Medical Advisory Panel
We have great support from a number of the most respected professionals in the field of bladder cancer who are passionate about making a difference to bladder cancer treatment, survival and quality of life.
For their support and expertise, we’d like to say “Thank You!”
MSc (Merit), NMP, BSc (Hons), RN
Trustee of Fight Bladder Cancer
Macmillan Lead CNS for Uro-oncology, UCLH at Westmoreland Street On part-time secondment with North Central London Cancer Alliance as Clinical Lead – Developing Cancer Nursing
Hilary trained as a Registered General Nurse at University College Hospital in 1983, and went on to have varied surgical experience, mainly in urology as a ward sister, and also a nurse manager in both the NHS and the private sector. In 1995 she was appointed a urology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Central Middlesex Hospital when there was an increasing demand for nurses in specialist areas with knowledge and skills to support urology patients. In 2001, with funding from the NHS Plan, she was employed as uro-oncology CNS and team leader at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust. In September 2014, Hilary was appointed as lead CNS for uro-oncology. She has a BSc (Hons) in Cancer and Palliative Care and is registered as a specialist practitioner in adult nursing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has recently completed her MSc in Cancer Studies at Oxford Brookes University.
Professor Alison Birtle
MB BS MRCP FRCR MD
Trustee of Fight Bladder Cancer
Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
Alison's general medical and specialist registrar oncology training was undertaken in London Charing Cross and Westminster. Her MD Thesis was completed at the Institute of Urology, University College London, and the Academic Urology Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital. She is past Chair of the NCRI bladder clinical study group. Her research interests are in systemic therapy in urological cancers, chemoradiation and radiotherapy advances in urological tumours, and survivorship.
BAUN Hon. Secretary and Urology and Continence Nurse Specialist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Jane has worked in urology since 1996. Initially within the operating theatres and since 2001 as a Urology Nurse Specialist, her role today is primarily nurse-led continence and benign urology clinics – including intravesical Botox, artificial slings in men and women, artificial sphincters in men, sacral nerve stimulation, female sexual function, intermittent and indwelling catheters. She has a BHSc in Healthcare Studies. Jane supports FBC with a special remit on female sexual dysfunction.
Professor James Catto
MB ChB PhD FRCS (Urol)
Trustee of Fight Bladder Cancer
Professor Urological Surgery, University of Sheffield & Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Jim qualified from Leeds University in 1994 and trained in York and Sheffield, UK before a fellowship in Brisbane, Australia. He was appointed an Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon in 2007 and specialises in Uro-Oncology. In 2014, James took over as Editor In Chief of European Urology. Jim has raised over £9.3 million in peer-reviewed funding and published more than 100 primary research manuscripts.
Mr Param Mariappan
Param has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Edinburgh for over 16 years, with a practice that is almost exclusively Bladder Cancer.
Having performed over 750 cystectomies and several thousand TURBTs, he has one of the UKs largest contemporary series and leads the Bladder Cancer surgical service in Edinburgh with a focus on effectiveness and efficiency in patient-centred care.
Param is passionate about quality control and plays a leading role in the development and continuation of the Scottish Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) programme for Bladder Cancer and developed the Scot BC Quality OPS clinical research project. He has published widely, featuring in some seminal work and currently chairs the localised treatment subgroup of the NCRI Bladder research group. As a medical advisor for Fight Bladder Cancer, Param hopes this wealth of experience can support and positively influence the lives of Bladder Cancer patients and carers.
Former BAUN Council Member and Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist, South Warwickshire
Ann is a Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist working in Warwick. She has worked in urology for 25 years and participates in a variety of nurse-led clinics on a rotational basis with her colleagues. Clinic sessions include both cancerous and benign topics: erectile dysfunction, LUTS, urodynamics, intravesical therapy, haematuria, prostate cancer follow-up as well as flexible cystoscopy diagnostics and follow-ups. She has an MSc in Management and is an independent nurse prescriber. Ann supports FBC with a special remit on male sexual dysfunction.
Mr Hugh Mostafid
MSc FRCS(Urol) FEBU
Consultant Urologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal Surrey County Hospital
Hugh qualified from St Thomas's Hospital London in 1989 and trained at Guy's Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London and now leads the regional bladder cancer service at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford which covers a population of 1.8 million and is one of the few centres in the country performing robotic-assisted radical bladder cancer surgery. In 2014 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Urology at the University of California in Los Angeles to learn robotic surgery techniques. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey in Guildford.
He has published over 40 papers and written book chapters on bladder cancer as well as being an invited speaker at national and international meetings on bladder cancer.
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