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SCTS Student Education Committee

On behalf of Professor Farah Bhatti and myself as SCTS Student Education Co-Leads we are delighted to announce our new SCTS Student Education Committee membership!

Over 50 medical students applied for positions and the calibre of applications was very high so many congratulations to our selected students on standing out from the crowd and going the extra mile at each of your respective medical schools, we are delighted to offer the positions as highlighted below:


SCTS Student Education Lead
Amerikos Aryriou from Manchester University

My name is Amerikos Argyriou and I am a 4th year medical student at the University of Manchester and originally from Limassol, Cyprus. I have a passion for cardiac surgery, all forms of sport and medical education, while my current research interests lie in the field of vascular tissue engineering. Thank you to SCTS for my selection!


SCTS Student National Events Officer
Bertie Harrington from Newcastle University

I’m an intercalating Newcastle medical student currently completing my Cancer MRes. Over the past year I have been an active member of and on the committees of the university’s CardioSoc, SurgSoc and Triathlon Team and have an interest in medical education. I’m a keen triathlete with a passion for baking, yoga, and singing.

SCTS Student Research Collaborative Officer
Maria Solange de Paiva Moura from Universidade Potiguar, Brazil

I am a fourth-year medical student from Brazil, willing to pursue a career in thoracic surgery in the UK. As an overseas undergraduate, I have always been interested in learning from other institutions abroad towards improving my medical education, as well as being a helpful and active student. 

SCTS Student Committee Treasurer
Rishab Makam from Hull York Medical School

I am a 4th year international student from India  currently studying at Hull York Medical School. I am an aspiring congenital cardiac surgeon passionate about making an impact in the field of global surgery. Outside medicine, I’m involved in medico-politics at the BMA, enjoy dancing and look forward to my role on the committee.

SCTS Student Committee Widening Access Officer
Javeria Tariq from Leeds School of Medicine

I am third year medical student who works closely with NICE and believe in widening access and diversity and equality.  I am excited about the opportunity ahead and want to thank SCTS for including me in this committee.

SCTS Student Committee Regional Events Officer
Amelia Websdale from University of Leeds

I am a Medical Sciences student at the University of Leeds. I lead a national mentoring scheme for female medical students interested in the cardiac specialties as well as a cardiac surgery audit at Leeds General Infirmary. My main area of interest is congenital cardiac surgery. Outside academia, I enjoy competing in triathlons and rowing.

SCTS Student Committee Mentorship Officer
Kirstie Kirkley from University of Bristol Medical School

I’m a 4th year student with an intercalated Neuroscience BSc and founder of the Bristol Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery. I have loved the specialty since an elective in adult and paediatric cardiothoracic surgery in South Korea. To relax, I enjoy being outdoors and cooking new recipes for family and friends.

SCTS Student Committee Communications Officer
Josh Brown from Queen's University Belfast

I am Josh, a medical student at Queen’s University and I am passionate about improving access into medical school and Cardiothoracic Surgery.  I am looking forward to providing application support into cardiothoracic surgery and cannot wait to begin my position.

SCTS Student Committee Equality and Diversity Officer
Alexander Reynolds from Swansea University Medical School

I am first year medical student at Swansea University Medical School and my aims and career objectives are to start a Welsh National Congenital Cardiac Surgery Programme.  I am so excited about the opportunity on offer through my committee position.

SCTS Student Committee Medical School Liaison Officer
Chaninda (Holly) Dejsupa from the University of Bristol

I am Holly, a medical student founder of BSAM, edit for a medical journal and I am the secretary and events Officer for BUEMS.  The opportunity offered to me through this committee is hugely exciting to me and I am looking forward to working alongside my fellow committee members.

We look forward to what the student committee can offer in the months and years to come!

Karen Booth and Farah Bhatti
SCTS Student Engagement Leads