Shaj Wahed is a Consultant Oesophago-Gastric Surgeon in the Northern Oesophago-Gastric Unit, Newcastle upon Tyne. He received his MD and a RCS England research fellowship for work evaluating minimally invasive techniques of identifying sentinel lymph nodes in oesophageal cancer. Shaj enjoyed a post-CCT fellowship in Brisbane enhancing his laparoscopic and thoracoscopic skills before returning the UK. He continues active involvement in translational and clinical research. Shaj is the North East NIHR CRN lead for malignant upper GI surgery and the Northern regional representative on AUGIS council.