Medical leadership

Executive Medical Director, Dr Gerrard Phillips

Dr Gerrard Phillips has been a Consultant Physician and Respiratory Physician for more than 20 years. He took up his consultant post at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, in 1994 and still works there full time in both his specialties. He has held a number of leadership roles locally in Dorset, including Associate Medical Director and lung cancer site specific group chair. 

From 2014-2017 Gerrard was the Royal College of Physicians, London Vice President for Education and Training. During this time he contributed to national policy work on “Shape of Training” and initiated and implemented the chief registrar programme. He has previously held the position of London college senior PACES examiner and oversaw the Diploma of Geriatric Medicine and the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He was also Medical Director for CPD and Revalidation, and contributed to the Pearson review of revalidation for the GMC.

Medical Director for Assessment, Dr Stuart Hood

Dr Stuart Hood has been a Consultant Cardiologist at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde since 2000. He has been an examiner for MRCP(UK) for 15 years and was a member of the Cardiology Specialty Question Group from 2007-2012. He served as Director of Medical Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 2012-2016 and was then appointed Medical Secretary of the Clinical Examining Board in 2016 before taking the role of Associate Medical Director.

He has been a member of the PACES 2020 Implementation Group and is currently chairing the PACES 2020 Training and Communication workstream.

International Medical Director for PACES, Dr Tanzeem Raza OBE

Dr Tanzeem Raza OBE was appointed as the new Federation International Medical Director for PACES in December 2022.

Dr Raza has wide-ranging experience in education and training, most recently as the secretary of the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examining Board, as well as the Senior London Examiner for PACES. Prior to this, He previously worked as the Associate International Director for RCP London. He was one of the pioneer physicians to set up the new specialty of Acute Medicine in 1997.

Dr Raza is currently a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He previously served as the Director of Medical Education for his hospital. He is also an honorary senior clinical lecturer with the University of Southampton and a visiting fellow with the Bournemouth University. 

Associate Medical Director for Clinical Exams, Dr Rod Harvey

Dr Rod Harvey is a consultant Acute Medicine Physician and Endocrinologist working in Inverness, Scotland. He qualified in 1982 from the Universities of Oxford and Newcastle Upon Tyne and completed specialist training in Aberdeen. He was the Dean of Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for six years from 2017, a role in which he was responsible for the delivery of examinations provided by the College and the MRCP(UK) PACES in particular. He is an experienced PACES examiner having examined in excess of two thousand candidates both in the UK and overseas.

For five years from 2014 he held the position of Board Medical Director at NHS Highland during which time he studied quality improvement methodology and became a certified LEAN leader. As lead clinician for the Scottish National Diabetic Retinopathy screening programme he oversaw its implementation using digital retinal photography and the introduction of grading using automated image analysis.

Associate Medical Director for Written Examinations, Prof Albert Ferro

Prof Albert Ferro studied Medicine at King’s College London (1978-1984), obtaining a 1st Class Honours intercalated BSc degree in Biochemistry along the way.

After qualifying, did his PhD in Clinical Pharmacology at Cambridge University. Since that time, his research and clinical interest have both focussed on the prevention and treatment of heart disease. He has been a Consultant Physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London since 1996, and was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology at King’s College London in 2009.

He has previously served as Chair of the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Board for the previous five years and chaired the Royal College of Physicians Joint Specialty Committee on Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2011-2016). He is ex-Vice-President of the British Pharmacological Society (Clinical Section). He served as Chair of the London Cardiovascular Society between 2005 and 2009, of which he remains a committee member.