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Critical Care and Peri-operative Medicine Research Group

Honorary Staff

Parjam Zolfaghari

Honorary Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia

Parjam has been a consultant in critical care medicine and anaesthesia at the Royal London hospital since 2012. He completed his PhD on mitochondria and skeletal muscle dysfunction in sepsis at UCL. He was awarded Fellowship of Higher Education Academy in 2017, and is the course director for the Critical Care MSc. His research interest include metabolic and muscle dysfunction in critical care, neurocritical care and chest trauma.

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Neil MacDonald

Consultant Anaesthetist

Neil has been a consultant at the Royal London Hospital since 2015. He is actively involved in peri-operative research. He was a Clinical Research Fellow at the Royal London helping to complete the OPTIMISE trial. He is the Principal Investigator for OPTIMISE II and PQIP. He has just completed his PhD in fluid dynamics in high-risk surgical patients.

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Andrew Leitch

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia

Andrew qualified from Barts and the London in 2003. He previously studied Mathematics and has worked as an actor, homeless night shelter support worker, and teacher. His interests include sepsis, total intravenous anaesthesia, obstetric critical care and contemporary choral music. Andrew is proud to be PI for the PRISM trial at the Royal London Hospital.

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Russell Hewson

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia

Russ graduated from the University of Oxford and St Georges Hospital Medical School. He is our information technology lead. Russ is responsible for building and maintaining online databases for our multi-centre studies and built systems for VISION-UK, ISOSPRISM and OPTIMISE II. He also builds and manages information websites for our multi-centre studies.

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Simon Finney

Consultant in Intensive Care and Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia

Simon qualified at the University of Manchester in 1994. He has worked as a consultant since 2007. His main clinical interest centres on the use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to support patients with catastrophic heart and lung failure. Dr Finney is currently the chief investigator for a study that aims to institute ECMO for patients who suffer refractory cardiac arrest outside the hospital, within 30 minutes of collapse.

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Alastair Proudfoot

Consultant in Critical Care Medicine and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Alastair Proudfoot

Alastair completed specialist training in Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine in 2015 and was awarded a PhD at Imperial College. Alastair's interests are in the management of cardiogenic shock with a focus on mechanical circulatory support devices. He is Chief Investigator of two clinical studies investigating outcomes in out of hospital cardiac arrest and is a member of the steering group of the sub-30 study.

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Tom Abbott

Honorary Clinical Lecturer and Registrar in Anaesthesia

Tom is a doctor and researcher in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Oxford and a PhD at QMUL. Tom uses epidemiological methods to investigate complications occurring during and after surgery. His research interests include perioperative myocardial injury, sub-clinical cardiac failure, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, autonomic dysfunction and postoperative pulmonary complications.

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