Board Members

Members of our Board Members

Below is a list of the current UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Board members.


The CTN Board oversees our strategic direction and is responsible for leading all of the CTN activities. The board meets formally three times a year with a variety of meetings and tasks in between.



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
Associate Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
Honorary Consultant in Critical Care
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

I am an Associate Clinical Professor at University of Warwick and Honorary Consultant in critical care.

My research interests are in the field of anaesthesia, critical care and resuscitation. My current research focuses on improving quality of anaesthesia to improve patient outcomes, cognitive function, high risk patients such as the older patient and development of chronic pain post-surgery.



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.



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.



Dr R Kasivisvanathan

Dr Ramanathan Kasivisvanathan

Head of Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Royal Marsden Hospital

Also known as Nathan, I am Head of Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Royal Marsden, providing anaesthesia for all major, robotic and oncological surgery. I trained in the North Central London School of Anaesthesia and conducted a period of research as an honorary associate at the Wellcome Trust.

Work that I have led including service design, quality improvement and research, to date, has been recognised 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 and the British Medical Journal. I am well published in a number of areas of perioperative medicine and am 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

I am a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. I graduated at the University of Pecs, Hungary, where I then went on to gain a PhD in Critical Care.

My 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.

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



Dr Laura Carrick

Dr Laura Carrick

Anaesthetic Trainee ST6
East Midlands Anaesthetic Trainee

I have a strong interest in research and making it accessible to all, as such I formed the East Midlands Anaesthetic and Critical Care Trainee Research Network, MERCAT, and I have this year taken on the role of secretary for the Research Audit Federation of Trainees (RAFT), the national umbrella organisation for the regional anaesthetic trainee research networks.

In addition I have undertaken a PhD focused on post-operative physical function and frailty in the older surgical patient and I am in the process of writing my thesis.

This reflects my clinical interest in perioperative medicine, specifically of the older patient, in the past I have represented anaesthetic trainees for the Age Anaesthesia Association and currently I am a part of the East Midlands Major Trauma Network Frailty Group. Jointly with Dr Katie Samuel the current RAFT Chair I will represent RAFT, and also trainees in general.



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Dr Katie Samuel

ST7 Anaesthesia, RAFT Chair
Bristol School of Anaesthesia

I am an anaesthetic registrar based in Bristol, and chair both STAR group (Severn Trainee Anaesthetic Research) and RAFT (Research and Audit Federation of Trainees), as well as Trainees with an interest in Perioperative Medicine (TRIPOM). My career interests lie in perioperative medicine, clinical research and education, and I represent both RAFT and trainees in general on the CTN board.



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Jenny Dorey

Lay Representative
National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia

I was a practising hospital pharmacist for most of my career, including 20 years as chief pharmacist in a large teaching hospital and pharmaceutical advisor to a Strategic Health Authority.

High quality safe, effective and patient focused care delivered through collaboration and sharing has always been my priority.



Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Consultant in Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
University Hospital Southampton

Mark is an anaesthetist/perioperative physician and researcher at University Hospital Southampton. His clinical activities include anaesthesia for major adult surgery, preoperative assessment/optimisation and developing clinical services within perioperative medicine. He completed his higher degree in perioperative immunology and postoperative morbidity at University College London before moving to Southampton in 2013. He is now Chief Investigator of the NIHR-funded FLO-ELA (FLuid Optimisation in Emergency LAparotomy) trial, Deputy Chief Investigator of the OPTIMISE II trial and a collaborator on the GAP Gabapentin trial. Research support roles within Wessex include NIHR CRN Specialty Group Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain, and Wessex School of Anaesthesia academic training lead. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Southampton.



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Ben Shelley

Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Ben Shelley is a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and has been working with the Academic Unit of Anaesthesia at the University of Glasgow since 2009. He completed his MD thesis on ‘acute lung injury after lung resection’ in 2015 and is currently principal investigator on several collaborative studies examining acute lung injury and right ventricular dysfunction after thoracic surgery. Dr Shelley was awarded an NRS/CSO Career Research Fellowship in April 2017 for his work on ‘Stratified perioperative medicine to improve outcome after lung resection’.