Stuart qualified as a general surgeon in the West of Scotland in 2020, having also trained in Edinburgh and Northern Ireland. During surgical training, he worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh 2012-14 and as a Clinical Leadership Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2016-17, during which time he co-wrote the College's influential policy report "Global Citizenship in the Scottish Health Service: the value of international volunteering." He has pursued research interests in surgical outcomes and has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, including 5 years as a faculty member on a Basic Surgical Skills course in Kigali, Rwanda. Stuart's other professional passion is rural surgery in the UK and he hopes to combine this with global health work in his future career. Stuart previously served as a surgical representative on the GASOC committee, during which time he regularly arranged online journal clubs and was co-organiser of GASOC's Global Surgery conference in 2018.