Senior Staff, Paediatric Surgery Essentials





The Senior Staff, Paediatric Surgery Essentials work at this virtual hospital, The Children’s Hospital,  Virchester. We share a common goal to improve the essential knowledge in Paediatric Surgery even if we disagree about how to spell some of the words involved.

Bhavesh PatelLorem

Bhavesh Patel

The helping hand


Senior Paediatric Surgeon in Queensland, Australia, tech geek and training calligrapher. Interested in new ways to teach the old tricks to new dogs in half the time. 

Liz Gavens

Amateur Photographer, much better baker 


Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, England.

Interests in thoracics, upper GI, minimally invasive surgery and trauma – hopefully not all at the same time but it has been known.


Nathan NovotnyAssistant

Nathan Novotny

Spelling and Logistics


Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and the Director of International Outreach at Beaumont Children’s, Dearborn Michigan as well as Attending Surgeon at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee. 

Definitely our favourite American.


Craig McBride

Chief of Distillation


Senior Staff Specialist Paediatric Surgeon at Queensland Children’s Hospital, Australia. Associate Professor, so still works for a living.

Actually a New Zealander, still an All Black Rugby tragic.


Ross Fisher

Ross Fisher

Sceptic and Luddite in equal measure


Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield. Honorary Professor, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Visiting Professor, St Emlyn’s Hospital, Virchester.

Strong interest in medical education and known to have a few opinions about presentation skills.





As a group, we may not always agree with each other; we feel that is a strength. We constantly question and challenge each other in the clinical environment and we want to do the same here. There is no house style or opinion here, we are not seeking to establish a single direction of care. What matters is that we can share our thoughts in a safe environment and we will keep an eye on each other to make sure nothing silly is said. We have an editorial board and policy to try to ensure we stay on track and deliver evidence-based opinions upon which you can make your own decisions.


The opinions, thoughts and musings on this website are attributable to the individual authors and not the team as a whole and certainly not to the individual organisations we work for, hence the virtual hospital idea. As a guide, we follow the thoughts of the General Medical Councilin the UK on such education. It can be foundhere.


We also follow the advice of the GMC regarding consent. The British Medical Association also has a very useful guide to the use ofsocial media guidance(1)that we adhere to. There is an excellent summary of guidance on the provision and use of FOAMed from around the world here from the  Life in the Fast Lane. The bottom line is be safe, be sensible and don’t say anything here that you would not say in a clinical or public setting.