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Mr Paul Trikha

Specialty: MSK Trauma & Orthopaedics

About: Paul has vast experience in MSK leadership and management. He has undertaken various specialty and clinical lead roles including Clinical Director of MSK Strategy and Transformation and MSK Clinical Lead for Surrey Heartlands STP. He is also a Cofounder of the Surrey Orthopaedic Clinic.

Sub-specialty: Knee, Sports

Qualifications: MBBS, FRCS(Ortho), MRCS


Mr Matthew Wakefield

Specialty: Ophthalmology

About: Matthew Wakefield qualified in medicine from Birmingham in 2007. He is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Refractive Surgery Examinations Committee and the Surgical Skills Faculty. Research interests stem from his PhD studies and include the application of spectroscopic techniques and light therapy in clinical ophthalmology.

Sub-Specialty: Cataract, Cornea and External Eye Diseases

Qualifications: BSc(Hons), MBChB(Hons), PhD, FRCOphth


Dr Daniel Blackman

Specialty: Cardiology

About: Daniel is a consultant cardiologist. He is the highest volume operator in coronary intervention in Leeds.

Daniel is leading the Leeds Programme in valvular intervention including percutaneous aortic valve replacement. He also has a broad interest in all areas of general cardiology including chest pain, palpitation, hypertension and arrhythmias.

Qualifications: MBChb MD MRCP


Mr Alasdair Gordon

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology

About: Alasdair is an examiner for the RCOG and BSCCP. He has been Clinical Director for Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and is also an accredited colposcopist.


Qualifications: MBBS, FRCS, MRCOG, MFFP

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Dr David Francis

Specialty: Neurology

About: Holds a PhD in

immunogenetics of MS and has been the principal investigator for clinical trials involving disease modifying treatments for MS.


Qualifications: BSc, MBChB, PhD, FRCPS

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Dr Max Pitcher

Specialty: Gastroenterology

About: Elected as Chairman of Medicine at St Mark’s in 2007 and appointed Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at The Clementine Churchill Hospital in 2010 for five years. As the Concertmaster for the European Doctors Orchestra, Max is also an accomplished violinist.


Sub-specialty: Lower GI

Qualifications: BM, MA, FRCP, BCh,MD

Meet The Team

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Mr Mark Emerton
Chief Medical Officer

Specialty: Trauma & Orthopaedics

About: Mark Emerton is an orthopaedic surgeon in Leeds. As clinical director he established the elective orthopaedic unit in Leeds and subsequently held national roles at the NHS Institute in both quality improvement and patient safety. He was the national clinical lead for the introduction of the WHO Safer Surgery checklist as part of the Patient Safety First campaign and was a senior clinical advisor at the NPSA. Returning to the clinical lead role in Leeds until 2018 he focussed on improving access for patients and the quality and value of elective services before joining HBSUK as Clinical Director.

Sub-specialty: Hip, Knee

Qualifications: BM, MA, FRCS, BCh GMC


Professor Stephen Smith
Non-Executive Director and
Chair of Medical Advisory Board

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

About: Originally a clinician scientist with a Chair in Cambridge, UK, became dean of Medicine at Imperial College and created Academic Health Science Centres in the UK, becoming CEO of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Founding Dean of new Medical School in Singapore. Recently Chair of one of the UK's larger hospitals, East Kent Hospitals University NHS FT. 

He provides international advice on health reform.

Qualifications: DSc FRCOG FMedSci


Prof Mark Goodfield

Specialty: Dermatology


​About:  Former President of the British Association of Dermatologists.

Mark practices in general dermatology with an interest in the diagnosis and management of systemic diseases, skin cancer and paediatric dermatology. He works closely with other disciplines in clinical and laboratory research in these areas.

Special Interest: Medical and Paediatric Dermatology

Qualifications: MBBCh, MD, MA, MRCP


Mrs Beverley Jerome

Specialty: MSK (Physiotherapy)

About: An Advanced practice physiotherapist with a wealth of experience in MSK, Rheumatology and urgent care. Extensive work in both the NHS and private sector. Advanced skills include non-medical prescribing and injection therapy.


Special Interest: MSK all, Rheumatology

Qualifications: BSc, MCSP

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Mr Robert Hicks

Specialty: Vascular Surgery

About: Associate Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness and founder of a hernia charity. Robert is also Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for BMI Three Shires Hospital.


Special Interest: Hernia Surgery

Qualifications: FRCS, MBBS, MS

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Mr James Andrew Thomas

Specialty: Urology

About: Andy has developed several new products for the treatment of prostate disease as well as being the founder of Prostate Cymru Charity. He has led several public health campaigns for prostate disease and fundraises over £500,000 annually for the charity. He is an internationally recognised lecturer in modern prostate cancer treatment and therapy.


Sub-specialty: Urological Oncology,


Qualifications: MBBCh, FRCS, FRCS (urol)

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Prof Simon Kay (OBE)

Specialty: Plastic Surgery

About: Simon was appointed an OBE in 2019 for his services to complex reconstructive hand surgery including hand transplantation. He is a Former President and council member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, as well as a former President and council member for the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. Simon is an editor of an award winning text book and the current editor of the Oxford Textbook of Plastic Surgery.


Special Interest: Children’s Upper Limb, Hand, Nerve Surgery

Qualifications: FRCS, BM, BCh


Mr Paul Montgomery

Specialty: ENT

About: Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor with a sub-specialty interest in vertigo, dizziness and balance problems.


  • Silver National Clinical Excellence Award – National Health Service

  • The Cutlers’ Surgical Prize – City of London

  • The George Davey Howells Memorial Prize – University of London

  • British Medical Association Highly Commended ENT Book Prize

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) MB ChB FRCS(Gen Surg) FRCS(ENT)

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Mr Ian Jenkins

Specialty: Colorectal

About: Lead for Colorectal and Anal Cancer in St. Mark’s Hospital and London Northwest Hospitals NHS Trust and lead for the St. Mark's Complex Cancer Clinic. Ian is on the United European Gastroenterology [UEG] Scientific Committee and Postgraduate Training Programme Committee and was Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine Coloproctology Section 2017-2018.


Special Interest: Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Colon and rectal cancer,

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Complex and Recurrent Colorectal Cancer

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Prof Philip Drew

Specialty: Breast Surgery

About: Currently the senior consultant breast surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro. Philip has published several books and over 100 scientific articles and is regularly invited to lecture nationally and internationally. He is also a council member of the Association of Breast Surgery and an internationally renowned expert witness (including being an expert witness during the Paterson Inquiry).


Qualifications: BSc, MBBS, MD, MS, FRCS

Dr Jeremy Axon

Specialty:  MSK Rheumatology

About: Experienced in all aspects of rheumatology, Jeremy has a particular interest in sports medicine, soft tissue injuries and rehabilitation medicine. Jeremy has experience in research and has written articles for physiotherapy journals and for the British Journal of Rheumatology. 


Special Interests: Rehabilitation Medicine, Chronic Spinal Pain

Qualifications: MBBS, MRCP


Ilan Lieberman

Specialty:  Anaesthesia & Pain Management

About: Dr Lieberman was appointed as a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia in 2001, training in London and the North West of England. His NHS base is University Hospitals of South Manchester, and he worked as the clinical lead of the Multi-disciplinary Chronic Pain Service from 2003-2014. He is now the Clinical Director for Strategic Integration for South Manchester.

Qualifications: M.B, B.S, FRCA, FFPMRCA

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Mr Roger Ackroyd

Specialty:  Upper GI/General

About: Former President of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society and a former Council member of the Association of Upper GI Surgery.

Sub-specialty: Bariatrics

Qualifications: MBChB, MD, FRCS, FRCS

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Mr Mike McNicholas

HBSUK Clinical Lead for Patient Information and Consent

Specialty: Trauma & Orthopaedics

About:  Mr Mike McNicholas is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Liverpool University Hospitals, Broadgreen, where he has a regional referral elective knee surgery practice treating all aspects of soft tissue knee pathology and sports injuries.

Mike is President of the UK Biological knee Society and a member of the National Ligament Registry Steering Committee.

He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester.


Qualifications: BSc, MB ChB, FRCS(Ed & Glasg), MD, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), FFSEM RCSI