Management group members


Dr Jim Zhong (Chair)                           

Dr Sara Zafar (Vice Chair)

Dr Sally Zebari (Secretary)

Ms Sophia Thom

Mr Glafkos Havariyoun

Dr Ebrahim Palkhi

Dr Andrew Nanapragasam

Dr Maria Tsakok

Dr Ajay Singaravelou

Dr Cherry Sit

Dr Sharenjya Jeyabaladevan

Dr Meghavi Mashar

Dr Humza Mahmood

Dr Matthew Christie


Mini Bios

Jim Zhong (Chair) is currently a specialist registrar in radiology working in Leeds. His background includes training in Edinburgh and completing his academic foundation training in the West Yorkshire region and undertaking research/ observourships in interventional radiology and radiation oncology at Columbia Medical Centre, New York, USA and the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Japan. He hopes to use this experience and his enthusiasm for radiology to inspire others to join the BIR to facilitate greater collaborative work and research.

Sara Zafar (Vice Chair) is currently an ST1 in clinical radiology in the London deanery. Her background includes undergraduate medicine at the University of Edinburgh and undertaking her academic foundation training in North Central Thames Foundation School.  She has also spent 6 months teaching undergraduate students in an innovative training post in medical education. Her interest include research, leadership and teaching.

Sophia Thom is in her final year studying Diagnostic Radiography at LSBU. Prior to this, she worked in the Radiology department at UHL for two years.

Glafkos Havariyoun is a Clinical Scientist at King’s College Hospital’s Medical Engineering and Physics Department in London. He graduated from University College London (UCL), in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics with Medical Physics. He subsequently entered in to the 3-year Scientist Training Programme (STP). He has recently successfully finished the scheme with a specialism in Imaging with Ionising Radiation and a MSc degree in Clinical Sciences (Medical Physics) from King’s College London (KCL). Glafkos has recently began a Ph.D at UCL on X-ray phase contrast imaging. His main interests are in Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine and specifically in hybrid imaging. He is a keen Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassador and is involved with several healthcare science outreach events. 

Ebrahim Palkhi is a clinical radiology trainee based in Leeds. His background includes undergraduate medicine at Leeds and a BSc in imaging sciences at King’s College. His interests include clinical and technological research, networking and leadership. He has aspirations to improve radiological technology provision in less privileged regions of the world.



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