The new committee came into office in September 2022 and will run for two years. We have big plans to continue and expand upon the great work done in previous years, so stay tuned for updates!
Meet the team
Our Mission 2022-2024
Our goal is to bring you more information and opportunities than ever before to help you discover what a career in O&G could be like for you. This year, we aim to launch a resource hub including revision resources, intercalation opportunities and an electives database. Keep an eye of the new podcast series too!
President: Dr Molly Kavanagh
Molly is currently in her first year as a doctor in Essex and is based in East London. Her key interests include reproductive rights and early pregnancy, the provision of inclusive sexual and reproductive healthcare, and all things surgical. She is incredibly passionate about O&G, and is excited to use her new role as President to share and explore this passion with the UK medical student and doctor community.
Molly previously sat on the BUSOG committee as Events and Finance Officer, and runs a charity which assists displaced doctors to re-qualify in the UK. In her spare time, she can often be found sunbathing and/or listening to podcasts.
To contact Molly, email [email protected]
Vice President: Dr Ivaila Valcheva
Ivaila has recently started working as a junior doctor in the Scotland Deanery – she is looking forwards to her OBGYN rotation and her new role on the committee. Her academic interests include the acute labour ward, fetal surgery and urogynaecology. Previously she has completed an elective in gynaeoncology, an internship in high risk multiple pregnancy and a quality improvement project that restructured the obstetric assessment unit at her local hospital.
Her other interests include mentorship, global maternal health and sustainability in OBGYN. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, buying plants and going to Cross-fit.
To contact Ivaila, email [email protected]
Secretary: Elizabeth (Lizzie) Evens
Lizzie is graduate-entry medical student at Newcastle University, having previously completed degrees at Oxford and UCL. Her PhD considered the history of medicine and policing, with a focus on criminalised abortion, in the United States and she has published widely on this topic, including for the BBC and Washington Post. In her role as Secretary, she looks forward to geographically and temporally bridging this research with medicine today.
Outside of her studies, Lizzie enjoys crafting, CrossFit, and her cat, Fluffy.
To contact Lizzie, email [email protected]
Media Officer: Kevin Kuan
Kevin is originally from Toronto, Canada and is starting his fifth year at the University of Edinburgh. He intercalated at the University of St Andrews and did his dissertation on endometriosis and assisted reproduction. He has a passion for research and medical education, and is hoping to pursue a career in academic O&G. His current research interests include endometriosis/chronic pelvic pain and he is working on various projects with international collaborators.
As the media officer, his main goals include increasing awareness of BUSOG events, organising tweetorials in collaboration with university ambassadors, and increasing awareness for conditions such as endometriosis. Outside of medicine, Kevin enjoys playing the piano, crocheting, and baking.
To contact Kevin, email [email protected]
Events Officer (Conference): Charlie Dunkerley
Charlie is beginning her fourth year at the University of Manchester in August 2022. Charlie’s interest in O&G stemmed from her undertaking research projects at Medical school. She is most interested in fetal medicine and assisted reproduction, and has since completed an intercalated MRes investigating intrauterine fetal growth after IVF-assisted conception.
Charlie is also interested in widening participation in medical education and is interested in creating more opportunities for widening participation students at BUSOG events. In her spare time, she enjoys running and going out with friends.
To contact Charlie, email [email protected]
Events Officer (Webinar): Nivetha Manobharath
Nivetha is starting her final year at UCL. Her interest in O&G started pre medical school and has only grown further after completing her intercalated BSc in Women’s Health. During this she completed a project comparing pain scores in women with endometriosis who underwent different surgeries. Within O&G her interests lie in high risk pregnancy and fetal medicine. During her spare time, she enjoys sewing and crocheting.In the next two years, she aims to deliver engaging and thought provoking events accomodating medical students at all stages and anyone with an interest in O&G.
To contact Nivetha, email [email protected]
Mentorship Lead: Sundy Papalois
Sundy is due to start her final year at Barts & London. Before Medicine she studied Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University. Her interests are in high-risk pregnancy and fetal medicine as well as gynecological oncology and reproductive rights.
Her other interests are in medical ethics, where she currently serves in the Student Council of the Institute of Medical Ethics, and Surgery, currently a medical student apprentice of the Moynihan Academy at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.
She also enjoys volunteering with the British Red Cross, and being an active member in her student union. In her spare time she loves going to the theater, practicing photography, visiting art galleries and eating out with friends and family.
In the next two years she hopes to run a successful mentorship scheme and advertise more opportunities and ways medical students and junior doctors can further their interests in the fantastic specialty of O&G!
To contact Sundy, email [email protected]
Undergraduate Leads: Kimberley Nyamakope
Kimberley is a final year medical student from Imperial College London. Her interest in O&G began during her 5th year clinical placement, and since then she has been trying to get involved with as much as possible. This includes being on the committee for the university O&G society annual conference and carrying out research and audits with the O&G department at CWHT. Her main interests are acute labour ward, endometriosis, and fertility.
During her time as part of the BUSOG national committee, Kimberley hopes to widen participation, particularly of younger medical students, to provide more opportunities to explore O&G from earlier on in medical school. A large part of this will be reigniting the ambassadorship programme, to develop the well-connected network of interested students!
To contact Kimberley, email [email protected]
Undergraduate Leads: Ishrat Hussain
Ishrat is starting her final year at University College London (UCL). Her interests in Obstetrics and Gynaecology have developed over the years by completing an intercalated degree in Women’s Health, working as an academic co-ordinator for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology division of UCL’s Surgical Society and actively working on research within the fields of fertility and menopause. Through these experiences she has had the opportunity to widen her academic and clinical understanding of the speciality.
Over the next two years she hopes to further integrate the ambassador programme with the national committee to provide students with more opportunities to organise and run events and she also hopes to increase the student representation and presence on the BUSOG social media platforms.
To contact Ishrat, email [email protected]
Pre-Specialty Ambassador: Dr. Natasha Citeroni
Natasha is currently an Academic Foundation Year 2 doctor at University Hospital Southampton. She graduated from King’s College London in 2021.
Natasha’s key interests lie in foetal medicine and inequalities within women’s health. She is also passionate about medical education and teaching, having previously been recognised with an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
As an academic trainee, Natasha has an interest in quality improvement and research opportunities for medical students and trainees. She has also published a case report in obstetrics on a luteal phase pregnancy after Mirena Coil insertion for intrauterine septum resection.
In her spare time, Natasha enjoys reading, cooking and going to the gym.
Her main goals for the society include building on the newly established post-graduate network for pre-speciality trainees, sharing opportunities within O&G and supporting medical students and foundation doctors in their applications to specialty.
To contact Natasha, email [email protected]