Senior Co-Lead

Daoud Chaudhry

I am an FY2 doctor at Royal Stoke University Hospital. I’ve been involved with COVIDSurg over the past few years 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.

Senior Co-Lead

Shiraz Shafi

I am an Academic Foundation Trainee at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, having graduated from 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.

Data Co-Lead

Aya Riad

I am an academic foundation doctor in London and have previously been involved in STARSurg as a Regional Lead for COMPASS. I’m on the data team and have interests in academic surgery, medical informatics and global health. I’m very excited to be part of the STARSurg Steering Committee and hope to continue empowering students to contribute to collaborative research.

Data Co-Lead

Setthasorn Ooi

I am an FY1 at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, with an interest in global surgery and collaborative research. 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.

Education Lead

Rohan Gujjuri

I’m an Academic Foundation Trainee based at City and Sandwell Hospital. 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.

Student Lead

Ieva Jakaityte

I am a 5th-year medical student at the University of Exeter. I am passionate about plastics, head and neck surgery and perioperative research. My newfound interest is patient risk stratification utilising routinely collected data in machine learning models. I was first involved in STARSurg through the ASiT x STARSurg x RSM UKFPO survey. I have learned how one’s efforts are amplified when working in an effective team, and I look forward to getting more medical students involved in research.

Network Lead

Moritz Steinruecke

I am a fifth-year medical student at Cambridge and became involved with STARSurg during the CASCADE project. I currently lead the Network team and have a particular interest in clinical data science.


Michal Kawka

I am an academic foundation doctor in London, interested in general surgery and surgical technologies. I am a firm believer in collaborative research and have taken part in the COMPASS and CASCADE studies. I am hoping to share my passion with other medical students and promote collaboration in surgery.


Jingjing Wang

I’m a penultimate year medical student at The University of Edinburgh with a previous intercalation in Surgical Sciences. My interests include academic surgery, paediatric orthopaedics, and medical education. I first became involved with STARSurg as a Regional Lead in 2020 and have been on the Steering Committee since 2022. I hope to continue STARSurg’s work in empowering student researchers and promoting the collaborative research model!

Yousif Aldabbagh

I am an academic foundation doctor in Nottingham and became involved with STARSurg as a Regional Lead for the CASCADE project in 2021. I am passionate about neurosurgery, technology in healthcare and medical education. I look forward working with the Steering Committee to support high-impact collaborative research initiatives.

Louise Ko

I’m a fourth year medical student at University College Dublin. I first became involved with STARSurg as a Regional Lead in Dublin (UCD), and on the Steering Committee, I work to expand our network both on social media and with our Regional Leads. I am particularly interested in international and intercultural collaboration in medical research and data handling.

Victoria Lee

I am a medical student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I first became involved with STARSurg through the CASCADE project, and am excited to continue STARSurg’s work in empowering students to carry out collaborative research in surgery. I hope to expand the role with new ideas and initiatives, and look forward to working with fellow STARSurg Steering Committee members. My interests lie in surgery, medtech and medical education.

Balamrit Singh Sokhal

I am a final year medical student at Keele University and recently completed an intercalated MPhil. My research interests are in big data and data science to study cardiovascular disease outcomes using national datasets. I have further interests in clinical education and health technology. I was previously a STARSurg Regional Lead for the APOLLO study. I am passionate about teaching students fundamental skills to enable them to engage in impactful clinical research and collaborate on studies.

Luke Mattey

I am a fourth-year medical student at Cardiff University with an interest in plastic surgery and neurosurgery. I first became involved with STARSurg when I engaged with their INCEPT e-learning platform to strengthen my knowledge and understanding of clinical academia. I look forward to being part of the STARSurg Steering Committee, where I hope to involve myself in ongoing projects and broaden INCEPT to help educate and involve anybody passionate about making a change in surgery.

Amanda Godi

I’m a fourth-year medical student at Cardiff University, with an iBSc in Medical Education. I am passionate about cardiothoracic and head and neck surgery, as well as surgical academia. I first got to know STARSurg’s brilliant work through ambassador colleagues, and really wanted to contribute to this upward trend. Drawing from my experience in academia, particularly with meta-analyses, I look forward to supporting and enhancing STARSurg’s activities for the benefit of students and evidence-based medicine.

Hamzah Amin

I am a fourth-year medical student at Lancaster. I first became involved with STARSurg as a data collector for CASCADE and later as a Regional Lead for APOLLO. My research interests lie in the use of data to improve clinical practice. I look forward to coordinating our Regional Lead network this year and empowering fellow students to participate in high-impact research projects!