Roger is a clinician and educationalist who leads the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music–Imperial Centre for Performance Science. His multidisciplinary research into contextualised simulation and embodied knowledge builds on his personal experience as a surgeon and a general practitioner and his interest in domains of expertise beyond medicine. Roger has built an unorthodox and creative team of clinicians, computer scientists, design engineers, social scientists, historians, artists, craftsmen and performers.
Roger has an international profile as an academic and innovator. In 2011 he became a National Teaching Fellow and in 2012 was awarded a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship. He is passionate about engagement, which he sees as a translational resource bridging the worlds of clinical practice, biomedical science, patients and society. He is fascinated by the embodied knowledge that underpins science, medicine and the visual and performing arts.
In addition to his work with Imperial scientists and clinicians, Roger collaborates with the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Royal College of Art. In 2017 he became the first Honorary Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Art School and is a full member of the Art Workers Guild. From 2018-2021 he was Gresham College Visiting Professor of Medical Education, and in 2019 he became the fourteenth Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Roger presents Countercurrent, a fortnightly iTunes podcast featuring 45-minute conversations with people whose interests and careers cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.
His book Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery (Penguin) was published on 27 August 2020 (paperback edition August 2021).