Our team

  Dr Paul Miller

Dr Paul Miller

Clinical Tutor

Dr Paul Miller is a registrar in acute medicine and is pursuing a DPhil in cancer biology at Oxford University. Paul graduated from Cambridge University in 2008 having volunteered for a year in a Jerusalem hospice before medical school. He has been delivering online tutorials through OxPal since 2013 and has provided bedside teaching sessions in West Bank hospitals with the organisation.

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  Dr Fahd Baig

Dr Fahd Baig

Evaluations and Feedback Lead

Fahd is currently a clinical research fellow at Oxford University working in the Department of Clinical Neurology where he is pursuing a PhD. He is also neurology registrar in the East Midlands. He has been delivering clinical tutorials for OxPal for the last year. Along with Imran, he is spearheading the development of OxPal’s evaluations and feedback mechanisms.

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  Dr Mohammad A. Ali

Dr Mohammad A. Ali

Director

Dr Mohammad Ali is a junior doctor in the Oxford Deanery and is a graduate of Oxford University, having completed his preclinical and clinical education at Oriel College. He has wide-ranging leadership experience in several large student societies in Oxford. He was previously an intern with OxPal, focusing on the program’s growth strategy, partnerships, and outcomes evaluation. As director, Mohammad is responsible for the day-to-day administration of OxPal, liaising with our partners both in the UK and in Palestine and helping steer the strategic and operational direction of the partnership.

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  Dr Ishita Patel

Dr Ishita Patel

Clinical Tutor

Dr Ishita Patel, a consultant in rheumatology and general internal medicine, has been involved with OxPal in both a teaching and faculty role since its inception. She has taught medical students from the University of Oxford and in addition to delivering online teaching via OxPal, has taught clinical and bedside tutorials in several West Bank hospitals. She was previously chairperson of the partnership and oversaw a huge expansion in the breadth of the teaching offered by OxPal in the 2013-2014 academic year.

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  Rose S. Penfold

Rose S. Penfold

Senior Administrative Lead

Rose Penfold is a final year medical student at Oxford with longstanding and developing interests in global health and medical education. I became involved with the Oxpal partnership as a student intern in 2012; since this time, I have coordinated the paediatrics programme, undertaken two field visits to the West Bank and presented and published work on Oxpal at national and international level. I will be moving to London to start work as an F1 next year – but it is my ambition to remain actively involved with Oxpal and to teach on the programme in the future.

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  Miss Sushma Shankar

Miss Sushma Shankar

Clinical Tutor

Miss Sushma Shankar is an academic clinical fellow in general surgery with a specialist interest in transplantation. She has been involved with the OxPal project since its inception, and was previously a clinical lead for surgery. She is keen to continue her involvement and is a surgical tutorial for the programme.

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  Dr Alexander Finlayson

Dr Alexander Finlayson

Director, MedicineAfrica

Alexander founded MedicineAfrica and helped start the King’s MedicineAfrica programme in Somaliland and was one of the original drivers of the OxPal programme. He is currently an Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Care (General Practice) and a Doll Fellow (Teaching), at Oxford University.  His previous work includes time spent at Phil Leder’s genetics lab while a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University, Head of Research at the King’s Centre for Global Health looking into the use of ICT by health systems in fragile states  and helping to establish a health innovation incubator in Oxford.

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  Mashal Iftikhar

Mashal Iftikhar

Academic Coordinator for Medicine

Mashal Iftikhar is a 5th year medical student at Oxford. Previous organisational and leadership experience in various student societies at Oxford has given her opportunity to explore the delivery of medical education at home and overseas and inspired her to get involved with OxPal. With a keen interest in debating, she has represented Oxford University Medical School in various national medical debating competitions. Mashal is involved in organising OxPal’s weekly tutorials in internal medicine. Recently, she has run a successful pilot for a near-peer-to-peer tutoring programme in Al Quds Medical School and will be spearheading the continued development of this in the coming months.

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  Anna Carlqvist

Anna Carlqvist

Academic Coordinator for Medicine and Surgery

Anna Carlqvist is a 4th year medical student at Oxford. Anna has served as an academic coordinator for the partnership for over a year and has been a key organiser of our tutorials in internal medicine and surgery. She has a strong background in global health projects, working in Bangladesh and Kenya. As well as organising weekly tutorials, she is fostering relationships between OxPal and our partners, both in Palestine and in the UK.

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  Claudia Snudden

Claudia Snudden

Academic Coordinator for Psychiatry

Claudia Snudden is a 4th year medical student at Oxford with an active interest in global health. Following a visit to Palestine, she was keen to contribute to supporting medical education in the territories. Claudia has been an academic coordinator for the programme for over a year and has been instrumental in helping to organise psychiatry teaching. More recently, she has been liaising with partners in Oxford and Palestine and has set-up a series of postgraduate seminars in psychiatry. She is working to develop a postgraduate psychiatry link encompassing Gaza and the West Bank.

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  Abdi Saeed

Abdi Saeed

Webmaster

Abdishakoor Saeed is an experienced web developer currently working in Newcastle for a large multinational management consulting firm. He is the architect behind OxPal’s online presence and advises OxPal on its branding strategy. Abdi is enthusiastic about the power of low cost, high-value technologies to have a direct impact in areas of conflict and crisis.

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  Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar

Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar

Clinical Tutor

Hasanen is a senior registrar in forensic psychiatry and a medical education fellow at Oxford. Hasanen’s collaboration with OxPal began in July 2013 and he is involved in undergraduate psychiatry tutorials. Together with Claudia, he is heading the development of postgraduate psychiatry exchanges with Palestinian trainees. He is a member of The Iraq Sub-Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and brings with him a wealth of experience in psychiatric health in the Middle East.

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  Saleem Lubbad

Saleem Lubbad

Administrative Lead for Gaza

Saleem Lubbad graduated from the University of Oxford in July 2014 having completed his engineering degree.Saleem hails from Gaza and has been instrumental in supporting education in the occupied territories. He is leading OxPal’s strategy and expansion into the Gaza Strip alongside local charities.

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  Mr Adam M. Ali

Mr Adam M. Ali

Clinical Tutor

Mr Adam Ali read preclinical medicine at Cambridge before being elected as a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard, where he studied healthcare economics, service delivery and political strategy and was actively involved in the national Obama for America campaign team. He completed his undergraduate medical education at Green Templeton College at Oxford before pursuing an academic foundation post in Oxford. Currently, he is an academic trainee in orthopaedics in London. Alongside coordinating research and feedback in the OxPal program, Adam is a surgical tutor.

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  Dr Rebecca Shakir

Dr Rebecca Shakir

Clinical Tutor

Dr Rebecca Shakir is a Clinical Oncology Registrar in Oxford. She has an interest in Medical Education, and in addition to her work with OxPal she also edits the MRCP Part 1 Resource for Onexamination and enjoys providing teaching to Oxford University medical students and junior doctors. Rebecca has provided online tutorials for the General Medicine Module of OxPal since 2012.

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Josephine K. Liang

Academic Coordinator

Josephine K. Liang grew up in Hong Kong, but considers herself a citizen of the world, having engaged in and led health-related projects and researche in India, Vietnam, China, and the Unites States. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Global Health Science at Nuffield Department of Population Health, with the hope of helping people realize their right to health through sound research, good policies, and meaningful projects; she also has an interest in well-being through alternative means, such as art and religion. Josephine is a Davis United World College scholar and graduated from Colby College with a major in Psychology and minor in Chemistry. In her free time, Josephine is learning Arabic and archery, and she is a traditionally trained Chinese Opera actress, a freelance writer, and an aspiring soprano.

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Leslie Scarth

Clinical Tutor

Leslie Scarth retired early from the Sick Children’s Hospital, Edinburgh 1995. Following this he worked as a locum around Scotland for 8 years. He has taught twice in Yerevan, Armenia and Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. He has also taught in the West Bank in Ramallah and Bethlehem the International Medical Education Trust in 2000 and 2014. Leslie is a member of the Iraqi Subcommitte of Royal College of Psychiatrists and has interests in teaching Child Mental Health & learning about is applications in other settings. He’s vaguely iconoclastic loves Geordie terriers and self-diagnosed as technically illiterate.

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