Meet your School of Medicine academics

Throughout your studies at Surrey, you’ll be taught and mentored by a team of world-leading academics. Find out more about our medical school team.

Professor Juliet Wright - Founding Dean of the School of Medicine

Juliet Wright

A graduate from Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals, Professor Juliet Wright trained in general and geriatric medicine in the South West Thames region. She was awarded her MD from the University of Surrey for a study investigating recombinant human growth hormone in older patients undergoing elective knee replacement surgery.

Her main research interests focus on medical education and in the assessment of frailty in the elderly HIV population and older oncology patients. She has supervised six doctorates in medical education in the domains of autism, dementia, frailty, anaesthetics, palliative medicine and preparation for practice.

With exceptional teaching and research experience, Juliet is passionate about the student experience and has been awarded Best Teacher for the Brighton and Sussex Medical School course on eight occasions.

Professor Paul Townsend

Paul Townsend

An internationally renowned scientist in the field of cell stress and survival mechanisms, Professor Paul Townsend has a passion for teaching and mentoring both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He brings a wealth of industry and enterprise experience to the University of Surrey, having co-founded several companies and provided strategic advice to others in the sector.

Paul is a University of York graduate (1993) and obtained his PhD from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) in 1997. He has research strengths in drug discovery, validation, cell stress and survival mechanisms, senescence, DNA damage, and the use of AI and multiple ‘omics in cancer, bone cell and cardiac biology, and apoptosis regulation.

Professor Melaine Coward

Melaine Coward

Since qualifying as a registered nurse, Professor Melaine Coward has worked in the field of oncology and haemato-oncology nursing. She previously worked in a variety of areas including London teaching hospitals and a specialist cancer hospital and was a successful nurse manager in cancer care managing a department which was granted the Charter Mark award for excellence twice, as well as being awarded ISO 9002 status.

Melaine has worked in healthcare education since 1999 and is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and Head of the School of Health Sciences. In addition to these significant leadership roles, she maintains teaching responsibilities on a range of modules and programmes relating to health care management/leadership, professionalism and reflection in practice.

Melaine has a keen interest in enabling students to utilise their previous knowledge and experiences in higher education to further develop themselves. This aspect of her teaching practice aligns to her pedagogical research around approaches taken to teaching reflection in nurse education.

Dr Jia Doulton

Jia Doulton

Dr Jia Doulton is a graduate from the University of Oxford and King’s College School of Medicine, and specialises in public health medicine.

Throughout her career, Jia has taught at several universities. At University College Hospital, she delivered a series of seminars on research methods for qualified doctors in training grades and at Southampton medical school, she taught health inequalities and how to understand the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests.

Since 2017, Jia has been the programme director of Surrey’s postgraduate Physician Associate programme and has helped her students to achieve outstanding results in the national examination.

Jia has been recognised for her dedication to supporting all students to achieve their ambition of qualification, and has been awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Dr Hana Hassanin

Hana Hassanin

After graduation from Sudan, Dr Hana Hassanin had her medical training in internal medicine at the University Hospital of Giessen in Germany. She then worked in Heidelberg University Hospital and was awarded her MD from the “German National Centre for Tumour diseases” in oncology and immunotherapy with a special focus on Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. She has also obtained a PGDip in Diabetes from Cardiff University.

Her main area of expertise is clinical trials covering oncology, vaccines, and immunology. She led over 60 clinical trials as principal and chief investigator in early and late phase trials.

Hana is passionate about teaching and research and has received the recognition award for broadening the understanding of clinical trials in the international educational event (Aware For All) organised by CISCRP.

Professor Christian Heiss

Christian Heiss

Professor Christian Heiss is an internationally recognised expert in diagnostic, interventional, and experimental cardiovascular medicine. He has a joint appointment with the University of Surrey and Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust as a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Christian’s research interests include basic mechanisms of vascular homeostasis and human interventions for improvement of cardiovascular health and healthy aging. His clinical work focuses on the prevention and endovascular treatment of complex multi-level atherosclerosis in particular in patients with peripheral artery disease.

He has published more than one hundred manuscripts in international peer reviewed journals and serves on the board of the European Society of Vascular Medicine, UEMS Division of Vascular Medicine, and the advisory board of the German Vascular Medicine Society.

Programme contributors

Current General Medical Council (GMC) registered substantive, emeritus, visiting staff and honorary colleagues who will be future programme contributors.

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Dr Laura Dando

General Practitioner (GP); Lecturer - Physician Associate Programme

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Dr Ben Field

General Practitioner (GP); Teaching Fellow - Physician Associate Programme

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Dr James Fisher

General Practitioner (GP); Teaching Fellow - Physician Associate Programme

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Dr Adam Frampton

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Surgical Oncology; Consultant General & Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgeon

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Professor Anthony Freemont

Professor of Pathology

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Professor Richard Lyon

Professor in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

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Dr Sarah Mee

General Practitioner (GP); Honorary Teaching Fellow - Physician Associate Programme

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Dr Agnieszka Michael

Associate Professor in Oncology , Consultant Medical Oncologist, Medical Director of Surrey CTU

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Professor Sara Montagnese

Professor of Chronobiology

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Professor Mark Pallen

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow; Consultant Medical Microbiologist

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Professor Hardev Pandha

Professor of Medical Oncology

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Professor David Russell-Jones

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow; Diabetes and Endocrinology

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Dr Martin Whyte

Associate Professor of Metabolic Medicine

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Professor Simon de Lusignan

Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, and Vice Chancellor's Fellow

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