The Committee



Dr Annette Johnstone, Leeds

Annette is a Less Than Full Time Cardiothoracic Radiologist based at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Following the FRCR she achieved a diploma in medical education. She undertakes regular cardiothoracic diagnostic and interventional work as well as MDTs, teaching, acute radiology and on call.  Annette is a core member of the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial Radiology team and enjoys the lung biopsy challenges this has brought! She is also the Cardiac CT lead and the Consultant mentor for Less Than Full Time Trainees on the West Yorkshire training scheme.  

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Honorary Secretary

Dr Jonathan Rodrigues, Bath

Jonathan is a Consultant Radiologist at The Royal United Hospital Bath. During Clinical Radiology training in the Severn Deanery, he completed a PhD in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging at The Bristol Heart Institute. Post-CCT, he undertook a thoracic imaging fellowship at Toronto General Hospital and The University of Toronto. He is the Imaging lead for the NIHR West of England clinical research network and is involved in multicentre cardiac and thoracic imaging research. Jonathan also currently sits on the Royal college of Radiologists professional learning and development committee as the thoracic lead.

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Dr Ruth McStay, Newcastle

Ruth is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Radiologist at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. She qualified and trained in the North East of England, completing MRCP and FRCR there prior to a short spell in Melbourne. She is the radiology lead for CT and pulmonary hypertension but her other interests lie in transplant imaging, lung cancer and paediatric congenital heart disease. Ruth also has a keen interest in training and education, contributing both locally and nationally in those areas. She runs the annual BTS Radiology for Chest Physicians course in Newcastle and teaches on many BTS and BSTI courses (including thoracic ultrasound). 

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Past President

Dr Graham Robinson, Bath

Graham is a Consultant Radiologist at the Royal United Hospital Bath and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease. He is radiology lead for Bath’s regional shared care pulmonary hypertension service and Imaging Lead for the interstitial lung disease service. Graham was an advisory editor to the Clinical Radiology journal and an ex-member of the RCR Professional Learning and Development Committee.

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Lead for Courses

Dr Anu Balan, London

Anu is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Radiologist at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals.

She completed her radiology sub-specialty training at Chelsea and Westminster and the Royal Brompton Hospitals, and prior to being appointed to the Barts Health NHS Trust in 2016, was a Consultant at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Her interests are in COPD and lung cancer imaging and she is currently part of the North East London (NEL) Targeted Health Check team. She is involved in the delivery of local and national radiology FRCR examination teaching. She has co-authored peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in the field of cardiothoracic imaging, and a radiology examination textbook.


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Lead for Standards & Guidelines

Dr Joe Barnett,  Royal Free Hospital. London

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Lead for Communication

Dr Nadia Jawad, Hull and East Yorkshire

Nadia is a Consultant Thoracic Radiologist at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  She undertakes regular diagnostic and interventional work including reporting for the Targeted Lung Health Checks, HRCT reporting , and performing image guided biopsies.  She regularly contributes to both cancer and ILD MDT meetings. Nadia enjoys teaching registrars within the Hull scheme. She has a keen interest in promoting thoracic radiology as the best subspecialty!

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Lead for Education

Dr John Dreisbach, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Lead for Research

Dr Joe Jacob, London

Joe is an academic radiologist whose primary research interest is the use of computer tools to quantify lung damage. He was awarded a 5-year Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship in 2018 at University College London, to evaluate the role of computer analysis of CT imaging to detect lung cancer screening populations. Other research interests, based at the Centre for Medical Image Computing at University College London relate to the use of computer-analysis of CT imaging in fibrosing lung diseases and airways diseases. He has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers, and won national and international awards for his work.

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Travelling Professors

Dr Ben Holloway, Birmingham

Ben has been a cardiothoracic radiologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham since 2007. He is known as a leader in cardiac imaging, being former Treasurer for the British Society of Cardiac Imaging and contributing to national guidelines and cardiac CT trials. However his clinical work is equally focused on thoracic imaging and intervention as a core member of the lung cancer and interstitial lung disease MDT. He is the currently BSTI travelling professor, along with Sam Hare. He teaches cardiothoracic imaging to radiology registrars and University of Birmingham students and is the West Midlands academy lead for cardiac imaging. He is an assistant editor for British Journal of Radiology.

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Dr Sam Hare, London

Dr Sam Hare is a consultant chest radiologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Sam also represents the Royal College of Radiologists on the British Lung Foundation Lung Taskforce. 

After completing formal radiology training in the UK between 2004-2009 he undertook a thoracic radiology fellowship in North America (2009-2010). Sam was subsequently appointed to the position of consultant thoracic radiologist at The Ottawa Hospital in Canada specialising in: (i) complex lung biopsy techniques and (ii) lung cancer screening & diagnosis. He returned to the NHS in 2011 and currently runs the innovative ambulatory lung biopsy service at the Royal Free London NHS Trust. The service has been recognised with several national prizes: NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Cancer Care; BMJ Award for Cancer Team of the Year; HSJ Acute Sector Innovation award (all 2016).

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