Roger Kneebone trained first as a general and trauma surgeon, working both in the UK and in Southern Africa. After finishing his specialist training, he decided to become a general practitioner and joined a large group practice in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. In the 1990s he pioneered an innovative national training programme for minor surgery within primary care, based around intensive workshops using simulated tissue models and a computer-based learning program. In 2003, Roger left his practice to join Imperial.
Much of Roger’s current research focuses on simulation. He leads an unorthodox and creative research group, bringing together clinicians, educationalists, computer scientists, psychologists, social scientists, design engineers and experts from the visual and performing arts. Current themes include Hybrid Simulation (the combination of professional actors with inanimate models to create realistic clinical encounters) and Distributed Simulation (low-cost, portable yet highly convincing environments such as the ‘inflatable operating theatre’).
Roger holds grants from the EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, Wellcome Trust and London Deanery. He has a wide range of professional interests and is especially interested in collaborative research at the intersections between traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Roger publishes widely, speaks frequently at national and international conferences and serves on the Editorial Board of Simulation in Healthcare. He is deeply committed to Outreach and Public Engagement, and is currently working on innovative projects with the Science Museum, Wellcome Trust and major science festivals. In July 2011 he received a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Award.
Roger leads the UK’s only Masters in Education (MEd) in Surgical Education, which started in October 2005. This challenging programme builds on educational theory and practice to explore relationships between the biomedical sciences, the craft of surgery and the humanities and social sciences.