I graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sheffield (MB ChB) and trained in heart and chest surgery in Cambridge and London (MRCS Eng & MRCS Ed). I was the recipient of an Medical Research Council scholarship and awarded a Masters (MSc) in Medical Statistics and a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) for surgical research. I qualified as a specialist Heart and Chest Surgeon FRCS(C-Th) and chose to super-specialise in chest surgery.
In 2007 I was appointed as a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon to The Royal Brompton Hospital and in 2018 appointed as Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Imperial College London.
Apart from a busy clinical thoracic surgery practice, I run a lung screening programme focusing on early detection of lung cancer and respiratory diseases.
I have taught Medicine and Surgery at Imperial College Medical School, and lead the Cancer Consortia at the Royal Brompton Hospital. My research group focuses on blood test for cancer. I design and conduct clinical trials of surgery, and currently lead as the UK Chief Investigator for MARS2 (a CRUK funded multicentre trial of surgery for mesothelioma) and VIOLET (an NIHR HTA funded multicentre trial of keyhole surgery for lung cancer).
"I continuously apply research advances to improve patient care and educate the next generation of surgeons to do the same"
I am humbled by the recognition of my expertise by my peers and honoured to serve in the following positions:
Chair of the British Thoracic Society / Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery Radical Management of Lung Cancer Guidelines Committee 2010
Member of the European Society of Medical Oncology Guidelines on the Management of Lung Cancer Committee 2013
Member of the European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society Guidelines on the Management of Bronchopulmonary Carcinoid Committee 2015
Member of the European Expert Group on diagnostic procedures for non-small-cell lung cancer 2016
Member of 9th TNM International Staging Committee for lung cancer
Councillor of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2010-2014
Member of the Steering Committee of the British Thoracic Oncology Group 2010-
Associate Editor of Thorax 2010-2016
Deputy Statistics Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2015-
Associate Editor of the European Thoracic Oncology Platform 2010-2012
Chair of the UK Thoracic Surgery Research Collaborative 2010-
I have edited An Integrated Textbook of Medicine and Surgery, published by Elsevier, a pioneering textbook that links two traditionally separate specialities, and a core textbook for medical students that was awarded Highly Commended in Medicine by the British Medical Association Book awards 2008, Highly Commended in Best Edited Medical Textbook category by the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society of Authors 2008, and Highly commended by an NHS Innovations Awards 2008 (books and interactive media category). I also edited Churchill’s Pocketbook of Differential Diagnosis, now in the fourth English edition and translated into Greek and Russian.
I have published over 125 peer-reviewed publications, and my research on systematic reviews and clinical trials in thoracic surgery, surgical oncology, biomarker development and validation in lung cancer has been awarded national and international prizes, including the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery best thoracic surgery research for four consecutive years (2008-2011).