Our Faculty

Our Faculty is made up of two teams of academics responsible for teaching and assessment (Teaching Faculty) and experienced Doctors, Dentists and a Surgeon who assist with mentoring via MediMentors, (Medical Faculty). This ideal combination means we are able to provide an excellent support foundation rarely found at other institutions.


Dr. Jeffrey Vernon BSc, BA, PhD

Dr. Vernon is a graduate of London and Cambridge universities with a PhD in molecular development. He has carried out research at the interface of neural function and cell signaling; ion channels and memory, communication between neurons and other brain cells, the epigenetic basis of neurodegeneration, and the molecular cell biology of pain responses. Dr. Vernon has an overarching role across academic delivery of our courses and oversees the college’s strategy as Director of Teaching & Learning.

Dr. Robert Hatch PhD. BSc.

Dr Hatch’s research background is in the identification of biochemical traits in transposon mutants of maize.  After his doctoral research he undertook teacher training, further developing skills which he has used to teach across a remarkable range of subjects and levels and has applied these in his teaching at Kingston University.  Here he has developed expertise in a range of biomedical subjects and courses, especially surrounding enzymology and haematology.  Additionally, his biomedical research profile now includes his Masters students’ progress researching various applications of enzymology to medicine. Dr. Hatch is our Course Leader for the CertHE (Premed) and BSc and he is a member of our Admissions Committee.

Dr. Behnam Zal PhD.

Dr. Behnam Zal obtained his PhD in Immunity and Infection from the University of London in 2000. Behnam has a proven track record of conducting scientific and clinical research, as well as delivering lectures, supervision, curriculum design and academic management in Biomedical and Health Care Sciences and MBBS Medicine at St George’s University of London. As Principle Investigator he has designed and supervised a number of research projects, and his publications include a number of high impact factor journals. He presents his work at national and international conferences, and has won awards in recognition of outstanding research. Behnam has created cross institutional research collaborations both nationally and internationally and has extensive experience of writing grant applications and securing patents for the University of London. Dr. Zal delivers lectures in his broad areas of expertise to undergraduate and post graduate science and medical students, and also also takes a lead in the development of our courses and plays an integral part of supporting our Medimentors. Dr. Zal is a Senior Lecturer & Graduate Lead at Medipathways.

Dr. Richard Silverman BSc.,MSc.,PhD

Dr. Silverman received a BSc Hons in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry and MSc in Medical Microbiology from Nottingham University. He then obtained a PhD from Bristol University where he researched molecular mechanisms of biofilm formation for oral microbes. Most recently, Dr Silverman has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, exploring the host inflammatory responses to bacterial infection with respect to Cystic Fibrosis patients. Dr. Silverman is Course Leader for our Medical Foundation.

Dr. Chris Skilbeck BSc.(Hons) PhD

Dr. Skilbeck’s background is in life and physical sciences. Chris worked for six years as a biomedical research post-doctorate at the Medical School, Department of Physiology, University of Birmingham. His research focused on computer models of oxygen diffusion in muscle, cardiovascular disease, cell biology and biophysics/biomechanics. Dr Skilbeck also spent three years in Los Angeles, during which time he collaborated in research into the mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics in bacteria with the University of California, Los Angeles and the Veterans Administration. Chris has many years’ teaching experience and was a key player on a team that won an award for innovative use of IT in education. Dr. Skilbeck is a module leader and personal tutor at Medipathways.

Mr. Matthew Clarke BSc.(Hons), MBChB (Hons), MRCS

Mr Clarke is the Module Leader for the Integrated Pathology & Pharmacology Module at Medipathways. He is a Histopathology Registrar working at Leicester Royal Infirmary. His background is that he has completed a BSc Zoology degree at the University of Liverpool, and undertook his medical training at Keele Medical School. He is also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Council Member for the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology. He won the “Clinical Teacher of the Year Award 2011-2012″ at the University Hospital North Staffordshire and was made an Honorary Clinical Teacher by Keele Medical School. He is passionate and enthusiastic about pathology and teaching and hopes that students at Medipathways will benefit from his clinical background as well as the employability skills that can be developed for our students as an employee of the NHS.

Dr Kimberley Bradbury BA(Hons.), MA, MBBS

Kimberley is a newly qualified doctor working in London. She studied medicine on a graduate entry program at St George’s University, medicine being Kimberley’s second career. She previously completed a Social and Political Sciences degree at the University of Cambridge and worked in a variety of psychology and social work posts, including supporting children affected by cancer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and with the psychology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Kimberley is currently undertaking an academic foundation programme which allows her to combine her interest in research and teaching with clinical medicine. In the long term she intends to pursue her passion for working with children and families with a career in paediatrics. Kimberly has worked with us on MDX events as well as a mentor for UCAS applications and interview practice for medical and dental school.

Dr Alexandra van der Meer, BSc., MBChB

Alex grew up in a small town in North Wales. Following the completion of her A-levels she studied Medicine at the University of Liverpool. During her medical degree she spent four months working in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and completed her medical elective in Belize. She then took a year out of her medical degree to study at King’s College, London, and was awarded an intercalated BSc in Medical Ethics and Law. Alex graduated from University in 2009, joining South Thames Foundation School for Foundation training. Her FY1 year was spent at Croydon University Hospital rotating in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Respiratory Medicine and Elderly Care Medicine. She worked at East Surrey Hospital for FY2, working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry and Accident and Emergency. Alex’s career interest and passion lies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and she is now a Specialist Trainee in O+G within the South London Deanery, rotating through Trusts on an annual basis. Alex has enjoyed working with the M&D team for the past few years. Her roles have included speaking and teaching at the M&D Experience event, helping students with their UCAS Personal Statements and providing interview practice. Medical School places are precious and achieving an offer is a challenging process. Should you wish to join the profession, Alex is here to help give you the best chance.

Dr Norah Sadek, MBBS

Norah graduated from St George’s University of London in 2011. She completed her foundation training in the South Thames Foundation Programme. Her FY1 year was spent at St George’s Hospital where she undertook rotations in Respiratory Medicine, Endocrinology, The Acute Medical Unit and Vascular Surgery. Norah then went on to completing her FY2 year at Croydon University Hospital where she worked in Accident and Emergency, Colorectal surgery and spent 4 months working at The Royal Marsden in Sutton for Breast Surgery. Norah is currently a specialist trainee in General Practice within the South London deanery rotating through St George’s Hospital and The Priory Hospital in Roehampton.

Dr Saroash Shahid, BDS., MSc., Ph.D

Saroash is a qualified dentist with a Masters and has a PhD in the area of Dental Biomaterials. He is a currently working as a Teaching Fellow at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and has vast experience in teaching dental undergraduates. He has also been involved in a number of interview panels for selection of undergraduate and postgraduate applications in dentistry.
His research has focused mainly on the development of novel demineralising dental cements. Since 2008, he has published 4 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has given numerous presentations at various national and international dental conferences. He has also been an invited speaker at The School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield and at the Royal College of Surgeons, England. Saroash is involved in designing the Head & Neck anatomy and dental innovations modules on the Medipathways Pre-Med course.

Miss Stella Vig, BSc, MBBCh, FRCS(Eng), MCh, FRCS(Gen Surg)

Stella Vig is the Foundation Programme Director for Croydon University Hospital and is responsible for the newly graduated doctors in their first and second year. In addition she is the Core Surgery Training Programme Director for South West London and holds responsibility for developing trainees wishing to pursue a career in surgery. Stella has a passion for ensuring that trainees are developed holistically and has a particular interest in trainees in difficulty. She qualified from the University of Wales Medical School and trained in South Wales and then London. She is a Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon at Croydon University Hospital and is also the Clinical Lead for General Surgery. She has developed several courses and has been the Training and Assessment Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She has developed a Building Excellence in Surgical Trainees Course and has enabled trainers and trainees to adopt the new training tools. Miss Vig also plays a leading role in MediMentors, which mentoring prospective medical and dental students to help with their career choices when considering medical or dental school and advising on employability in science and healthcare once students have graduated from university. Miss. Vig has also recently won an award for being mentor of the year 2014 for the NHS.

Dr Ian Winston, BSc.(Hons.) MBBS

Ian’s specialist areas of expertise include design and running of simulation courses, medical education, small group facilitation and training the trainers. He has an excellent foundation in the basic medical sciences, physiology and behavioral science as well as a special interest in human factors training. Ian has been instrumental in the provision of simulation training for Medipathways over the past few years and a very important member of our team. Ian also leads on the design and delivery of the Ethics module.

Dr Guy Worley, BMedSci, BMBS

Guy is a London Core Surgical Trainee who studied Medicine at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2010. He completed his foundation jobs in the South Thames Deanery and is now pursuing a career in surgery, going on to work at University College Hospital and Great Ormond Street, with an interest in paediatric surgery. Guy has experience in teaching and mentoring students at school and undergraduate level, working as a UCAS personal statement mentor.

If you are an individual who may be interested in contributing to our work in support or teaching, please email us on admin@medipathways.com with your CV and covering letter.