Clinical Medicine editorial board

Editor-in-chief

Anton Emmanuel

Prof Anton Emmanuel obtained his medical degree from London University. He is a professor of neuro-gastroenterology at University College London and consultant gastroenterologist at University College Hospital at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square). His current clinical work encompasses being director of the gastrointestinal physiology unit at University College Hospital as well as providing a specialist gastroenterology service for patients with neurological illness.

His research includes gut neurophysiology and the study of the aetiology and management of functional gastrointestinal disorders of the upper and lower gut. He was appointed as editor-in-chief of Clinical Medicine and Commentary, having served a similar role for 8 years at Frontline Gastroenterology.

He is deeply committed to developing the journals as a valued asset for members of the RCP. On a personal note, Anton is a Londoner, failing guitarist and enthusiastic home brewer.

 

Associate editors

Uazman Alam

Dr Uazman Alam is a senior clinical lecturer and honorary consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology at the University of Liverpool. He is recognised as an expert in the field of diabetic complications, primarily diabetic neuropathy and has worked extensively the field of corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) as a surrogate endpoint. Uazman has published over 100 manuscripts in high-impact journals over the last 12 years. His achievements were acknowledged with the Clinical Research Award in 2019 by the NeuroDiab, the international diabetic neuropathy satellite organisation of the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD). He has a programme of work in the surrogacy of corneal nerves in non-diabetic pain conditions (fibromyalgia, idiopathic small fibre neuropathy, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy) funded by Versus Arthritis and the Pain Relief Foundation and interventional studies of painful diabetic neuropathy funded by the NIHR HTA. Along with collaborators at the University of Liverpool, he has developed an AI-based deep learning algorithm to detect and classify diabetic neuropathy with future developmental work in other nervous system disorders.

Uazman is the honorary secretary for the Vascular Medicine & Lipids section of the Royal Society of Medicine and is an active grant reviewer for a number of scientific committees including the National Institute of Health and Care Research.

 

Ian Chan

Dr Ian Chan is a geriatrician in Hong Kong SAR, China. He has been appointed as (honorary) clinical associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and honorary clinical assistant professor at The University of Hong Kong.

He initially specialised in critical care medicine, before subsequently developing his role in geriatric medicine and patient safety. He received training at Addenbrooke's Hospital, focusing on MDT and POPS.

Ian has a particular interest in medical education and has been awarded Exemplary Teachers’ Awards twice. He actively participates in teaching in Crew Resources Management and simulation training.

He is currently one of the international advisers of the RCP. 

Tim Chevassut

Dr Timothy Chevassut is a clinical haematologist and basic scientist. He studied medicine and molecular biology at Oxford and gained his MRCP at Bristol before spending a research fellowship at Harvard where he conducted work on embryonic stem cells and DNA methylation. He subsequently completed a PhD at Edinburgh working on RNA interference before returning to medicine and completing specialist training in clinical haematology, culminating in the FRCPath. In 2007 he joined Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) where he is currently reader in haematology and also honorary consultant at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Tim’s clinical area of interest is blood cancers with a particular focus on acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). These are related diseases of the blood for which we now have a remarkable understanding of the genetic mutations and molecular biology.

His recent work has focused on one particular gene mutation, namely the DNA methyltransferase gene DNMT3A, which occurs in around 25% of patients with AML. His laboratory has shown that mutations in DNMT3A often initiate leukaemia and can be detected rapidly using PCR to improve diagnosis and prognosis. More importantly, they have shown that leukaemias carrying DNMT3A mutations can be effectively targeted using novel strategies that disrupt the epigenetic machinery of the cell’s genome including histone modifications and DNA methylation.

Tim also works closely with colleagues on other types of blood cancer, notably chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and multiple myeloma, and has established a tissue bank of bone marrow samples. He has acted as principal investigator for a number of early phase clinical studies and is a key member of the National Cancer Research Institute MDS trial subgroup. The overarching goal of his translational research programme is to develop better treatments for patients through improved understanding of disease biology and to bring these to the clinic over the next few years.

Richard Corbett

Dr Richard Corbett is a consultant nephrologist based at Hammersmith Hospital, London. Having spent some time as a medical officer in the Antarctic, he trained in both renal and general medicine. His clinical work relates to the care of the person with established renal failure, including the delivery of peritoneal dialysis and transplantation. Research interests lie in the application of circulatory fluid mechanics to problems in nephrology and, in particular, arteriovenous fistula failure.

 

 

 

Andrew Davies

Prof Andrew Davies is professor of palliative medicine at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Our Lady's Hospice in Dublin. He is a UK medical graduate, and worked for over 20 years as a consultant in palliative medicine in the UK.

His interests are evidence-based palliative care, and supportive care for cancer patients. 

 

 

Elaine Dennison

Prof Dennison trained in medicine at Cambridge University, receiving her medical degree in 1990. Having undertaken a medical rotation at Southampton, she was awarded a Wellcome training fellowship in epidemiology, and gained her PhD in 2000, prior to accrediting as a consultant in rheumatology in 2002. She was appointed to a personal chair at Southampton University in 2011, and also holds a position as professor of clinical research at Victoria University of Wellington. Having worked as a principal investigator of the Hertfordshire cohort study for many years, her research interest centres around musculoskeletal aging, specifically osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. She continues to work in clinical rheumatology, where she has a special interest in metabolic bone disease. She co-directs the Pagets’ Association Centre of Excellence with Prof Cyrus Cooper.

Arosha Dissanayake (international editor)

Dr Arosha Dissanayake is the RCP regional international adviser for Sri Lanka and president elect of the Ceylon College of Physicians. He is a consultant physician at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital and teaches at University of Ruhuna.

 

 

 

Bill Gibson

Dr Bill Gibson graduated from the University of Sheffield Medical School in 2001 and carried out his higher specialist training in general internal medicine and geriatrics in South Yorkshire. He undertook a research fellowship in urinary incontinence at the University of Alberta in Canada and completed his PhD there, examining the links between falls and LUTS in older people, which is the basis of his ongoing research programme. He is a consultant geriatrician at the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton, Alberta and his clinical practice concentrates on continence and other bladder and bowel issues in older people, dementia and frailty.

 

 

Anna Goodman

Anna Goodman is a consultant in infectious diseases and general internal medicine based at St Thomas Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is an honorary associate professor at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at University College London. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Oxford and UCL then trained across London and Oxford. Her PhD was in vaccines for malaria and she has recently been interested in COVID-19 vaccines. Her clinical work focuses on acute presentations of infectious diseases in the hospital setting, such as malaria, and the clinical link between infection and immunity. Her research is focused on clinical trials in infection.

 

Tevfik Ismail

Tevfik Ismail is a consultant cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and a senior clinical lecturer at King’s College London. He has specialist interests in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, heart failure, and inherited and inflammatory heart muscle disease. In addition to weekly inherited cardiac conditions, heart failure and general cardiology clinics, he runs a monthly joint cardiology–rheumatology clinic. He is part of the heart failure service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital and also works closely with the Bexley community heart failure service, running a monthly clinic at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup.

Tevfik graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2002 with numerous prizes and distinctions, as well as a BSc in cardiovascular medicine. He undertook junior doctor training in the north Thames region obtaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005. He undertook higher specialist training in cardiology and general internal medicine at several leading London units including the Royal Brompton Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital and the transplant / advanced heart failure unit at Harefield Hospital. He completed his PhD at the Royal Brompton Hospital (National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College) on the role of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (2012). He also obtained SCMR Level III accreditation in cardiovascular magnetic resonance, SCCT Level III accreditation in cardiovascular computed tomography and completed British Society of Echocardiography transthoracic accreditation. He is passionate about medical education and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He has authored/co-authored numerous original papers in high impact international journals including Journal of the American College of Cardiologists, Circulation, Journal of the American Medical Association, Heart and the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance among others. He undertakes teaching and research within the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences (part of the faculty of life sciences, King’s College London).

Sushma Saksena

Dr Sushma Saksena is a consultant hepatologist at the Royal London Hospital. She trained in the north-east of England and her research focus has been on hepatic encephalopathy and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She has over 50 publications and has presented at national and international liver meetings.

Sushma’s main areas of interest as a clinician are viral hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy and palliative/best supportive care for patients with advanced-stage liver disease. She has a keen interest in service improvement: she has been a fellow at the North East Leadership Academy and has worked closely with CCGs, palliative care teams and hospice in the to set up care pathways for patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis.

She is very committed to supporting medical education, and holds a Masters in clinical education. She has held leadership positions at Health Education North East and is now an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Queen Mary University London and associate dean (joint) for undergraduate medicine and Year 3 Module lead at the Royal London Hospital.

Philip Smith

Prof Philip Smith qualified from Liverpool in 1979 and did his general medical training there and wrote an MD thesis on breathing during sleep in muscular dystrophy. His clinical neurology training was in Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Cardiff, UK. He was appointed consultant neurologist in Cornwall in 1992, a busy consultant-given general neurology service. In 1996, he returned to Cardiff to develop longstanding interests in epilepsy and clinical training.

Philip was president of the Association of British Neurologists (2015–17) and previously president of the UK Chapter of the International League Against Epilepsy (2008–11). He co-chaired the 10th European Congress on Epileptology, London UK in 2012, welcoming a record high number of delegates.

He has co-edited Practical Neurology since 2011. He has a busy commitment to medical assessments as Cardiff sub-dean for assessment, also on the Board of the Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance, the General Medical Council’s Tests of Competence Committee, and previously as associate medical director for quality for the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.

He avoids driving when he can, and keeps active by cycling to work and for leisure, as well as running, yoga, hill walking and tennis as often as professional and family commitments allow.

Marina Soltan

Dr Marina Soltan is the national clinical lead for data and research in the Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Team at NHS England, undertaking an academic research fellowship with a PhD exploring the development of novel digital clinical risk scoring using machine learning accounting for health inequalities lenses. Dr Soltan has demonstrated a proven track record in driving national system digital leadership, ensuring a data-driven, scientific approach for delivering evidence based digital clinical and educational interventions. 

Marina has led the scientific evidence base and benefits hypothesis behind the flagship NHS England and NHS Improvement Core20PLUS5 approach which has been rolled out nationally across Integrated Care Systems in England to narrow the gaps in healthy life expectancy across England. She founded and leads the national #CPRinSchools and #HealthinSchools programme; CPR education is now mandatory for all school children within the curriculum nationally.

She has spoken at numerous events and in the media and prizes include the BMJ Clegg Scholarship Prize (2016), National Foundation Doctors Prize (2018), Royal College of Physicians Turner Warwick Prize (2019).

Cameron Swift

Prof Cameron Swift is a general physician, geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist, emeritus professor of health care of the elderly at King’s College School of Medicine, London, and a former president of the British Geriatric Society. His earlier research training included an Medical Research Council clinical pharmacology research fellowship investigating the influence of ageing on drug handling and response. His departmental and personal research output has continued to reflect this field, alongside a broader interest in clinical, multidisciplinary healthcare and service delivery for an ageing population. Prior to his appointment at King’s he held NHS consultant appointments in North Humberside (director of postgraduate medical education) and in Cardiff (as senior lecturer), with a major commitment to clinical service development in each setting.

He has previously served for 6 years on the Committee on Safety of Medicines, as a member of the UK Medicines Commission, and as chair of the editorial board of the journal Age and Ageing, together with overseas assignments, including visiting chairs at the Christchurch Clinical School, New Zealand and the UN International Institute on Ageing, Malta. He also currently serves in a variety of capacities in research grants committees and research programme/project steering committees.

Over the past decade and a half he has been involved as chair or member of several National Institute of Care and Health Excellence guideline development groups, update reviews and quality standard committees, notably in the areas of osteoporosis, falls prevention in later life and the management of hip fracture. The place of robust evidence as the basis for progress in both clinical practice, service development and national guidance remains a paramount commitment.

Advisory board

Cono (Con) Ariti

Con Ariti is the statistical adviser for Clinical Medicine and also advises on statistical issues for the Future Healthcare Journal when required.

Con is currently a lecturer in public health in the Cardiff University Medical School where he teaches postgraduate and undergraduate medical students.

Prior to that, Con was a lecturer in medical statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). While at LSHTM he was involved in a wide range of clinical trials and epidemiological studies and publishing widely including The Lancet, JAMA and New England Journal. Con has experience working in health services research during stints at the healthcare think tanks The Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation. Con was also involved in NHS service redesign while working as a quantitative specialist in McKinsey & Company’s healthcare practice. Prior to his career change to a medical statistician in 2008, Con worked for 20 years as a statistician in the financial services industry with blue chip companies such as MasterCard and Capital One in the US and UK.

Con has a first class honours degree in mathematics from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, awarded in 1994. Con also has an MSc in medical statistics with distinction from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he was awarded the Andrew Hewitt prize as the outstanding student in his graduation year in 2009.

In his spare time, Con enjoys watching movies, following the cricket (Australia of course!) and playing for the Cardiff Chess club in their lower divisions.

Tahseen Chowdhury

Prof Tahseen Chowdhury is a clinician in the department of diabetes and metabolism at the Royal London Hospital, in the East End of London. He runs a large specialist diabetes and metabolism unit, dealing with diabetes particularly among the Bangladeshi community of Tower Hamlets. He has a research/clinical interest in diabetes in South Asians and diabetic kidney disease, and has authored over 200 publications, including books entitled Diabetes in South Asian people: Explained, Fatty liver and Diabetes management in clinical practice. He also runs the metabolism programme for medical students at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London.

He qualified from the University of Birmingham and trained in Birmingham and Manchester, before becoming a consultant physician in 2000.

 

Vikas Kapil

Dr Vikas Kapil read medicine and anatomy at Queen’s College Cambridge, achieving first class undergraduate honours and then transferred for his undergraduate clinical training to University College London Medical School.

He completed postgraduate training in clinical pharmacology and medicine at St Thomas’ and St Bartholomew’s hospitals and was awarded his PhD under the supervision of Prof Amrita Ahluwalia at the William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI), investigating the effects of inorganic nitrate on the human cardiovascular system.

Since 2015, he has been a senior lecturer at WHRI and consultant in the Barts BP Centre of Excellence at Barts Heart Centre. He continues to lead on a diverse cardiovascular research portfolio from pre-clinical wet lab experiments to clinical trials, focusing on nitric oxide, autonomic cardiovascular control and hypertension more widely.

He is heavily involved in leading therapeutics and prescribing training for the MB BS (Medicine) course at Barts School of Medicine and Dentistry.

 

Yash Mahida

Prof Yash Mahida is professor of medicine and honorary consultant physician and gastroenterologist at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He obtained his medical qualification from Liverpool University and did his higher medical training in London, Oxford and Nottingham. Following Medical Research Council (MRC)-funded research training in Oxford, he has held a number of academic posts in Nottingham. For about 20 months, he was a visiting research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA).

Yash’s clinical practice involves sessions in acute medicine and gastroenterology, with an interest in Clostridium difficile infection and inflammatory bowel disease. His research interests are in acute (C difficile infection-induced) and chronic inflammatory diseases of the intestine and have been funded by grants from the MRC, Wellcome Trust and other charities.

He has supervised 25 higher degrees (PhD and MD) and is the Medical School’s academic lead for undergraduate clinical attachments in medicine.

For many years he has coordinated and chaired weekly physicians’ lunchtime meetings in Queen’s Medical Centre and from 2011 to 2018 he was lead appraiser for the Specialty Medical Group in the trust. He has been a member of MRC Boards and, in addition to regular reviews of original manuscripts and grant applications, he has previously served on the editorial board of Clinical Science and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

 

 

Martin McKee

Prof Martin McKee qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. He is professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he founded the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO collaborating centre. He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and former president of the European Public Health Association.

Martin has published over 1,100 academic papers and 46 books. His contributions to European health policy have been recognised by election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, Academia Europeae and the US National Academy of Medicine; the award of honorary doctorates from Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, and visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Asia; the 2003 Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health; the 2014 Alwyn Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to the health of the population; and the 2015 Donabedian International Award for contributions to quality of care.

In 2005 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He has an active following on Twitter: @martinmckee.

 

Andrew Medford

Dr Andrew Medford completed medical training at the University of Edinburgh in 1995 including a first class honours intercalated degree in neuroscience in 1993, and a research doctorate in adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in 2007. A post-certificate of completion of training fellowship in interventional pulmonology followed in 2008 at the Institute for Lung Health and postgraduate diplomas in ultrasound and clinical risk management.

Andrew’s main clinical and research interests are lung cancer, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) / advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy and medical education with collaborative research interests in pleural medicine and ARDS. He was appointed as consultant and honorary senior lecturer in respiratory medicine in 2009 at North Bristol NHS Trust.

He is the clinical lead for EBUS services, which he set up in 2009 and is a tertiary South West Cancer Network service. He is also specialty educational lead. He serves on the editorial boards of Thoracic Cancer, Respiration and Reviews on recent clinical trials and is associate editor for Infection International. He was previously education editor for the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He has previously served with the National Institute of Care and Health Excellence and British Thoracic Society in guideline development, specialty adviser for interventional procedures and MRCP part 2 question editor. His other interests include clinical negligence and clinical coding.

 

Rhys Thomas

Dr Rhys Thomas joined Newcastle University from Cardiff University in August 2017. He is an honorary consultant in epilepsy at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. His research interests include the causes and consequences of epilepsy – primarily the genetic causes of the epilepsies, including mitochondrial epilepsies and sudden death in epilepsy.

Rhys was the 2017 Royal College of Physicians Linacre lecturer. He spoke about the risks and benefits of sodium valproate for women of childbearing age. He is an associate editor of Practical Neurology, and web editor of Seizure.

 

 

Editorial staff

Director of communications, policy and research        Claire Burroughs

Head of corporate communications and publishing    Natalie Wilder

Managing editor                                                                 Hannah Cole

Editor                                                                                    Jonathan Adams


 

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