Committee Members

The BURST committee comprises of a core committee as well as an advisory board of senior members and international representatives.

BURST Committee

BURST Committee at National Collaborative Research Meeting 2017, Birmingham

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BURST Committee at EAU 2018, Copenhagen


veeruVeeru Kasivisvanathan, Urology SpR, London, NIHR Doctoral Fellow

Veeru studied Medicine at Imperial College London, completing his core surgical training in London and is a Specialty Registrar in Urology in the London Deanery. He is currently out of program, completing a PhD in the role of MRI-targeted biopsy in the diagnosis of prostate cancer at University College London. As an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, he obtained an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship to fund this research.

Veeru has led collaborative research amongst international research groups and is currently coordinating an international multi-centre randomised control trial across 15 centres in 10 countries. He has a good foundation in research methodology, having completed a Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also Associate Editor of the International Journal of Surgery. He is passionate about making collaborative research work and has an interest in both benign and cancer-based research.

Outside of work, Veeru loves sport, particularly football and tries to play every week, knees permitting.

Vice Chair and Webmaster


Taimur Shah, Urology SpR, London

Taimur studied Medicine at University College London and completed his foundation and core training in London and East of England. After a very enjoyable ST3/LAT year in Cardiff, Taimur obtained a urology NTN in London. After two further years as a SpR he decided to take an Out Of Programme experience to undertake a period of Research (OOPR) to undertake a PhD on imaging and focal therapy for radio-recurrent prostate cancer. He is currently working as an SpR and Charing Cross Hospital London, Imperial College London (ICL) and is part of the Imperial Prostate (IP) research group at Imperial College London (ICL) which focusses on clinical trials for prostate cancer with a particular interest in diagnostics and focal ablative therapy. He has experience in coordinating and delivering phase II trials in prostate cancer (FORECAST and SMART) and has been PI on other NCRN trials (PROMIS, CADMUS and PRECISION).

Taimur also won the “Best presentation” for his collaborative project proposal at the BAUS academic meeting, “Urology’s got Talent session” in London, November 2014. He is currently finalising the roll out of his project.

Outside of work, Taimur is a keen golfer and previously has spent many years playing cricket which included a spell as president of the RUMS cricket team. He also has a major interest in IT and technology and can be often found trawling blogs for the latest life changing gadget!

 Education Lead 

Arjun PicArjun Nambiar, Urology SpR, Newcastle

Arjun did his undergraduate medical training in India before coming to the UK in 2010. After a stint as an SHO in general surgery he took up a post as an SHO in Urology in Morriston Hospital in Swansea and hasn’t looked back since!

Arjun spent four enjoyable and productive years in sunny Swansea where he worked with a wonderful Urology team as a Clinical Research Registrar. In this role he was in charge of the conduct and publication of a randomised control trial in Urology and after being drafted as one of the first guideline associates, went on to become the youngest member of a European Association of Urology Guideline Panel. He is also a Cochrane review author, author of a number of other publications in Urology and is a reviewer for the BJUI and International Journal of Urology. He has an interest in research methodology especially pertaining to systematic reviews and critical analysis of urological literature for which he has conducted workshops and tutorial sessions both nationally and internationally. This is backed up with the credentials of a Masters in Clinical Research from Newcastle University.

Arjun has now embarked on the next phase of his urological career as an SpR in the North East deanery and looks forward to chasing the light in Northumberland in his other capacity as a travel and landscape photographer (no, really, he even has an LRPS – go on, google it!) He’s also always up for a game of tennis if anyone’s interested?


MattMatthew Jefferies, Urology SpR, Wales

Matthew studied medicine in Cardiff University and graduated in 2006.   Following his foundation years he worked in Australia before returning to complete his core surgical training in South Wales. He is currently a ST5 Specialist Registrar/Academic trainee in Urology in the Wales deanery.
He has a keen interest in research and has recently been awarded a PhD from Cardiff University, studying the effects of cellular oncological pathways and their interaction in murine and human prostate cancer.  To fund this research, he had successful grants from Prostate Cancer UK and The Urology Foundation (TUF) charities.  He continues to maintain an active research and teaching portfolio presenting work regularly at international meetings.  Within urology he has a particular interest in oncology, including both open and minimally invasive surgery.
Outside of work, he lives with my wife and children and maintains a keen interest in sports including rugby, squash and skiing.

Communications Officer 

kg_photoKevin Gallagher, MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow

Kevin studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh including an intercalated degree in Pharmacology. He is currently in the second year of an MRC clinical research training fellowship investigating a drug target in acute kidney injury and an honorary urological registrar at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

In addition to his basic science research, Kevin has always been keenly interested in clinical research co-leading a prospective controlled study on PDD in bladder cancer in Edinburgh which one the best paper prize at BAUS in 2015 and having presented numerous other clinical studies both nationally and internationally with prizes won at ASIT and EAU. His main academic interests are in pathways of cell death, and in prostate and kidney cancer.

Outside of work, Kevin is an aspiring cyclist, a bit of a hill rambler and a wannabe chef!

National Site Coordinator

BURST Profile KRMKenneth MacKenzie, Urology SpR, North Eastern

Kenneth studied medicine at the University of Dundee and completed his Foundation Training in and around Bristol. A year in Urology as a SHO in Bristol gave him his first exposure to the speciality. He moved north to Newcastle Upon Tyne for Core Training and is now a ST3 in Urology in North East Deanery. 

Kenneth is a full time clinical trainee with a keen interest in undertaking clinically based research. During his SHO year he undertook a research project assessing a novel method of assessment for a urological procedure. His interests, to date, have been in pelvic oncology and trainee assessments, for which he has presented nationally and will hope to develop these further during his speciality training. Kenneth was the Core Surgical representative for BURST during his core training and worked to engage core trainees in the MIMIC trial. 

Outside of work, Kenneth has a love for all sports, particularly rugby union. Now in the retirement phase, most commonly you’ll find him consoling himself with a beer following another Scottish defeat.

BURST Core Trainee Representatives

Eleanor Zimmermann, CT2 West Midlands

EleanorEleanor is a Urology themed CT2 in the West Midlands. She graduated from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry after intercalating at Bristol University and has completed a postgraduate certificate in Surgical Sciences with Edinburgh University.

Eleanor has a keen interest in education and research and recently completed a RCT on patient education using multimedia, of which she is co-investigator. She was part of the RCSEng working party that devised the national Undergraduate Surgical Curriculum, which was published and disseminated in 2015. Eleanor has published work on paediatric urology, enhanced recovery in upper tract surgery – which was awarded joint SURG best abstract prize in 2015, and has co-authored two Cochrane reviews.

Outside of work, Eleanor enjoys country walks with her dogs and is a rather amateur but keen squash player!

Eric Edison, CT1 London

EricEdisonI am a Core Surgical Trainee with a broad experience of academia and project management. After completing my degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, I underwent clinical training at UCL. Here I set up the Medical Leadership Network to link students with research and projects. This led to being recruited as a founding student member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and as student lead for Personal and Professional Development.

I have also been involved in setting up the peer-reviewed PubMed indexed journal Annals of Medicine and Surgery, as managing editor. Amongst the research I have been involved in is a body of work regarding the methodology and reporting of randomised controlled trials in surgery.

I look forward to applying the skills and knowledge from my previous experience to work with BURST, and am excited about what we can achieve.

IDENTIFY Trainee Lead

Sinan Khadhouri, Urology SpR, East of ScotlandSinan

Sinan studied medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School and completed his foundation training in Cambridge and East Anglia. After a year in Neurosurgery he went on to complete his core surgical training in Exeter embarking on a Urology career. Following this Sinan spent 6 months in rural Zambia as a senior surgical registrar and helped start up a urology service as well as perform some exciting surgery. He returned to Exeter to complete a research year, launching IDENTIFY I.  He joined the BURST committee whilst developing IDENTIFY II with them, and has recently started his Registrar training in the East of Scotland.

Sinan has a keen interest in clinical research and collaborative studies. He has recently presented the BAUS national data audit outcomes for prostatectomies and cystectomies at BAUS and EAU, winning best poster prize for the former.

Outside of work, Sinan enjoys playing racket sports, travelling and is a budding tailor!

Medical Student Representative


Chuanyu Gao, University College London

Chuanyu is a Final Year Medical Student at UCL.

 Medical Student Representative


Sacha Moore, Southampton University

Final Year Medical Student

Sacha is a Final Year Medical Student at the University of Southampton. Having caught the bug for urological research whilst completing his BMedSc project, Sacha has gone on to publish and present at national and international meetings and has ongoing research interests in endourology, urologic oncology and enhancing recovery after surgery (ERAS). Having joined the BURST team in 2017, Sacha has enjoyed furthering his knowledge of research methodology through BURST’s projects and expert mentorship. He hopes to continue this learning into his Academic Foundation Programme post from August 2018.

Sacha is also a keen advocate of social media as a platform for professional discussion, and has had a particular focus on growing BURST’s Twitter presence. He is excited to see how social media might develop into a useful tool for patient education in urology over the coming years.

Outside of work Sacha can often be found surrounded by all things rowing; for many years an occupant of the ‘9th seat’, he is now more often found in a deck chair on the riverbank!

Medical Student Representative

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Lynsey Williams, St Georges, London

Final Year Medical Student

Advisory Board

AhmedHashim Professor Hashim Ahmed

Professor of Urology, Imperial College London
Consultant Urologist, Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust

benjamin_challacombe Mr Ben Challacombe

Consultant Urologist, Guys and St Thomas’s Hospitals

Mark Emberton Professor Mark Emberton
Professor of Interventional Oncology
Dean of UCL faculty of medical sciences
Robert Pickard Professor Robert Pickard
Professor of Urology, Newcastle University
Honorary Consultant Urologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
PastedGraphic-3 Dr Ramanathan Kasivisvanathan
Anaesthetics: Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Marsden Hospital
PastedGraphic-2 Dr Graeme MacLennan
Methodology: Statistician, University of Aberdeen
Stephen Hughes May2017 Photo Dr Stephen Fôn Hughes

Principal Research Fellow
Director North Wales & North West Urological Research Centre (NW2URC)

HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist & Chartered Scientist

BL Ben Lamb

Urology Consultant, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

International Representatives

Todd Manning
Todd is an urologist from Australia and an international representative of BURST.
Country/ Region Hospital/Centre Name Email address
Australia Todd Manning
Canada University of Alberta Mark Assmus
Czech Republic General University Hospital Prague Vojtech Fiala
France Lille Jonathan Olivier
Hungary Hungarian Defence Forces Medical Centre Zsuzsanna Zotter
Italy San Giovanni Battista Hospital Giancarlo Marra
Netherlands University Medical Centre, Groningen Peter-Paul Willemse
Poland University Hospital, Cracow Anna Katarazyna Czech
Slovenia University Medical Centre, Maribor Uros Bele
Spain La Paz University Hospital, Madrid Juan Gomez Rivas
Portugal Lisbon Luísa Jerónimo Alves
Turkey Istanbul Taha Uçar
USA University North Carolina Matthew Neilson
Argentina/South America
Denmark Copenhagen Unirvesity Hospital Herlev Gentofte Juan Luis Vásquez, Peter Østergren,
Germany Hendrik Borgmann