Dr Riaz Agha 

Department of Plastic Surgery, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Riaz is a Specialist Registrar in Plastic Surgery at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London and a doctoral student at Balliol College, University of Oxford where he is a Clarendon Scholar. In 2010, he was awarded a Scholarship from NICE for his project on national surgical surveillance. He subsequently worked with the CQC to improve the coverage and focus of their indicators for acute hospital services. Riaz graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ Medical School in London with distinctions and a 1st  in his intercalated BSc in Anatomy. He has been awarded over 40 academic prizes, published 70 scientific papers and given 60 presentations at national or international level.

He founded the International Journal of Surgery (IJS) which had an impact factor of 1.650 in 2013. In 2010, he launched IJS Case Reports, Elsevier’s first open access journal.  In 2012, he launched Annals of Medicine and Surgery. All are published by Elsevier and indexed in PubMed. In 2015 IJS Open was launched.

He is a council member for the Section of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Society of Medicine with board level appointments to; the Elsevier Editorial System Advisory Board, Map of Medicine Fellows Board and the Association of Surgeons in Training. He sits on the Web Committee for the World Association of Medical Editors and has built two websites for NATO.  He is formerly a Council Member for the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and an Ambassador for Enterprise UK.

Riaz has been a Consultant on healthcare and technology to a member of the Joint Ventures Board of the Bank of Scotland, former Vice-Chairman of the Governing Council of University College London and the former Chairman of the Further Education Council. He was cited as an “inspirational entrepreneur” by The Rt. Hon. John Hutton MP, Former Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform at his keynote speech during Enterprise week 2007. In 2014 he was awarded Freedom of the City of London.

Professor Peter McCulloch

Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford

Peter’s early research work was on cancer metastasis and gastrectomy technique. However, he has since become interested in patient safety and founded the QRSTU research group which is dedicated to studies of quality and safety interventions in surgery. Current work is funded by a Programme Grant from the NIHR, and involves a synthesis of aspects of the LEAN and CRM interventions to optimise safety performance in surgery.

Peter has advised and participated in the development of the NHS Institute programme “the productive operating theatre” and the Health Foundation sponsored project on Safer Theatre Teams. Peter is actively involved in assisting the Clinical Human Factors Group in their work to improve surgical safety in the UK

Christopher Limb 

MBBS, MRes, St Helier Hospital, Surrey, UK
Chris is currently in Core Surgical Training in Sussex, aiming for a future in General Surgery. He undertook his undergraduate training in Newcastle during which his interest in academic medicine first started during a Masters of Research. Publications to date include a light-hearted article in the Bulletin of the RCS, “Nominative Determinism in Hospital Medicine”, alongside more academic projects.’

Tom Pidgeon

BMedSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons), University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, UK. Project Manager of the Academic Surgical Collaborative.

Tom is an academic foundation doctor with a focused interest in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. His research interests are broad but include; craniofacial surgery, facial reanimation and systematic reviews in plastic surgery. He believes that research should be accessible to both junior and senior trainees alike, and research of this nature should be completed to an extremely high standard at a productive pace. He strongly believes this work should ultimately benefit patients. He looks forward to promoting international research in the future and intends to develop his interests in craniofacial surgery. Tom is responsible for the coordination all current studies run by the Academic Surgical Collaborative from their inception through to publication, ensuring timely completion of the collaborative’s projects.

Dr Emma McGlone 

MA (Cantab) MBBS MRCS, PG CertMedEd

Emma Rose trained at Cambridge and Imperial universities, achieving a senior scholarship at Gonville and Caius college, and graduating in 2008 with the Stanford Cade prize for surgery. She spent her foundation years in Wessex, before returning to London for core surgical training. She is presently half- way through general surgery specialist registrar training in South West Thames.

Emma Rose has a specialist interest in metabolic surgery, in which she will shortly be commencing a full time higher degree with the team at Hammersmith hospital. Her other chief interests are education and evidence-based surgery. She is assistant editor for the Best BET section in IJS.