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Miss Celia Riga, Female

Consultant vascular surgeon and clinical senior lecturer 6077256
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Miss Celia Theodoreli-Riga is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Imperial College. She is the Head of School of Surgery (HEE) and is responsible for the quality of surgical training in London for more than 1500 trainees. She previously served as the Surgical Training Committee Chair and Training Programme Director in Vascular Surgery for the London region. She serves on the UKRI/EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Board. Miss Riga is also an honorary consultant surgeon at The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust. She qualified from Imperial College London in 2003. She completed her higher surgical training in London with placements at Charing Cross, Northwick Park and St Mary’s hospitals. She obtained a doctorate in medicine from Imperial College and was appointed a clinical lecturer in surgery in 2010. She became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2014.

Her clinical expertise includes aortic aneurysms, occlusive vascular disease, endovenous management of varicose veins, carotid disease and stroke prevention, aortic dissection and endovascular robotic surgery. She has introduced team training and simulation programmes to the current vascular curriculum in collaboration with the patient safety research group. She has an international reputation as a speaker with over 300 podium presentations, over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She has significant experience in Medtech and clinical translation for medical devices. She sits on the New Interventional Procedures Committee which regulates and monitors clinical adoption of novel devices and techniques across all Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust sites. She serves as an examiner for Imperial College and Oxford University.

Her research interests focus on innovative techniques for the treatment of arterial and venous disease, training and education, incorporating new advances in technology. She works closely with the engineering group at the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London. Miss Riga has led the translational endovascular robotic research theme at Imperial College, publishing the first pre-clinical evidence for the advantages of robotic technology in complex endovascular tasks such as supra-aortic branch intervention and fenestrated endografting. Her research has won 30 national and international prizes, attracting over £10million in funding including a UK flagship EPSRC investment to make Imperial the UK’s largest translational micro-robotics facility.

Special interests

Aortic aneurysms

Occlusive vascular disease

Carotid disease and stroke prevention

Aortic dissection

Endovascular robotic surgery