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Expert Advisory Network 

Introducing a new research group for innovation in surgical education

An exciting opportunity to collaborate with likeminded colleagues from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, with the aim of helping us progress research and the use of technology within surgical education.

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The Expert Advisory Network is a new initiative developed by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), generously supported by B.Braun Medical Ltd, to develop research and test innovation in surgical education. It is designed for professionals from any discipline who have a special interest in technology, research, innovation or education, and represents a unique opportunity to help shape the RCS’s future learning agenda.

Collaborating with other industries and exploring successes and failures will help us take leaps forward in progressing education, technology and innovation within Surgery. We will work together to develop and deliver a shared vision for the future of surgical education.

The network will directly feed into the development of future courses and training programmes, and assist us in teaching surgeons and surgical teams of the future the skills necessary to embrace change and stay at the forefront of advances to the profession.

How it will be run

The virtual network will meet regularly on Teams and take part in ongoing discussions and forums. The topic of each meeting will vary and will be circulated in advance, along with any relevant reading material and research papers. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the latest research, and give advice on education, training and clinical practice.
  • Learn from peers and other industries, exploring key issues and reflect on your own practices and ideas.
  • Share ideas and papers on topics such as immersive learning technologies and environments.
  • Share new research from across industries, situational learning and learner analytics.
  • Form small working groups within the network to test proof of concepts, product development ideas and evaluate the impact of technologies.

This work will be overseen by the Expert Advisory Network Co-Chairs.

Members can make a choice whether to attend each meeting and can participate based on their area of interest and expertise.

Network governance

The Expert Advisory Network will be co-chaired by RCS Council member Richard Kerr and Steven Myint and managed by the RCS. The network will be steered by the overarching strategy of the RCS Learning Committee, to which the network will feed its outputs, recommendations and significant findings.

Please find the Networks Terms of Reference here.

Richard Kerr BSc, MB BS, MS, FRCS

Richard Kerr has been a Consultant neurosurgeon at the Oxford Radcliffe University Hospital since 1990. He is Lead Clinician of the Neurosurgical Department and Clinical Centre Chairman of the Radcliffe Infirmary, with a wide practice of neurosurgery and special interests in Skull Base and Vascular disorders.
He is an Honorary senior lecturer at University of Oxford and Co-Principal Investigator in the MRC funded International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT). The publication of this trial led to a global change in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage. He was elected to the Council of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) in 2003 and became President-Elect of the SBNS taking up office of President of the SBNS from September 2014. He was elected to council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013 and was re-elected in 2019. He was the Invited Chair of the RCS Eng sponsored Independent Commission on the Future of Surgery, which was published in November 2018.

Steven Myint MD, PhD

Steve Myint is a medical academic turned businessman and entrepreneur. He is a former Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in Leicester and Dean of Medicine and Head of the Health Schools at the University of Surrey. He is currently an adjunct Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School. In the last decade plus he has been, at first, a corporate executive in a multinational company and then an entrepreneur and mentor of start-ups and SMEs, mainly in the deep tech space. Success of these has allowed him to dabble as an investor. Apart from being co-chair of the EAN he is chairman of SGVector, InEx and Golden Futures. He is also founder of a company and ambassador to an organisation that promotes ethical values.

Initial key themes

Future of surgery

Some of our initial themes surround the learning impact of new technologies within surgical education. The added value of immersive spaces for teaching and learning is high on our agenda as the new state-of-the-art Professional Surgical Centre is being built as part of the RCS redevelopment plan.

Join the network today

The network is open to both members and non-members of the RCS. If you would like to join, please email us at

The RCS Expert Advisory Network is generously supported by:

B Braun

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