Dr Richard PinderDr Richard Pinder
Director of Undergraduate Public Health Education
Module Lead, Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention 1&2,
School of Medicine
Population Health Lead, School of Medicine,
Course Director, Global Health BSc Programme (intercalated), School of Public Health

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Primary Care and Public Health

Richard is a consultant public health physician and clinical academic with an interest in health systems and epidemiology.

Richard is passionate about developing future leaders in public health and global health. The School of Public Health’s Global Health BSc programme is a central means of developing those future leaders. By the end of our programmes, our students wil be able to handle ambiguity and critically analyse the wicked problems we face. Richard’s vision is that the programme is the first step on these students’ journey to achieve better, more equal health outcomes across populations and national boundaries.

Email | +44 (0)20 7594 0789
Location 313, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus

Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention Team

Christopher James HarveyDr Christopher-James Harvey
Senior Strategic Teaching Fellow
Sleep Topic Lead, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Primary Care & Public Health

As a Strategic Senior Teaching Fellow, my main focus is the design and delivery of Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention (LMAP). I hold a PhD in Psychological Medicine with a background in cognitive neuroscience. I am also interested in public engagement and have worked with various artists, educational, media and industry partners on developing innovative ways to facilitate the public and policy makers in considering the importance of sleep.

Location: Teaching Hub, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus

Dr Amy BannermanDr Amy Bannerman
Strategic Clinical Teaching Fellow, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Primary Care & Public Health

Amy is a public health registrar and has a special interest in the role of physical activity. She is currently working as a Strategic Clinical Teaching Fellow on the Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention module at Imperial College School of Medicine. During this time, she has been involved with designing and delivering the brand-new module including the lifestyle tracking study which is currently in its second year. She is passionate about empowering students to use the learning from the module in their own lives as well as in their clinical practice.

Location: Teaching Hub, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus

Dr Edward MaileDr Edward Maile
Module Development Co-Lead, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health

Ed is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice where he combines clinical work as a GP registrar with health policy research and teaching. He worked alongside Richard to establish LMAP as Module Development Co-Lead, before transitioning to an advisory role focussing on lifestyle medicine. He has a keen interest in public health, health policy and healthcare innovation. He formerly worked in national health policy at NHS England and held tutoring roles at Oxford and Harvard. He has degrees in medicine, genetics, and public health. Away from work he enjoys hiking, music and is an enthusiastic but inept surfer.

Location: 313, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus

Dr Lucy RyanDr Lucy Ryan
Clinical Teaching Fellow, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Primary Care & Public Health

Lucy has returned to work with the LMAP team after initially participating in LMAP teaching as a foundation year 2 doctor whilst rotating through the Department of Primary Care and Public Health. She completed her foundation training in North West London in August 2020.

Lucy finds the development and delivery of LMAP content the most interesting and enjoyable. LMAP enables Lucy to promote evidence- based approaches and stimulate students’ interest in how to utilise lifestyle interventions for better health outcomes for their future patients, community and themselves.

Lucy believes that embedding lifestyle medicine within the medical curriculum will help shape changes in lifestyle that are needed to curb the burden of multi-morbidity and burnout within healthcare professionals.

Location: 313, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus

Dr Vinitha SoundararajanDr Vinitha Soundararajan
Clinical Teaching Fellow, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Primary Care & Public Health

Vinitha is a new addition to the LMAP team, after recently completing the foundation training programme in South London. She holds an MSc in Public Health and has an interest in psychiatry and global health. As a clinical teaching fellow, Vinitha enjoys working on curriculum design and delivery. Vinitha is passionate about the promotion of physician well-being and aims to use her role within LMAP to create a relatable learning environment for students by drawing on her own clinical experiences. She believes that lifestyle medicine and global health are prime areas for healthcare innovation and believes that the LMAP module provides a foundation to enable students to explore solutions for better physician and patient health in the future.

Location: 313, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus

David SalmanDr David Salman
Physical Activity Topic Lead, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health 

David works as a GP in North West London, and also in musculoskeletal, sports and exercise medicine at Imperial College NHS Trust. His research interests are in physical activity and its relationship with health and disease. David tries to relate his clinical experience with regards physical activity promotion to his teaching, with a particular focus on attempting to reduce inequalities in physical activity. Outside of work, David enjoys rock climbing and is a Junior Parkrun Run Director.

Location: 313, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus

Dr Viral ThakerarDr Viral Thakerar
Financial Well-being Topic Lead, LMAP
Module lead, Patients Communities and Healthcare

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health

Viral is a GP who wants to create the medical educational experience he wished existed when he was a student. He joined Imperial in 2018 initially to lead on Society and Health, a medical sociology course. Through this, he saw how exploring concepts like social lenses, unconscious biases and the doctor-patient relationship over the years could influence students’ appreciation of their own role in shaping the narratives around health and equity. He is now the lead for the Patients, Communities and Health module. He has an interest in serious games and gamification for medical education, digital health and applying our understanding of the wider determinants of health in clinical practice. He would love it if Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal was part of the curriculum.

Norfolk Place, St Mary's Campus

Dr Lindsay DewaDr Lindsay Dewa
Advanced Research Fellow & Mental Health Topic Lead, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health

Location: 328, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus

Celeste A de Jager-LootsDr Celeste A de Jager-Loots
Research Fellow & Nutrition Topic Lead, LMAP

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Ageing Research

Dr de Jager-Loots has a background in biomedical research, neuropsychology and management with an international reputation in the field of ageing, cognition and Alzheimer’s disease. Her primary research and teaching interests lie in early diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other dementias and in pharmacological, psychosocial and lifestyle interventions for persons living with dementia and for prevention of cognitive decline in healthy older adults; particularly via B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. She has worked with medical students and MPH students on research study design and taught basic epidemiology to allied health students in South Africa and the UK.

Dr de Jager-Loots contributed to the Institute for Life Sciences (ILSI) -Europe Nutrition and Cognition Working Group on methodologies to assess long-term effects of nutrition on brain function.

Location: Room 11L12, 11th Floor Laboratory Block, Charing Cross Hospital Campus, 


Global Health BSc Team

ShyamDr Shyam Sundar Budhathoki
Module Co-ordinator & Module 2b Lead, Global Health BSc

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Primary Care & Public Health

Shyam is a medical doctor specialised in Community Medicine and Tropical diseases trained in China and Nepal. He has extensive experiences leading public health teaching and placements for undergraduate health sciences students for home and international students in Nepal. Shyam coordinates the Global Health BSc course and leads the Community Group Placements (CGP) scheme in the Science in Context (SiC) module of the course. Shyam believes that the CGP partnership between Imperial College and community based organisations in its true sense is an experiential learning partnership to mutually share expertise and strengthen the critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills of global health students. Shyam has a wide range of research experience in health literacy, health promotion, sexual and reproductive health, child health and health systems research focusing in underprivileged population and LMIC settings. With a passion for contributing to scientific community, Shyam performs roles as Academic Editor for PLoS One Journal and Associate Editor for BMC Women’s Health.

Location: 319, Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus


Ambar QaviAmbar Qavi
Teaching Fellow & BMB Module Lead, Global Health

Affiliations: School of Public Health, Primary Care & Public Health

Ambar is a Teaching Fellow in the school of Public Health and works across three public health degree programmes; GMPH, MPH and the BSc Global Health. Ambar is also the module lead for the Global Health short course delivered in the BMB degree programme.

Ambar has research experience in the field of health systems development, access to medicines and HIV.  She has worked alongside organisations such as WHO, UNITAID and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Ambar is keen to help students understand global health issues through the lens of disparate disciplines such as economics, medicine, epidemiology and anthropology.


Dr Mariam SbaitiDr Mariam Sbaiti
Senior Teaching Fellow, Global Health
Deputy Director & Module 1 Lead, Global Health BSc

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health

Mariam is passionate about collaborative approaches to education and using these to support students to develop critical thinking skills and develop more dynamic and authentic approaches to global health education. I am currently working on an innovative global health education project where I invited a range of partners to design and deliver the curriculum collaboratively. Over the last 2 years, my team worked with students and with colleagues who have professional and lived experiences of healthcare in the Syrian conflict to design authentic learning and assessment activities around this issue. I am passionate about student experience and recently completed a qualitative research project on students’ experiences of global health education which highlighted a discontent with the Western perspectives pervasive in global health resources and teaching. 

Location: G39, Medical School Building, St Mary's Campus

Dr Thomas HoneDr Thomas Hone
Research Fellow & Module 2a Lead, Global Health BSc

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit

Thomas is a Research Fellow at Imperial. His research focuses on health systems and public health policy in LMICs. He has a particular focus on Latin America, Primary Healthcare, health system financing, and health inequalities. He has a PhD in Public Health and has an emphasis on quantitative and quasi-experimental methods in his research.

Thomas is keen to help students maximize their skills as future consumers and producers of evidence for global health. Module 2a is great opportunity to build skills in reviewing and critiquing studies, balancing conflicting evidence, and producing policy-relevant and informative outputs.

Location: Reynolds Building, Charing Cross Campus

Dr Lia TzalaDr Lia (Evangelia) Tzala
Research Fellow & Moduel 3 Lead, Global Health BSc

Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health

Lia is a biostatistician and epidemiologist with a PhD in Biometry and Medical Statistics from Imperial College. Her current research focusses around the development and application of statistical (including Bayesian) methods for the analysis of complex, longitudinal (life-course) data. Lia is engaged into two multidisciplinary large-scale European projects looking to advance knowledge on the direct and indirect pathways for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases development later in life.

Lia has longstanding experience on non-communicable diseases both within and outside of academia including the charity sector. Other research interests include disease surveillance, cancer epidemiology and rare diseases. She is passionate about translating complex information into evidence for action for global health improvement.

Location: 150, EBS (Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, St Mary’s Campus


Undergraduate Public Health course administrator

Beatrix RozsaMs Beatrix Rozsa
Undergraduate Education Administrator

Affiliations: School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

Beatrix is responsible for administering the planning and delivery of all operational aspects of the BSc Global Health course (MBBS Year 4) since May 2016.

Previous roles are at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as Course administrator (CYAF courses) and Administrator supervisor. Beatrix is dedicated to help the education of the next generation of healthcare workers and to enhance student journey.

Location: Room 169, St Mary’s Campus