Council Members


BSET Council 2016-17

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 2017-8 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.

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 Chong

Mr. 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

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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 Paul Hayes

Mr Paul Hayes
Paul 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 James McCaslin

Mr 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.

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 Ian Nordon

Ian 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 Shaneel Patel

Shaneel Patel graduated from Imperial College London in 2012. He undertook Vascular Surgery-themed Academic Foundation and Core Surgical Training Programmes in London and Oxford respectively. He is currently a ST4 Vascular Trainee in the Mersey Deanery and will be commencing a PhD at the University of Liverpool in August 2018 on the outcomes of juxta-renal aortic aneurysm management. He has been a member of the Rouleaux Club Executive Committee for 4 years and currently sits on the BSET Council as the trainee representative. He has helped to organise the BSET National Vascular Training Day for 2016-2018.

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.

Dr Rob Williams

Robin 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.

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.


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