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Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam

Academic vice president

Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam was elected as academic vice president and assumed the role in August 2021.

Ramesh is a consultant gastroenterologist at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire. As well as his clinical work and research interests, he provides teaching, learning and educational leadership at the University of Warwick, University of Coventry and the University of Leicester.

Ramesh’s innovative work has had a huge impact on gastroenterology as a specialty, and on efforts to fight COVID-19. In 2020, he received the OBE for services to the NHS during the pandemic as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, having designed a clinical trial for a new COVID-19 treatment, known as the IONIC trial.

Ramesh led strategic priorities during COVID-19 across the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), where he is Chair of the Research Committee. He is Specialty Lead for Gastroenterology for the West Midlands Local Research Network and a member of the Research Advisory Board for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

At the RCP Ramesh is senior college officer for the Communications, Policy and Research directorate. Along with leading and advising on research and academic medicine, his responsibilities include the award-winning RCP Medicine conferences and the RCP’s medical publishing programme.