Trust staff receive academic promotions from Imperial College London

Clinical staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have been promoted by Imperial College London in the latest round of academic promotions for 2023.


As a research-led NHS Trust, many of our senior clinicians are actively researching in their field to improve care and provide cutting edge treatments for patients. Of over 150 staff promoted this year, 17 have clinical roles at our hospitals.


The promotion of staff holding both academic and clinical positions further highlights the Trust’s commitment to ensuring that research excellence continues to underpin our world-leading patient care.


The 17 Trust staff who have been promoted by Imperial College London are:


  • Mr Ahmed Ahmed – consultant in upper gastrointestinal surgery, lead bariatric surgeon at Imperial Weight Centre and clinical reader in metabolic surgery
  • Dr Rasha Al-Lamee - interventional cardiology consultant and clinical reader in cardiovascular science
  • Dr Robina Coker – consultant in respiratory medicine, clinical director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, north west London and Professor of practice (respiratory medicine)
  • Dr Alexander Comninos – consultant in endocrinology and diabetes and Professor of practice (endocrinology)
  • Dr Paul Edison – consultant physician and Professor of neurosciences
  • Dr Nichola Cooper – consultant haematologist and Professor of immune haematology
  • Mr Mark Gilchrist – consultant pharmacist infectious diseases & stewardship and Professor of practice (infectious disease)
  • Mr James Kinross – consultant surgeon and reader in general surgery
  • Dr Bob Klaber – consultant paediatrician, director of strategy, research & innovation and Professor of practice (population health)
  • Dr Niamh Martin – consultant in diabetes and endocrinology and Professor of endocrinology
  • Dr Fu Siong Ng - consultant cardiologist and reader in cardiac electrophysiology
  • Dr David Owen – head of clinical studies at the NIHR Imperial Clinical Research Facility and reader in molecular pharmacology and experimental medicine
  • Dr David Pinato – consultant medical oncologist and clinical reader in medical oncology
  • Dr Nicholas Powell – consultant in gastroenterology and Professor of gastroenterology
  • Dr Justin Roe – clinical service lead (speech and language therapy) and Professor of practice (speech and swallowing rehabilitation)
  • Dr James Seddon - consultant in paediatric infectious diseases and Professor of global child health
  • Dr Rohini Sharma – consultant medical oncologist and Professor of clinical pharmacology and medical oncology


The Trust is part of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership between Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and two other London NHS trusts, which brings together multi-disciplinary research and education with NHS resources and clinical experience to advance discovery and innovation in healthcare. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, a translational research partnership with Imperial College that provides infrastructure to conduct early-stage experimental medicine and exploit the scientific power of Imperial College to provide breakthroughs in the clinical setting, has also recently been renewed with £95m of investment.


Commenting on the promotions, chief executive Professor Tim Orchard said: “We pride ourselves on the fact that patients at our Trust receive cutting edge treatments and evidence-based care from the doctors, nurses and therapists who are themselves leading research in their field.  


“To see so many of our clinical colleagues receive academic promotions this year, further highlights how important the partnership between clinical care and academic excellence really is – something we will continue to prioritise through partnerships such as our recently renewed NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and vision for Paddington Life Sciences.


"Medical innovation benefits hugely from clinical experience and so many of our staff across all our hospitals provide a significant contribution to medical science, always keeping our patients at the forefront.”


For a full list of Imperial College London’s academic promotions for 2023, please visit their website.