Sir Alec Turnbull was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Oxford and a key figure in the development of minimally invasive surgery in this country.
Sir Alec saw the potential of endoscopic surgery, having observed Kurt Semm pioneering work in Germany. He chaired symposia to promote awareness and further the knowledge of laparascopic techniques, offering full use of his hospital’s facilities and providing support and guidance throughout.
Even though he was terminally ill, he attended every session as well as acting as host at the evening dinners. This was typical of his generosity and enthusiasm and of his encouragement of the development of new ideas.
Every year the BSGE organise a Sir Alec Turnbull lecture at the ASM in his honour.
1990 Professor Jacques Donnez, Hull
1991 Dr. Mickey Baggish, Northampton
1992 Professor Kurt Semm, Chertsey
1993 Dr Alain Audebert, Middlesborough
1994 Professor Denis Querleu, Birmingham
1995 tbc Glasgow
1996 Professor Daniel F G Dargent, London
1997 Professor Franklin D Loffer, ESGE/BSGE
1998 Professor Jean-Bernard Dubuisson
1999 Professor Christopher Sutton, Plymouth
2000 Professor Kees Wamsteker, Leeds
2001 Professor Thierry Vancaille, Winchester
2002 Professor Michelle Nisolle, Portsmouth
2003 Dr Harry Reich, Glasgow (joint meeting)
2004 Mr Adam Magos, Dublin
2005 Mr John Dulemba, London, ISGE/BSGE
2006 Dr Olav Istre, Sheffield
2007 Dr Peter Maher, Birmingham
2008 Professor Hans Brolmann, Amsterdam, ESGE/BSGE
2009 Mr Anthony Smith, London
2010 Professor Jeremy Wright, Wirral
2011 Professor Ray Garry, London, ESGE/BSGE
2012 Mr Charles Koh, Cardiff
2013 Professor Peter O’Donovan, Brighton
2014 Professor Frank Willem Jansen, Norwich
2015 Professor Sian Jones, London
2016 Mr Alfred Cutner, Cornwall
2017 Professor Arnaud Wattiez, Strasbourg