The STEER (Surgical Trainees in East of England Research) collaborative group is a new regional trainee-led research group that has been set up in early 2018. It is led and run by trainees and strives to co-ordinate and run high quality multi-centre collaborative research projects to ultimately drive changes to optimise patient care and promote surgical research in the East of England deanery. 

The Team

STEER Committee

Alan Askari


Alan has a keen academic interest particularly in the use of big data, Artificial Intelligence, surgical technology, outcomes and surgical trials, especially in areas that directly lead to improvement in patient care. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2006 and completing his Core Surgical Training in 2011, he went on to obtain his MSc from the University of Oxford and later a PhD from Imperial College London based at St Mark’s Hospital. He has published over 65 peer reviewed articles, has dozens of posters/presentations at international conferences and remains active in academic research

Mohamed Rabie


Graduated in 2003 from Ain Shams University in Cairo. Mohamed finished MSc in surgery in 2008. In 2010, he moved to the UK to pursue a career in colorectal surgery and finished his MD research in laparoscopic colorectal surgery in 2013. Currently a trainee within the East of England Deanery. Mohamed is the East Anglia Trainee representative for the Dukes’ club, Dukes’ club research collaborative committee member and ASiT Council Member. 

Samuel O Adegbola


Samuel is a Colorectal/General surgical trainee in the Deanery. He has a keen academic interest, having undertaken a BSc in Human Genetics and more recently a PhD in Surgery and Cancer (within the field of Colorectal Surgery) from Imperial College London based at St Mark’s Hospital. During this time he secured a role of Honorary Clinical Lecturer and also served as Postgraduate Representative for Imperial Education Committee. He has achieved >£150,000 in co-authored grants, over 30 peer-reviewed articles and more than 50 international posters/presentations as well as chapter contribution to a coloproctology textbook.  He is a peer-reviewer for several academic journals including Colorectal Disease, Techniques in Coloproctology, Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology amongst others. He is a huge fan and advocate of collaboration in surgical research.

Krashna Patel

Honorary STEER Consultant member

Graduated from Imperial College London. Completed training within the East of England Deanery in 2021 and is currently a Consultant UGI and General Surgeon at West Suffolk Hospital. Current positions include Surgical Tutor and STC East of England committee member. Previous roles in the region include HEEE Principle Chair of School of Surgery Trainee Board (SSTB), Higher General Surgery Regional Representative, Roux Group Executive Council Member and National Endoscopy Lead and ASiT East of England representative council member. Heavy involvement in collaborative research and co-founder of the STEER collaborative.

Chelise Currow


Chelise is currently a General Surgical Registrar in the East of England Deanery.  On completion of her MBBS degree from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2013 she completed foundation training in the East of England Deanery and core surgical training in the East Midlands Deanery. She has been involved in multiple collaborative studies and quality improvement projects during her training and is currently undertaking an MSc in Surgical Innovation at Imperial.  Please feel free to contact if you have questions or ideas for the collaborative.

Medhat Aker

Project Coordinator

Medhat is a general surgery trainee in the East of England Deanery. He graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2007. He also received an MSc (hons) in Minimally Invasive and Robotics Surgery (2014), and a M.D (Res) (2017). Medhat has a great interest in teaching, being an honorary lecturer in University of East Anglia, an OSCE examiner, PBS tutor, and Basic Surgical Skills convener.
Medhat has interest in research, having lead a clinical trial in the East of England deanery, and having 10+ publications. His areas of interest in research include improving surgical outcomes in colorectal surgery and improving surgical training.

Mohamed Aly

Project Coordinator

Mohamed did his medical training in Cairo, Egypt and moved to the UK to pursue a surgical career. He was involved in many national and international research collaboratives. His main research interests are UGI cancers, minimally-invasive surgery, emergency surgery and endoscopy.

Hemel Modi

Project Coordinator

Hemel qualified from Imperial College London in 2007 and is currently a ST7 trainee in Addenbrookes Hospital with an interest in HPB & transplant surgery. During his higher training, Hemel was awarded a distinction for a Masters in Surgical Education from Imperial, and went on to successfully complete a PhD in neuroergonomics under the supervision of Professor Darzi. Hemel maintains an active academic role, with a particular interest in surgical cognition, acquisition of technical and non-technical skills, and surgical innovation. He has published in high impact journals, including Annals of Surgery and JAMA Surgery, and has presented at over 50 prestigious international conferences. He serves as a reviewer for many neuroscience and clinical journals, and has co-authored a surgical textbook chapter.

Annalise Katz-Summercorn

Project Coordinator

Annalise graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2008 and went on to complete her Foundation and Core Training in London. She returned to the East of England in 2013 to take up a training number in General Surgery. Annalise secured a CRUK Clinical Research Fellowship and went on to do a PhD with the Fitzgerald Group, MRC Cancer Unit , Cambridge. Her research involved a combination of wet lab, bioinformatics and clinical: focussing on the early detection of oesophageal adenocarcinoma by integrating genomics with expression and methylation data on samples from a large cohort of patients. Annalise is delighted to become part of STEER and apply her new skills to collaborative research.

Jeremy Wong

Foundation Representative

Shareef is an F2 doctor in Stevenage applying for core surgical training. He graduated from Barts and The London where he served as President of the surgical society and completed an intercalated BSc. Shareef is involved in multiple collaborative research projects and is currently a Trauma Sciences (Military/Humanitarian) MSc candidate

Saarah Ebrahim

CST Representative

Saarah is a General Surgery trainee in the East of England deanery. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, she then went on to study Medicine at The University of Aberdeen. Saarah undertook a clerkship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore and subsequently was awarded the Aberdeen Medico- Chirurgical Society Scholarship for her publications and international presentations within Burn Surgery. As part of her foundation training programme she spent eight months in General Surgery and was actively involved in research within the department. Saarah has since been appointed to the position of Core Surgical Trainee representative for East of England.

Taner Shakir


Taner is currently a General Surgical Registrar within the deanery.  After completing his undergraduate training at the University of Bristol, he moved to the East of England for his foundation and core surgical training.  He has presented a number of oral and poster presentations both nationally and internationally.  His areas of interest include improving surgical training, having published around the topic and delivered multiple interview courses for core and higher surgical training at a national level.

Garima Govind

Journal Club Coordinator

After completing my undergraduate degree at University College London, and Foundation training within the North East Thames deanery, I stayed in the area as a Medical Education Fellow before starting my General Surgery Training as an IST trainee in the East of England.  Currently an ST3 at Southend, I have various educational roles at local and deanery level.  I have been involved in collaborative research, culminating in publications and international presentations and have a passion for making research and education more accessible to my peers.  I am completing an MA in Clinical Education at Queen Mary University of London and have an intercalated BSc in Orthopaedic Surgery based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

The Team

Local Hospital Representatives

Kabir Matwala


Kabir is an aspiring surgeon currently working at Basildon University Hospital as a FY1. He qualified from Imperial College London in 2020 winning prizes in Surgery. He has co-authored a chapter in a medical textbook and has presented his research internationally.

Oliver Claydon

Norfolk and Norwich

Oliver completed a BA degree from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 2014 and his MBBS from King’s College, London, in 2017. He is an IST General Surgery trainee in the East of England and has been involved in a number of single and multi-centre collaborative projects.

Fran Freer


Fran is passionate about reconstructive surgery, and has a background in biomedical engineering which inspires her interest in improving service delivery through the use of innovation and technology. She is currently working as a foundation doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital, having graduated from Barts and the London in 2020. She has been involved in a number of multi-centre collaborative projects and also has experience in lab-based research having previously published in Journal of Clinical Biomechanics. She also has an interest in education and is currently undertaking a PGCert in Clinical Education.

Jonathan Cormack


Jonathan graduated from Barts and The London, completed Foundation Training, and is currently a Core Surgical Trainee in East of England. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, presented internationally, and is involved in multiple collaborative projects.

Hafsa Javed


Hafsa is a FY2 at Peterborough City Hospital who completed her MBChB and MSc in Medical Imaging from the University of Leeds and has presented her research internationally. She is an aspiring surgeon with interests in otolaryngology and plastics. She has been involved in various research and quality improvement projects during her training. 

Harry Spiers


Harry graduated from St George’s in 2018 and undertook academic foundation training in Manchester. He is currently an academic clinical fellow (CT1) in general surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with a keen interest in HPB and transplant surgery, and a wealth of experience in collaborative research and medical education.


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