Biographies: 2020 FPM International Awards for Medical Writing in Social Media

The overall international winner, regional winners and commended entrants for 2020 will be announced at the FPM Medical Awards webinar at 4pm UK time on Monday 30th November.

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Dr Kaushik Bhattacharya
Siliguri, India

Dr Kaushik Bhattacharya is a surgeon in Siliguri, West Bengal, India. He studied for his MBBS at MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur in 1992 and MS in Surgery at SCB Medical College, Cuttack in 1997. He passed the Diplomate of National Board of Examination in Surgery in 2000. He worked as Assistant Professor in Surgery at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute till 2003 when he was sent on deputation in Cooch Behar and then relocated to Siliguri, West Bengal. He has been attached to the Border Security Force as a Specialist in Surgery on contractual basis since 2010. Dr Bhattacharya is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Surgery and Sectional Editor of Hepatopancreaticobiliary, Journal of Minimal Access Surgery. He has more than 80 publications in international and national surgical journals. In 2019 he delivered the prestigious Dr Santok Singh Endowment Oration at the Association of Surgeons of India Conference at Bhubneshwar and in 2020 gave the Dr AK Sen Memorial Oration under the aegis of Association of Surgeons of India West Bengal Chapter. He has received the Fellowship of the Association of Surgeons of India, the Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons and was conferred the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of  Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is also a Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences.

Connor Brenna
Toronto, Canada

Connor is in his final year of medical training at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and is a former graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. His growing body of work focuses on the interface between philosophy and science, which he believes comprises the very heart of medicine. In engaging with fundamental problems at this intersection, he hopes to serve his local and international communities as a clinician-scientist. Connor’s interest in scientific communication was inherited from a supervisor and mentor who taught that poorly communicated research does a disservice to good science. Social media provides a new arena for academics to make their work accessible to those who fund it and who are its rightful beneficiaries, and Connor is excited to be among a new wave of medical professionals using this and other modern tools to build bridges between academics and the broader society they work for. 

Emma Connor
Burgess Hill, England

Emma Connor, MA, UKCP, is a Director, Child Psychotherapist, consultant and trainer for Your Space Therapies in Burgess Hill, England. Your Space Therapies is a national award-winning social enterprise, passionate about delivering counselling and psychotherapy to children, young people and families as well as working holistically with the team around the child to grow therapeutic school communities.
In 2018 Emma and Your Space Therapies Co-Director, Suzanne Ryan, won the ‘Business Woman of The Year’ award for Social Impact. Emma has worked in educational settings for 15 years and currently practices Child Psychotherapy in primary schools in West Sussex as well as writing and delivering, nationwide and online, bestselling training for professionals working with children. Emma is also a senior lecturer for the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education.

Dr Giles Dawnay
Hereford, England

I am a final year GP trainee from Hereford, UK. Prior to starting medical school I studied a degree in English Literature before working and travelling in Latin America, West Africa and the South Pacific for 4 years. I have a keen interest in writing both prose and poetry, born from the endless stories and insight into what it means to be human that I am privileged to witness from my life as a Doctor. 2020 has been a good year for me with my first novel ‘The Rising of the Son’ published, along with articles accepted in the BMJ and BJGP. I have also had various poems published in a recent NHS anthology and Black Lives Matter collection. More info if you are interested can be found at

Dr Ashish Goel
Delhi, India

Ashish Goel MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine at the College of Medical Sciences at the University of Delhi in India. He completed his Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins  Bloomberg School of Public Health under a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a passionate teacher, humble researcher, a conscientious doctor with an ability to create and maintain networks at a regional and an international level. His areas of interest include medical ethics, applications of technology in medicine, geriatric care and frailty. He loves to cook, travel, teach and write.

Dr Latika Gupta
Lucknow, India

Dr Latika Gupta MD, DM is a clinician scientist working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, a tertiary care teaching hospital in Lucknow, India. Apart from running the myositis clinic at the oldest rheumatology research and training unit in India, she is a dedicated myositis researcher with a track record of extramural and intramural funding for various ongoing projects on this rare disease. She has spent time training at the Nuffield Hospital in Oxford and the University of Bath in the UK, at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, and at the Royal Children Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  Besides entering collaborations with Asian, European and American counterparts working on myositis, she is the founder of Myositis India, a patient support group for patients with this disease. She also recently organised the MyoIN summit – the first focused myositis meeting in India. 

Apart from this she serves as the social media editor to the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and the Indian Journal of Rheumatology, is the associate editor of the APLAR journal International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases and has been awarded the Publon’s top peer reviewer award for clinical sciences as well as cross-specialty in 2019. She has had a meritorious career with 86 publications, 10 awards, 9 travel fellowships, and 6 gold medals. 

Rhian Last
Leeds, England

Rhian Last from Leeds in England (PGC Leadership for Quality Improvement, UCPPD Quality Improvement Skills Facilitation, PGC Primary Care Education) has a long and valuable experience working as a General Practice Nurse (GPN) specialising in the care of patients with multiple long term conditions. She has also worked in clinical education for over ten years and is a standing member of the RCGP Yorkshire Faculty Board as a Nurse Educator. Rhian is a board member and trustee of the Self Care Forum and a past member of the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee (having served two three year terms). She has recently been appointed as a Sponsor for BAME Primary Care Leeds, a newly formed group creating positive movement to support staff and patients from diverse communities.  Rhian enjoys writing and has regular publications in nursing and primary care journals. She is co-editor with Karen Storey (NHSE / NHSI Primary Care Nurse Lead) of ‘The Nurse’s Survival Guide to General Practice Nursing’ to be published by Elsevier in Summer 2021. All proceeds will go to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Dr Lena de Maizière
Schwaebisch Hall, Germany

Lena de Maizière is in her 4th year of her paediatric training program in Germany. Currently she is working in a public health department experiencing public health matters during the corona crisis first hand. During her medical studies at the University of Munich she began to work for a large-scale mentoring program at the medical faculty where she developed her deep interest for medical education. Here her focus was on how medical students make their decision towards their future specialty, medical error and patient safety. She created discussion rounds on different training programs that aim to help students find the right training program for themselves. After university she developed an interdisciplinary summer university on the prevention and health promotion for students of Medicine, Master of Public Health and Epidemiology before entering her clinical paediatric training in 2015. In 2018 she joined the Young European Academy of Paediatrics that exists to promote the health of children and young people in Europe and aims to improve standards in training, service and research representing the professional interests of paediatricians in the EU. Here she developed a special interest for paediatric training structures, interconnected care and patient involvement. She wrote several blogs on different topics for the Young European Academy of Paediatrics and especially enjoyed using online interaction (webinars) with discussion partners in order to exchange opinions and gather information on a specific topic she would then transform into a blog making it accessible to more readers elsewhere.

Abdullah A Olaiya
Ibadan, Nigeria

Abdullah A. Olaiya has been an avid lover of technology since pre-university days. The stereotype of every high school valedictorian becoming a physician led to his enrolling in the College of Health Sciences in Ilorin, Nigeria. His undying interest to return to the field of engineering led to the discovery of Biomedical Engineering in his final year of undergraduate study. He has since gained foundation knowledge of Clinical Engineering via EQF level 5 biomedical engineering technology certification (CBET) and is currently in the middle of graduate study (MSc. Biomedical Engineering) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He founded and creates contents for a healthcare technology management blogsite while also reliving his invention of an e-portfolio ‘Clinical Engineer Logbook’. A great fan of the UK’s NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP), he holds international membership with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI-USA). More of his writings can be found at

Dr Madeline Rodriguez
Baltimore, USA

Dr Madeline Rodriguez is a PGY-3 (Year 3 Postgraduate trainee) at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency Program in Baltimore, USA. She is a Texas native who completed undergraduate school at The University of Texas at Austin and medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas. She hopes to pursue a career in general internal medicine and medical education with plans to complete a chief year at Bayview followed by a GIM fellowship after residency. Her research interests include feedback, clinical coaching, and teaching at the bedside.

Dr Charlotte Squires
Melrose, Scotland

Dr Charlotte Squires is a specialist trainee in Geriatric Medicine in South East Scotland. Professional roles include serving as Digital Media Editor and Trainee Communications Representative for the British Geriatric Society, sitting on the RCPE Trainee and Members Committee, and as Chief Registrar at Borders General Hospital. She was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2018 and following treatment, has written on topics including clinical communication, patient experience and cancer recovery, for the BMJ, BMJ Opinion, Cochrane, and for Shine, a charity supporting young adults with cancer. She tweets at @charsquires.

Professor Ian Wicks
Melbourne, Australia

Ian Wicks works as a clinician-scientist in Melbourne, Australia, at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. His poems have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Australian Poetry Journal, Bioscience, Cordite, Cosmos, Grieve and Spine. ‘In a heartbeat’ was shortlisted for the Australian Science Poetry Prize in 2013 and ‘The visible human’ was selected for the Australian Poetry Journal’s Anthology in 2015. His JAMA poems on the five senses were included in the Best Australian Science Writing collection for 2018.

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