Find out more about the NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee members by reading their biographies.

Dr Tom Clutton-Brock FRCP FRCA

Chair, Consultant in Anaesthesia

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Tom is a Senior Lecturer and honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine in Birmingham, he has a career long interest in medical technology and patient safety.

He has been a Senior Medical Officer at the MHRA, a long standing member of NICE IPAC, Clinical Director of the NIHR Trauma management Health Technology Cooperative, Interim Director of the Institute of Translational Medicine in Birmingham and an elected Consultant member of Council at the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Andrew Cook

Vice-chair, Consultant in Public Health Medicine

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Dr Andrew Cook graduated from the University of London in 1994.

After posts in surgery, hospital medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatry he trained as a public health physician in the West Midlands. He is currently a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Fellow in Health Technology Assessment at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) at the University of Southampton, where he works with the NIHR Health Technology Assessment and Public Health Research programmes, and also leads NETSCC's contribution to the European Network for Health Technology Assessment.

Previously he was the first Director of the NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation secretariat, based at NETSCC, and subsequently Director of the Public Health Research Programme Secretariat. He is an examiner for the Faculty of Public Health.

Dr Zahida Adam


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Zahida competed her medical training at the University of Oxford in 2007. She is an active Macmillan GP in Leicester with a special interest in Palliative Care.

Zahida is the Generalist Clinical Lead for End of Life Care for NHS England's Strategic Clinical Network in the East Midlands. She is an undergraduate clinical tutor at the University of Leicester Medical School and holds a research fellowship with the Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care (CPEP) at De Montfort University.

As a jobbing general practitioner Zahida brings a primary care perspective to the committee.

Mr Michael Aitchison

Renal Cancer Service Director & Consultant Urological Surgeon

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Mr Aitchison is a consultant urologist with a 20 year experience specialising in renal cancer surgery.

He was past Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Renal Clinical Studies Group and current chairman of the European Board of Urology Training Accreditation Committee. He has published extensively on renal cancer and is an investigator in numerous national and international trials. He was appointed director of renal cancer services at the Royal Free in January 2014.

Mr Jonathan Anderson

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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Biography coming soon.

Dr Chris Carroll

Senior Lecturer in Health Technology Assessment and Course Director of MSc in International HTA, Pricing and Reimbursement

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Chris Carroll is a Reader in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), at the University of Sheffield. He has worked as a systematic reviewer on HTA projects for 10 years.

Chris has particular interests in systematic reviews of interventional procedures, HTA processes internationally , and methods for the conduct of reviews, especially synthesising qualitative evidence. He has been the Course Director of Sheffield's MSc in International HTA since 2011 and is an Associate Editor of the journal Trials..

Dr Nicholas Chalmers

Interventional Radiologist

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Nick trained in Radiology in Edinburgh and subsequently undertook a two-year fellowship in Vascular/Interventional Radiology there. Since 1993 he has been Consultant Vascular Radiologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He has research interests in peripheral arterial and dialysis access intervention, and in role extension for radiographers.

Nick is currently Treasurer of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (2011-2015), having previously served as Chair of the Audit and Registries Committee. In this capacity he is keen to promote objective measures of performance and outcomes of interventional radiology procedures through contributing to development and funding of national registries. Nick has previously collaborated with NICE as member of the Venous Thromboembolism Topic Expert Group.

Dr Chris Cunningham

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

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Dr Anthony Emmerson

Consultant Neonatologist, St Mary's Hospital Manchester

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Dr Anthony Emmerson has been a consultant neonatologist since 1993.

He was the Clinical Director of the combined medical and surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until 2011 and is the Clinical Lead for the Greater Manchester Neonatal Network and the Medical Director of the Greater Manchester Neonatal Intensive Care Partnership. He has had a long interest also in medical education and is the Head of School for Paediatrics in the North Western Deanery and the Medical Editor of the Journal Infant.

His academic interests include investigating the use of erythropoietin for the treatment of neonatal anaemia and the use of technology for the automatic detection of apnoea in preterm infants.

Mrs Rosemary Harris

Lay member

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Rosemary is a solicitor. Since 1993 she has been involved in complaints and client care, including training, in the legal profession. Her particular interest is communication between professionals and between them and their clients/patients. She has expanded her expertise into that of a “lay” representative within the medical and scientific field.

Rosemary is currently a Lay Examiner and Lay Reviewer for the Royal College of Surgeons of England, also a Lay Examiner and Lay Assessor for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She is also a member of the Women’s Network and a member of the Examination and Assessment Committee for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Other current appointments include: Lay Advisor for Health Education England West Midlands, Lay Member for the General Practitioner National Recruitment Office Steering Group, Lay Member of the West Midlands Sub Committee of the Department of Health’s Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, Lay Member of the Life Sciences Themed Board for the National School of Healthcare Science and Lay Member of the Healthcare Science Implementation Group.

Dr Stephen Holmberg

Medical Director

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Steve Holmberg trained at St John’s College Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital London. After completing his general medicine, he trained in cardiology at Brighton and King’s College Hospital before being appointed as senior registrar at the Royal London Hospital. Dr Holmberg obtained his MD thesis based on his research into cardiac calcium ion channels in Professor Poole-Wilson’s department at the National Heart & Lung Institute.

Dr Holmberg was appointed as consultant cardiologist in Brighton in 1991 and, after holding a number of management positions, became Medical Director in 2012. He led on the development of a new cardiac surgical centre which opened in Brighton in 1999 and he has continued to practice as an interventional cardiologist for over 25 years. During his consultant career, Steve has been both Hon, Secretary and Vice-President of the British Cardiovascular Society; he also has a keen interest in training and education having been cardiology training programme director and a member of the SAC for many years until 2012. He chaired the cardiology expert working group at HSCIC until recently reflecting his interest in NHS funding and reimbursement strategy.

Mr Colin Howie

Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Mr Colin Howie is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Edinburgh and Hon Sen Lecturer Edinburgh University with a special clinical interest in arthritis surgery and arthroplasty. He graduated from Edinburgh University then completed his basic training around Edinburgh before moving to Exeter to complete his higher surgical training. He returned to Inverness in 1990 as a consultant and moved to Edinburgh in 1995.

He is the specialty advisor for orthopaedics to the CMO in Scotland and currently Vice President of the British Orthopaedic Association, having previously been President of the Hip Society and Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society. He has research interests ranging from clinical techniques and engineering to measuring outcomes and satisfaction.

Mr Tim Jackson PhD, FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Tim is a HEFCE Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at King’s College Hospital.

He has an active clinical and basic science research portfolio with particular interest in neovascular age-related macular degeneration. He supervises several MDs and PhDs, is Editor-in-Chief of the Moorfields Manual of Ophthalmology, and leads for undergraduate Ophthalmology teaching at King’s College London.

Dr Tim Kinnaird

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

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Dr Neil McGuire

MHRA representative

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Dr Neil McGuire took up the role at the MHRA at the beginning of 2014 having joined from the Royal Air Force Medical Service (RAFMS) and the Defence Medical Services (DMS). He served in the RAFMS for 28 years and before and during that time he also has worked within the National Health Service (NHS) for over 35 years, as both a trainee and Consultant. His roles in the RAFMS included being appointed Defence Consultant Adviser in Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Critical Care, the RAFMS Senior Consultant and Queen’s Honorary Surgeon.

Dr McGuire’s clinical background is as a Consultant in anaesthesia and intensive medicine. This has given him extensive experience across a wide range of medical practice. He has worked in many different clinical settings varying between caring for wounded in the field, to long distance transportation of the majorly war injured, across to the NHS and in a major Trauma Center in the US. Dr McGuire currently holds a clinical appointment within the Oxford University Hospitals Trust in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia.

Dr McGuire has taken a leading role in helping to develop many aspects of clinical practice during his career and he has always had a keen interest in patient safety, particularly in relation to medical devices. He has helped to guide advances in the quality of care delivery in the DMS and the NHS as part of this and it has been done in collaboration with other clinical colleagues and those in industry, engineering and science. He has also been actively engaged with professional bodies and specialist societies in the pursuit of this aim. In doing so he has worked closely with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

In Dr McGuire’s new role he and his team work with all of the professional bodies across the UK and they continue to grow relationships with them. Included are other groups such as patients, manufacturers and regulators worldwide.

Mr Kieran Murphy

Senior Director - International Market Access, Nevro

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Dr Peter Murphy

Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist

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Dr Dhiraj Tripathi

Consultant Hepatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer

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Dhiraj Tripathi is a consultant hepatologist/liver transplant physician and honorary senior lecturer. After completing undergraduate studies and specialist training in gastroenterology and hepatology in Edinburgh he took up his current post in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in 2008. He has particular interest in clinical aspects of portal hypertension including endoscopic and radiological interventions, and was awarded a doctorate based on his clinical research in Edinburgh. He leads specialist services for patients with complications of portal hypertension and hepatic vascular disorders such as Budd Chiari Syndrome.

He is involved in clinical trials at principal investigator level, and has published widely with over 50 publications including the 2015 British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) UK Guidelines on variceal haemorrhage. His other committee work includes past member of BSG Liver Section where he was nominated as specialist advisor for NICE IPAC, clinical lead for hepatology in the West Midlands specialist training committee, and Education and Conference lead for British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG).

Mr James Tysome

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon

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Mr Tysome is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals, where he specialises in otology, hearing implants and skull base surgery.

He qualified from Cambridge University and University College London, trained in London with Fellowships in Cambridge University Hospitals and Stanford University, California. He is Clinical Lead of the Regional Skull Base Unit, National Institute for Health Research Deputy Lead for ENT and Associate Editor of Clinical Otolaryngology.

He has an interest in medial innovation and his research programme includes Eustachian tube dysfunction, improving outcomes from hearing implants and novel treatments for vestibular schwannomas.

Professor Keith Wheatley

Professor of Medical Statistics

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Keith Wheatley is Professor of Clinical Trials in the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) at the University of Birmingham.

Following 13 years at the Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU) in Oxford, he moved to the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) in 1998 and then to CRCTU in 2009. His main responsibilities are the design, management, analysis and reporting of large randomised trials in the academic setting. Systematic reviews, especially meta-analyses of randomised trials, and biomarker studies are a further major interest.

Current disease areas include paediatric oncology, skin cancer, haematological oncology, renal disease and neurology. He sits, or has sat, on several national and international committees such as HTA CET Board, MRC Fellowships Panel and three NCRI CSGs.


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