CATO Academic leadsAcademic Training Leads

Each specialty training scheme has a designated training lead to oversee the academic element of the programme. Clinical academic trainees are advised to make contact with their Academic Training Lead as soon as possible after joining the programme and to stay in regular touch during their time on the scheme. Academic Training Leads have responsibility for and can help with:

  • oversight of the academic element of ACF and ACL schemes and representing the schemes at committee level
  • ensuring and advising on the allocation of research project/academic supervisors to each academic trainee
  • negotiation and organisation of research blocks
  • helping academic trainees to resolve any difficulties that they may have with managing their programme
  • general communications and advice about the programme and encouraging ACF/ACLs to engage in CATO initiatives such as mentoring, courses and events
  • oversight of each ACF/ACL’s progress through the ARCP process
  • liaison with Clinical Training Leads on planning academic training programmes for trainees

Clinical Training Leads

Clinical Training Leads, also referred to as Training Programme Directors, have overall responsibility for the clinical specialty programme. Clinical Training Leads have responsibility for and can help with:

  • overall management of the recruitment of trainees
  • organisation of trainee clinical rotations
  • ensuring the delivery of the clinical curriculum within the training programme
  • management of the assessment process for trainees
  • liaison with Academic Training Leads on clinical training elements of academic training

Contact details

SpecialtyAcademic Training LeadsClinical Training Leads/Training Programme Directors

Acute Medicine 

Dr Sonya Abraham

Florian Wernig

Joanne Thompson

Anaesthetics Dr Anthony Gordon
Dr Michelle Hayes

Dr Peter Brooks
Cardiology Prof Nicholas Peters

Dr Alexander Lyon

Professor Darrel Francis

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr Prakash Punjabi

Dr Prakash Punjabi

Chemical Pathology

Prof Waljit Dhillo
Prof Karim Meeran
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Prof Martin Wilkins
Prof Martin Wilkins
Clinical Radiology Dr Nishat Bharwani (on maternity leave)

Dr Declan O'Regan (maternity cover)

Dr Nishat Bharwani (on maternity leave)

Dr Declan O'Regan (maternity cover)

Emergency Medicine (Paediatrics) Dr Ian Maconochie
Dr Ian Maconochie
Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus Prof Waljit Dhillo
Prof Karim Meeran
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Prof Mark Thursz

Prof Simon Taylor-Robinson

Kevin Monahan

General Surgery

Prof George Hanna

Dr Daniel Leff

Professor Tim Allen-Mersh
Genitourinary Medicine Prof Graham Taylor
Dr Graham Taylor
Haemotology Prof Mike Laffan
Dr Nina Salooja

Dr Abdul Shlebak
Histopathology Prof Kikkeri Naresh
Dr Rashpal Flora
Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Prof John Friedland
Dr Giovanni Satta
Intensive Care Medicine Dr Anthony Gordon
Dr Gary Wares
Medical Education

Prof Desmond Johnston

Medical Oncology Dr Jonathan Krell
Dr Mark Bower
Neurology Prof David Sharp
Dr Richard Perry
Neurosurgery Mr Dipankar Nandi
Mr Ramesh Nair
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Prof Phillip Bennett
Ms Karen Joash
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Prof Justin Cobb
Dr Chinmay Gupte
Occupational Medicine Prof Paul Cullinan

Dr Francesca Cordeiro

Paediatric Immunology, Infectious Disease and Allergy Dr Gareth Tudor-Williams
Dr Bob Klaber
Paediatrics and Child Public Health Dr Mitch Blair
Dr Bob Klaber

Plastic Surgery

Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy

Dr Jonathan Simmons

General Practice and Primary Care Prof Azeem Majeed
Dr Martin Block
Psychiatry Prof Anne Lingford-Hughes
Dr John Lowe
Public Health Medicine Prof Azeem Majeed
Dr Matthew Harris 
Renal Medicine Prof Liz Lightstone
Dr Megan Griffith

Dr Maria Loucaidou
Respiratory Medicine Prof Sebastian Johnston

Dr Rachel Davies

Rheumatology Prof Matthew Pickering

Dr Harry Penn

Urology Prof Hashim Ahmed

Mathias Winkler

Vascular Surgery Prof Alun Davies

Keith Jones

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