Biographies: panel on improving outcomes in peripheral vascular disease – 29 November 2021

James Gotts is Care Pathway Lead for the Acute Diabetic Foot – NELFT and Barts Health. He has been a podiatrist since 2001 and spent the ten years from 2006 – 2016 working for Barts Health in the community in Tower Hamlets, specialising in orthotic manufacture, diabetic foot disease and wound care. From 2016 to 2021 he worked as Podiatric Diabetes Manager at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, developing the service and integrating with partner services to improve MDFT input for the diabetic foot with the help of the South West London Foot Network and NHS Diabetes Transformation Fund.  He has recently joined Barts Health NHS Trust on secondment from NELFT to provide inpatient care for patients with diabetes and high-risk foot conditions in the Royal London Hospital. 

Niki Sachsinger PhD is a clinical research professional with many years experience working in clinical trials, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and a strong academic background. She has supported phase II/III/IV clinical research studies across a range of indications including vascular surgery, medical devices, oncology, and mental health research.  Recently, as a Clinical Trial Manager she is working on a breast cancer project in the EU and has previously set up and monitored sites across the UK for two phase II Covid-19 studies. Niki managed a small Vascular Research Unit at St George’s Hospital in London, a large tertiary hospital where she was responsible for conducting clinical trials with vascular patients. These included device trials in surgery, interventional studies to investigate vascular treatment options or disease prevention, and observational studies for determination of best practice.


Donald Singer is Chair of the Cardiovascular Research Trust the healthy heart charity. He is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in new approaches to personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. He trained in renal medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London and went on to become a clinician and researcher at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, St George’s Medical School, Imperial College at Harefield and Warwick Medical School. He has also worked as a clinical pharmacologist for Yale School of Medicine within US-AID and CDC-supported programmes in Rwanda. @HealthMed

Stella Vig is a Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon at Croydon University Hospital and has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. She is one of three Divisional Clinical Directors for Croydon and has recently also been appointed the National Clinical Director for Elective Care and London Lead for General Surgery. 

She is keen to see efficiency and excellence in patient care within the NHS and Croydon have implemented a ‘hospital within a hospital’ model for elective care during the recent covid pandemic (the Croydon Elective Centre).  

She is passionate about foot problems in patients with renal and diabetic disease and won the BMJ Leadership Award in 2010. She Co-Chairs the London Diabetic Foot Network within the Diabetes Strategic Clinical Network.  

Stella has a strong interest in training and encouraging medical students and foundation years to pursue a career in surgery.  

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