Meet the Doctors
I joined the charity in February 2019, relocating from the west of Scotland, where I had been working as a consultant anaesthetist and air ambulance doctor. During his time with AAKSS, I hope to broaden my experience and skills in prehospital medicine by working in a different region and trauma system, while also enjoying some warmer weather!
Perhaps unusually for a Scotsman, I have a fondness for cricket and hope to turn out for my local village team in Surrey. I also have extensive experience of basketball officiating, the highlight of which was working as a statistician at the London 2012 Olympic Games. My (very understanding) partner in Glasgow and I have two rescue cats, Gilbert and George.
I graduated from Bristol medical school in 2006. Since then I have worked as a doctor in Manchester, Australia and Kenya before completing my training in emergency medicine in London where I am now a consultant at St Georges Hospital.
I have an interest in medical education and simulation. I started my 12-month secondment with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance in August 2018. This has been a life long ambition and it remains a tremendous privilege to work for such an outstanding charity to deliver exceptional pre-hospital care.
I live in South London with my wife and two children. Whenever I get the chance I love to climb, particularly deep-water solo!
I first joined Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance in 2015, as a HEMS registrar during a year out of hospital training to become an A&E consultant, and fulfilled a long-held ambition to work with this world-class organisation and the inspiring people that make it what it is.
My year with AAKSS did not disappoint. It was a privilege to be part of a team that delivers superlative care to the people of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
My dream job had always been to combine my hospital work with regular prehospital shifts with AAKSS, and this has now become a reality. I was appointed as Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Sussex County Hospital Major Trauma Centre in late 2018 and now combine that job with AAKSS on a regular basis, allowing me to maintain and develop my prehospital skills.
When not at work I am a keen sportsperson and occasionally run ridiculous distances, mostly just to avoid the ironing. I have 3 amazing teenagers who never let me forget who’s in charge and keep my feet very firmly on the ground.
Eyston Vaughan-Huxley, Doctor
I am a Registrar in Emergency Medicine and started working for the charity in August 2018. I am proud to work in the Air Ambulance team and to be able to care for the people of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. I spent much of my childhood in Sussex and I have looked forward to being able to escape London, where I now live, to return to the region again. My interests include motorsport and I am fortunate to be able to combine work and pleasure through providing medical cover at two racetracks in Kent. I have an unbelievably supportive wife and we have two sons that have to put up with my chat about racing cars and helicopters!
Amar Mashru, Doctor
I am an Emergency Medicine Registrar based in South London and feel incredibly lucky to be working for the charity. The opportunity to work for an organisation that invests so heavily in training and ensuring that we are able to deliver the best service to patients every time is a real privilege. I hope I can be part of the future growth and expansion of the service and continue to give back to the communities that donate so generously to allow us to do our work.
Marwa El-Zanfaly, Doctor
I trained and work in London as an Emergency Medicine Consultant. I have been fortunate enough to be a Doctor with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex since 2015 and I now work here part-time alongside my consultant post. I feel very privileged to work with extremely dedicated colleagues as part of this innovative organisation to provide the best care we can to our patients.
I also have an interest in global and humanitarian medicine and have previously worked abroad for a global health charity, as well as providing teaching in developing countries.
In my spare time, I love to travel, cooking and photography.
Anthony Hudson, Consultant
I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St George’s Hospital in London and have a long-held interest in the management of major trauma. I first joined Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex in 2011 and am proud to be part of such an innovative and dedicated team. One of my main roles is the delivery of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine training in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the charity has a crucial role in supporting the development of future doctors and paramedics so we can continue to provide high-quality emergency care whenever and wherever it is needed.
David Paradise, Doctor
I am an Emergency Medicine Consultant working half my time in the Emergency Department in Brighton and half my time as a HEMS Doctor with the charity. It has been a long-held ambition to be a HEMS Doctor since my medical training in the West Midlands brought me into contact with pre-hospital medics. Since starting with the charity in August 2014 it has been an incredibly rewarding experience to work with a group of such motivated and committed professionals.
I grew up in Surrey, within a few miles of the charity’s previous base at Dunsfold aerodrome, so it is really great to be able to work for a service in and around my home county. I live in West Sussex now with my family and have landed on my local village cricket pitch whilst tasked on a job with the charity. My spare time is spent enjoying watching rugby and avoiding being talked into running Brighton Marathon again for the charity!
Malcolm Tunnicliff, Consultant
I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma at King’s College Hospital, London, working there since 2008. Whilst undertaking my training in Emergency Medicine in London and Kent I was fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the first doctors to fly with the charity in 2005. Since 2012 I have undertaken the role of HEMS Consultant. Whilst still providing frontline pre-hospital care I am also involved with teaching, training and development of the service.
As my family and I live in Kent I understand the vital work the charity does in bringing major trauma and medical care to the scene of incidents we attend. Many of these incidents are in very remote areas and we are able to bring hospital-level care to the scene and transport patients to a hospital most appropriate for their needs.
In my spare time, I’m a bit of a cricket addict (as are the rest of my family) and enjoy rugby, football and most other sports too.
Luke Banks, Doctor
I started with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex in February 2016 having just completed my training in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine in London. Working for this life-saving charity is an absolute privilege and a long-held ambition of mine. I’m married and live in Surrey with my wife and our two children. When not at work or entertaining children I may be found flying my powered paraglider or kitesurfing (when it’s warm!).
Duncan Bootland, Consultant
I trained in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area before taking up a Consultant post in Emergency Medicine at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals in April 2012.
In June 2013 I was seconded to Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex and thoroughly enjoyed training and working with such a committed group of individuals in this high quality service. Since July 2015 I have been lucky enough to split my job between BSUH and AAKSS spending roughly half my time in each. It is a great privilege to be part of a team delivering life-saving treatment to patients across Kent, Surrey & Sussex before they reach hospital.
I live near Brighton and outside of my work enjoy running, an unhealthy interest in British sports cars and spending time with my 3 children.
Neal Durge, Clinical Governance Lead
I am a consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and have been working in pre-hospital care since 2008. In that time I have gained experience with several different air ambulance services, both here and abroad. It has been my privilege to work for the Trust since 2010 when I first joined as a registrar. I was delighted to be able to continue as one of the clinical governance leads in this dynamic, forward-thinking organization that continually strives to deliver the highest quality care. The service is now almost unrecognizable from the one I joined but the commitment, dedication and talent of all staff has remained unchanged and has helped Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex become recognised as one of the foremost providers of pre-hospital care in the country.
Outside of work I enjoy hill walking and mountaineering, a hobby that has meant I have experienced helicopter rescue from the patient’s perspective, twice. Despite being lucky enough to spend a lot of my working life in the air, I have a wife and two boys who keep my feet firmly on the ground.
Kevin Fong, Doctor
I am a Doctor at University College Hospital in London specialising in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine and a pre-hospital physician with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex.
I hold degrees in Astrophysics, Medicine and Engineering and have worked with NASA’s human space exploration programme at Johnson Space Center in Houston. I have a special interest in the fields of risk management, human factors, innovation and exploration stemming from my experiences and research with NASA.
At University College London I am an honorary senior lecturer in physiology and run an undergraduate course in extreme environment physiology.
In 2011, I became one of the Wellcome Trust’s inaugural Public Engagement Fellows and have has since authored and presented a number of television and radio programmes for the BBC.
My first book – about the relationship between medicine, exploration and survival in the 20th
Century – is titled Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body.
Maja Gavrilovski, Doctor
I started my 12-month secondment with the charity in August 2016 following completion of training in Emergency Medicine in London. I am a graduate of Belgrade University Medical School in Yugoslavia where I initially developed an interest in pre-hospital medicine, which has further grown during my training in London. The privilege to work for this amazing charity is a great opportunity to learn from truly inspiring members of the team always striving to improve and further patient care in the pre-hospital setting.
Apart from emergency and pre-hospital medicine, my other big passion is music. I try to attend as many live events as I can in my free time as that is a big source of adrenaline for me outside work.
Jey Jeyanathan, Doctor
It has been a long-standing aspiration of mine to be a part of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex and now it is a privilege and honour to have this opportunity to contribute to this extraordinary life-saving charity. I am a Military Doctor in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics.
My other interests in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Medicine marry up with my passion for delivery of acute critical care in the Resource-Limited Environment and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. As a Lecturer and the Humanitarian Lead for Defence Anaesthesia, it has been inspiring to witness the innovation and endeavours of the charity to research, develop and implement important changes in the delivery of excellence in medical care in challenging and austere environments.
Away from medicine, I am supported and looked after by my wife and our two boys. In our spare time, a variety of sport including football, running, cricket as well as South-Indian Classical Music allow for my boys and me to explore and re-visit areas of my childhood!
Jonathan Leung, Doctor
I am a locally born and bred Emergency Physician specialising in critical care, trauma care and resuscitation. My aspiration to deliver excellent critical care which matches that of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex hence we share the same ethos.
I qualified in Bart’s and The London School of Medicine, started my specialist training in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area and finished my training in North East London. My special interests are critical care ultrasound application, ECMO-CPR and medical education. When I am off duty, I am a keen medical educator who currently leads on an emergency medicine podcast blog project and also works as an emergency medicine consultant in North East London.
I currently live in Sevenoaks with my 4-year-old daughter and wife, who is a local GP. I am extremely privileged to be part of this elite medical team who serves my local population.
Professor Richard Lyon MBE MBChB(Hons) MD MRCP FRCEM DipIMC RCS(Ed), Associate Medical Director
Richard is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Clinical Lead for the Medic One flying squad. He is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Consultant and Director of Research for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Born in Luxembourg, Richard developed an early passion for pre-hospital emergency care as a volunteer fireman. He studied at Edinburgh University where he developed close research links with the Scottish Ambulance Service. He undertook a unique doctorate thesis on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, a project that has developed into a national strategy for cardiac arrest in Scotland.
Richard has an established research portfolio in pre-hospital resuscitation, trauma care and emergency medicine with an extensive publication record. He has won numerous international awards including the top research award from the European Resuscitation Council and the British Medical Journal Group Emergency Medicine Team of the Year.
Richard was a lead doctor for the London 2012 Olympic Stadium and takes a leading role in Event Medicine. He is an active member of the UK International Search & Rescue Team and deployed to the Nepal Earthquake in 2015. Richard is a current member of the Resuscitation Council (UK) Executive Committee and author of several international pre-hospital guidelines.
Jasmit Mohindru, Doctor
I qualified from Barts and The London School of Medicine in 2008 and have been working in Emergency Medicine since 2010.
I’ve been deeply interested in pre-hospital medicine from pretty much the start of my career and spent 2015 in Wales working in Bangor’s emergency department and with the Welsh Air Ambulance in Caernarfon, as well as helping set up BASICS Hertfordshire.
Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex are a world class service with a strong research and development ethos and joining the team really is a dream come true. It’s both humbling and inspiring to be able to work with such amazing charity staff, paramedics and doctors.
I live in West London with my unbelievably supportive wife, who’s a fantastic primary school teacher (I’m not biased.) – in my spare time I like to cook/make a mess in the kitchen, lift weights at the gym and read anything I can get my hands on.
Magnus Nelson, Clinical Governance Lead
I graduated in 1999 from St. George's Hospital Medical school in London. I spent a year in Australia working as a junior doctor and on returning I have worked largely in Surrey and Sussex during my training in Emergency medicine as well as a spell back at St.Georges. I have been working as a consultant in Emergency Medicine for Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust since March 2009 I started in August for 6 months as a secondment from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to aid their development to become a Major Trauma Centre.
I was born in Kent and have always been interested in pre-hospital medicine so this is an amazing opportunity for me to learn in a well-respected system that strives to deliver the best care in often very challenging circumstances. I have learnt so much already that will relate to my own practice and hope to take back many learning points that will help BSUH work more closely with Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex.
Malcolm Russell MBE, Medical Director
After 15 years’ service in the British Army, I began working with the Charity in 2007 initially in the role of Clinical Lead for the Surrey & Sussex base. I have been involved in pre-hospital emergency medicine since 1996, and have worked with a number of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) units across the country over the last decade.
As the Senior HEMS Consultant, I am now responsible for assuring the quality of care provided by the whole medical team. It is my job to make sure that the charity gets the best it possibly can from our doctors and paramedics, working together as a single team, and with patient care at the centre of everything we do. It has been an honour to have helped shape the service, which delivers state-of-the-art medical care to our injured and ill patients. I get huge enjoyment from working with such a talented group of dedicated people, from fundraisers and administrative staff, through to the pilots, doctors and paramedics who make up the operational crew. The service has exciting times ahead and I’m glad to have a part in overcoming any challenges that lie in our way.
In my spare time, I enjoy hill-walking, cycling and landscape photography. I don’t particularly like running, but I do it because fitness is part of our job. I am married, have two children, and they offer me great support in everything I do.