Role: Core Surgical Trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedics

Company: King's College Hospital

Nationality: British

I am a Core Surgical Trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedics working at King's College Hospital. I have an interest in artificial intelligence and alongside work, I am studying part-time for an MSc in Surgical Innovation at Imperial College London. 



GCSE (or equivalent): Mathematics, Geography, Physical Education, English, English Literature, Duel Science Award, French and Religious studies.

A-level (or equivalent): Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology

• MBBS in Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
• BSc in Experimental Pathology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry 
• MSc in Surgical Innovation (on-going), Imperial College London

Details about Coppola

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My research

The use of AI models in predicting surgical outcomes. In particular, I am researching the predictive ability of machine learning models for patients having total knee replacements. The applications for advanced models that can accurately predict surgical outcomes are vast. This is an essential step towards Personalised Medicine (forming treatment plans unique to each patient).

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My inspiration

I have always had an eye for innovation and an intrinsic need to ask questions. I believe there is great potential for artificial intelligence in surgery, and currently, it is very much in its early stages. I aim to be a key part of revolutionising this field, and here at Imperial College London it has provided the foundations to do so.

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Who is your STEM hero?

Robert Liston, a Scottish surgeon from the early 1800s, renowned for his speed and skill. This was essential for survival in a time prior to anaesthetic (drugs that put patients to sleep during operations). He later performed the first public operation utilising modern anaesthesia. However, his most infamous case is the 300% mortality rate case (Google it!).

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Most significant discovery/invention?

Alexander Fleming and his accidental discovery of penicillin – predicted to have saved 200 million lives since its first use in 1942.

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Career options after study

  • Surgeon with special interest 
  • Digital Health Consultancy 
  • Surgical robotic advisor 
  • Medtech start up CEO / CMO 

My hobbies

Football, Formula 1, golf, tennis, surfing, poker and travelling