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Anita Balakrishnan is a Consultant Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Surgeon at the Cambridge HPB Unit, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

frameShe graduated with a BMedSci (1st Class Honours) and BMBS from the University of Nottingham and trained in HPB Surgery in Cambridge. Her PhD research was performed at Harvard Medical School and was recently awarded the Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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Mr. Asif Jah – Surgeon

frameAsif Jah works at Cambridge University Hospital as a consultant surgeon in hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) and transplant surgery. After graduating and obtaining MS in general surgery from Lucknow, India he moved to UK in 1998. He has received surgical training at centres in Liverpool and London and gained specialist training in HPB and Transplant surgery at Cambridge before being appointed as consultant surgeon in 2008.

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Catherine Burke - HPB support nurse

frameCatherine has 7 years of nursing experience since graduating as an RN from Middlesex university. Catherine started her nursing career on an acute surgical HPB ward at the Royal Free Hospital, a tertiary centre for HPB patients in London. During this time Catherine expanded her knowledge by caring for patients with complex HPB needs.

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Chris Isherwood

frameChris works as a Research Assistant within the team responsible for clinical and translational research in pancreatic cancer. Chris’s role involves assisting with the procurement, tracking and processing of tissue and blood samples from patients for the translational research aspects of the Pancreatic Cancer Programme.

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Edmund Godfrey

frameEdmund Godfrey is a Consultant HPB/GI Radiologist at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He studied medicine at Oxford and trained in radiology in Cambridge. He was appointed as a consultant in Leeds prior to returning to Cambridge. He specialises in luminal and HPB radiology with a particular interest in endoscopic ultrasound.

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Emmanuel Huguet is a consultant Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and transplant surgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, and lead for the regional liver metastases sMDT.

frameHe qualified at Bristol University, and after completing house officer posts at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, worked at Bristol University as an anatomy demonstrator to undergraduate medical students.

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Emma Wong – Trial Practitioner – Research Nurse

frameEmma originally trained as a Therapeutic Radiographer, practising at Addenbrooke’s for 4 years treating cancer patients of many different types, before specialising as a Clinical Trial Practitioner in Pancreatic Cancer Trials.

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Jill Barker


Jill is the pancreatic and Hepatobiliary oncology specialist nurse at Cambridge university trust hospital. She has been in post since November 2015.

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Joanna Calder – Research Nurse


Joanna is part of the multidisciplinary pancreatic and hepatobiliary team looking after patients that are participating in clinical trials. Her role enables her to ensure the delivery of high quality care to patients taking part in trials.

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Laura McGeeney – Pancreatic Dietitian

frameLaura’s role involves providing nutritional assessment, advice and support to patients through the whole cancer journey. Laura began her dietetic career at Barts and the London and during her time at Addenbrooke’s has worked as a Gastro dietitian and then a Liver dietitian before becoming a Pancreatic dietitian.

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Lena Loia - HPB Clinical Nurse Specialist – HPB Surgery

frameLena qualified at the Nightingale Institute Kings College Hospital London in 1994. Since that time she has worked in general medicine at the John Radcliffe Oxford and graduated with a BA Honours from Oxford Brookes in 1997.

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Lisa Bax – Clinical Trial Co-ordinator


Lisa works as a Clinical Trial Co-ordinator within the team responsible for clinical and translational research in pancreatic and other hepatobiliary cancers.

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Mignon Umahon – Surgical HPB Support Nurse

frameMeg initially registered in the Philippines on 2009 and started working as an Orthopaedic and Surgical ward nurse at St Luke’s Hospital and Medical Centre-Global City, a tertiary and JCI accredited hospital. She then ventured to gain experience in Qatar at Hamad General Hospital as a Surgical staff nurse for almost 5 years.

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Mr. Raaj Praseedom, MBBS, MA(Cantab), FRCS, MS – and Surgeon


Raaj Praseedom is a Consultant HepatoPancreatoBiliary & Transplant Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Praseedom trained in Edinburgh and Cambridge, and was appointed a consultant HPB-Transplant surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge in 2000.

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Rachel Lister – Trial Practitioner – Research Nurse

frameRachel has previous experience in a variety of research nurse roles, including early phase and primary care. She joined the pancreatic and hepatobiliary team in June 2018 helping the multi-disciplinary team look after those patients that are participating or considering participating in clinical trials.

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