Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Surgical Computing and Simulation Science



+44 (0)20 3315 8231f.bello Website




G3.50Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Professor Fernando Bello is a computer scientist and engineer working at the intersection of medicine, education and technology. He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Systems from Imperial College in 1996 and worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow on brain image analysis and Computer Aided Surgery from 1996-1998 at Guy's Hospital, and at the University of Kent, where in 1998 he became a Lecturer in Electronic Engineering.

He re-joined Imperial in September 2000 and is currently Professor of Surgical Computing and Simulation Science within the Department of Surgery and Cancer, where he is Director of the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science, leading the SiMMS - Simulation and Modelling in Medicine and Surgery research group. A multi-disciplinary research group aiming at building suitable models and simulations of clinical processes, including clinical examination, clinical diagnosis, interventional procedures and care pathways.

Prof Bello is particularly interested in the use of virtual / mixed reality environments and haptics in the context of education and training, pioneering advanced patient specific simulation of a number of surgical procedures and clinical examinations, online and mobile simulation tools, as well as innovative approaches to contextualised simulation. He has published widely in technological, medical and educational journals, is involved in several simulation-based training programmes in the UK and abroad and is Academic Co-director of Imperial’s MSc in Surgical Innovation.



Benítez TM, Xu Y, Boudreau JD, et al., 2024, Harnessing the potential of large language models in medical education: promise and pitfalls, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, ISSN:1067-5027

Chappell D, Bello F, Kormushev P, et al., 2023, The hydra hand: a mode-switching underactuated gripper with precision and power grasping modes, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:8, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:7599-7606


Brown J, Bello F, Design and Characterisation of Particle Jamming-Based Variable Stiffness Displays using Non-pneumatic Actuators, IEEE Haptics Symposium

Assaf N, Scholtz S, Ahmed A, et al., 2023, THE ACCEPTABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF 3D RECONSTRUCTION AND VIRTUAL REALITY IN ADDRESSING BODY IMAGE IN BARIATRIC SURGERY, 26th International-Federation-for-the-Surgery-of-Obesity-and-Metabolic-Disorders World Congress (IFSO), SPRINGER, Pages:312-312, ISSN:0960-8923

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