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 collaborative in the UK.


Co-Senior Lead

Sivesh Kamarajah
I am an Academic Foundation Trainee at Newcastle University Trust Hospitals (NUTH) with interests in Academic General Surgery. I am currently a steering committee member for the STARSurg Collaborative and 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 at >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

Emily Mills

I'm currently a final year student at Brighton & Sussex Medical School. I joined STARSurg as a Regional Lead and progressed onto the Steering Committee in 2016. My research interests involve collaborative research and colorectal surgery. I aim to strengthen my research profile in my foundation years and pursue a joint clinical/academic pathway.

Network Lead

Daniel Baker

I'm Danny, a final year medical student at the University of Leicester. I'm the STARSurg network lead which means I oversee regional leads, publicity and sponsorship; as well as the usual protocol and paper development that comes with being part of the steering committee. Outside of STARSurg I have a strong interest in general surgery and undertake mixed-methods research in colorectal surgery which stems from my intercalated degree in 2016. Feel free to get in touch for any STARSurg or general surgical queries!

Education Lead

Rachel Khaw

Academic FY1 based in Newcastle, having graduated from the University of Manchester. Interested in academic general surgery and currently working in the Northern Oesophagogastric Unit. First became involved in STARSurg as a collaborator in OAKS-2 and joined the steering committee shortly after, getting the opportunity to further work on exciting collaborative projects!

Waheed Ahmed

Hi, I’m an intercalating medical student at the University of Oxford. I am passionate about genetics, bioinformatics, and collaborative surgical research. I am currently studying the genetics of common elastopathies using large systematic association analyses. Previously, I was a collaborator for the IMAGINE study (2017-18), helped steer the RECON Study (2018-19) as REDCap Co-Lead; and this upcoming year I am STARSurg data management lead (REDCap) as well as helping deliver the COMPASS Study on the EuroSurg study management group (2019-20). This year, I hope to further develop my understanding of research methodology and R and Bash programming knowledge to allow me to work with large datasets.


Melika Akhbari

I'm a final year medical student at the Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medical Education, King’s College London and have recently completed a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. I'm an advocate for student involvement in academic medicine, and endeavour to use my research experiences to sustain and develop the invaluable work achieved by the STARSurg Collaborative.

Samuel Brown

I’m the regional lead coordinator for STARSurg. Having organised and coordinated the appointment of regional leads this year I will continue my role supporting the regional leads throughout the study period to ensure the best success. I’m currently undertaking an intercalated MRes at the University of Leicester between my 3rd and 4th years of my medical degree. My first involvement with STARSurg was during 2nd year where I collaborated as a data collector and have since taken on opportunities to build upon my knowledge and experience eventually leading to joining the steering committee. My current interests are in collaborative research, medical education and Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.

Sanchita Bhatia

I am a fourth year medical student at Cardiff University. I have been involved with STARSurg since 2017 as a collaborator for IMAGINE, regional lead for RECON and now on steering committee for COMPASS . As part of the data team, my role involves data management, protocol and paper development and measuring impact of STARSurg activities. I have a particular interest in academic surgery, data science and healthcare technology.

William Cambridge 

I am currently a medical student at the University of Edinburgh in my first clinical year, having completed an intercalated degree in Surgical Sciences last year. I first became involved with STARSurg as a RECON collaborator, and was grateful to be given a place on the Steering Committee this year. I have interests in transplantation, surgical oncology & HPB surgery, as well as medical education and research. Outside of medicine I enjoy rugby, squash and representing Northern students, as founder and president of the Edinburgh Northern Society. I look forward to working with the rest of the committee, regional leads and student collaborators to run some great projects in the coming years.

Omar Kouli

Final year medical student at the University of Dundee. I started my involvement with STARSurg as a collaborator for the OAKS2 study back in second year. Following that, I developed core research skills and gained a deeper insight into surgical academia through the roles of hospital and regional leads for the IMAGINE and RECON studies. I currently sit on the STARSurg steering committee, with particular interests in global surgery, data science, and neurosurgery. The opportunity to be part of this wonderful collaborative family - from collaborator to committee - has been fantastic because of all the support and mentorship. 

Victoria Murray

I’m a 4th year medical student at the University of Leeds. I’ve been involved in STARSurg for 3 years now, first as a regional lead for the imagine project and then for the past 2 years on committee, working on the recon and compass projects.

Isobel Trout

I’m a fourth year medical student at the University of Birmingham and I first got involved with STARSurg as a data collector for RECON. I’m really excited to join the steering committee this year as part of the network team, and will be developing the collaborative’s online presence over the following months. I am particularly interested in global surgery, womens’ health and medical education, focussing on increasing student participation in research.

Ibrahim Yasin

I am currently a foundation Doctor at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales. My interest in audit and research stems from the desire to deliver quality healthcare to patients. This led me to get involved with STARSurg since my second year at the University of Southampton. Initially as a collaborator, followed by Wessex regional lead and then steering Committee member where I have trained in and mainly work with REDCap.