Council Members


BSET Council 2018

BSET Council 2017-18 with 2018 invited faculty

Back row (left to right): Hany Zayed, Andrej Schmidt, Chris Twine, Bijan Modarai, Colin Bicknell, Paul Hayes, Rick Gibbs, Tilo Kolbel, Patrick Chong, James McCaslin, Ian Nordon, Rob Williams, Anders Wanhainen, Shaneel Patel, Ellie Atkins
Front row (left to right): Rachel Bell, Mike Jenkins, Jeanette Oliver

Council members for 2018-9 are:

Mr Paul Bevis

Mr Paul Bevis is a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon in the Bristol, Bath and Weston Vascular Network and is the Clinical Lead for Complex Endovascular Surgery. He qualified from the University of Bristol in 2002 and undertook surgical and endovascular training in the South West and Birmingham including an Endovascular Fellowship. During training he was awarded an MD for his thesis investigating connective tissue changes in aortic aneurysm patients.

His main clinical interest is in the treatment of aortic pathology and he specialises in complex endovascular aortic repair.

Mr Patrick Chong

Patrick ChongMr. Patrick Chong qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1993. Prior to his appointment as Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, he trained in General and Vascular Surgery on the London and South East Thames rotation and completed his Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital London. He was the Royal Society of Medicine Travelling Fellow in Vascular Surgery to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

His current roles include Chair of the Surrey Vascular Group Network, Chair of the Vascular and Endovascular Simulation Skills Training Committee at the London Postgraduate School of Surgery(London and KSS Deaneries) and Vascular Research Lead for Kent Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network. He also chairs the bi-annual Tri-Counties Diabetic Foot Symposium.

Mr Patrick Coughlin

Patrick CoughlinMr. Patrick Coughlin qualified from the University of Leeds in 1997 and undertook his basic and higher surgical training in the Yorkshire Deanery. Endovascular training was obtained as the overseas fellow at Fremantle Hospital in Perth and as a BSET fellow at St Georges Hospital, London in 2009. He was appointed as a Consultant in Vascular/Endovascular Surgery at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in 2011. He has a strong interest in teaching / training being a member of Eastern Deanery Vascular Surgery Training Committee as well as being the convenor of a number of cadaveric based training courses. He is also an examiner for the European Board Vascular Surgery examination.

His research is focused upon the management of lower limb peripheral arterial disease including using novel imaging techniques to potentially help guide optimal treatment modalities in this group of patients. His research has been funded by the Circulation Foundation, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Dunhill Medical Trust.

Mr Murray Flett

Murray FlettMurray Flett is a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon based in Ninewells Hospital Dundee in the East of Scotland. Prior to his appointment in 2004, he undertook a 1-year post-CCT fellowship in interventional radiology in Glasgow. Main clinical interests are in endovascular practice, including complex EVAR and peripheral arterial intervention. He’s a proctor for fenestrated and branched EVAR and has training and teaching interests as a liaison member of the Vascular Specialty Advisory Committee and as a member of the Scottish vascular training group.

Mr Rick Gibbs

Rick Gibbs is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Lead at the Imperial Vascular Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in London. His surgical training was at St Barts and Charing Cross Hospitals, and he was appointed at St Mary’s in 2005. Key clinical areas of interest are the treatment of complex aortic pathology and the setting up of the UK’s first Type B dissection multidisciplinary clinic. Research interests are currently centred on computational fluid modelling of Type B dissections and prevention of stroke during arch and thoracic stenting.

Mr Seamus Harrison

Seamus Harrison qualified from Barts and the London Medical School in 2004 and trained on the North East Thames surgical rotation. During his training he completed a PhD investigating the genetic determinants of aortic aneurysms at University College London. He was awarded a BSET fellowship 2013 and undertook this in Cambridge focusing upon endovascular aneurysm repair and lower limb angioplasty. Prior to being appointed as a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals he spent a year as a clinical lecturer at the University of Leicester.

He specialises in the management of complex aortic pathologies and maintains a research interest in the genetics of aortic aneurysms in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. He also has a specific interest in patient safety and leads on this at his trust.

Mr James McCaslin

James McCaslinMr McCaslin trained in the North East as a vascular surgeon before taking a Fellowship in Perth, Western Australia to enhance his endovascular skills. He is a co-founder of UKETs – a multidisciplinary teaching collaborative for basic endovascular skills that won a national BMA award in 2014 for education and a local NHS innovation award in 2013. He currently sits on the Circulation Foundation committee as legacy officer and was Vice-President of the Rouleaux Club (trainee vascular surgeons) in 2012. His research interests include simulation training and platelet function.

Professor Bijan Modarai

Bijan Modarai

Bijan Modarai qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in 1998 and trained on the London South East Thames Rotation. He obtained a PhD in 2006 and completed his Higher Surgical Training as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, spending a year as an Endovascular Fellow at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Vascular/Endovascular Surgery to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital/King’s College London in 2011. He is currently funded by the British Heart Foundation, as an Intermediate Clinical Research Fellow, directing a programme of research aimed at developing novel therapeutic, diagnostic and preventative strategies for patients with critical limb ischaemia. Professor Modarai has a particular clinical interest in complex endovascular repair of the aorta.

Mr Simon Neequaye

Mr Simon Neequaye has been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool Hospital since 2013. He qualified from Imperial College in London in 2001 following which, he undertook surgical training in West London and Oxford. His specialist vascular surgery fellowship was in Melbourne Australia following which he was appointed as the McGill University advanced peripheral and Aortic Endovascular Fellow in 2012 for advanced endovascular training in Montreal.

Mr Neequaye is a specialist in complex aortic endografting and maintains a keen interest in minimally invasive treatment of lower limb arterial and venous disease.

Mr Ian Nordon

Ian NordonIan Nordon is a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at University Hospitals Southampton [UHS]. He was appointed in 2012. He was a Wessex trainee who performed his MD Thesis Exploring AAA pathogenesis at St George’s Vascular Institute. His was a BSET fellow in 2012, using his fellowship to consolidate his skills managing complex aortic disease. Ian is now clinical lead at UHS.


Mr Chris Twine

Chris Twine

Qualified from Cardiff University and underwent higher surgical training in South Wales, during which time he was awarded an MD. Underwent a year of endovascular training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, six months of which was a BSET fellowship. He was appointed on the South East Wales regional vascular network in 2013. He has a special interest in endovascular practice including endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms and peripheral arterial disease. He has published broadly across vascular surgery, and has an ongoing teaching and research interest.

Dr Rob Williams

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams qualified from Nottingham University in 1997, was appointed as a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle in 2007, via basic surgical training in the midlands and then training in interventional radiology in Teeside and Newcastle.
His main interest is complex endovascular aneurysm repair. In close collaboration with vascular and cardio-thoracic surgeons he is part of one of the largest practices in the UK. He has worked with industry to develop fenestrated EVAR technology and he has trained colleagues across South America, Europe and the UK. He is co-founder of and consultant mentor to UKETs.



Miss Ellie Atkins

Ms Ellie Atkins qualified from Nottingham University in 2012 and is currently an ST4 trainee in the East of England. She has an interest in clinical leadership and spent a year out of programme ​as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, working at Bupa UK. Her role on BSET Council is to help with organisation of the National Vascular Training Day, and represent trainees’ views on endovascular practice as part of the Rouleaux Club Executive Committee.

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