Medical Director and Head of Aeromedical Centre: Aeromedical Examiner, Maritime and Occupational Physician
B.Sc. (Hons.), MBBS (Lond.), Ph.D (Lond.), FRCGP, FRAeS, DFFP, DIC, DOccMed, DRCOG, Pg Cert Dent Sed. & Pain MgMt. (EDI)
Samir qualified in medicine from University College London and then obtained a Ph.D from Imperial College London. He has had 18 years experience as an Occupational Physician and holds the Diploma in Occupational Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians (2002) and the Advanced Course in Aviation Medicine at Kings College London (2003). He was also previously enrolled in the Advanced Diploma in Occupational Medicine at the University of Manchester.
He is an EASA Authorised Class 1 Medical Examiner (10336), CASA authorised Australian Designated AME (I255), Canadian AME (CAME) A-2009, GACA (KSA) authorised Designated AME (0401) and Mauritian (DCA) authorised AME. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the Aerospace Medical Association USA (018947), a Member of the International Airlines Medical Association (IAMA), a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal Society of Medicine (Occupational Medicine Section) and a member of the Society of Occupational Medicine.
Dr Ian Mollan
Consultant Occupational Medicine Physician and Aeromedical Examiner
MB ChB MSc MFOM DAvMed FAsMA MRAeS
Ian is a Royal Air Force medical practitioner. He qualified from the University of Dundee in 1997 and undertook GP training. He has been a CAA Authorized Medical Examiner since 1999. He worked as a Principal in General Practice at a variety of helicopter and fast jet units in the UK and abroad and was appointed to Senior Medical Officer in 2004. He undertook the Diploma in Aviation Medicine training course at Kings College London and the Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine in 2006; after successful completion, he was appointed as the sole validating flight surgeon to the UK Aeromedical Evacuation Control Centre and was responsible for the air movement of UK Defence patients globally. Recently, he has been the President of the RAF Medical Board and has also been in charge of delivering all aircrew aviation medicine training. He is actively involved in aircrew fatigue research.
Ian is a consultant occupational medicine physician. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association and is a selector and academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. He was awarded the Sir Harold Whittingham Memorial Prize in 2011, the Aerospace Medicine Association’s Mary T Klinker Award in 2012 for his achievements in Aeromedical Evacuation and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Peter Taylor medal for his research into occupational asthma. He is also a Scientific Programming Committee Member for the Aerospace Medical Association.
Dr Pitts obtained his medical degree from Glasgow University and a LLM in medical law from Cardiff University, where his dissertation was in aviation regulation. He also holds the FRCP which dates from my time working in general medicine and neurology. Dr Pitt'a FRCS and FRCOphth diplomas are his qualification as an eye surgeon, and the DAvMed is his postgraduate qualification in aviation medicine. He is a CAA and FAA authorised AME and has a wealth of previous experience working for the UK CAA.
Dr Simon Clift Following his undergraduate training at Guy’s Hospital (q. 1986) and 3 years on a GP Training Scheme (MRCGP 1991) in the East End of London, Simon worked in East Africa with his family in primary health care & public health between 1996 and 2002 as a mission partners with Crosslinks under the auspices of the Anglican Church of Tanzania.On return to the UK he became Clinical Director of InterHealth Worldwide, a specialist travel and occupational healthcare provider to the international humanitarian aid and mission sectors (2002 – 2008) before undergoing specialist training in occupational medicine (MFOM 2011) while employed as Medical Officer for NATS, the main provider of Air Traffic services for the UK. From April 2014 to August 2017 he returned to InterHealth as their Director of Health Services & Registered Manager.Simon is an Occupational Health Physician on the Specialist Register for Occupational Medicine and is an Authorised Medical Examiner for the Civil Aviation Authority. He is also a founder member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine (MFTM RCPS (Glas)).
He now pursues a portfolio career combining his joint interests in occupational and aviation medicine.
Outside of work Simon serves on the General Synod of the Church of England having been elected for a 5-year term as Lay representative for Winchester Diocese in November 2015.
As well as learning to fly light aircraft and helicopters, he has a number of interests including: acting, (Lindy Hop) dancing, singing, calligraphy and Bonsai tree cultivation. He has flown 747-400 and 777 in simulators and enjoys all aspects of aviation and occupational medicine.
Kevin is an occupational physician in the British Army, and provides sessional clinics at Heathrow Medical Services. He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Medical School in 2001. He initially trained as a GP and then underwent further specialist training to become an occupational physician, and has been on the specialist register since May 2015. He is currently clinical lead for one of the Army’s Regional Occupational Health Teams, providing occupational medicine support to a wide range of military units. He is also an accredited Military Aviation Medical Examiner and a certified HAVS Tier 4 Assessor, as well as being an educational supervisor and an examiner for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
Christopher Watts completed his undergraduate training at University College London Medical School in 1998, where he won a Meyerstein Scholarship to undertake an intercalated BSc in Anatomy and Developmental Biology. His postgraduate work has been almost entirely in South West London, with his GP VTS Rotation taking place at Kingston Hospital. He has worked as a GP Partner in the NHS for 13 years. He has been a GP Trainer for 12 years, and a GP Vocational Training Scheme Programme Director at Kingston Hospital (where he continues to teach) since 2013.
He completed the Diploma in Occupational Medicine in 2016, and has been successful in his application to become a Class 2 EASA CAA Aeromedical Examiner.
Apart from Occupational and Aviation Medicine, his clinical interests cover Respiratory (lung) disease and Oncology (cancer). He has worked with hospital colleagues to improve cancer diagnosis, and was a member of the British Lung Foundation Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Expert Working Group.
Outside of work he is married with two children, and enjoys running, football, hockey and music when time allows.
Kapil is one of our aviation medical examiners and occupational physicians. He qualified from the Peninsula Medical School (Universities of Exeter and University of Plymouth) in 2008 and then trained as a GP and successfully attained the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2016. During this time, Kapil also completed his Private Pilots Licence (PPL) in Florida. Kapil then proceeded to return to full-time studies including spending time time at the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine completing the Diploma of Aviation Medicine (DAvMed) in March 2019.
His interest in Aviation Medicine was taken one step further by completing a Masters of Science in Aerospace Medicine (Merit) from King’s College, London - he is the first UK civilian in over 20 years to be awarded this degree.
Subsequently, Kapil is now a Class 1 EASA CAA Aeromedical Examiner.
Kapil is working an AME and occupational physician. He continues to work as a GP in South Wales. Outside of work, he is married and enjoys travelling, cooking, gardening and keeping himself busy with the latest gadgets in his spare time
Dr Adrian Chorley qualified as an optometrist in 1994 and began his career as sole practitioner in a practice in Sloane Street, London SW1. After a number of years in community practice, he joined the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the Medical Department as Optometrist Principal and as the first optometrist employed by the CAA.
Adrian spent over 17 years subsequently at the CAA, amassing extensive experience in aviation ophthalmology through clinical examinations, influencing policy at a European level, writing CAA vision guidance material, managing complex eye cases for medical certification and providing training in ocular examination and vision standards to AMEs and other medical audiences.
He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists and has passed both the basic and advanced courses in Aviation Medicine. He was awarded an MSc in research practice development and a PhD in 2015 on his thesis titled ‘Occupational Ocular Exposure to Non-ionising Radiation in Professional Pilots’. Adrian also holds a Private Pilot’s Licence and IMC and sea-plane ratings.
Suganya has a degree in Neuroscience. She works as the Operations Manager and has overall responsibility for the smooth running of the practice as well as governance and safety. Suganya also has responsibility for training and supporting other members of staff as well as leading on HR and is the Safety Manager for the Aeromedical Centre. She has previously worked in UCLH Hospitals.
Irina has worked for Heathrow Medical Services since 2014. She is the Practice Manager and an experienced OH technician. She has a wealth of experience and technical expertise regarding all aspects of the business.
Janet is our Occupational Health Practice Nurse. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a BSc(hons) in Psychology as well as a Degree in Primatology and a Diploma in animal Behavior and various counselling certificates.
Her additional specialty is Travel Medicine, which she has been practicing for over 30 years.
Martina completed her training in Serbia 2000. She has a wealth of experience in the Public Health and Wellbeing sector.