Who's Who on BACA Council?

President of BACA


Peter Dangerfield, clinical anatomist and orthopaedic research fellow, led anatomy teaching at the University of Liverpool. His research interests are in studies of the vertebral column deformities and hip conditions in children. He has collaborations with a number of UK centres including Liverpool and Staffordshire Universities. Peter is President elect of the International Research Society of Spinal deformities and a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.



Mr Neil Ashwood, upper limb orthopaedic consultant, has over 20 years of surgical experience at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. He has published extensively on surgical case reports with an anatomical twist to the orthopaedic complications of disease and their impact on the body from leprosy and tuberculosis. He is a Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Aston University. Neil has been Associate Medical Director and Surgical Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) .He is an ATLS and Trace course instructor for the RCS.

Membership Secretary


Sarah Allsop, Senior Teaching Fellow, is Medical Anatomy Team Lead at the University of Bristol. She also holds an honorary non-clinical teaching contract with UH Bristol NHS Trust. Sarah is a medically qualified academic, who came to the University of Bristol after 7 years in practice within the NHS. She has interests in medical education theory and using developments in teaching to promote student engagement and well-being. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, and is working towards Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Editor of Clinical Anatomy (UK)


Philip Adds, Reader in Anatomy, is Head of Anatomy, and Admissions Tutor for Medicine at SGUL. He has taught Anatomy at St George’s for over 15 years. His areas of research include applied musculoskeletal anatomy, and the surgical anatomy of the orbital adnexa; he has published widely on these and other anatomical topics. He is the BACA Editor of ‘Clinical Anatomy’ and the Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Journal of Plastination’.

Past President


 Stuart McDonald, a farmer’s son from Dumfriesshire, is Professor of Clinical and Forensic Anatomy at the University of Glasgow.  From his student days, Stuart has participated in the meetings of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists and served as the Association’s Honorary Secretary in 1992 – 2002, as the British Editor of its academic journal “Clinical Anatomy” in 2002 – 2012 and 2013 - 2015, and as the Association’s President 2014 – 2018. Stuart carries out much teaching of medical, dental and science students and also works as a forensic anatomist with the Police and the University of Glasgow’s Forensic Pathologists. He is lead anatomist for the MRCS examinations of the Royal Surgical Colleges of the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Deputy Membership Secretary


Cecilia Brassett is the University Clinical Anatomist in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. She organises the dissection-based anatomy teaching course for preclinical medical students, supervises clinically applied anatomical research and manages the team of senior and junior demonstrators. Her research interests include topics relating to the gastrointestinal tract and musculoskeletal system. She is a Councillor of the Anatomical Society, and an examiner for the MRCS at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Meetings Secretary


Bip Choudhury, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy, has taught anatomy at the University of Manchester since 2005. She qualified as a medic and worked in various hospitals in the Northwest of England, before moving into teaching full time. Her research interests are in anatomy education and her PhD was on the Anatomical Student Experience. She is active in outreach events, enthusing future generations about anatomical sciences. Her children’s book on the human body, for ages 6-9, was published in 2017.

Deputy Secretary


Meenakshi Swamy, graduated as a medic and has been teaching anatomy for over 15 years. She is currently working as a Lecturer at Newcastle University. She teaches anatomy to undergraduate medical, dental, biomedical, speech and language science students, and also to postgraduate clinical colleagues. She is the Lead for the MRES Module in Surgical Anatomy. Her research interests are in medical education, particularly related to innovations in anatomy teaching and assessment. In 2010 she was awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

About Us

The British Association of Clinical Anatomists (BACA) was established on the 7th July 1977 in the United Kingdom to advance the study and research into Clinical Anatomy for the public benefit. 

The Association has, through its two meetings each year, and its Journal, Clinical Anatomy, set out to achieve excellence in Clinical Anatomy for all Health Professionals and those engaged in Teaching or Research.

Anatomy is interpreted in the broadest sense, to include gross topography,imaging anatomy in all modalities, microscopic anatomy and ultra-structure, development and growth before and after birth, neuroanatomy and the developing field of movement science. 

Membership of the Society is open to those with a clinical or scientific interest in its objectives. The Association welcomes all those with an interest in Clinical Anatomy to attend its meetings and present the results of their scientifc work or case studies. Particular support is offered to Junior Academic and Clinical Staff and students who would wish to gain experience in presentation of their work. 

The Society is a Registered Charitable Company in the United Kingdom    

Vision Statement

  • To promote and improve the science and practice of clinical anatomy

Association Objectives



Host two scientific meetings per year

Build a Community of Practice 



Publish articles in the Journal of Clinical Anatomy

Facilitate presentations at meetings



Present Member Spotlights

Host Keynote Speakers at meetings



Offer opportunities for development 



Communicate our vision to a wider audience



Further knowledge in our field