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Introducing our Committee

We have a active committee but are always looking for new members. If you are interested please contact:

Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS (Chair)

All my professional life I have worked in Medical and Scientific Imaging and have over 50 years of experience. I trained at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London and studied Scientific Photography at the Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster). After working at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1971, I established and headed the Department of Medical Illustration at the University of Zambia (School of Medicine) for 18 years. I also served as an Honorary Consultant to the National Council for Scientific Research, Zambia. Besides my academic qualifications, I am an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist (ASIS), Emeritus Fellow Bio-Communications Association, I hold six Fellowships in Medical, Scientific, Biological Photography and Microscopy and have been awarded two Honorary Fellowships. I am  the principal author of the book ‘A Colour Atlas of AIDS in the Tropics’ which won the RPS Medical Group Lancet Award in 1990. I have also presented and published several papers.

I have been a member of the RPS for more than 50  years, with keen interest in medical and scientific imaging. I am a member of the Science Committee and Chairman of the  Imaging Scientist Qualifications Board. In 2013 I was Awarded the Fenton Medal and Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Photographic Society.

I have now been appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham to teach on MSc course in Biological Imaging.

Bob Tapper ASIS FRPS (Hon Secretary)

Bob joined the NHS in 1976 when he trained as a medical photographer at the Medical Illustration Department, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, under the guidance of Professor R.J. Marshall. He moved to London in 1979 where he worked in various departments in the capital. He is currently Head of Medical Illustration at the recently formed Barts Health NHS Trust.

In the early 1980s Bob became a member of the Medical Group. During his time he has had many positions on the committee including exhibition convener, EFSI representative, archivist and, over the last decade, Honorary Secretary. He is a conference convener together with Professor Francis Ring for the “Advances in Medical and Forensic Imaging” conference which is held every two to three years.

As well as the Medical Group, Bob also serves on the RPS Science Committee. He is a member of the editorial board of The Imaging Science Journal, and also a member of the Imaging Science Group and the Historical Group.

Dr Juliet Chenery-Robson (Hon Treasurer)

I am a visual artist/photographer/academic based in the north east of England. I have a strong interest in exploring the terrain that juxtaposes the visual arts and science, particularly medical science. For the past eight years I have researched the visualisation of the invisible illness ME through a Photography MA, Arts Council England grant, and an AHRC funded, Photography PhD at the University of Sunderland. My PhD thesis explores different methods of using metaphor to visually represent  ME’s physical, social, medical, and political invisibility through a combination of photography, text, audio, SenseCam, family album photographs, and Google Earth images. It was during this research period that I developed a particular interest in the fundamental importance of medical photography, both its value as a diagnostic aid and also its ability to raise awareness and understanding of complex illnesses.

Exhibitions and presentations have included the National Museum of Singapore, the Royal College of Art, Newcastle University Medical Sciences facility, Sunderland Festival of Photography, Durham Art Gallery, and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Prior to my academic/visual arts career I utilised my NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) qualifications by working as a freelance and staff photographer, writer, and editor for newspapers, magazines, and public relations companies. I am also currently a trustee for the charity ME North East

Matt Cass ARPS (Deputy Chair)

Matt is a Forensic Image Analyst at Acuity Forensics Ltd.

His current work involves image analysis and enhancement, normally working from video. He is involved in vehicle identification work, reconstruction of events depicted on video for criminal and civil investigations, and accident investigation where video evidence is present.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Photographic and Electronic Imaging Science, and an MSc in Medical Illustration from Cardiff. He has an ARPS an ABIPP and a member of IMI.

Prior to his move into forensic work, he ran a broadcast quality video production unit at the University Of Wales College Of Medicine for seven years, undertaking all aspects of video production from filming to digital post production and animation and working closely with the Forensic pathologists.

Before this I was employed working as a specialist forensic photographer by a large police force specialising in fluorescence, UV, IR and macro photography.

He was initially employed by Oxford Scientific Films and worked on production teams producing special effects for television and feature films.

He has been a member of the Medical Group and Image Science groups ever since he was at Cardiff in 1994 and was presented to the Good Picture meetings at the University of Westminster on a couple of occasions. He has a great interest in medical photography and occasionally have to produce medical images for court cases, sometimes in very interesting locations such as prisons.

He also has a great interest in underwater and celestial imaging.

Professor Norm Barker ASIS FRPS (Co-opted Corresponding Member USA)

Norm Barker is a Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He is Director of Pathology Photography and Graphics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art, he also holds a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in education as well as a M.A. from The University of Baltimore in publications design. He specializes in photomicroscopy and macro photography. He is a fellow of the Biocommunications Association. His work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History, The Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Science Museum in London. He has published 6 books and numerous scientific articles. His new book collaboration “Hidden Beauty: Exploring The Aesthetics of Medical Science” shows the beauty of medicine and the human body and will be going on a museum tour in 2014-2018, the first stop, The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia

Hoosain M Ebrahim ASIS FRPS Co-opted Corresponding Member South Africa)

Hoosain M Ebrahim has been the Director of the Dept of Medical Illustration at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa since 1992.

He has Fellowships of various professional bodies and has been awarded Honorary Fellowships of the Institute of Medical Illustrators and the PPSA whom he served as president for two terms as well as the Education Officer for 27 years.

He has received many honours and recognitions including the British Medical Journal Award for “Kirlian Photography in Medicine” , Technical Award and Medal for developing a  technique “Comprehensive Gait Recording in Parkinson’s Disease Patients”, both awarded by the RPS Medical Group, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the South African Police Service for compiling a Forensic Photography Course to promote professional training and the optimal utilization of photography to investigate and solve crime. In 2010 The Royal Photographic Society awarded him The Society’s Member’s Award and Honorary Life Membership.

He has presented 233 papers and 20 posters at various conferences and meetings locally and internationally. He has presented many papers at meetings arranged by the Imaging Science Group of the RPS. He established a selective course in Medical Photography during 2005 as part of the 3rd year medical curriculum currently offered at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. He is a member of various academic committees of the University and Faculty of Health Sciences. He is an active member of many professional organizations. His hobbies include Marklin trains and building miniature Victorian dolls houses.

Dr Kaushik Ghosh GIS ARPS (Co-opted Corresponding Member India)

Dr Kaushik Ghosh, GIS ARPS, is an Indian Medical Artist and Medical/Scientific Photographer with interest in Medical Cinematography and Visual Narratives. He is a medical graduate by formal qualification and he uses his photographic skill intertwined with his medical knowledge to apply in the field of patient care, medical education & research, medical humanities and visual communication for public relation etc. Since 2011, he is committed full-time to promote the application and importance of medical art and photography among the medical fraternity of India through consultancy and workshops. Kaushik is the pioneer in developing and implementing India’s first BSc course in Medical & Scientific Photography at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh – one of the most renowned medical institutes of India. Kaushik is also the first Indian recipient of Imaging Scientist Qualification (GIS ARPS) from The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. He lives in Kolkata, India, the capital of Indian state of West Bengal.

Vasilios Papastefanou ASIS FRPS (Co-opted Committee Member)

Vasilios Papastefanou is a Medical Retina and Ocular Oncology Specialist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. He completed his basic training in Athens, Greece. He completed his PhD Thesis in Experimental Pharmacology studying mechanisms of angiogenesis and tissue regeneration in a model of hepatotoxicity. He has done two Medical Retina fellowships in St James` University Hospital in Leeds and in Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, a two-year fellowship in Ocular Oncology in St Bartholomew`s Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and a fellowship in Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He is currently a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Royal London Hospital and in Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has over 25 peer reviewed publications and over 80 presentations in national and international meetings. He is a Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, international member of Ophthalmology (AAO, ARVO, EVER) and Ocular Oncology (OOG, ISOO) Societies. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist (ASIS) and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS).