Committee Members

BURST Committee


Veeru 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 has completed a PhD in the role of MRI-targeted biopsy in the diagnosis of prostate cancer at University College London and is currently writing up. 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 has completed PRECISION (NCT02380027), an international multi-centre randomised control trial across 25 centres in 11 countries. He has a good foundation in research methodology, having completed a Masters in Epidemiology and Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Trials 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. He has played an active role in championing the development and success of the National Research Collaborative.

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) with an aim to complete a higher degree.

He is currently following his interest of pursuing research into prostate cancer with a particular interest in radio-recurrent disease and focal therapy. He has gained valuable experience in trial design and delivery by coordinating two phase II trials for radio-recurrent prostate cancer.

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 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?

Matthew 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 

Kevin 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
Kenneth 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 Representative
Eleanor Zimmerman, CT2 West Midlands

Eleanor 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 husband and dogs and is a rather amateur but keen squash player!  

BURST Core Trainee Representative
Eric Edison, CT2 London

I 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 Scotland

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 Chair
Chuanyu Gao, University College London

Medical Student Representative
Sacha Moore, Southampton University 

Medical Student Representative
Lynsey Williams, St Georges, London