Miss Celia Theodoreli - Riga is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Imperial College London. She is the Head of School of Surgery (HEE) and is responsible for the quality of surgical training in London for more than 1500 trainees. She previously served as the Surgical Training Committee Chair and Training Programme Director in Vascular Surgery for the London region. She is clinically practising at St Mary's & Charing Cross Hospitals, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Lindo Wing and The Wellington hospital. She serves on the UKRI/EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Board. She is also an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust. She qualified from Imperial College London in 2003. She became an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in 2009 and was appointed an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Surgery in 2010. She completed her higher surgical training in London. She obtained a Doctorate in Medicine from Imperial College and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2014.
Her clinical expertise includes aortic aneurysms, occlusive vascular disease, endovenous management of varicose veins, carotid disease and stroke prevention, aortic dissection and endovascular robotic surgery. She has introduced team training and innovative simulation programmes to the current curriculum in collaboration with the Patient Safety Research Group. She has an international reputation as a speaker with over 300 podium presentations, over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She acts as a Reviewer for 11 Journals including Circulation, Annals of Surgery, BMJ and the BJS. She sits on the National Selection Panel for General/Vascular Surgery, Imperial College School of Medicine Admissions Panel and the HEE London School of Surgery Board. She serves as an Examiner for Imperial College and Oxford University.
Her research interests focus on innovative techniques for the treatment of arterial and venous disease, incorporating new advances in technology and has significant experience in Medtech and clinical translation for medical devices. She sits on the New Interventional Procedures Committee which regulates and monitors clinical adoption of novel devices and techniques across all Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust sites. She works closely with the engineering group at the Hamlyn Centre supported by the Wolfson Foundation, NIHR and the EPSRC. Miss Riga has led the translational endovascular robotic research theme at Imperial College, publishing the first pre-clinical evidence for the advantages of robotic technology in complex endovascular tasks such as supra-aortic branch intervention and fenestrated endografting. She formed the team that performed the world’s first robot-assisted endovascular aneurysm repair in 2008. She has led and championed the vascular Robotics program at Imperial from concept to implementation and has the largest experience of robot-assisted endovascular therapies worldwide with over 150 cases. Her research has won 30 national and international prizes, attracting over £10million in funding including a UK flagship EPSRC investment to make Imperial the UK's largest translational Micro-Robotics facility.
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