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Meet the Team

We are the Innovation Team and are the first point of contact for inventors and innovators in CDDFT.

We work in partnership with staff, departments, external organisations and businesses to help inventors and innovators to turn their ideas into reality.

Research and Innovation Director - Zaher Toumi, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon

Research and Innovation Associate Director - Donna Johnston, Associate Medical Director


Research and Innovation Manager - John Mulcahy,


Innovation Support Officer - Hannah Gibson

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham