Dr Mahiben Maruthappu MA BM BCh

Mahiben is an Academic Foundation Doctor in the North West Thames Deanery, and is passionate about improving health delivery in developing countries.

He currently serves as Adviser to the Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation (WHO); Director of the World Surgical Association (WSA), a not-for-profit redistributing surplus surgical supplies from the UK and USA to developing countries; Chairman of the UK Medical Students’ Association (UKMSA), whose website receives over 300,000 visitors per month; and he was a Kennedy Scholar in Global Health at Harvard University.

He studied preclinical medicine at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a triple First Class and was invited to lecture medical students at the age of 20. He then read clinical medicine at Oxford University, where he was the youngest appointed Teaching Scholar and a finalist for the British Medical Journal's Junior Doctor of the Year award.

Mahiben received 40 academic awards as a student, and published 35 articles, presenting his work in four continents at venues including the Royal College of Surgeons. He also has a strong interest in education, authoring three medical books, distributing them to students from low income backgrounds.

He has founded five philanthropic organisations, and coordinated over 200 medical initiatives, spanning the UK, Switzerland, India, France, USA, Sri Lanka and Malawi. In his spare time he enjoys boxing, travelling and skydiving.

Dr Kapil Sugand BSc MBBS

Kapil graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc (Hons) in Surgery and Anaesthesia, MBBS, University Colours and the University Award for Outstanding Contribution. He has represented his university internationally as the British representative for the Global Health Summit hosted by Americans for Informed Democracy, and nationally on the Royal Society of Medicine committee organising countless events for pupils, professionals and the public.

Having completed a competitive Academic Foundation Programme in South London, which is offered only to 5% of graduates, he is currently pursuing a PhD in trauma simulation at Imperial College as well as Postgraduate Certification in Healthcare and Biomedical Education. With his passion for education, Kapil was one of the youngest to ever officially lecture at Imperial College Medical School on clinical surgery, anaesthesia and patient safety. Moreover, he has been commissioned as a senior editor for titles of the internationally-renowned ABC and Oxford Handbook series.

For his work in the community, Kapil has been honoured with the CitiGroup Finances Volunteering Award as a Science and Mathematics Ambassador for inner city London and his university charities have raised over £20,000 during his time at medical school. At university, Kapil co-founded the Imperial College Friends of Medicins Sans Frontieres, and was a founding member in resurrecting both the Surgical Society and the Fitness Society with which he created a concept for a health awareness outreach scheme, now supported by NHS Change 4 Life. Furthermore, his research has been presented globally and published in multiple international peer-reviewed journals. For all his achievements, his biography has now been included in the renowned Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2013 encyclopaedia.

Senior reviewers
Mr Joseph Shalhoub BSc MBBS MRCS FHEA PhD

Joseph Shalhoub is currently a surgical trainee in London, and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow in the academic section of Vascular Surgery at Imperial College London. He qualified with honours from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2004, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006. Joseph recently completed his PhD, also at Imperial, entitled ‘Risk Stratification in Atherosclerotic Carotid Stenosis’, and is widely published on the subject of vascular disease. His on-going academic interests include investigating novel functional imaging modalities for stroke prediction, and examination of atherosclerosis using systems biology methodologies. Joseph’s other interests include surgical training and education. He is the joint Vice President of the Association of Surgeons in Training.

Professor Christopher K Bulstrode MA Zool MA NatSci BM BCh FRCS (T&O) MCh

Christopher Bulstrode is an emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford. He has remained an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the General Medical Council and has authored and edited several books including Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery and the Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics. He recently returned from a six-month tour of Afghanistan as a Major in the Territorial Army. He has also worked for Medecin du Monde in Haiti, Gaza and Bangladesh. He is a trained zoologist and his travels have taken him to Antarctica and South East Asia as a ship’s doctor. Professor Bulstrode is currently working in an Emergency Department in southern New Zealand.

Professor Alison H McGregor PhD MSc MCSP

Alison McGregor is a Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, where she manages the Human Performance Group. She trained as a physiotherapist at King’s College Hospital qualifying in 1989 and subsequently went on to study Biomedical Engineering at Surrey University which led to a PhD project in spinal mechanics and low back pain at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. She is the Deputy Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer for Educational Strategy and Quality, Course Director, as well as Chair of Examinations, for the BSc Pathway in Surgery and Anaesthesia. She has recently become the campus Dean at Charing Cross Hospital.

As a result of her work in the field of back pain, she is currently President-Elect for the Society for Back Pain Research. She currently sits on the London Committee of the Research for Patient Benefit and also on the scientific panel for DISCS, a charity working to eliminate back pain. Professor McGregor also serves on the sub-editorial board for the European Spine Journal and on the editorial board for the Spine Journal.

Professor Peter H Abrahams MBBS FRCS FRCR DO

Peter Abrahams is Professor of Clinical Anatomy at Warwick Medical School. He is also a Life Fellow at Girton College (University of Cambridge) and holds professorships in St George’s University, Grenada (West Indies) and in Pretoria (South Africa). He trained at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School after doing voluntary teaching in the Peace Corps in the jungles of Borneo. Professor Abrahams has long been involved with projects in the developing world: he has worked as an educational and anatomical consultant for the World Health Organisation, Geneva, set up a new school in Beersheba and has examined and lectured doctors and surgeons in Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, USA and throughout Europe. He has authored McMinn Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy and in 2011 was awarded the National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy - the highest teaching and educational award in UK universities. He also works two days a week as an NHS family practitioner.

Junior editor:
Mr. Mohammed Ali BA

Mohammad Ali is a final year medical student at Oxford University, having completed his Bachelors in Medical Sciences (Infection and Immunity) in 2011. He has won several academic prizes whilst at medical school and has been involved with a number of organisations at university including the editorial committee of the Oxford Medical School Gazette, which was nominated for the Guardian Student Media Awards, as well as the Oxford Society for Medicine and the Osler House Cardiology Society, both aiming to organise academic presentations and speaker events. Currently, Mohammad is the Director of the OxPal Medlink (, a long-term medical education partnership between Palestinian medical students and doctors and their Oxford-based counterparts. He is responsible for a pool of approximately 15 clinical tutors and over 90 students at 3 out of 4 Palestinian medical schools. Mohammad has a strong interest in research, having presented his work at multiple international conferences, both orally and in poster-format, as well as receiving publications in PNAS and other prominent peer-reviewed journals. Teaching is one of his passions; he has participated in several outreach projects aiming to engage with low income and minority students with a view to raising aspirations and goals. Outside medicine, Mohammad has a strong interest in literature, and writes in his spare time.

Doctors Academy
Dr. Stuart Enoch MBBS, PGCert (Med Sci), MRCSEd, MRCS (Eng), PhD

Following qualifying in Medicine and completion of Internship from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India (1996), Dr Enoch undertook surgical training from the University Hospitals of South Manchester, UK, and passed the exams to obtain membership (MRCS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh (2001). After undertaking a three-year full-time basic science research (2002-2005) that led to a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Cell Biology from the University of Cardiff, UK, he pursued Specialist Training in Burns and Plastic Surgery (2006-2011) at reputed regional centres in Swansea, Nottingham, Preston and Manchester. Whilst working as a Specialist Registrar in Plastic Surgery (2007-2011), Dr Enoch founded Doctors Academy and soon established the Doctors Academy Group of Educational Establishments [Doctors Academy Educational Courses and Events (2007), Doctors Academy Online Resource (2008), Doctors Academy Publications (2009), World Journal of Medical Education and Research (2011) and the Centre for Studies in Wound Care and Burns in South India (2012)].

In addition to clinical work, he has been actively involved in medical education, teaching and training throughout his career. He has won numerous awards, prizes, research fellowships (click here) and co-chairs global events such as the International Medical Summer School and International Academic & Research Conferences in Manchester, UK. He has convened and directed more than 120 postgraduate and undergraduate courses (click here), presented in excess of 30 scientific papers in various conferences in the UK, USA and Europe, given over 20 invited lectures/keynote speeches (click here) at various meetings, published 65+ articles in International Scientific and Medical Journals, authored 12 books and edited four books