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Liver Cancer MDT staff

Liver surgery

Professor Peter Friend MA, MB, BChir, FRCS, MD

Professor Peter Friend

Peter Friend obtained a BA and his medical degree (MB BChir) from Cambridge University (Magdalene College) in 1978.

He moved to Oxford in 2000 after being appointed Professor of Transplantation, Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals. He is Clinical Director of Renal, Transplant and Urology, and Director of the Oxford Transplant Centre.

Peter Friend's clinical commitments are shared between hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and organ transplantation (kidney, pancreas, and intestine).

Mr Zahir Soonawalla FRCS (Gen Surg), MS (Gen Surg), DNB (Gen Surg)

Mr Zahir Soonawalla

Zahir Soonawalla was appointed as Consultant Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon at Oxford in 2005. He trained in in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, and completed his Certificate of Specialist Training in HPB Surgery in 2003.

Mr Soonawalla is the clinical lead for the HPB service and chairs the pancreatic and liver cancer multidisciplinary teams. He is also the lead for Clinical Governance in the Surgery Directorate in the Trust, where his role is to ensure safe clinical practice.

Mr Michael A Silva MBBS, MS,MD, FRCS (Gen Surg), FRCS Ed

Mr Michael Silva

Michael A Silva was appointed as Consultant Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in 2009. He obtained his first degree in medicine and surgery and later the degree; Master of Surgery from the University of Colombo. He was granted fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2001 and obtained his higher degree (MD) from the University of Birmingham in 2007 in the study of ischemia reperfusion injury of the liver during surgery.

His Higher Surgical Training was in the West Midlands Deanery and he trained extensively in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery along with Liver Transplantation at the Liver Unit, University Hospital Birmingham. Mr Silva was awarded the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 2009.

Mr Srikanth Reddy MBBS FRCS (Gen Surg) PhD

Srikanth Reddy was appointed as Consultant Hepatopancreaticobiliary and Transplant Surgeon at Oxford in 2010. He trained in Oxford and Birmingham in General, Hepatopancreaticobiliary and Transplant Surgery.

He did three years of research in Oxford and obtained a PhD in normothermic perfusion for organ preservation in liver transplantation. He is lead for Clinical Governance in the Transplant Division, where his role is to ensure safe clinical practice. His research interests include strategies to reduce ischaemia reperfusion injury in liver, pancreas and kidneys.

Medical Oncology

Dr Rachel Midgely BSc MBChB FRCP PhD

Dr Rachel Midgely

Rachel Midgley studied Medicine at the University of Birmingham (1988-1994) and also gained a first class Honours in an intercalated BSc in Physiology during this period. After completing general medical training as an SHO in Birmingham and completing the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, she was awarded a competitive MRC Personal Fellowship to carry out research towards her PhD in Cancer Studies, while commencing oncology training.

Subsequent to this she has been awarded two further personal fellowships, one from the DH as a Clinician Scientist (2002-2007) and one from the DH and HEFCE as a Clinical Senior Lecturer (2007-2012).

She presently works as a Consultant in Medical Oncology and Senior Lecturer in Cancer Studies at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and the University of Oxford. She is Director of the Oncology Clinical Trials Office at the University and oversees all the Cancer Trials activity. She has assisted in attracting grants totalling more than £7M and authored over 50 publications in cancer research.

Clinical Oncology

Dr Ricky Sharma MA, MB, BChir, MRCP, FRCR, PhD

Dr Ricky Sharma

Ricky Sharma graduated in medicine from the University of Cambridge. He trained in general medicine in Cambridge, Glasgow and Leicester and then in medical oncology and clinical oncology in Leicester and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Dr Sharma is Clinical Lead for the Thames Valley Cancer Research Network and an HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford.

As the Clinical Oncology Consultant Lead for the OUH Liver MDT, Dr Sharma's principal aim is to facilitate access to multidisciplinary cancer treatment for all patients in the Thames Valley and to implement improvements in clinical treatment, particularly the development of selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) for which Dr Sharma is internationally renowned. The OUH Liver MDT offers a wide range of treatment options to patients, including surgery, ablation, SIRT and novel drugs to patients with cancer.


Dr Rachel R Phillips FRCR, DCH, FRCP

Dr Rachel Phillips

Dr Rachel Phillips has been a Consultant Radiologist at the Churchill Hospital since 2002. She trained in Radiology in London and Vancouver and worked as a Research Fellow in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London prior to her first Consultant appointment in London in 1995. She is Tutor in Radiology to Magdalen College undergraduates.

Her interests are in the imaging assessment of tumours and the assessment of disease response, specific assessment of patients for personalised surgical/nonsurgical or ablative treatments and the imaging assessment of tumour response to novel treatment techniques.

Professor Fergus Gleeson FRCP FRCR

Professor Fergus Gleeson

Fergus Gleeson trained in Cambridge, London and Los Angeles. He is the Professor of Radiology in Oxford, and Head of Academic Training. He runs the academic fellowship programme and has specialist expertise in Nuclear Medicine, including PET-CT, and ablative therapies.

He has an active research programme in novel imaging techniques in cancer and works closely with the University departments of Oncology, Bioengineering and Computing. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and is the Theme leader for the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Translational Physiology Theme.

Interventional Radiology

Dr Mark Anderson BM BCh, BA, FRCS, FRCR

Dr Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson graduated from Oxford Medical School in 1994 and worked in London before completing radiology training at Oxford. He has undertaken the Ratcliffe Fellowship in thermal ablation at University College Hospital, London and a fellowship in oncological imaging in Oxford. He was appointed consultant in 2008 and is the clinical lead for the thermal ablation service.

In addition to his clinical commitments, he has an active research interest in thermal ablation and the use of functional imaging techniques to understand the behaviour of tumours and select appropriate therapies for patients.

Dr Phil Boardman MBChB, MRCP, FRCR

Phil Boardman graduated in Medicine from Leeds University in 1986. He trained in general medicine in Leeds and Bradford before undertaking training in Radiology in Oxford. He underwent subspecialty training in Interventional Radiology in Oxford, Hull and London. Dr Boardman was appointed Consultant Radiologist in Oxford in 1998 having previously held a consultant appointment in Bristol.

Dr Boardman is an Interventional Radiologist and as such uses minimally invasive, image-guided, techniques to treat a number of conditions. He performs a wide range of interventional radiological procedures. He leads the Interventional Radiology team in the development of SIRT and is particularly interested in the application of Interventional Radiology techniques to patients with cancer.

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Ms Sue Wilner

Ms Sue Wilner

Sue Wilner has been working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Oxford Hepatobiliary Service since September 2008. She trained at the Royal London Hospital where she spent several years working in acute oncology and haematology before going on to complete further cancer nursing studies at St Bartholomew's Hospital and University College Hospital London.

She moved to Oxford in 1994 to join the Cancer Research UK research nurse team, where she was involved in organising and caring for patients undergoing a variety of clinical trials.

Her range of experience includes caring for patients having chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marrow transplant, biological therapies and surgery, and she has completed further study in palliative care.

Her current role, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within the Oxford Hepatobiliary MDT, is to see patients referred for major and complex pancreatic and liver surgery, and those who have a new diagnosis of cancer and may require other non-surgical treatments.

Working together with her colleagues both in Oxford and within the Thames Valley Cancer Network Sue works to continually improve the efficiency and quality of patient care and to help ensure that a comprehensive service is offered to patients along the care pathway.

Mrs Rosie King

Mrs Rosie King

Rosie King qualified as a nurse from University College Hospital, London in 1980. She has gained varied experience in acute areas of surgical and medical nursing including working in Accident and Emergency and has studied Intensive Therapy Nursing, where her main area of interest was in gastrointestinal nursing.

She has worked on the Upper Gastrointestinal Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital, developing her specialist clinical knowledge and skills nursing patients undergoing oesophagogastric and hepatobiliary surgery.

Rosie King has also gained experience working in pre-admission assessment and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Enteral Nutrition. She took up her post as a Cinical Nurse Specialist with the oesophagogastric and hepatobiliary teams in 2010 and has also completed a course in Cancer Nursing at Oxford Brookes University.

Mr David Munday BSc, Cert Cancer Nursing, RN

Mr David Munday

David Munday is the colorectal cancer Cinical Nurse Specialist in the team, having worked in Oxford since qualifying as a nurse in 2003. His role in the team is to provide a connection between the colorectal and liver MDTs and support patients discussed at the liver MDT who undergo oncological (non-surgical) treatment of their cancer.

His specialist interest is in the development of Patient Information Prescriptions at a trust, cancer network and national level. He is studying for an MSc in public health and advanced clinical nursing practice and is the Chair-in-waiting for the national colorectal cancer nurses network.

Mrs Dorothy Robinson

Mrs Dorothy Robinson

Dorothy Robinson is PA to the liver and the hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer multidisciplinary team. She has worked for the Trust for 23 years first in paediatric neurology followed by Upper GI Surgery and then Hepatobiliary Surgery.