Management group members


Mr Jim Zhong (Chair)                           Dr Ebrahim Palkhi

Dr Joshua Shur (Joint Vice Chair)         Dr Vessela Vassileva

Dr John Adu (Joint Vice Chair)             Dr Andrew Nanapragasam

Dr Sara Zafar (Secretary)                    Miss Sally Zebari

Miss Anne Gasnier                              Dr Maria Tsakok

Dr Tom Campion                                 Dr Ajay Singaravelou

Dr Valandis Kostas                               Miss Emma Higgins

Miss Sophia Thom                               Dr Cherry Sit

Mr Glafkos Havariyoun

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.


Joshua Shur(Joint Vice-Chair) is a Radiology registrar at St George’s Hospital in London.  In 2005 he completed a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham, including a year exchange at the University of Toronto, Canada.  Following a stint of traveling, Joshua studied Medicine at University College London Medical School and then academic foundation training in the South Thames Foundation School.  He has a particular interest in medical education and teaching and has co-authored a medical textbook and DVD.

John Adu(Joint Vice-Chair) is a Radiology registrar in the Barts and the Royal London training programme.  After earning his Bachlelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Liverpool, he stayed on in Liverpool to complete his medical degree and Foundation training.  John then moved to London to complete Core Surgical Training, during which time he achieved membership of the Royal College of Surgeons.  John is an enthusiastic educator and consequently decided to complete a Clinical Teaching Fellowship at Queen Mary University, a diverse role which included anatomy demonstrating, lecturing, problem based learning (PBL) facilitation, clinical skills teaching and OSCE examination. During his teaching fellowship, he was awarded the Best Teacher prize in the academic support division.  On completion of his teaching fellowship, John commenced radiology training. John has authored several peer-reviewed publications and has presented at several national and international surgical and radiological conferences.  His radiological interests include gastrointestinal radiology and interventional radiology.

Ann Gasnier is a Radiotherapy Physicist at the Royal Marsden Hospital. She has worked in medical physics in the NHS for 4 years and previously worked in ultrasound R&D and marketing in France for 4 years.

Shaista Hafeez is a medical doctor who graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine. She completed higher specialist training in Clinical Oncology in 2016 with the London Dearnery during which she pursued further clinical research interests, completing an MSc and subsequently a CRUK funded PhD at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research investigating advanced radiotherapy techniques and functional MRI to improve patient outcomes.

Thomas Campion is a radiology registrar on the Barts and the Royal London scheme. He completed a Bachelors degree, with a focus in molecular medicine, and clinical training at Oxford University, and moved to London and Brighton for his foundation jobs. He has since obtained a Masters in Neuroimaging from the University of Edinburgh and is currently involved in research investigating imaging biomarkers for MS.

Valandis Kostas qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 2007 at St George's University, and has been working at St George's for 7 years. He is a band 7 with specialties in cardiac catheterisation laboratories and CT trauma. In August Val qualified as a reporting radiographer and has temporally taken action on running/setting up this service at St George's. Throughout his time there he has actively provided education for students and staff via presentations etc and been clinical student liaison coordinator for both South Bank and Kingston universities.

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. 

Manil Chouhan is a Clinical Radiology trainee (ST6) level, currently completing a fellowship in Hepato-Pancreatico Biliary (HPB) imaging at UCLH/Royal Free Hospitals. He is also an NIHR Clinical Lecturer specifically interested in helping with events that promote academic radiology and research, both within HPB imaging and beyond.

Sara Zafar 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.

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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