Steering Group






Professor Shafi Ahmed


Shafi Ahmed is a surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, entrepreneur and an evangelist in augmented and virtual reality.  Shafi has been working on new technologies enhancing surgical education globally. His online videos have been watched hundreds of thousands of times, earning him the accolade of most-watched surgeon in human history. He is the Associate Dean and Head of Surgery at Barts Medical School, Queen Mary University of London.

In May 2014, using Google Glass, he performed and streamed a live interactive operation to 14000 students and trainees across 132 countries and 1100 cities. He is the cofounder of Medical Realities, a group offering surgical training products, specialising in virtual reality, augmented reality and serious games. On 14 April 2016, in collaboration with Barts Health,  Medical Realities and Mativision, he performed the world’s first virtual reality operation recorded and streamed live in 360 degrees. This was viewed by 55000 people in 140 countries and 4000 cities and reached 4.6 million people on Twitter. This event was covered worldwide on over 400 newspaper/online articles and BBC Click, Sky News, ARD German, TRT News,South American NTN, ABC News, Aljazeera, and Press TV.  His work has been featured on Wired, The Guardian, The Telegraph, ABC News, CNET, Verge, Huffington Post and Tech China.

On 9 December 2016, he performed the world’s first live operation using Snapchat Spectacles where he trained 200 medical students and surgical trainees, which was covered by Time magazine, BBC, and Cosmopolitan.  The operation has been viewed over 100 000 times!

Shafi co-founded the Faculty of Digital Health with Rajiv and steering group members following their work on the novel Barts X Medicine programme piloted at Queen Mary University of London. They aim to create professional standards for Digital health education and training, to allow research, collaboration and innovation to grow within health systems globally.

You can follow Shafi at @shafiahmed5


Mr Rajiv Sethi


Rajiv is a passionate advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration to improve patient outcomes across health systems. He was determined to ensure that advances in the digital sphere were being harnessed for the improvement of healthcare and health education. In keeping with this vision, he established the Faculty of Digital Health with Professor Ahmed and fellow steering group members.

Prior to this, as a clinical medical student Rajiv worked with the Dean of Medical Education on the new medical curriculum ‘2020’ at King’s College London as part of his SSC project. His work on the final year curriculum design, assessment structure and preparation for practice (transition from medical student to foundation doctor/ intern) theme was recognised by the award of the Sir John Ellis prize, a national prize conferred by the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) in Edinburgh.

Rajiv’s work on ‘online collaboration in developing new curricula’ was acknowledged with distinction at Stanford Medicine X 2015, the largest medical technology conference in the World, held at Stanford University, California, USA. These experiences spurred him on to get involved in the Digital, Education and Innovation space that was growing in the UK and globally through Hack Days and Social Media movements. In March 2016, he founded the World’s first Global Grand Round #ICGR1 which was held in the Gordon Museum by International Collaborative Grand Rounds (ICGRx), a ground breaking open access initiative to connect patients, students, trainees, clinicians, public and stakeholders to collaborate and curate important health conversations.

Since, Rajiv worked with the Global Health Exchange at Health Education England to complete his MBA major project on the impact of global learning on student competencies. Following completion of this work, he was appointed Honorary Research Fellow, Global Health, Health Education England in order to further develop the undergraduate work stream. In early 2017, Rajiv was invited to join the programme development team for a new medical school in the UK. Alongside his interests in education and technology, he is also a Telluride Alumni having been selected as the only non – US Telluride Scholar at the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety (Napa, California, Class of 2015 ).

During Summer 2017, Rajiv was appointed as a Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow at NHS England, building on his work at Sethi Health. The Sethi Health team work with students, patients, professionals and the public to improve healthcare and health education globally.

You can follow Rajiv on twitter at @therajivsethi

Mr James Freed

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James trained as a molecular biologist for several years before making the move to process redesign and IT. He worked in hospitals in South West London for the Cancer Services Collaborative, an organisation funded by the NHS Modernisation Agency. He cut his teeth on national IT implementation following a move to NHS Connecting for Health where he worked as Best Practice Lead for pathology, order communications, and prevention, screening and surveillance before taking up the role of National Lead for Screening in Leeds.

James then moved to the Health Protection Agency where his chief role was managing an operational Information Management department and contributing to strategic decision-making supporting infectious disease surveillance and control. He managed the Infections Specialist Library, which subsequently migrated to NICE as part of NHS Evidence.

James then became Head of Information Strategy at Public Health England and authored the PHE Knowledge Strategy which provides a vision for knowledge and information for the whole public health system. He also contributed to the National Information Board framework Personalised Health and Care 2020 and has been involved in implementing its vision.

James now works as Chief Information Officer for Health Education England where he is responsible for describing and implementing the strategic direction for information and technology for the organisation. He is passionate about digital literacy and the professionalism of Health Informaticians across the health and care system. In this capacity he is programme director for the Building a Digital Ready Workforce programme as part of the NIB Paperless 2020 programme.

In 2017 James was voted by peers as one of the top 100 influencers globally in Health IT as part of the #HIT100 twitter campaign. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Governor for his daughter’s Primary School.

You can follow James on twitter at @jamesfreed5

Mr Richard Corbridge


Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

Since December 2014, Richard has been the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In these two and a half years, Richard has implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Ireland’s first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He has also brought a focus to the delivery of a number of key strategic programmes including the beginning of ePharmacy for Ireland, digital cancer care and a cloud first strategy. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team. All of this with a budget of just 1.2% of the Irish spend on healthcare.

Before that, Richard led the delivery of a wide range of systems and processes in the NHS with a focus to aid the provision of healthcare and clinical research. These ranged from the first primary care messaging system in the NHS, to the modernisation of the information systems’ infrastructure for the delivery of clinical research throughout England.

In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO form the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was named the eGovernment Visionary of the year in Ireland.

In late November 2017 Richard joined Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust as their first Chief Digital and Information officer with a remit of bringing the ‘Leeds Way’ culture to the digital capability of the trust.

Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’ in the world. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron


Dr Georgina Moulton


Head of Education and Development, Connected Health Cities and Health eResearch Centre, University of Manchester.

You can follow Georgina at  @generalgeorge


Dr Damian Roland 

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Damian is a consultant and honorary associate professor in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. He works at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester University where he is a member of the SAPPHIRE group. His research interests include the implementation of scoring systems in the identification of ill child, evaluation of educational interventions and the use of social media in Knowledge Translation.

He has very much learnt by doing and despite no formal QI training he has successfully implemented a number of initiatives. He was the developer of the award winning Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS), now available as an app. He was also part of the management team that delivered “Spotting the Sick Child”, a patient safety award winning educational website.  

He blogs ( regularly on the concepts of education, leadership and social media. He is grateful to his wife for her patience and understanding and his daughters for teaching him new things on a regular basis.

You can follow Damian on twitter at @damian_roland

Dr Kieran Zucker


Kieran is a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.  He is also an Honorary Clinical Oncology Specialist Registrar at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust



Dr Sandeep Bansal


Sandeep is a founding steering group member of the faculty and has a keen interest in digital health innovation and education. He has been working to develop Medic Bleep, a secure communication platform for healthcare. He is a Faculty Member at Barts X Medicine and former GP Trainee, Oxford Deanery. He is currently CEO at Medic Creations.

You can follow Sandeep @idrsunny


Dr Roger Harrison

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Dr Roger Harrison is Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Director of Programmes for Online Public Health at University of Manchester. He is an accomplished scholar, with research in public health practice, teaching and learning, and pedagogy for digital education. He is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health (UK), and serves on the education committees of the World Federation of Public Health and Antibiotics Research UK.

His experience of teaching graduates around the world, using online distance learning, has developed his fundamental belief in open-access to learning and he has implemented several initiatives in support of this.

Dr Harrison also holds the role of Division Lead for Social Responsibility, leading important initiatives including sustainable development, public engagement and research with impact. His own theme is “Action on Antibiotic Drug Resistance” which was accepted as one of just two University Flagship Programmes. The work focuses on public and patient engagement, curriculum design and implementation in higher education. His accomplishments in this field have been recognised with two national awards from Public Health England.

You can follow Roger @roger_manc


Dr Cristina De Juan


Cristina founded Innovatemedtec, a marketplace for digital health with the aim to facilitate healthcare innovation around the world. Cristina runs the largest digital health group in the UK, and has recently be named one of the 100 most-influential leaders in healthtech in the world.

Prior to this, Cristina was involved in a government-backed innovation centre to make the UK the world-leader in precision medicine. Cristina worked at Antidote, to provides patients access to innovative treatments through clinical trials, and used to run clinical trials for Pharma. Cristina holds a PhD in Genetics and is passionate about advancing medicine through technology.

You can follow Cristina at @cristina_djsj

Mr Bipin Kumar


Bipin Kumar  has a strong background in the health system complemented with leadership positions in hospital and healthcare projects. He has served in leadership positions for nursing and health informatics implementation projects. He is currently Assistant Professor of Health Informatics and Tele-Health at Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Technology in India and supports  digital/clinical/analytics transformation of the medical record and quality department.

Area of interest   Designing curriculum for certificates to master degree courses for Health/Nursing informatics. Academic and research liaison with national and international industry partners, academic institutes, government bodies, professional associations.

Bipin is active participant  at national  / international level in health informatics related projects including research, training, webinars, workshops, startups, mentor ship, academia, government initiatives, scientific committees and working groups in areasof smart health , e-health , m-health , e-Governance, data science, clinical analytics, IoT, digital transformation, enterprise architecture, information capability development, enterprise wide business intelligence in hospital , public/population/insurance health informatics and GIS.

You can follow him @bipin4uk

Mr Jonathan Wan


Jonathan C. M. Wan is an M.D.–Ph.D. student at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK. He completed his preclinical medical studies at King’s College London, UK. At present, he is carrying out his Ph.D. in the group of Nitzan Rosenfeld at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge (2015–18), where he is working on developing individualized circulating tumour DNA assays to monitor patients with melanoma with high sensitivity.

Research interests: liquid biopsies, circulating nucleic acids, circulating tumor DNA, cell-free DNA, Next Generation Sequencing, biotechnology.

You can follow Jonathan @jonathancmwan