Meet the Doctors
Duncan Bootland, Doctor
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 the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance 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 KSSAAT 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 the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust 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 Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
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 Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance in August 2016 following completion of training in Emergency Medicine in London. I am a graduate from 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 Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance HEMS, 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 I to explore and re-visit areas of my childhood!
Yasmin Kapadia, Doctor
I am an Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma Consultant based at King's College Hospital, London, and since August 2016 have taken a 6 month sabbatical to work as a full time HEMS Doctor with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. I qualified from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, London and have been an NHS Consultant in Emergency Medicine with an interest in Pre-Hospital Medicine and Major Trauma since 2004. My previous Pre-Hospital Medical experience includes; expedition medicine, event and motorsport medicine and a full time post with London's Air Ambulance. I am very privileged to have this opportunity to work as part of the fantastic HEMS Team, where there have been so many advances in Pre-Hospital Medicine in recent years; including night flying capability, provision of pre-hospital blood products as well as the ability to provide vastly improved transfer times to the regional Hospitals and Major Trauma centres within and around the SELKaM network.
I am married and have 3 children, and my family is incredibly supportive of my career.
Richard Lees, Doctor
Having studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, I then relocated to Australia where I have lived in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. I am now a consultant anaesthetist on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. I also have an interest in anaesthesia in developing countries with limited resources and have worked extensively across the Pacific region, West Africa and Bangladesh.
2016 has been an exciting year for me as I have worked full time as a HEMS doctor. Firstly in Sydney with New South Wales Ambulance Service and now with Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT). KSSAAT is an impressive and dynamic organisation and working within such an inspiring team is a remarkable experience.
Back in Australia I enjoy all the usual things: surfing, fishing, camping, four-‐wheel driving and barbies.
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 Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance HEMS, 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 work 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 MBChB(Hons) MD MRCP FRCEM DipIMC RCS(Ed), Director of Research
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 British Medical Journal Group Emergency Medicine Team of the Year.
Richard was a lead doctor for the London 2012 Olympic Stadium and takes 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.
Benjamin Marriage, Doctor
I graduated from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’ medical school in 2005 and have had a strong desire to work in the prehospital environment for many years and it is a real privilege to be able to come and work for such a fantastic organisation as KSS Air Ambulance. The capabilities, professionalism & training are truly exemplary.
I've now finished my specialist training in Anaesthesia which took 12 years, but in this time, I managed to collect a BSc in Aerospace Physiology, the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and have been involved with some research projects in high altitude, microgravity and expedition medicine. I really enjoy the challenge of providing advanced medical care in diverse environments which is what makes my role with KSS the dream job.
I used to enjoy climbing and watersports, but now that I have a 3 year old son and one more on the way, family time is my priority. I still enjoy the odd triathlon and playing music and have recently tried my hand at free-running to try and get fit again.
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 becoming 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 the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
Joanna Oakeshott, Doctor
I studied medicine at Downing College, Cambridge and Imperial College, London. I moved to Australia in 2006 and trained in emergency medicine in South Australia. During my training I spent 12 months working in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine in Adelaide and Alice Springs. I completed the emergency medicine training programme in 2013 and was appointed as a Consultant Emergency Physician at Flinders Medical Centre. I am very excited about this opportunity to come and work for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, where I will gain further experience in pre-hospital medicine and learn from the talented paramedics and doctors within this exceptional life-saving charity. They are an inspiring group of people.
I grew up in Hampshire and am really pleased to be home. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, cycling, and drinking wine, but not all at the same time!
Leif Rognas, Doctor
I trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Denmark where I have been a consultant since 2008, combining hospital work with pre-hospital critical care.
I hold the Scandinavian post-speciality diploma In Emergency Critical Care and a PhD in Pre-hospital Advanced Airway Management.
In 2014 I took up the post as Lead Clinician for the ground-based Pre-hospital Critical Care Service in Aarhus, Denmark. In addition, I have been working with the Danish Air Ambulance since 2014 and I am Associate Professor in Pre-hospital Care at Aarhus University.
It is an honor and a privilege to have been given the opportunity to train and work with the incredible talented and experienced team at the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
I live with my wife and our border collie and when not at work I enjoy being outdoors.
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 covering both bases (Marden and Redhill). 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.
Luke Wheatley, Doctor
I am an Emergency and Prehospital & Retrieval Consultant from north Queensland, Australia. I have worked in Emergency Departments in Queensland, Western Australia and Ireland and just prior to arriving in balmy Surrey was working half time as an Emergency Physician in tropical Cairns and half time as Director of Northern Operations for LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine. I’ve been active in prehospital care since 2008. I’m really looking forward to the next 12 months at Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. The international reputation of this life saving service and the great work it does is growing, and I feel privileged to be working with the team at KSSAAT.
I’m calling Reigate home for the immediate future. When not flying about my 3 and 2 year old keep me grounded and we’ll have a little English baby born here in May. Back home I vacillate between fitness and laziness, having done a few of half ironmans and then nothing for ages. I love travel and meeting awesome people doing awesome things so KSSAAT will be perfect fit.