Microsurgery Anastamosis Simulation Hub (MASH)

In the last decade, there has been a revolution is surgical education and training towards more objective methods of assessment of surgical skill. In microsurgical practice, a plethora of training programmes, tools and assessment methods for skills competency has been reported.

The Microsurgery Anastamosis Simulator Hub (MASH) has been established at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry with the support of the London Deanery and STeLI (Simulation and Technology – enhanced Learning Initiative). This state of the art microsurgery simulation training facility has been set up to establish a comprehensive training curriculum for surgical trainees of all
specialties related to microsurgery.

Key Features

  • Ten state of the art Leica microscopes with video recording facilities
  • Microsurgical simulation materials for training
  • Comprehensive training programme accredited by The London Postgraduate School of Surgery
  • Validated assessment tools and progress feedback

Access Routes and Training Options

As a trainee we invite you to join us here for one of our three training experiences.

  1. Our Award Winning Basic 5-day Simulation Microsurgery Course. These will run throughout the year. To book a place please click HERE.
  2. Training as part of current research project: There are two research projects investigating skills acquisition in microsurgery. To gain training as part of these projects the trainee must have completed our 5 day microsurgery course then further (Free) sessions will be offered. Please contact microsurgery@qmul.ac.uk.
  3. Self directed training. For those who would like access to the microscopes for self directed training and can provide their own suture and simulated material, microscope bookings could be arranged by advance notice during working hours. A nominal fee will be charged for hiring basic microsurgery instruments. A variety of training simulators, cryopreserved animal vessels and suture material can also be provided for this purpose at running costs only. To book self-directed sessions on a weekday please proceed to the payment form by clicking here , for a weekend day please click here. Following the payment confirmation please forward a copy of your receipt and your days of choice to microsurgery@qmul.ac.uk to organise access to the lab.


MASH Staff

Professor Simon Myers PhD FRCS (Plast)
Director – Microvascular Anastomosis Simulation Hub (MASH) – Academic Plastic Surgery Group

Mr Ali Ghanem MSc MSc MPhil MRCS Ed/Eng MD PhD
Academic Clinical Lecturer – Reconstructive Microsurgery Training Lead

Dr Georgios Pafitanis MD

Clinical Teaching Fellow 2014 – 2015Dr Maha Hamda MBBS
MSc Graduate Student & Honorary Research Fellow 2014 – 2015Miss Rudo N Madada-Nyakauru BScHOT MBBS MSc MRCS
MSc Graduate Student & Honorary Research Fellow 2012 – 2013 / Clinical Teaching Fellow 2013 – 2014

Dr Renu Iri MD MSc
MSc Graduate Student & Honorary Research Fellow 2012 – 2013

​Mr Masha Singh MBBS MSc MRCS
MSc Graduate Student & Honorary Research Fellow 2011 – 2012 / Clinical Teaching Fellow 2012 – 2013

Miss Savitha Ramachandran MBBS MMed MSc MRCS Ed
MSc Graduate Student & Honorary Research Fellow 2010 – 2011 / Clinical Teaching Fellow 2011 – 2012

Mr Kambiz Milanifar MD MSc MRCS
MSc Graduate Student & Honorary Research Fellow 2010 – 2011 / Clinical Teaching Fellow 2011 – 2012


Location of the MASH and Contact Details

The MASH is located in the Abernethy Building of the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science located at Whitechapel campus of Queen Mary, University of London. Directions can be found by clicking here.

For access and course booking please forward your messages to

Mr Ali Ghanem or Mr Georgios Pafitanis
Centre for Cutaneous Research
4 Newark Street
E1 2AT

Tel: (00 44) 20 7882 7173
Fax: (00 44) 20 7882 7172

a.ghanem@qmul.ac.uk / g.pafitanis@qmul.ac.uk