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70th Anniversary Denis Browne Gold Medalist Announced

It gives me great pleasure to announce the BAPS 2024 Denis Browne gold medal for outstanding contribution to paediatric surgery will be awarded to Professor Mark Davenport, Paediatric Surgeon of King’s College Hospital, London, UK.

The presentation will be made at the 70th BAPS Congress in Sheffield on Tuesday 2nd July 2024.


Professor Mark Davenport 

President: Mark Davenport

Appointed Consultant in Paediatric Surgery at King’s College Hospital in 1989.  He has pioneered the surgical management of hepatobiliary conditions (Biliary Atresia and Choledochal Malformations) in the UK. He was the driving force behind centralisation of Biliary Atresia management in England and Wales, leading to an improvement in outcomes. An approach subsequently adopted across Europe.

His academic achievements are enviable, having published over 110 articles on biliary atresia as well as in total more than 300 articles encompassing other conditions including neonatal surgical pathology such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

He obtained a Professorial Chair in Paediatric Surgery from King’s College, University of London in 2008. During the same year he becam the an editor of The Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

He has led in training the next generation of Paediatric Surgeons including being TPD for London, SAC representative for the Northern Deanery, and an invaluable member of the intercollegiate FRCS exam committee.

He has been an active member of BAPS throughout his career, starting as a member of the Executive Committee and culminating in being elected as President of BAPS from 2016 to 2018. He continues to support BAPS as the link surgeon for King’s, website chair and abstract committee member for the conference.

Throughout his career he has been a role model to so many surgeons from all over the world. He has inspired young trainees to become paediatric hepatobiliary surgeons that will succeed him, through his dedication, clinical acumen, surgical skill and sarcastic wit! The support and mentorship he continues to offer is phenomenal. He is respected and admired by patients and colleagues alike.

The breadth of his achievements across Paediatric Surgery in academia, clinical surgery, teaching, and contribution to BAPS throughout his career have been  inspiration to us all.

Sean Marven

BAPS President

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