AGM (London 2020) event speakers

19th - 20th Nov. 2020 (Virtual Event)

Professor of Hepatology, Queen Marys

Professor Graham Foster FRCP PhD

Professor Foster is the Professor of Hepatology at  Queen Marys, University of London and a consultant at Barts Health in East London. He trained in Medicine at Oxford and London Universities in the 1980s and completed a PhD in Molecular Biology in 1992.  Professor Foster has a long standing interest in the management of chronic viral hepatitis and runs a clinical research program studying the natural history of viral hepatitis, its impact upon patients and their communities and novel therapies for this disease. He leads a national study investigating community screening for viral hepatitis and supervises a laboratory research program investigating novel replication models for hepatitis C.  He is the editor of The Journal of Viral Hepatitis and has published widely in the field of viral liver disease. He is a past President of BASL, Chairman of the NHSE Hepatobiliary Clinical Reference Group, Clinical Lead for the NHSE Hepatitis C Programme and a member of a number of patient advocacy groups.

Consultant Nephrologist, Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr. Ajith James

Dr. Ajith James works a Consultant Nephrologist in Barts Health NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant in Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals. He trained in Royal London Hospital in Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation. He also trained in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. His special interest includes Acute Kidney Injury, Epidemiology Kidney Diseases, and Haemodialysis.

Consultant in Acute Medicine, Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, Kent

Dr. Adeel Iqbal, MBBS BSc (Hons) AICSM MRCP (UK)

Dr. Adeel Iqbal is an Acute Medical Consultant at the NHS Medway Maritime Hospital. He graduated from Imperial College London winning multiple academic prizes for the highest performance in medical exams - including the Abraham’s Award for medical pathology, a first-class honours degree from the National Heart and Lung Institute in Cardiovascular Sciences, and the Patrick Trevor-Roper Scholarship from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He was also awarded the Rector’s Medal award for services to Imperial. His research interests relate to the role of stem cell technology in cardiovascular disease as well as promoting the safe use of anticoagulants.

Dr. Iqbal is passionate about medical education and serves as a facilitator for national-level anticoagulation masterclasses and an academic speaker for Bristol-Myers Squibb / Pfizer. He has helped author departmental guidance on the management of venous thromboembolic disease. He has been awarded the Lord Eric Avebury Prize for public speaking and teaching. He is also passionate about charitable causes and is the founder of the International Education Fund at Imperial College London and serves as a Trustee for Developing World Healthcare. He is a director of the Global Clinical Network having delivered lectures to medical professionals across the world including the Faculty of Global Health at Imperial College London.

Head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL), England

Dr. Tim Brooks

Dr. Tim Brooks CBE is Head of the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL) at Public Health England. RIPL is a WHO collaborating laboratory for High Consequence Pathogens, providing diagnostic and clinical advice for a wide range of unusual bacterial and viral pathogens.   Tim is one of the leading partners in the national Imported Fever Service, which combines the clinical skills of the Liverpool and London Tropical Infectious Disease Hospitals with RIPL laboratory services     His research interests include diagnostics, disease pathogenesis, and the basis of Lyme disease.  At present, he is also the PHE lead for serological testing against COVID.

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Darent Valley Hospital

Dr. Victor Pace

Dr. Victor Pace is a consultant in Palliative Medicine at Darent Valley Hospital and Greenwich and Bexley Hospice. He did his specialist training in Palliative Medicine at St Christopher's Hospice in London. After posts in Malta, his home country, and southern England, he returned to St Christopher's as a consultant for 19 years. Two years ago he moved to his current position. He has worked extensively in hospice and hospital inpatient units, as well as community palliative care. Over twenty-five years as a consultant, he has published and lectured locally, nationally, and abroad on a range of pharmacological, clinical, psychosocial, and medicolegal special interests, and taught communication skills, in the belief that only high level clinical and critical skills drive out poor responsiveness to patients' needs, which are whole, indivisible, and individual. He was one of the first in the UK to explore the role of specialist palliative care in advanced dementia and frailty. During this last year, he and the palliative care team at Darent Valley have supported numerous patients who were dying of COVID, their families, and staff.

Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UK)

Dr. Salwa Kamourieh

Dr. Salwa Kamourieh is a Locum Consultant Neurologist with the Headache Group at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Kamourieh trained at Imperial College London and completed her general medical training in Southwest London leading up to obtaining the MRCP in 2010. She subsequently obtained a Ph.D. at Imperial College London and completed her residency in Neurology at Imperial College NHS trust. During her training, she developed an interest in the management of headache disorders and took up her current post in 2020.


Dr. Kamourieh’s specialist interests focus on the management of primary refractory headache disorders (chronic migraine, vestibular migraine, and the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias), with a specific interest in neurostimulation for intractable headache and headache education for both academic and clinical students. Dr. Kamourieh has authored a number of scientific papers and has also presented at a number of national medical conferences and teaching courses.

NHS Emergency Medicine Consultant and Solicitor of England & Wales (UK)

Mr. Vincent Kika

Mr. Vincent Kika is a practicing NHS Emergency Medicine Consultant (Physician) in the UK. He is also a Clinical Negligence Solicitor (Lawyer) with a London firm. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine. He obtained his LLB degree at the University of London and then completed the legal practice course at the College of Law, London, in 2008. Working as a doctor and a solicitor has afforded Dr. Kika the opportunity to develop his skills in the area of clinical negligence law with a number of transferable skills and a flexible and organized approach to work. He is an energetic, motivated, and reliable doctor and clinical negligence lawyer. He takes a keen and active interest in clinical governance, quality of care delivered to patients, patient safety, and fairness for people affected by medical accidents.


Mr. Kika has practical knowledge and understanding of the law relating to clinical negligence litigation, the NHS complaints procedure, the NHS Resolution Risk Management Standards for Acute Trusts, and the Department of Health policy on health and patient’s rights to receive a good quality of clinical care. He is passionate about justice and equality for all, particularly members of historically disadvantaged communities. As well as a strong work commitment, he has a keen interest in the development of legal and medical management software.

Consultant Endocrinologist, London

Dr. Glynn

Dr. Glynn is a Consultant Endocrinologist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He completed postgraduate training in endocrinology in Dublin and London during which time he was awarded a higher degree in medicine for a thesis examining the integration of pituitary hormone replacement. His research interests include pituitary and hypothalamic tumours, hypopituitarism and thyroid hormone action.   

Consultant respiratory physician, London

Dr. Emad Hilal

Dr. Emad Hilal is a consultant respiratory physician with an interest in interstitial lung diseases (ILD). He received specialist training in respiratory medicine at the University of Liverpool. He developed the specialist  ILD service at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in 2003 and ran it for 15 years. He is currently the ILD lead at Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust. He published research in peer-reviewed medical journals and presented research in national and international conferences. He is a GMC recognized trainer.

Consultant Cardiologist Whipps Cross/BartsHealth NHS Trusts, London

Dr. Sandy Gupta, MD FRCP

Dr. Gupta has been Consultant Cardiologist at Whipps Cross and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals, London, UK since 1999. He completed his undergraduate medical degree at St.George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1988. His clinical training in Cardiology has included posts at St. Bartholomew’s, King’s College, and St. George’s Hospitals, London. He has been involved in the research area of ‘inflammation and heart disease’ and was awarded a British Heart Foundation (BHF) research fellowship as part of his MD thesis. Author of text-book, over 40 peer-published papers and editorials, and several book chapters. He has been heavily in several projects with NHS London/Olympics 2012 Health Legacy initiatives.

Dr. Gupta has delivered over 250 invited Guest Lectures at Symposia in over 60 different countries plus numerous voluntary, community, and school talks on heart disease awareness.

Consultant Physician in Acute medicine and Stroke medicine Darent Valley Hospital, Kent

Dr. Saeedur Rahman, MBBS, MRCP (UK), MACP (USA)

Passed MBBS from University of Dhaka in 2003( Chancellor gold award winner). Completed Core medical training in Bangladesh in various teaching hospitals. After completing MRCP(UK), moved to Singapore and trained in acute medicine and intensive care medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Developed interest in Stroke medicine during ITU training as HASU was integrated in ITU. Subsequently moved to the UK and started working as a NHS locum consultant in Acute medicine in 2015. Currently working as a consultant physician in Acute medicine and Stroke medicine at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent. Special interest in Point of care ultrasound, Neuro and. Neurovascular imaging.

Educational Lead, Assc College Tutor [Medicine] Consultant Acute Medicine RMO Lead, Anticoagulation Lead, Faculty & QIP supervisor for Kings College London, Recruitment Lead, Lead for Non Training Grade & SAS Trust wide Panellist for Health Education England. Speaker for Anticoagulation & Thrombosis disorder.


Former Associate University Professor, Dept of Medicine, PGIMER India. International Associate American College of Cardiology, Metabolic Internist AACME- Thyroid and Metabolic Medicine PGCC- Joslin Diabetes Institute & Harvard Medical School, America. Certification Hospital Management MOHFW India Former Associate University Professor, Dept of Medicine, PGIMER Delhi.

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