Biographies: 2021 FPM International Awards for Medical Writing in Social Media

Raghav Bhargava attended medical school at Bundelkhand University in Central India, and completed his medical internship at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. He thereafter moved to the United Kingdom and has been training in adult endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism including in-patient work in acute medicine at various north London
hospitals. He has researched and published on a wide variety of topics from leadless pacemakers and cremation, contact lenses and the coronavirus to oxytocin therapy in hypopituitarism.
He is now based at the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Department of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London where he is pursuing his PhD on investigating the links between nutritional state and gut hormones, the neurobiology of the body-brain axis in modifying eating and addictive behaviours and the underlying mechanisms to aid development of novel therapies for obesity.
His social media work includes this piece on improving India’s health care crisis, which been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.’

Kirstyn E. Brownson, MD, is a fellowship-trained surgical breast oncologist at Huntsman Cancer Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with Highest Departmental Honors with a BA in English Literature from Butler University, her experiences as an AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service to America solidified her career path in medicine.  
She received her MD with Honors in Research from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and then completed residency training in General Surgery at Yale and fellowship training in Surgical Breast Oncology at the University of Southern California. She is passionate about improving breast cancer outcomes by promoting patient advocacy through patient-centered care and by emphasizing the importance of women’s health education amongst healthcare trainees.

Dr F. Aaysha Cader, MBBS, MD, MRCP is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology with an interest in interventional cardiology and complex coronary interventions at the Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital & Research Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has research interests in acute coronary syndromes, sex disparities in cardiovascular disease, coronary intervention, population health and outcomes, and is undertaking a part-time MSc in Clinical Trials at the University of Oxford. She enjoys medical blogging, occasionally writes for the lay press, and is an American Heart Association Early Career Blogger. She is also passionate about medical education via social media and is a Social Media Editor of the European Heart Journal – Case Reports. She is the Assistant Editor of the Ibrahim Cardiac Medical Journal, and also serves on the editorial boards of BMC Cardiovascular Disorders and Minerva Cardiology & Angiology. Dr Cader is a World Heart Federation Emerging Leader and serves on committees of the AHA’s CLCD Leadership Committee, the QCOR Early Career Committee and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI)’s Women in innovations Committee. A staunch advocate for women in cardiology, she is a co-founder of the Global Women in Cardiology (WIC) – Early Career collaboration and is 2021 Women as One Escalator awardee in the mentor-match category. 

Dr. Jade A Cobern grew up in Arkansas and Mississippi. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Mississippi State University in 2014 and received a Doctorate of Medicine degree at the University of Mississippi in 2018. Dr. Cobern has always had a passion to care for children which led her to Johns Hopkins Hospital. 
There she completed her residency in the Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Program in 2021 and participated in the Graduate Medical Education Health Humanities Track. She is now in her first year of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program and is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Cobern hopes to bring a human rights based approach to work in the field of pubic health and policy to improve health equity and access to healthcare.

Dr Jake Erickson is a psychiatry resident at the University of Iowa. He is a recent graduate from the University of Utah School of Medicine, Class of 2021. He hopes to use his love for writing to increase clinical application of psychosocial determinants of health through interdisciplinary academic pursuits.

Dr Sarah Fitzgibbon is a GP in the Northside of Cork city in Ireland. In 2014, at the age of 37, she was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. She began to write a blog, “Adventures of a Sick Doctor”, to help keep her family and friends informed about the progress of her treatment. She now writes regularly for the Medical Independent and has been shortlisted for a Blog Award Ireland.
In December 2017, she set up a support organisation for female doctors and medical students in Ireland, the Women in Medicine in Ireland Network (WiMIN), and organised its first conference in Dublin in September 2018. The organisation now has over six hundred members, and hosts regular conferences and small group meetings, as well as advocacy and promotional campaigns.
She is a member of the Deep End Ireland group, which advocates for improved primary care services for people living in areas of deprivation.
She lives in Cork with her husband and three children.

Rhian Last is a Nurse Educator in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Rhian is a RN with a long and valuable experience working as a General Practice Nurse (GPN). She is currently a course tutor with Rotherham Respiratory Ltd. Rhian is a standing member of the RCGP Yorkshire Faculty Board as a Nurse Educator, and a sponsor for the Leeds BAME Primary Care Network, a group that is creating positive movement to support staff and patients from diverse communities. She is a board member and trustee of the national charity, the Self Care Forum.
Most recently, Rhian has been pleased to join an International Retention Guiding Group, to help people recruited from overseas to thrive and build careers in the NHS. 
Rhian enjoys writing, with regular publications in nursing and primary care journals. She is co-editor with Karen Storey (NHSE / I Primary Care Nurse Lead) of ‘The Nurse’s Survival Guide to General Practice Nursing’ to be published by Elsevier in September 2021. All proceeds will go to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Mrs Scarlett McNally BSc MB BChir FRCS(Tr&Orth) MA MBA FAcadMEd since 2002 been a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon at Eastbourne District General Hospital where she is Deputy Director, Centre for Perioperative Care. She was a Council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2011-21), the ninth woman ever elected and led on an educational initiatives, avoiding unconscious bias, preventing bullying, valuing individuals, promoting sustainability and reducing health inequalities. She has an MA in Clinical Education and MBA in Health Service management.
She led the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ 2015 report ‘Exercise the miracle cure’ highlighting exercise as neglected for prevention and treatment. Exercise reduces dementia 30% and breast cancer 25% and halves surgical complications. Her 2017 BMJ paper (with 5 co-authors) showed that individuals can ‘drop a decade’ in ill-health and that £Billions in social care costs could be saved by adjusting environments and culture/expectations. In 2017, she won awards for developing excellent NHS Band 3 ‘Doctors’ Assistants’  to free up doctors for training. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Perioperative Care, getting pathways better for patients.

On the health commission for swimming and Public Health England’s steering group educating health professionals in exercise as treatment, she is a qualified Karate instructor (4th Dan Black belt).  She has returned to operating part-time, living with myeloma and cardiac amyloidosis, and valuing every moment especially getting out on her electric-cycle. Some papers are on with more on google. Twitter @scarlettmcnally


Barnet Sherman from Hingham in the United States is a Senior Contributor at
He said: “Women and cancer is a very personal issue with me.  My mother survived cancer four times over her life, and in the dark humor that you adopt to cope with the stress of such a pernicious illness, none of the fun ones. Her first bout was with cancer in the 1970s with the only treatment being a radical mastectomy and the loss of both of her breasts. She was in her 40s at the time. In my youth and young adulthood, I recall all too well the time I spent in cancer wards. But her battles with cancer persisted. In her 70s, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. In what was nothing short of a miracle, she survived and went on to live two more decades. 
Providing care to heal and relieve those who are ill was important to me. While a medical career would have been one path, after completing my studies at Syracuse University for my baccalaureate degree and then Columbia for my Master’s, my abilities guided me towards business and finance. At firms such as Morgan Stanley and TIAA/Nuveen, I built out a healthcare finance practice to fund the building and expansion of hospitals across the United States. In both rural communities and larger urban settings, I was able to secure funding for institutions to provide care, from the 47-bed Barbour Medical Center community hospital in Eufaula, Alabama to the perhaps better known Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Along that path, I started writing for Forbes, a series of articles that now number over 100 and have been running for over 10 years.
Now as the Senior Managing Partner in the Tenbar Group, a consulting practice I founded, my focus is on advising start-up companies and private equity funds who seek to create or invest in healthcare related businesses, be it home healthcare or mobile medical devices–or in the case of Coils to Locs, wigs for women who are literally in the fight for their lives as they battle cancer. Moreover, my brother and I head the Sherman Art Trust which, using the work created by our parents during their long careers as artists, we seek to raise funds to support families affected by cancer.”

Claire Vicary is a GP and GP trainer from Sheffield, England. 
She has a passion for GP education and has recently been appointed as a training programme director on the Doncaster GP Training Scheme. 
She was diagnosed with bowel cancer in November 2019 and has blogged throughout her recovery, charting the challenges faced as a doctor-patient:

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