OUR COMMITTEE

Co-Senior Lead

Kenneth McLean

I’m a clinical research fellow based in Edinburgh. My specific interest is in general surgery, and particularly anything to do with data / epidemiology in that area. A lot of my focus within STARSurg has been on the data side of things, including trying to build tools to make running collaborative research projects quicker / easier. I was recently elected as the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) representative for the National Research Collaborative (NRC) – the association of all trainee research collaboratives in the UK.

Co-Senior Lead

Sivesh Kamarajah

I am an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. I am currently a steering committee member for the International, multicentre prospective cohort study, Oesophagogastric Anastomosis Audit (OGAA), the ESCP Safe-anastomosis Programme in Colorectal Surgery (EAGLE), and the Roux Group. I have published >50 PubMed articles and delivered at over >70 national and international meetings. In 2018 I was awarded an “Excellence in Research Award in Hepatobilliary and Pancreas” by the American College of Surgeons.

Student Lead

Victoria Murray

I’m a final year medical student at the University of Leeds. My interests are in general surgery and collaborative research. I’ve been involved in STARSurg for four years, having begun as a regional lead for the imagine project and then joined the committee the following year. Joining STARSurg has allowed me to develop skills in several roles within such a supportive team, from organising national events, to writing papers, developing educational material, and this year coming I’m excited to take on the role of student lead.

Co-Network Lead

Emily Mills

I’m an academic foundation doctor based in Cambridge, and will be carrying out research in the area of Surgical Oncology. I joined STARSurg as a Regional Lead and progressed onto the Steering Committee in 2016, having been the outgoing student lead for this year. My research interests involve collaborative research and general surgery (breast/ colorectal). I aim to strengthen my research profile in my foundation years and pursue a joint clinical/academic pathway.

Education Lead

Rachel Khaw

I’m Rachel, an Academic Foundation Trainee at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust. I have an interest in academic general surgery and am currently working in the Northern Oesophagogastric Unit. OAKS-2 was my first STARSurg collaborative study, and I joined the steering committee shortly after, getting the opportunity to further work on exciting collaborative projects! I currently lead the Education team in organising GRANULE courses, research skills courses and developing elearning modules.

Co-Data Lead

Omar Kouli

I am an Academic Foundation Trainee at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow . I started my involvement with STARSurg as a collaborator for the OAKS2 study back in second year. I am now part of the data team in the steering committee. I have particular interests in global surgery, data science, and neurosurgery.

Samuel Brown

I am currently a 4th year medical student at the University of Leicester having undertaken a MSc in Medical Research the year prior. I have been involved in STARSurg since 2nd year as a data collector and, since joining the committee in 2019, I have held various positions focussing on supporting the regional leads and data analysis. I also hold the position of regional ambassador for ASiT and Medical Student Representative for NRC. I have a particular interest in surgical education, training and research.

William Cambridge

I am currently a final-year medical student at The University of Edinburgh. I first became involved with STARSurg as a RECON collaborator in 2018 and was grateful to be given a place on the Steering Committee in 2019. Since then I’ve enjoyed taking an active role in both STARSurg project management and development, as well as developing new educational material. I have a particular interest in hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, surgical oncology & transplantation.

Daoud Chaudhry

I’ve just finished my second year of clinical medicine at the University of Birmingham and will be starting my intercalation in clinical sciences in the upcoming academic year. I’ve been involved with COVIDSurg over the past few months as part of the operations committee and this has really helped me realise the power of collaborative research. I have a particular interests in global surgery, spinal surgery, and data science.

Rohan Gujjuri

I’m a 4th year medical student at the University of Birmingham and will be intercalating at Imperial College in Surgical Design and Technology in the upcoming academic year. I first became involved with STARSurg as a RECON collaborator and have built on that experience through the EuroSurg and COVIDSurg Collaboratives. I am passionate about academic general surgery, research and education with hopes of strengthening the important work achieved by STARSurg in recent years.

Michal Kawka

I’m a 5th-year medical student at Imperial College London, interested in general surgery, and surgical technologies. I am a firm believer in collaborative research and having taken part in COMPASS study last year, I have joined StarSurg Steering Committee hoping to share my passion with other medical students and promote collaboration in surgery.

Aya Riad

I am a fourth-year medical student at Edinburgh and have been involved in STARSurg as a Regional Lead for COMPASS. I have interests in academic surgery, medical informatics and global health and have just completed an intercalated degree in Surgical Sciences. I’m very excited to be joining the STARSurg steering committee and hope to continue empowering students to contribute to collaborative research!

Shiraz Shafi

I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Dundee. I became involved with STARSurg as a data collector in the RECON and COMPASS projects giving me insight to the mechanics of collaborative research. I have interests in data science, medical education and academic surgery. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a steering committee member and hope to further develop my data analysis and programming skills over the coming years.

Isobel Trout

I’m currently intercalating in Health Data Science at LSHTM after my fourth year at Birmingham. I first got involved with STARSurg as a data collector for RECON and joined the Steering Committee in 2019. This year I have been working with the network team and have designed our new website. I am particularly interested in global surgery, womens’ health and medical education, focussing on increasing student participation in research.

Alisha Jaffer

I’m a third-year medical student at University of Limerick with an interest in surgical outcomes and quality improvement. Through my involvement with EuroSurg, I was inspired to get involved with STARSurg as Regional Lead, collaborating on COMPASS and organising an Academic Surgery Evening. I am excited to join the steering committee this year to promote the importance of research in the context of surgical training.

Ieva Jakaityte

I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Exeter, fascinated by plastic surgery and ENT. STARSurg encompasses my passion for research and education. My first exposure to STARSurg was through the ASiT x STARSurg x RSM UKFPO survey. Early involvement in research at medical school and presenting at conferences allowed me to appreciate the importance of collaboration, and I am looking forward to developing my skills further.

Aleksandra Mergo

I’m a third-year medical student at the University of Aberdeen. My interests include academic surgery, decision making in a clinical setting and medical education. I have joined STARSurg in 2020 as a Regional Lead with an aim of fostering a healthy atmosphere in academia and surgery. I am thrilled to be joining the Steering Committee and hope to keep empowering students to follow their passion for collaborative research.

Setthasorn Ooi

I am a fourth-year medical student at Cardiff University, with an interest in neuroscience, global surgery and medical education. I first became involved in STARSurg through engaging on INCEPT and being a collaborator for STARSurg-endorsed studies – UKFPO and CovidMedEd. Through the Steering Committee, I hope to promote collaboration in surgery and encourage students to contribute to high-impact studies that have the potential to change clinical practice and improve patient care.