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Academic & Research


The SCTS Academic and Research committee was established to address the research priorities in Cardiothoracic Surgery. It includes members that represent cardiothoracic surgeons and allied healthcare professionals, aligning with the core goals of the society.  

The roles of the committee include but are not limited to the support and enhancement of the NIHR academic trainees, applications for NICOR data, national trials, the interdisciplinary research collaborative, the Priority Setting Partnership, or the Royal College of Surgeons Specialty Lead and Associate Lead programme.

One of the key aims of the committee is to support the training and development of the future research leaders.

The tasks of the committee include a report submission to each Executive committee and Cardiothoracic SAC, Advise the SCTS / SAC regarding workforce and recruitment, interface with the Education Committee and Meeting teams agendas, coordinate and communicate on academic and research agendas, collaborate with the research department at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Committee Members

Member Office Term of Office
Prof Eric Lim Co-Chair 2021 - 2024
Professor Mahmoud Loubani Co-Chair 2021 - 2024
Mr Cha Rajakaruna Executive Co-Chair 2022-2025
Mr Enoch Akowuah Adult Cardiac Surgery Representative 2021 - 2024
Mr Gianluca Lucchese Adult Cardiac Surgery Representative 2021 - 2024
Mr Babu Naidu Thoracic Surgery Lead 2020 - 2023
Professor Massimo Caputo Congenital Cardiac Surgery Representative 2021 - 2024
Mr Nigel Drury Congenital Cardiac Surgery Lead 2020 - 2023
Mr Serban Stoica Congenital Audit 2020 - 2023
Ms Rani Buskell Admin 2021 - 2024
Mrs Rosalie Magboo Nursing and AHP Rep. 2021 - 2024
Mrs Zainab Khanbhai Nursing and AHP Rep. 2021-2024
Ms Hemangi Chavan Nursing and AHP Rep. 2021-2024
Mrs Nisha Bhudia Nursing and AHP Rep. 2021-2024
Mr Akshay Patel ASSL 2021 - 2024
Mr Alexander Smith ASSL 2022 - 2025
Ms Jacie Jiaqi Law ASSL 2022 - 2025
Mr Luke Rogers ASSL 2021-2024
Mr Ricky Vaja ASSL 2021-2024
Ms Ann Cheng ASSL 2022-2025
Miss Brianda Ripoll ASSL 2022-2025
Prof Gavin Murphy Cardiothoraic SSL 2022-2025
Mr Niraj Kumar Student Representative 2022-2025
Mr Gokul Raj Krishna Student Representative 2022-2025