Imperial College London

Mr Alexander Harris PhD FRCS

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow







Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





Alexander (Sacha) Harris joined Imperial College School of Medicine in the year 2000, graduating in 2006 with MBBS and 1st Class Honours in his intercalated BSc. He subsequently completed his Foundation Training with the North West Thames Foundation School (2006-2008) before joining the Oxford School of Surgery (2008-2010) where he gained the MRCS (Eng) and completed his Core Surgical Training.

Sacha's interest in academia led to him completing a part-time Masters degree in Surgical Technology at Imperial College London during his Core Surgical Training (2008-2010). His dissertation was on Distributed Simulation in Surgical Training, for which he gained a Merit.

Sacha was subsequently invited to join the Department of Surgery and Cancer as a Clinical Research Fellow in August 2010 and completed his PhD under the supervision of Professors Roger Kneebone, Fernando Bello and George Hanna at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington. His thesis was titled Surgical Expertise in Gastric and Oesophageal Cancer Surgery. During his research, Sacha undertook Travelling Fellowships to Japan and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. 

Sacha is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and currently in the final year of his Higher Surgical Training on the NW London rotation. His career interest remains UGI cancer surgery and he continues to pursue academic interests in this field as well as surgical simulation and education.



Sivananthan A, Machin M, Zijlstra G, et al., 2021, A grassroots junior doctor communication network in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: a service evaluation, Bmj Open Quality, Vol:10, ISSN:2399-6641

Harris A, Butterworth J, Boshier PR, et al., 2020, Development of a Reliable Surgical Quality Assurance System for 2-stage Esophagectomy in Randomized Controlled Trials., Ann Surg

Tribe H, Harris S, Kneebone RL, 2018, Life on a knife edge: Using simulation to engage young people in issues surrounding knife crime, Advances in Simulation, Vol:3, ISSN:2059-0628

Blencowe NS, Boddy AP, Harris A, et al., 2015, Systematic review of intervention design and delivery in pragmatic and explanatory surgical randomized clinical trials, British Journal of Surgery, Vol:102, ISSN:0007-1323, Pages:1037-1047


Blencowe N, Boddy A, Harris A, et al., 2015, Descriptions of Surgical Interventions in RCTs: is There Room for Improvement?, International Surgical Congress of the Association-of-Surgeons-of-Great-Britain-and-Ireland (ASGBI), WILEY-BLACKWELL, Pages:287-287, ISSN:0007-1323

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