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Meet the team

Chris Uff

Consultant neurosurgeon and Brainbook co-founder

Chris is the head of neuro-trauma and neuro-vascular surgery at the Royal London Hospital. He was awarded a PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research in 2012 and completed the Kings neurovascular fellowship in 2014. He has an academic interest in concussion and the treatment of severe head injury. Outside of medicine he does Ironman Triathlon and makes violins.

Alex Alamri

Neurosurgery registrar and Brainbook co-founder

Alex was a full time anatomy demonstrator at King's College London and a clinical fellow in neurosurgery at King's College Hospital in 2014 before starting neurosurgery training in London. He sees medical education as a vital part of being a good doctor and is also a budding medical illustrator. Outside of work he likes photography, drawing, supersport motorbikes and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Priya Rogers

Academic Foundation doctor and Brainbook co-founder

Priya completed her undergraduate medical training in 2017 at Guy's King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Imaging Sciences, has served as the Vice Chair of the national Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group in the UK (NANSIG). 

Amin Elyas

Neurosurgery locum consultant and Brainbook case-discussion moderator

Amin is a locum consultant in neurosurgery with an interest in neuro-vascular and spine surgery. He has a keen interest in neurosurgical education and has moderated the very first Brainbook discussions.

Raju Arava

Neurosurgery registrar and Brainbook sponsor

Raju is a neurosurgical registrar and sponsored Brainbook with its first ever GoPro.He has a love for neurosurgical education and technology and has been a staunch supporter of Brainbook since its very beginning.

Aswin Chari

Neurosurgery registrar and Brainbook case-discussion moderator

Aswin is an Academic Clinical Fellow and Specialty Trainee in Neurosurgery, based in North London. He is also the current chair of the British Neurosurgical Trainee Reseach Collaborative (@BNTRC).

Claudia Craven

Neurosurgery registrar and Brainbook contributor

Claudia is a neurosurgical trainee with a special interest in hydrocephalus and surgical education. She created the babyMARTYN paediatric simulation model and loves to play the ukelele in her spare time.

Shumaila Hasan

Neurosurgery registrar and Brainbook contributor

Shumaila completed her medical training in Pakistan, before coming to England to begin her neurosurgical training. She is interested in traumatic brain injury and vascular neurosurgery. She is currently the trainee co-principle investigator for the Rescue ASDH trial at The Royal London Hospital. Outside of neurosurgery she loves spending time with her daughter and singing songs from Moana!

Micaela Uberti

Neurosurgery registrar

Micaela began her training in her native Argentina and came to England in 2015, to complete and "polish up" her training. She is interested in skull base and cranio-facial neurosurgery. Within the department she is famed for her bilingual English/Spanish outbursts! Outside of neurosurgery, you can find Micaela on the hockey pitch.

Alice Kershberg

Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neurotrauma

Alice began her career in Head and Neck oncology before moving to the Royal London Hospital to work in the Emergency Department. This is where she became interested in caring for patients with traumatic brain injury. Since joining the Neurosurgical team Alice has enjoyed watching the Neurotrauma service flourish and grow. Alice was keen to be a part of Brain book to encourage other nurses to explore the engaging and rewarding world of caring for patients with traumatic brain injury.

Samir Matloob

Neurosurgery registrar and Brainbook contributor

He was the first trainee to be awarded the Barrow Foundation Neurosurgical trainee fellowship, and used his time there to learn and understand the differences in training and learn ways of implementing surgical education in the current system. He has contributed to some of the most viewed brain book videos and remains a keen and active member of the brain book team.

Hira Rana

Neurosurgery Physician Associate and Brainbook Grant manager

Hira Rana is the first Neurosurgical Physician Associate (PA) at The Royal London Hospital. She completed her training at St George’s, University of London in 2016 and prior to this, Hira obtained an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. Her interest in neurosurgery was sparked by an observership in neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Centre, New Jersey. She is keen on developing the PA profession in the UK and is an active member, of the Faculty of Physician Associate’s subcommittee on research and development, at the Royal College of Physicians..

Amy MacNeil

Clinical nurse specialist in complex spine

Amy is currently undertaking an Msc in advanced nursing practice with non medical prescribing. Having developed many initiatives to improve both nursing and educational practice she has won the innovator of the year award for barts health NHS trust and, as part of the trauma surgery department won the the barts health heroes award for care and compassion. In her spare time Amy is a keen artist, she also enjoys painting, drawing and photography... ooo and she bakes cakes..... really really awesome ones!

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