What are your long-term ambitions for your clinical academic career?
After completing my PhD and having had papers published in high impact journals, I intend to return to surgical training to gain the relevant competencies to enable an academic consultant vascular surgeon with a strong passion in researching lower limb cutting edge modalities.
What advice would you give to other clinicians considering academic research?
My advice to prospective Clinicians pursuing research is to select the right project and department for you.
My non-academic background has in no way hindered my progress through my PhD and I believe it is the reason I have found it so exciting and interesting.
The success of any research is dependent on the ability to develop relationships with collaborators and scientific colleagues.
What has helped you progress in your clinical academic career so far?
The academic department of vascular surgery at King's has an international reputation in research and has had papers published in many high impact journals.
Established academic surgeons in my host department at King's have provided ongoing support, guidance and supervision to develop my research.
We have regular departmental meetings in which we set monthly goals to achieve. In this time, I have developed important research skills including: paper critiquing; data analysis; paper writing; and verbal presentations.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a clinical academic researcher?
I highly recommend that all surgical clinicians undertake a period of research as it gives you a different perspective to the patient care pathway.
It is rewarding to be involved in cutting edge surgery which will contribute to the vascular community and improve the care we provide to our patients in the future.
Published on 26 January 2021.