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Roger Kneebone



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Roger Kneebone is a Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College where he uses ground-breaking techniques to simulate surgery.



Roger Kneebone trained first as a general and trauma surgeon, working both in the UK and in Southern Africa. After finishing his specialist training, he decided to become a general practitioner and joined a large group practice in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. In the 1990s he pioneered an innovative national training programme for minor surgery within primary care, based around intensive workshops using simulated tissue models and a computer-based learning program. In 2003, Roger left his practice to join Imperial College London.


Much of Roger’s current research focuses on simulation. He leads an unorthodox and creative research group, bringing together clinicians, educationalists, computer scientists, psychologists, social scientists, design engineers and experts from the visual and performing arts. Current themes include Hybrid Simulation (the combination of professional actors with inanimate models to create realistic clinical encounters) and Distributed Simulation (low-cost, portable yet highly convincing environments such as the ‘inflatable operating theatre’). Roger has recently been exploring how simulation can be used to recreate tacit and embodied surgical practices from the recent past. Roger holds grants from the EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, Wellcome Trust and London Deanery. He has a wide range of professional interests and is especially interested in collaborative research at the intersections between traditional disciplinary boundaries. Current work is exploring synergies between clinical care, biomedical science, art, humanities and performance.


Roger leads the UK’s only Masters in Education (MEd) in Surgical Education, which started in October 2005.  This challenging programme builds on educational theory and practice to explore relationships between the biomedical sciences, the craft of surgery and the humanities and social sciences.

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Professor of Surgical Education and Medical Doctor