Board Members



Rupert Pearse

Prof Rupert Pearse

CTN Director
NIHR Research Professor & Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

Queen Mary University of London

I am an active researcher in perioperative medicine, with experience of leading several international projects to completion as chief investigator. I have a major interest in perioperative medicine, but am active in various fields in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia. My clinical work is all in Intensive Care Medicine.



Joyce Yeung

Dr Joyce Yeung

CTN Deputy Director
NIHR Post Doctoral Fellow in Anaesthesia, Clinician Scientist in Anaesthesia

College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

I am a senior lecturer at University of Birmingham and honorary consultant in anaesthesia and critical care. My research into the impact of anaesthesia on post-operative delirium in patients with hip fracture has been awarded a NIHR post- doctoral fellowship. I am also member of the Anaesthesia Specialty Group.

My research interests are in the field of anaesthesia, critical care and resuscitation. My current research focuses on the impact of anaesthesia on cognitive function, the elderly, patient outcomes and development of chronic pain post surgery.



POMCTN SB

Mr Simon Bach

Consultant Surgeon
Royal College of Surgeons of England

I am a colorectal surgeon in Birmingham and chief investigator for the Cancer Research UK TREC and STAR-TREC studies evaluating rectal sparing treatment for early rectal cancer. I am RCS lead for colorectal surgery and have developed a national strategy for research prioritisation, collaborating closely with ACPGBI and stakeholder charities. This initiative has produced a number of exciting new studies including the HTA Prepare ABC (prehabilition), CIPER (parastomal hernia) an LEGO (resolution of postoperative ileus).

I also work with the trainee collaboratives e.g. national audit of small bowel obstruction (NASBO) and with medical student collaboratives; STAR-SURG (http:starsurg.org) and EUROSURG (http:eurosurg.org) developing a training programme to teach recruitment techniques for randomised studies (GRANULE). I am clinical lead for Birmingham’s early phase trials unit (Drugs, Diagnostics, Devices and Biomarkers -D3B) also chair the National Cancer Research Institute Colorectal Surgery subgroup, overseeing delivery of the UK’s colorectal cancer research portfolio.



Matthew Costa

Prof Matt Costa

Professor of Trauma & Orthopaedics
Royal College of Surgeons of England

I am Chair of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Injuries and Emergencies Specialty Group and the Scientific Committee of the National Hip Fracture Database. I am also Research Lead for the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and the NIHR Musculoskeletal Trauma Trials Network and a Specialty Lead in Trauma and Orthopaedics for the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

My research interest is in clinical and cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal trauma interventions.



Matt Dickinson

Dr Matt Dickinson

Consultant Anaesthetist
Royal Surrey County Hospital
Honorary Senior Lecturer
University College London (UCL)

I am a Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB), Oesophagogastric, major Urological surgery, Colorectal surgery and the development of Enhanced Recovery Programmes and quality improvement projects.

I am involved in the development of UCL’s MSc in Perioperative Medicine, co-authoring modules on Enhanced Recovery after Surgery and hold position of Honorary Senior Lecturer.



Martyn Ezra

Dr Martyn Ezra - Trainee Representative

NIHR Clinical Research Training Fellow in Anaesthetics
Nuffield Department Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

I am a NIHR supported Clinical Research Training Fellow undertaking a DPhil at the University of Oxford in Clinical Neurosciences. This programme is part of an OOPR from ST5 anaesthetic training. Prior to this I have held two NIHR integrated clinical research posts (academic foundation training/academic clinical fellowship).

My research background is in the use of multimodal MRI to aid biomarker and drug discovery in acute neurological conditions. I also have an interest in multicentre clinical trials and have undertaken a PGDip in evidence based healthcare research (University of Oxford), which focused on design and conduct of clinical trials.



Michael Gillies

Dr Michael Gillies

Clinical Director for Intensive Care,
Consultant and Honorary Reader in Intensive Care

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

I am a Consultant and Honorary Reader in Critical Care Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and hold a Chief Scientist’s (Scotland) NRS Clinician Award.

My clinical and research interests are: perioperative critical care, echocardiography, respiratory failure and health services research.



Anton Krige

Dr Anton Krige

Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia
East Lancashire Hospitals

My clinical work comprises major colorectal and major hepato-biliary-pancreatico surgery, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and critical care at the Royal Blackburn Hospital. I am Associate Medical Director for R&D for my organisation, Anaesthesia SG Lead for the Greater Manchester NIHR CRN and President of region’s Trainee Research Network (NWRAG). I introduced and lead Enhanced Recovery Programme’s for all surgical specialities in my Trust and lead several critical care and perioperative QI projects.

My research interests are primarily related to Enhanced Recovery and perioperative medicine, but also includes some critical care research, and I am a current NIHR grant holder.



Jaimin Patel

Dr Jaimin Patel

Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia and ICM
University Hospitals Birmingham

I am a Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia and ICM at University Hospitals Birmingham. My research interests are focused around improving outcomes following major abdominal and emergency surgery, as well as sepsis. I am lead for Perioperative Research at University Hospital Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth and am the deputy specialty lead in Anaesthesia for the West-Midlands NIHR CRN.



Matt Wilson

Dr Matt Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia, School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I am a Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia at Sheffield School of Health & Related Research. I have recently completed a Clinician Scientist Fellowship with the NIHR. I have expertise in clinical trials evaluating health technology interventions in peri-operative medicine, acute pain and reproductive health. My Interests are Acute Pain, Emergency Surgery, Enhanced Recovery after Surgery, Obstetrics, and Perioperative Medicine. My Current Studies are RESPITE (CI), and SALVO (Chief Clinical Investigator); my Previous Studies include BUMPES (Chief Clinical Investigator).



Dr R Kasivisvanathan

Dr Ramanathan Kasivisvanathan

Head of Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Royal Marsden Hospital

Also known as Nathan, he is Head of Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine At the Royal Marsden. He is a consultant anaesthetist who provides anaesthesia of all major, robotic and oncological surgery.

Following this he conducted his anaesthesia training on the North Central London School of Anaesthesia and conducted a period of research as an honorary associate at the Wellcome Trust.

Work that he has led including service design, quality improvement and research, to date, has been recognized by over 35 regional, national and international prizes, awards or grants from a number of high profile bodies including National Institute of Academic anaesthesia; NIHR; NICE ; Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Medical Journal.
He is well published in a number of areas of perioperative medicine and is invited to speak nationally in many of these areas including high risk surgery, frailty and anaesthesia for robotic surgery



Tamas Szakmany

Dr Tamas Szakmany

Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Dr Szakmany is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. He graduated at the University of Pecs, Hungary, where he then went on to gain his PhD in Critical Care.

Tamas’s research interests have always encompassed a broad spectrum of critical care practices: from monitoring and modulation of inflammatory response in sepsis and after major surgery to long-term outcomes following critical care discharge and also participating actively in large randomized controlled trials.

Tamas has always been passionate to work with medical students, to help them realizing their potential: his last few publications are all collaborations with medical students at Cardiff University with whom he developed an award-winning research programme on the epidemiology of sepsis on the general wards.

Work that he has led including service design, quality improvement and research, to date, has been recognized by over 35 regional, national and international prizes, awards or grants from a number of high profile bodies including National Institute of Academic anaesthesia; NIHR; NICE ; Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Medical Journal.

He is well published in a number of areas of perioperative medicine and is invited to speak nationally in many of these areas including high risk surgery, frailty and anaesthesia for robotic surgery