STEER Collaborative


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

Krashna Patel


Graduated from Imperial College London. ST6 at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. Current HEEE Principal Chair of School of Surgery Trainee Board, Higher General Surgery Regional Representative and ASiT Council Member.

Chelise Currows


Chelise is currently an ST3 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. 
Previously, she has been involved as a local lead and collaborator in multiple national and international studies over the past 5 years. She is currently an active member of her local hospital quality improvement program.  Her other interests lie in medical education and widening participation to medicine.
Her role on the committee is to act as the Collaborative Secretary, organising and recording meetings in addition to carrying out the general administrative tasks – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or ideas for the collaborative. 

Mohamed Rabie

Communications Officer

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 surgical trainee at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Medhat Aker

Project Coordinator

Medhat is a general surgery trainee in the East of England Deanery, currently based in Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. 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.


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