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SCTS Students Executive Committee

Aman Coonar (spotted tie!) with Royal Papworth consultant thoracic surgeon
colleagues, Adam Peryt & Giuseppe Aresu).  

Mr. Aman S. Coonar, BSc.(Hons) MBBS MD MRCP(UK) FRCS (Eng.&CTh.)

Aman Coonar founded SCTS Students. 

He qualified as a doctor in London with an intercalated degree in psychology and electives at Harvard, Central America & the Caribbean! He then trained in general medicine and did a research MD in heart genetics. His subsequent general and cardiothoracic surgery training was at Guy's, St Thomas's, King's, Royal Brompton and the London Chest Hospitals. During this time he discovered his passion for thoracic surgery.


In 2005-2007, he worked at the Toronto General Hospital in Canada in both general thoracic and lung transplant surgery. 

Mr Coonar has been a consultant at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge since 2007. Mr Coonar was appointed President of the Royal Society of Medicine Cardiothoracic Section in December 2013 and has run numerous international courses. He has published many papers, 2 books and lectures regularly. He is the chief investigator for the MERITS study and has interests in regenerative medicine.

He is the national lead for student engagement for the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has been a state-school governor and also works in widening access to medical schools and other healthcare professions particularly to less advantaged young people. He and his wider family are involved in a charity-funded hospital and school in India. He is interested in global health.


His wife is a busy doctor and they have 6 kids and 1 dog.

Saad Khan: Regional Lead for South West England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Saad has been passionate about pursuing a career in surgery from a young age. He was the student lead for the Student Engagement Day in Birmingham last year and has worked with several other surgical organizations including the STARSurg collaborative as regional lead for Birmingham. Saad also enjoy teaching school students basic life support and delivering anatomy revision lectures to pre-clinical medical students.

Saad holds a great interest in congenital cardiac surgery after his experience working with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital cardiothoracic department during his intercalated BSc degree. His future aspirations include pursuing a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon with a focus on academic research.

Jason Trevis – Regional Lead for Scotland and North East

Jason is a currently 4th year medical student at Newcastle university, with a previous human biology BSc with specific interests in minimally invasive and robotic cardiothoracic surgery and evidence based medicine. Recipient of the Ionescu medical student exceptional fellowship 2019, for his elective to South Africa. Whilst at medical school, he was the previous president of Durham university surgical society, having also achieved peer reviewed publications and numerous national and international poster and oral presentations, as well as being involved in research with European Society of Thoracic Surgeons  into mobile application based technology in healthcare.


Outside of medicine, he is a 3rd dan black belt in karate, keen Thai boxer and mixed martial artist, as well as previously playing rugby at a national level with Scottish exiles. Having coached these sports as well as competed, he has transferred this into medicine facilitating clinical experience for junior colleagues, created revision quizzes and published operative and training videos via CTSNet.

Mahan Salehi: Regional Lead for London 

Mahan is a current fourth year medical student at the University of East Anglia. He is interested in research, surgery and machine learning. He has been interested in cardiothoracic surgery from an early stage in medical school. He is an active participator of MERITS. More recently he has been exploring the role of machine learning in medical and surgical settings and is currently learning the programming languages R and Python. He is particular interested in robotic surgery and how it has and will continue to revolutionise cardiothoracic surgery. 


Outside of academia, he is a keen squash player as part of the university team and is a coach for taster sessions run by the university. 

Sashini Iddawela: Regional Lead for East Anglia and West Midlands 

Sashini is a fourth year medical student from the University of Birmingham with an avid interest in cardiothoracics and cardiovascular research. She has worked on projects involving transplantation and cardiac care in developing countries. She pursued an intercalated BMedSci which investigated the potential for novel monitoring strategies to detect low cardiac output in the post-operative period of congenital cardiac surgery. 


 She is the current president of Birmingham Cardiovascular Society and was part of the organising committee for the engagement day in Birmingham. She is interested in artificial intelligence and is passionate about better data science teaching in the medical curriculum. Outside medicine, she is an avid runner and enjoys writing fiction. 

Cindy Rodrigues Cleto: Regional Lead for North West England

Cindy is a 5th year medical student from the University of Liverpool. She first became interested in cardiothoracic surgery after taking part in a summer school in Blackpool. Her elective in paediatric cardiothoracic surgery was funded by the Ionescu medical student fellowship. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including SCTS annual meetings. Her intercalation was an MRes in Cardiovascular Science in Newcastle, where her project looked at novel genes which potentially cause congenital heart disease. She is the student lead for the upcoming SCTS Students Engagement Day in Liverpool, with a joint Liverpool and Manchester university effort.  Her other main interest is global health and she has been involved in medical mission trips in Tanzania and Lebanon. 

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