About STEER

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

CHAIR

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

VICE CHAIR

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

Vice CHAIR

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

POST CCT REP

Graduated from Imperial College London. Senior trainee within the Deanery. Current HEEE Principle Chair of School of Surgery Trainee Board (SSTB) and Higher General Surgery Regional Representative. Also Roux Group Executive Council Member and previous ASiT council member. Previous heavy involvement in collaborative research.  

Chelise Currow

Secretary

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.

Shareef Mahdi

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

Webmaster / Social Media

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.

The Team

Local Hospital Representatives

Kabir Matwala

Basildon

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.

Contacts

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