MEET THE FACULTY

Asit Arora
Airway Head & Neck Consultant Surgeon

Mr Arora is an award-winning ENT, Airway Head & Neck Consultant Surgeon with a sub-specialist tertiary referral practice in Airway Head & Neck Cancer Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. Mr Arora treats all forms of ENT diseases.

Babar Vaqas

After having obtained his medical degree from Oxford University Babar completed Basic Surgical Training in Cambridge and his Neurosurgical training program in London. He developed a clinical and research interest in Brain tumour surgery leading to a PhD from Imperial College London. He has a specialist interest in Neuro-oncology, minimally invasive technologies and using machine learning in surgery and healthcare. He is experienced in designing and managing clinical trials of emerging medical technology for brain tumours. Babar helps to deliver cutting edge brain tumour surgery to the Essex and Northeast London region.

Chai Gadepalli
Consultant ENT (Laryngologist and Airway Surgeon)

Consultant ENT (laryngologist and airway Surgeon) with special interest in voice, adult Mucopolysaccharidosis, adult laryngotracheal disease, Vasculitis. Obtained MD research in Voice from The University of Manchester and FRCS in ENT from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. More than 30 publications, presentations in National, International conferences. Honorary Senior lecturer in medical education in the University of Manchester and Edge Hill University. Core Member of the Airway Innovation Group and airway lead for 3D Surgical planning and intervention in Salford Care organisation. Out-side work play club cricket in Chesire cricket county leagues, amateur astronomer.

Karen Cariaga
Nurse Specialist in Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

Karen is a nurse by background and nurse specialist in surgical site infection (SSI) prevention at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She has promoted the use of digital images in post-operative wound monitoring. As the Project Manager for the Wound Imaging Software and Digital platfOrM to detect and prioritise non-healing surgical wounds (WISDOM) study, she brings her experience in remote surveillance in healthcare to support different work packages. The WISDOM study focuses on developing, validating, and testing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) component within a digital wound monitoring platform.

Maurice Nahabedian
Professor of Plastic Surgery

Maurice Nahabedian, MD was formerly a Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University and the Inova branch of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 2017, he has been in private practice at the National Center for Plastic Surgery in McLean, Virginia. Dr Nahabedian completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1995 and was on their faculty until 2005 where he served as program director under the leadership of Paul Manson, MD. In 2005, he joined the faculty at Georgetown University where he was Vice Chairman under the leadership of Scott Spear, MD. Dr Nahabedian has published over 240 scientific manuscripts, editorials, and invited discussions; served as principal or associate editor of 10 textbooks; and written 107 book chapters focused primarily on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast. He was an associate editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from 2005 – 2009 and was the Breast Section Editor from 2009 – 2017. He is the current editor for the Aesthetic Breast Reconstruction Section of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Dr Nahabedian has been a visiting professor at 116 hospitals and universities nationally and internationally, delivered over 1,300 lectures on topics related to reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery and chaired 21 national and international conferences.

Mikael Brudfors
Senior Solution Architect

Mikael Brudfors is a senior solution architect at NVIDIA focusing on medical devices and AI in healthcare. Prior to his role at NVIDIA he has worked in both industry and academia. He received his PhD at UCL on the topic of generative models for pre-processing of hospital brain scans.

Oliver Pearce
Vice Chair of Research

Professor Pearce qualified in Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in 1996. And completed his specialist orthopaedic training in the Oxford Deanery. He was appointed as a consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Milton Keynes University Hospital in 2010, specialising in hip and knee arthroplasty. He is the UK lead for the Rapid Recovery Programme, for Zimmer Biomet, since 2017. This is a system of incrementally improving every step of the patient pathway (medically, surgically and system-change) with evidence-based techniques, culminating in greater patient outcomes and patient experience. He holds the post of Visiting Professor at the Open University in Computing Science. And holds patents in digital health technology innovations in remote monitoring of patients. He holds the post of Visiting Professor at Cranfield University in Materials Manufacturing and Aerospace. Holding patents in post-operative garments and Thrombo-Embolic-Deterrent garments. He also collaborates in research into surface topology alteration of metals for bactericidal properties in metallic implants. As well as into medical uses for drone technology. He is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Buckingham Medical School since its inception in 2015. He is the Vice Chair of Research at Milton Keynes University Hospital. And founded the BLMK Healthcare Innovations Group, a network of health care interested researchers in the Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes region. In his spare time he is a family man with a lovely wife and 2 children. And enjoys running, swimming and tennis.

Roopa Nair
Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Robotic surgeon

Miss Roopa Nair is the Clinical Director for Women’s Health services at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. She is a Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Robotic surgeon and has been working at BHRUT as a Consultant since 2011. She trained in the North East Thames London Deanery and has worked at Colchester, Homerton, Chase Farm and Queen’s hospitals. She was awarded the MRCOG Gold Medal in 2004 by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has completed a Masters in Minimally Invasive surgery with Distinction in 2015 from Anglia Ruskin University. She is a a member of various professional societies including BIARGS and SERGS, and is a a member of the Governance committee of the British Society of Urogynaecology. She is also a specialist advisor for the CQC, RCOG examiner and member of the RCOG CESR committee, and the ATSM Preceptor for Urogynaecology for Northeast and North Central London. She leads the Regional London Urogynaecology Task and Finish Group.