I have had some wide ranging research interests from Blast injury and blast protection protection through exercise and peripheral vascular disease and the latest advances in varicose vein surgery.
For those interested links to some of my published work can be accessed via pub med.
My interest in blast protection and blast injuries came out of my experiences with Medecins sans frontiers and the HALO Trust. A lot of the injuries in war arise as a consequence of blast injury, which is a complex and often unpredictable wounding agent involving multiple organs.
Working with Steve Holland, a leading international expert in blast protection we conducted a series of experiments using novel blast reducing compounds to develop practical protection solutions for vehicles and personnel involved in hazardous blast work. Some of these protection devices are in current deployment with various forces around the world.
I was a founding participant of NATO technical group 024 – an international collaboration of blast experts whose work became very relevant over the last turbulent decade.
Testing vehicle protection against IED threats
Testing simulated bodies inside armoured vehicles against IED Explosions in protected and unprotected vehicles
When I married in 2003 I decided to leave the Army and stop overseas work, at least for the immediate future, in order to commit time to my family.
Civilian vascular practice covers a range of diseases from preventing strokes by operating on neck arteries, re-plumbing blocked leg arteries and repairing swollen aneurysms of major blood vessels.
My major interest over the years has actually become the latest techniques in varicose vein surgery. Whilst not nearly as dramatic as my previous interests, varicose veins are an extremely common problem in the UK – about 30% of the population will suffer from varicose veins at some stage of their lives – many going on to develop venous ulceration on the legs without treatment.
Vein surgery has undergone a technical revolution in the last 10 years – I have been fortunate to be at the front end of that – as well as producing some fantastic new operations it has appealed to my slightly nerdy technical interest in new technology and its application in surgery!
In 2002 I was the first surgeon in London and the South East to use the endovenous laser to treat varicose veins – an operation which has now largely replaced traditional open surgery with high tie and strip. Now we do most procedures with the patient completely awake under local anaesthetic and the recovery time is rapid with low rates of recurrence.
In 2010 I was the first surgeon in the UK to trial the Clarivein technique – a veins operation which is genuinely painless both during and after surgery. We are still evaluating and presenting results from our experience at national and international meetings.
Video about Clarivein
I remain active in teaching, speaking and training other surgeons in the latest vein surgery techniques and am on the faculty of the Charing Cross International Symposium and the Royal College of Surgeons Varicose veins course.