Surgical Menopause Advisory Committee
The mission of the IAPMD SMAC is to:
Improve the lives of people affected by surgical menopause (surmeno) by 1. educating and empowering health professionals to provide high quality, evidenced-based, and patient-centered services in the treatment of surgical menopause symptoms, and 2. supporting patients affected negatively impacted by surgical menopause with the tools and resources for education, self-assessment, symptom management, and accessing quality care.
Dr. Malcolm Dixon
Malcolm Dickson grew up in Edinburgh, and studied medicine at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. He graduated in 1990 and in 2000 became a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Rochdale, Lancashire, UK. His wife is also a doctor specialising in paediatric anaesthesia. They have two school aged children and live in the country with a collection of four cats and 11 hens.
Malcolm loves reading biographies and thrillers, enjoys cycling and walking and once wrote half a novel (And then stopped on the birth of his first child !) He also loves the theatre, cooking and hot hatches.
“Surgical menopause is an important for me as it is a very effective way to allow women with PMDD stop living miserably. And start living.”
Dr. Hannah Short
Hannah Short is an accredited specialist in female hormonal health (menopause and premenstrual disorders), GP and medical writer. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, she went on to complete her medical training at the University of Cambridge and qualified in 2009.
Hannah experienced surgical menopause at the age of 35 and is passionate about improving menopause care for women. She also has a keen interest in plant-based nutrition and the impact of climate change on public health, and has undertaken further training in lifestyle medicine.
Hannah loves being outdoors, is a keen runner and cyclist, and enjoys reading and playing the piano. She lives in Suffolk with her husband and two Maine Coon cats.
Diane is a Psychotherapist, Menopause Expert and Wellbeing Consultant who specializes in working privately with women and couples guiding and supporting them through menopause, midlife and beyond. She also provides bespoke menopause training and support solutions for businesses and organizations and menopause training for therapists.
She is the founder of the Menopause Support campaign and the driving force behind the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign, launched with the support of cross-party MPs at Westminster in October 2018. As a professional coach, counselor and trauma therapist with nurse training in the Menopause, Diane is the media lay spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a member of the RCOG Women’s Voices Involvement Panel and a member of the British Menopause Society.
Dr. Nick Panay
Nick Panay is a Consultant Gynaecologist with a Special Interest in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Menopause, PMS, contraception and gynaecological endocrinology. His affiliations include: Board Member and Secretary General of The International Menopause Society, Past Honorary Director of Conferences RCOG, Board Member and Secretary General Elect, International Menopause Society Trustee and medical advisory committee member, British Menopause Society, Past Chairman of The British Menopause Society, Chairman of The National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome, Past President and current council member, The Royal Society of Medicine (O & G Division) Patron of Daisy Network (Premature Menopause Society), Past Council Member of British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy.