Press Release

27 March 2012

National and international surgeons seeking to specialise in keyhole minimally invasive surgery gathered at Canterbury Christ Church University's Medway Campus this month to begin studies on a new and innovative postgraduate course.

Professor Matin Sheriff demonstrating surgical practices
Professor Matin Sheriff demonstrating surgical practices

The launch of the Masters (MCh) in Minimally Invasive Surgery will train surgeons in orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology or general surgery in the quickly growing field of laparoscopic surgery.

Peter Milburn, Academic Lead for Postgraduate Medical Education, said: “The successful launch of this programme represents a significant milestone in the development of a range of postgraduate opportunities offered to doctors by the University. 

“A particularly exciting aspect of this course is the live real time video link between the operating theatres of local hospitals and the clinical skills laboratory at the University. This will allow the trainee laparoscopic surgeons to watch and engage with leading specialists as they perform complex surgical procedures.

“The University has also invested in a range of highly specialised endoscopic surgical equipment to create a surgical clinical skills laboratory which will enable the doctors to gain the knowledge, understanding and practical skills necessary to develop a career in laparoscopic surgery.”

The programme is led by local consultant surgeons internationally recognised as experts in laparoscopic surgery: Professor Matin Sheriff, Consultant at Medway Maritime NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor Anan Shetty, Consultant at the Spires Alexandra Hospital,

Professor Sheriff said: “This development will provide surgeons from both the UK and overseas an opportunity to gain education and training within the rapidly developing field of laparoscopic surgery. The programme, facilities and expertise available at the University will ensure a flexible, tailored experience is delivered to all participants.”

Dr David Stelzeneder, Clinical Fellow in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Spires Alexandra Hospital and member of the first cohort of trainee surgeons, said: “I joined the programme to enhance my theoretical and practical experience in arthroscopy of the knee and other joints. In particular the one-on-one teaching in the hospitals and excellent opportunities to practice on knee models will be beneficial to my on-going orthopaedic training.”

The University has been supported by the healthcare products giants Smith and Nephew, ensuring the trainee surgeons have access to the latest laparoscopic equipment and are able to gain experience on the most up to date equipment.

For more information on the Masters in Minimally Invasive Surgery visit:


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.


*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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