Riaz Agha

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Riaz Agha

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Born 15th November 1979

London, United Kingdom

Personal Life and Education

After being awarded 4 A's at A-level (chemistry, biology, physics and maths) in 1998, he went to work for Harrods in Knightsbridge, London, for 1 year, following which he entered Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' medical school.

During his first two years he was awarded the Pre-Clinical Scholarship, the Distinction in Basic Medical Sciences and the Pickering Prize. Riaz also worked as a Student Ambassador for King's College London, as a Medical Secretary and as the PA for the Manager of the Surgical Directorate over the summer months of 2000, 2001 and 2002, in a number of departments and hospitals throughout London.

In September 2001, Riaz started an intercalated BSc(Hons) in Anatomy with Basic Medical Sciences, in which he gained a 1st and a PPP Foundation Scholarship (on academic merit). In the 4 months following his BSc, Riaz worked on gene cloning and protein analysis at the Randall Centre for Biomolecular Sciences at King's College London, for which he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship and his work there has since been published.

In November 2002, Riaz became the National Coordinator for the CPR in Schools Project, which aims to teach school children basic life support skills to improve myocardial infarction survival rates. In January 2003, Riaz became a Student Advisor for the Student BMJ and a member of the local students BMA Committee. In March, Riaz became the President of the Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' Surgical Society, which under his leadership became the largest student surgical society in the UK. For his work with the Surgical Society, as President of the King's College London Chess Team and Vice-President of the Salsa Society, Riaz was acknowledged with a Gold Medal and a Student Activities Award by the King's College London Student's Union in May 2003.

In January 2004, Riaz became a Member of Council for the Section of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Riaz was awarded 13 prizes for his elective in July 2004, spending three months at the Tissue Engineering and Wound Healing Laboratory at Harvard University. Whilst at Harvard, Riaz conducted research on the use of micromechanical forces in wound healing and also worked on a number of other projects involving stem cells and work which was outsourced to his lab by Biotechnology Companies. Riaz was known as the 'Grantmaster' whilst at Harvard (in light of his own grant applications) and was also responsible for seeking out new grants and for building grant proposals including one to NASA.

In September 2004, Riaz reviewed the 39th Edition of Gray's Anatomy at the editor'-in-Chief Professor Susan Standring's invitation, prior to its release in November 2004 (published by Elsevier). Riaz has always been interested in medical education, he has not only published research in the field but was also a member of the King's College London Intercalated BSc rolling review committee on 14th April 2005.

In June 2005, Riaz graduated from Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' School of Medicine - MBBS with distinctions. In total, Riaz was awarded over 20 prizes and awards whilst at medical school. In August 2005, he took up a post as a House Officer at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. He successfully completed this in July 2006.

Surgical Associates Ltd

In June 2003, Riaz became an Associate for Medical Futures and also completed the Simfonec Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course. In July 2003, he founded Surgical Associates Ltd and launched the International Journal of Surgery (IJS) in October 2004. In November 2004, Riaz signed a deal with Elsevier, who are now the publishers of the IJS.

Riaz is now a member of the Council of Science Editors (by invitation) and a member of the World Association of Medical Editors. A recent article published in the International Journal of Surgery led to coverage in the following media:

- The Wall Street Journal (written by a 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist)

- Forbes, Reuters, ABC News, Fox News, USA Today, Voice of America, Boston Globe, Australian Doctor, WebMD and over 50 other print and online publications.

Riaz has now been included in the 23rd edition (2006) of the Marquis Who's Who in the World .

Published Work

Riaz published his first scientific paper in October 2003* [1], today he has published over 15 scientific papers and articles. He has also published a number of articles and letters in the popular medical media as well as in the journal Medical Education, where his letter published in September 2003** [2] proposed an original hypothesis which received a full Editorial** [3] in the journal. A full list of Riaz's publications are shown below.


Making Sense of Your Medical Career. Edited by Dr Riaz Agha. 2005. Hodder Arnold: London. [4] The book sold over 5000 copies in its first year.

Scientific Papers in Peer-reviewed Journals

Original Research

● Agha R and Webb B. A Cadaveric Investigation into the Links between Macroscopic and Microscopic Osteoarthritic Changes at the Hip. Clinical Anatomy 2006;19:115-124.

● Chan RK, Garfein E, Gigante PR, Liu P, Agha R, Mulligan R and Orgill DP. Side Population Hematopoietic Stem Cells Promote Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (In press).

● Singh GC, Agha R, Roberts. Cancellations in day-case ENT surgery. Journal of Ambulatory Surgery 2005;12:57-60

● Agha R and Howell S. Intercalated BSc degrees – why do students do them? Clinical Teacher 2005; 2(2):72-76.

● Davies AM, Tata Renée, Agha R, Sutton BJ and Brown PR. Crystal Structure of a Putative Phosphinothricin Acetyltransferase (PA4866) from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAC1. PROTEINS 2005 (September 13).

● Agha R, Heaton S and Roberts DR. Patient satisfaction with day-case Septoplasty and Septorhinoplasty. The Journal of One-Day Surgery 2004; 14 (1): 22-25.

Review Articles

● Agha R. Space Exploration: Surgical Insights and Future Perspectives. International Journal of Surgery 2005; 3(4). In Press.

● Agha R, Papanikitas A, Baum M and Benjamin I. The Teaching of Surgery in the Undergraduate Curriculum Part I – Reforms and Results. International Journal of Surgery 2005; 3 (2): 87-92.

● Agha R, Papanikitas A, Baum M and Benjamin I. The Teaching of Surgery in the Undergraduate Curriculum Part II – Importance and Recommendations for change. International Journal of Surgery 2005; 3 :151-157.

● Agha R and Muir G. Does Laparoscopic Surgery Spell the end of the Open Surgeon? Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2003; 96: 544-546.


● Agha R. The IJS and the COPE Seminar 2006. IJS 2006; 4(2):80-81

● Agha R and Cooper DKC. The IJS Welcomes two great pioneers. International Journal of Surgery 2005; 4(1) 7-8.

● Agha R. Introducing the International Journal of Surgery. IJS 2005;3(1):1

● Baum M and Agha R. Perspectives on this issue of the IJS. IJS 2005;3(1):5

● Summerton I and Agha R. Sociological Considerations in Face Transplantation. International Journal of Surgery 2004; 2(2): 82-83.

● Agha R and Singh G. Time for Change. International Journal of Surgery 2003; 1(1): 3.


● Agha R, Liu P, Lew D, Mayer H, Mentzer SJ, Orgill DP. Micro-Mechanical Forces as a Potent Stimulator of Wound Healing. Microcirculation 2005 abstracts;September:665.

● Agha R. Osteoarthritis of the Hip – A Cadaveric Study. Rheumatology 2002; 42S: 105-106.


● Agha R and Singh G. Studying for an Intercalated BSc – worth it? Medical Education 2003(9); 37: 839.

See the commentary on this letter by a Professor of Medical Education:

- Greenhalgh T. Doing an Intercalated BSc can make you a better doctor? Medical Education 2003;37:760-761


● Agha R and Ross D. An Audit of Post-operative complications and failure rates in TRAM and DIEP flap Breast Reconstructions. Supervised by Mr David Ross , Consultant Plastic Surgeon, St Thomas ’ Hospital.Report submitted to Guy’s Clinical Audit Department in November 2003.

● Agha R, Heaton S and Roberts D. A retrospective Study of Cancellations in ENT Surgery. Guy's & St. Thomas ' Hospital, Directorate of Surgery Clinical Governance Quarterly Report, January - March 2004

● Agha R, Heaton S and Roberts D. Patient Satisfaction with day-case Septoplasty and Septorhinoplasty. Guy's & St Thomas ' Hospital, Directorate of Surgery Clinical Governance Quarterly Report, October - December 2003

Articles in the Medical Press

● Agha R (2003). A Guide to Public Speaking. Hospital Doctor 7th August 2003.


In 2003, Riaz also presented his research at International Scientific meetings held in April at the British Association of Rheumatology (Manchester), in June at the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (Helsinki) and in November at the 5th International Congress on Surgery for Students (Santiago de Compostela). In addition, he has also presented at a number of other national, regional and local meetings. In October, Riaz was a speaker at the surgical debate on medical education held by the Section of Surgery at the Royal Society of Medicine (Riaz argued against the motion that day and his team won!).

Useful Links

1. Making Sense of Your Medical Career [5]

2. International Journal of Surgery [6]

--Admin 06:22, 31 August 2006 (EDT)