Council Members


BSET Council 2015-2016

Left to right: Olivia McBride; Bijan Modarai; Colin Bicknell; Rachel Bell; Ray Ashleigh, Mike Jenkins; Ian Loftus; Shiva Dindyal; Paul Hayes; Rao Vallabhaneni; Chris Twine, Paddy Coughlin

 Council members for 2016-2017 are:

Mr Donald Adam

Donald studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1995, completing his specialist vascular training in Edinburgh, Leicester and Adelaide. In 2002, he was awarded an MD by the University of Edinburgh for research on coagulation and fibrinolysis in open aortic aneurysm repair. Appointed as Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon in 2004, he established the complex fenestrated and branched endovascular aortic programme in Birmingham which is now the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. He has been a European mentor for fenestrated and thoraco-abdominal branch endovascular repair since 2009. He is a member of the Birmingham Complex Aortic Team and works alongside cardiac aortic surgeons, radiologists and adult congenital cardiologists to manage patients with diseases of the entire aorta.

Mr Paul Bachoo

Paul was appointed consultant vascular surgeon at Aberdeen Royal infirmary in 2001. he has developed the surgeon lead endovascular service.  a full programme of EVAR,  FEVAR, TEVAR,BEVAR currently exists. In 2003. he was one of the early adopters of EVLT establishing this service in Aberdeen Royal infirmary, and subsequently helping to establish a endovenous thermal service across other sites in Scotland. In the past he has been a member of the higher surgical skills course( Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh), ran the intercollegiate examination revision course under the College in Aberdeen and has been an examiner for the MRCS. Currently the day is on the faculty for the Scottish vascular training group and runs their website ( and is the clinical director for the division of surgery and director for the major trauma centre, Aberdeen Royal infirmary. He completed his undergraduate training in Leicester and higher surgical training in Aberdeen. Paul has a number of current publications in peer-reviewed journals, has contributed to a number of multicentre UK vascular surgical trials and is a member of the vascular Cochrane group. Aberdeen is a BSET centre.

Miss Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell

Qualified from Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital in 1994 and trained on the London South East Thames rotation. She was awarded an MS in 2005 for research into paraplegia and reperfusion injury following open and endovascular thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair. She was appointed to a Consultant post at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital in 2005 and is currently the Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery. She is actively involved in the merger of the vascular units of  Guy’s & St. Thomas’ and Kings College Hospital, under the auspices of the Kings Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. Miss Bell has a particular interest in the open and endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms

Mr Colin Bicknell

Colin Bicknell_Council Member

Colin Bicknell is Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Imperial College London, UK, with a clinical interest in complex aneurysm surgery. He leads the research programme investigating methods to reduce patient harm in vascular and endovascular surgery procedures – he is Chief Investigator of the UK “Landscape of Error in Aortic Procedures study”. He is also a key member of the programme of research into innovative technologies at Imperial, studying the advantages of vascular robotic endovascular catheters. The world’s first robotic endovascular aneurysm repairs were performed at Imperial.

Colin is a Co-Investigator for significant studies including the AARDVARK trial, investigating the role of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors to slow aneurysm growth and the recent extension to the EVAR trials to gain long-term outcome data on patients undergoing EVAR to 15 years. He is the Chief Investigator of the IDEAS trial, examining incentives to encourage greater attendance at diabetic eye screening appointments.

Colin is Course Director of the Imperial Health Policy MSc. He has worked with the Department of Health to define the structure and role of the NHS National leadership Council. He is responsible for the leadership and management curriculum design for Imperial College Medical School and has a primary role in running regional leadership schemes for doctors in training.

Mr Patrick Coughlin

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Mr. 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 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 Mike Jenkins

Mr Mike JenkinsQualified from the Middlesex/UCH in 1989 as the Broderip Scholar and trained on the London North West Thames surgical rotation before being awarded the Gold medal at FRCS.  Gained an MS in 1996 for research into restenosis after angioplasty, and has been involved in EVAR since 1994. After being appointed to a Consultant post in 2002, is currently the Director of AAA screening in NW London and Director of the MTC at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The vascular unit at St Mary’s is a tertiary referral centre for thoraco-abdominal aneurysms and dissections with an active programme of endovascular stenting of arch, thoracic and abdominal lesions. Involvement with a wide range of custom devices and the robotic endovascular programme completes an innovative practice.

Mr John Hardman

John Hardman_Council MemberQualified from St Thomas Hospital in 1987 and trained in Southampton and Cardiff.Appointed as a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the Royal United Hospital Bath in 1997.Special interests in vascular interventional radiology and EVAR. He has extensive experience in complex EVAR including fenestrated and branched EVAR and the Bath unit acts as the tertiary referral unit for the south west of England.He is actively involved in endovascular training , EVAR proctoring and research.

Mr Paul Hayes

Mr Paul HayesPaul Hayes is a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon practising at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. He specialises in the management of arterial and venous disease, receiving referrals from across the Anglia region.

Mr David Lewis

Dave LewisDavid was appointed as a consultant vascular & endovascular surgeon at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2011. He has developed the surgeon led endovascular service since his appointment. Prior to 2011 David was A/Professor at University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand where he worked for 7 years as a consultant vascular & endovascular surgeon, serving on the clinical board and the credentialing committee of The Canterbury District Health Board as well as The Advisory Board of The Academy of Surgical educators at The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his vascular training in the Southwest of England and spent a fellowship year at The Royal Northshore Hospital in Sydney. David has had over 60 papers published in peer reviewed journals and is a member of faculty for the United Kingdom Endovascular Trainees (UKETs) and course convenor for the EVAR planning and deployment course at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  In 2015 he was invited to be The Lead for Vascular Surgical Education at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Miss Olivia McBride

Miss Olivia McBrideOlivia McBride qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and is currently a specialist registrar within the South East Scotland Deanery. She is a Military trainee, having commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2004 and has deployed on Operations in Iraq. She is actively involved in research, having undertaken an MD in the department of cardiovascular science at the University of Edinburgh and has a particular interest in molecular imaging.

Mr Bijan Modarai

Mr Bijan ModaraiMr 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. Mr Modarai has a particular clinical interest in complex endovascular repair of the aorta.

Mr Chris Twine

Mr Chris TwineQualified 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.

Mr Rao Vallabhaneni

Mr Rao VallabhaneniRao Vallabhaneni qualified in 1992 from Andhra University, India and moved to England as a house surgeon. Took up the post of a Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon to The Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Aug 2005 following training in Liverpool and Malmo, Sweden. Rao’s main clinical interest is in the area of aortic intervention, specialising in endovascular intervention for complex aneurysms using commercially available branched and fenestrated devices. He championed the use of image analysis for accurate planning and deployment and developed some of the earliest of EVAR planning courses using 3D workstations.

Rao was awarded MD from University of Liverpool (2004) for his thesis entitled “Endotension: Clinical and Laboratory Investigations” and the work gave him experience of basic science research with direct relevance to clinical research. His main research interest currently lies in evaluating the incremental benefits of endovascular techniques over conventional surgery and runs the GLOBALSTAR Project. He is interested in research methodologies applicable to comparative studies in aortic intervention in the NHS.

Mr Hany Zayed

Mr Hany Zayed qualifed in 1994. He completed a master degree (MSc) in 1999 and went on to complete his MD in 2004. Mr Zayed was appointed as a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2008 and is currently the vascular service lead in the trust. Mr Zayed has a special interest in endovascular management of arterial diseases including EVAR, peripheral angioplasty and hybrid arterial revascularisation. Mr Zayed has a broad range of peer-reviewed publications on peripheral arterial disease especially in diabetics, EVAR and carotid artery disease. Mr Zayed joined the BSET council in 2016 and he is a member of the fellowship committee.

Mr Ray Ashleigh

Medical School: University College, London BSc (Anatomy) 1977; University College Hospital MB BS 1980.  Surgical training: Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and Liverpool surgical rotation. FRCS Ed 1985.  Radiology training Manchester FRCR 1988.  Appointed Consultant Radiologist  South Manchester 1990. Member BASIL  and IMPROVE organising committees. BSET Council 2013- present. Main clinical interests: peripheral vascular disease, EVAR, carotid stenting, embolotherapy.


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