent time in NHS hospitals in England and Scotland.
As a fully accredited ENT surgeon, he manages diseases of the ear, nose and throat in adults and children. He is dedicated to providing comprehensive, state of the art medical and surgical care for his patients.
Mr Szigethy treats a broad spectrum of ear, nose and throat disorders and conditions, and as a part of this he performs a wide range of procedures, which among others include tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, grommet insertion, and tympanoplasty; however his specialist interest is nasal form and function. In his view, modern nasal surgery takes into account not just the cosmetic appearance of the nose, but also seeks to improve the natural functions of the nose. He carries out functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), rhinoplasty, septoplasty, snoring investigation and surgery, allergy investigation and treatment.
Mr Szigethy has enjoyed the managerial and leadership role of his posts as a consultant and recognises good management skills to be fundamental to consultants in modern health care. To underpin his practical performance in this area he secured an MBA degree in 2004 when he specialised in management, finance and economics. His MBA thesis title was "A customer centred approach in health care: a proposal to apply the fundamental principles of TQM philosophy in in-patient departments to achieve a patient-centred approach in health care". He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
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.
2011 - present Consultant Gynaecologist, Care UK, Secondary Care Division (formally known as UK Specialist Hospitals, UK)
2010 - 2011 Locum Specialist Registrar/Consultant Gynaecologist, RUH Bath, UK
2008 - 2010 Senior Specialist Registrar, RUH Bath, UK
2007 - 2008 Senior Specialist Registrar, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, UK
2006 - 2007 Senior Specialist Registrar, Birmingham Heartlands, Bradford Teaching Hospitals, St Mary’s Teaching Hospital, Manchester, UK
2003 - 2006 Specialist Registrar/Senior Registrar, Bedford Hospital, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, UK
Vaginal and pelvic floor surgery
Minimal access surgery
Mr Jac Ciampolini
Mr Ciampolini trained at the Medical School in Florence, where he achieved full marks with honours. As a postgraduate, he achieved the fellowship qualifications FRCS (Eng) and FRCS (Tr and Orth) from the Royal College of Surgeons. Before joining the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, he was a hip and knee arthroplasty fellow at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane. Prior to that, he held Specialist Registrar posts at Derriford Hospital, the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter, and Torbay Hospital. Mr Ciampolini is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Medical Association and the Hospital Infection Society, and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth. Additionally, he has written and co-written a number of publications related to his specialist field, and is currently working on a range of research projects.
Mr Stefano Lupparelli
Mr Lupparelli trained at the Medical School in Rome where he achieved his Degree in Medicine and Surgery (full marks with honours), Licence to Practice in 1992 and his Diploma in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (full marks with honours) in 1997.
He subsequently worked as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Perugia (Italy) from 1998 to 2005 in a high-volume orthopaedic treatment centre. He then moved to L’Aquila University (Italy) in 2006 where he was a part-time university lecturer until 2008, also continuing his surgical practice as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.
He registered with the General Medical Council (UK) in 2003 (Full and Specialist Registration with Licence n°6070697) and worked on a part-time basis both in the NHS (2004) and in the UK Independent Sector Treatment Centre (2005) until he joined Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in January 2009. Mr Lupparelli then joined Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre in 2011, where he has since held a full-time substantive position as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.
His special areas of interest include knee and shoulder surgery. He constantly updates his knowledge and expertise by completing CPD courses, conferences and online learning in keeping with his professional body recommendations.
He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England (Fellowship n° 9059891) and Member of the Medical Defence Union (Membership n° 640892I) in the UK. He is a Member of the European Society of Sports, Knee, Arthroscopy (ESSKA). He is also an International Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
Mr Lupparelli has so far authored and co-authored a number of papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. He is in the Advisory Board of the Cochrane Musculo-Skeletal Group (CMSG) and is an independent scientific consultant to the Gerson Lehrman Group Healthcare and Biomedical Council (USA).
Mr Vasileios Kavouriadis
Mr. Kavouriadis graduated with medical degree from Ethnikon and Kapodistriakon University in Athens, Greece in 1995. Since then he has obtained specialist certificates in Orthopaedic and trauma surgery from the University of Athens.
He became an Orthopaedic and Trauma Consultant in 2005 after completing his training in several major Orthopaedic and trauma units in Athens and spending six months as a trainee in Humboldt University in Berlin, at Charite’ University Hospital, training in Joint replacement surgery and arthroscopy.
Mr. Kavouriadis began working as a Trauma and Orthopaedic Fellow in Queen’s Hospital Burton on Trent in 2005 before moving to Paisley, Scotland, to work as a full time Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital from 2007 until 2011. He then moved to Manchester NHS Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service, where he participated in teaching nurses and physiotherapists. During this time he also performed surgical procedures as a part time consultant at Eccleshill Treatment Centre.
He is actively interested in lean techniques in the health service, effective use of resources and efficient health service processes and pathways. He is a post graduate student at the Manchester Business School and has a special interest in distal monitoring and treatment.
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 Mujahid El-Deen
Mr Mujahid El-Deen worked in Scotland as an NHS consultant for eight years prior to joining Care UK. He has extensive experience in trauma including treatment of peri-prosthetic fractures and simple and complex primary joint arthroplasty. While in NHS post, he taught junior doctors and medical students from Glasgow University.
Post graduate qualifications:
FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedic) Edinburgh, 2008.
Master Degree in Orthopaedic Engineering gained from Cardiff University year, 2000.
FRCS Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 1995.
Hip replacement primary and revision surgery fellowship, one year in Liverpool 2004
Knee replacement primary and revision surgery and computer navigation surgery, six months fellowship in Glasgow, 2006.
Paediatric orthopaedic fellowship, six months in Glasgow, 2010.
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).
Dr Ahmed Khalil
Dr Gabor Vereczkey
Dr Vereczkey completed his undergraduate medical training at the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary in 1984. He worked at the Postgraduate Medical Institute in Budapest and in 1989 he obtained his specialist registration in anaesthesia and intensive care at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough and in King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor.
In 1992 he acquired the Diploma of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology and in 1996 he obtained a specialist registration in Cardiology. He was the Head of ICU at the Cardiovascular Surgery Department at the National Institute of Health in Budapest.
In his 16 years of experience as a specialist anaesthetist he has worked in almost all fields of anaesthesia and intensive therapy performing more than 6000 EDA-Spinal procedures in obstetrics and orthopaedics. He has two inventions, a 3D-ECG and an ICG-Plethysmograph to assess endothelial dysfunction.
Dr Vereczkey joined Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre as Consultant Anaesthetist in October 2005.
Dr Marek Kaminski
Dr Kaminski started his career as Senior Assistant in April 1992 at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Province Specialist Hospital in Poland having received his basic and advanced training at the same hospital. Dr Kaminski was Consultant Anaesthetist and Deputy Medical Director at Province Specialist Hospital between 1994 and 2003. In September 2003 Dr Kaminski went on to work at Vejle Hospital, Denmark where he worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist from 2007 until May 2009. Dr Kaminski joined Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre as Consultant Anaesthetist in June 2009
Dr Lydia Knoell
Dr Knoell graduated from the Medical Faculty of J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1986. She started her medical career in general medicine and paediatrics and then began her training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Medicine and Emergency Medicine in 1990.
Dr Knoell qualified as a specialist in Anaesthesia (Facharzt) 1996 and began working as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit at the General District Hospital Erlenbach am Main, Germany.
After moving to the UK in 2007, Dr Knoell took up the position of Consultant Anaesthetist at Cheshire Merseyside NHS Treatment Centre. From 2011-2012 she was Consultant Anaesthetist at St Mary's NHS Hospital Isle of Wight. She joined Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre as a Consultant Anaesthetist in April 2012.
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Dr Claudia Ros
Mr Wojciech Czyz
Dr Czyz studied undergraduate medicine at the University of Lodz, Poland and obtained his MD in 1982. He then continued his training in the department of general and endocrinological surgery at Copernicus Hospital, Lodz. In 1990 he became a specialist in general surgery, obtained his PhD in 1992, and completed specialist training in laparoscopic surgery in 1998. His special interests are endocrinological surgery and GI endoscopy. Dr Czyz joined Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre as a Consultant General Surgeon in July 2005.
Mr Javad Moayedi
Mr Javad Moayedi is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre in Somerset. He also holds subspecialty accreditation in Cataract, Eyelid and Glaucoma and Laser refractive surgery since training at Linköping University in Sweden.
After training, he moved to the UK in 2005 to establish ophthalmic services at an independent practice in Somerset.
Since 2008 he has helped establish three more centres in the South West, and his system for reducing waiting times for NHS Cataract patients has been implemented at other centres via the Care UK organisation.
Mr Moayedi is a high volume cataract surgeon and has vast experience of Small Incision Cataract Surgery having performed more than 13,000 cataract procedures.
He enjoys a very high success rate and publishes his results annually. More than 99% of his patients would recommend him for eye surgery.
Mr Moayedi is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and in addition, he holds membership within both the American and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, along with the UK and Northern Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
He has published papers on the topic of cataract surgery and has given lectures on the latest Cataract Surgery techniques
Dr Zsolt Balogh
Mr Balogh graduated from the Medical University of Debrecen, Hungary in 1989. He qualified in Radiology in 1993, and Radiation Oncology in 2001. He has attended numerous international postgraduate courses and congresses, including the annual ECR in Vienna and the ESHNR Course in Oxford. He was granted an honorary observer post at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in 1997. Mr Balogh specialised in Musculoskeletal and General Radiology, Neuroradiology and Oncoradiology: CT, MRI, US, DSA, CR, Mammography, Fluoroscopy, Image Guided FNA/Core Biopsy, Interventional Procedures, Conformal Treatment Planning, Radiation Therapy Simulation, Percutaneous Radiation Therapy, Brachytherapy, Radiochemotherapy. Mr Balogh has engaged in numerous research activities, typically as a radiologist and clinical co-investigator, mainly for tumor assessment by CT and MRI in various clinical trials for radiotherapy, chemotherapy and molecular target therapies.