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Who's who at Cambridge Medical Seminars?

Dr Joseph Cheriyan

Dr Joseph Cheriyan is a Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK since 2006, and an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. He trained initially in Sheffield, and subsequently in Nottingham and London before completing his specialist training Cambridge.

He is an active clinical researcher with interests in cardiovascular medicine particularly vascular function and inflammation. He is one of a few clinical triallists working on early phase experimental medicine studies of novel therapeutics, was the first MHRA accredited Phase 1 clinical trials physician on campus and has a unique post which combines close collaboration with industrial partners on the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus.

His clinical service commitments are to the Department of Acute Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He is the Vice Chair of the local Research Ethics Committee, a member of the Management Board of the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit, Director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Office. Previously, Dr Cheriyan spent 13.5 years via a 50% industrial secondment to the Glaxosmithkline Clinical Unit in Cambridge as a Senior Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist (Senior Director level).

Dr Cheriyan has been Training Programme Director for Clinical Pharmacology for Health Education East of England since 2019.

He also serves as an Expert Member of the Malaysian Phase 1 Scientific Review Panel for the Ministry of Health Malaysia. 

He has also co-authored the Oxford Specialist Handbook on Hypertension. Apart from work, he is a keen traveller and connnosieur of fine dining!Anchor He is a co-founder of CMS.

Dr Fraz Mir

Dr Fraz Mir is a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK. He is also an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge.

His clinical and research interests are in the fields of cardiovascular medicine, hypertension and toxicology. He is actively involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is a question-writer and examiner for the MRCP diploma. His other responsibilities include being the Chairman and Training Programme Director for Acute Medicine in the East of England. He was recently appointed as the Royal College of Physicians’ Associate International Director for South Asia.

Dr Mir is the current Senior Medical Adviser to the British National Formulary and serves as Head of School of Medicine for Health Education East of England.

He is an enthusiastic cricketer and enjoys studying comparative theology in his spare time. He is a co-founder of CMS.

Dr Johann Graggaber

Dr Johann Graggaber is a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge. He read medicine in Vienna, Graz and Paris and undertook his speciality training in clinical pharmacology and endocrinology in Cambridge.

His specialist interests are pituitary and adrenal disease, hypogonadism, hypertension and syncope. He led and developed the ambulatory care unit at Addenbrooke’s and was clinical lead of Acute Medicine prior to refocusing on endocrinology. He regularly contributes to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching on a local and regional level and runs regional medical SpR training days. He enjoys travelling, skiing, long distance running and classical music.

Elizabeth Husband

PA to Dr Joseph Cheriyan, and Office Manager to the Division of Experimental Medicine &/ immunotherapeutics/Clinical Pharmacology Department at Addenbrookes Hospital

Elizabeth gained experience as a medical secretary at Addenbrookes Hospital, where she has been working for the last 2 years after a 10 year career in retail.  She was promoted to the position of Office Manager in 2018. She has been assisting with Cambridge Medical Seminars since 2016.  She enjoys travelling, crafts and live music.

Michaela Watts

Michaela Watts is a Clinical Nurse Lead working in the Emergency Ambulatory Care Unit, Department of Acute Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

She successfully completed her training as an independent non-medical Prescriber and teaches other members of the team on good prescribing practice ass well as on the Prescribing Update course. She was previously a Specialist Nurse in Hypertension and sat on the Clinical Development Group for NICE which developed the latest Hypertension Guidelines. As part of her current role, she setup and manages the open access community 24 hour ABPM service. She enjoys travelling, drinking red wine and sailing.