Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Surgical Computing and Simulation Science



+44 (0)20 3315 8231f.bello Website




G3.50Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Professor Fernando Bello is a computer scientist and engineer working at the intersection of medicine, education and technology. He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Systems from Imperial College in 1996 and worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow on brain image analysis and Computer Aided Surgery from 1996-1998 at Guy's Hospital, and at the University of Kent, where in 1998 he became a Lecturer in Electronic Engineering.

He re-joined Imperial in September 2000 and is currently Professor of Surgical Computing and Simulation Science within the Department of Surgery and Cancer, where he is Director of the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science, leading the SiMMS - Simulation and Modelling in Medicine and Surgery research group. A multi-disciplinary research group aiming at building suitable models and simulations of clinical processes, including clinical examination, clinical diagnosis, interventional procedures and care pathways.

Prof Bello is particularly interested in the use of virtual / mixed reality environments and haptics in the context of education and training, pioneering advanced patient specific simulation of a number of surgical procedures and clinical examinations, online and mobile simulation tools, as well as innovative approaches to contextualised simulation. He has published widely in technological, medical and educational journals, is involved in several simulation-based training programmes in the UK and abroad and is Academic Co-director of Imperial’s MSc in Surgical Innovation.



Marechal L, Balland P, Lindenroth L, et al., 2020, Toward a Common Framework and Database of Materials for Soft Robotics., Soft Robot

Muangpoon T, Haghighi Osgouei R, Escobar-Castillejos D, et al., Augmented reality system for digital rectal examination training and assessment, Journal of Medical Internet Research, ISSN:1438-8871

Granados A, Cox S, Low-Beer N, et al., 2020, Taking the pressure off the patient - understanding digital rectal examinations on a real subject., Ieee Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, ISSN:0018-9294

Cox W, Cavenagh P, Bello F, 2020, What are the benefits and risks of sharing patients’ diagnostic radiological images with them? A cross-sectional study of the perceptions of patients and clinicians in the UK, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055

Haghighi Osgouei R, Marechal L, Kontovounisios C, et al., 2020, Soft pneumatic actuator for rendering anal sphincter tone, Ieee Transactions on Haptics, Vol:13, ISSN:1939-1412, Pages:183-190

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