Professor Peter Bazira


Director of the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences

Role at Hull York Medical School

Peter is Professor of Clinical Anatomy and Medical Education at Hull York Medical School. He is the Director of the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences which brings together Hull York Medical School staff with expertise in clinical, functional and comparative anatomy and physiology based at the Universities of Hull and York.

Peter is the HTA Designated Individual for the anatomy facilities at Hull York Medical School and the Daisy Tumour Bank and oversees the use of human tissues in anatomical examination.

Peter is also the Academic Lead for Widening Participation, and in this role he leads a team focused on raising the expectations of medical education for potential medical students from non-traditional and underrepresented groups.


Peter joined Hull York Medical School in 2009. He was previously Assistant Lecturer in Anatomy at Makerere University, then Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy and Head of Anatomy at St George's, University of London before moving to Hull York Medical School as Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy and HTA designated individual. Since 2019 he is the Director of the Centre of Anatomical and Human Science and Professor of Clinical Anatomy and Medical Education.  

Peter is a medically qualified clinical anatomist. He completed his basic medical training at Makerere University and undertook his house jobs at Mulago National Referral Hospital. He earned an M.Sc. in Human Anatomy at Makerere University, worked in General Practice and in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Mulago National Referral Hospital, and taught clinical anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine (now the College of Health Sciences) of Makerere University.  

Peter earned his doctorate in education from the University of Sheffield and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As a classically trained anatomist, Peter has been an active teacher of embryology, histology, gross anatomy, comparative anatomy, radiological anatomy and clinically applied anatomy since 1997. 


Peter's main professional interests lie in medical education - covering a) learning in the context of medical and health professions education with particular emphasis on anatomy, b) access and participation in medical and health professions education, and c) medical education policy; and clinical anatomy - covering the links and relationship between form and function, and their application to clinical practice and the development of novel surgical procedures.

Peter utilises both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in his research and is an active peer-reviewer for several anatomical and educational journals.


Peter takes the lead on delivery of clinical anatomy learning opportunities on the undergraduate medical (MBBS) curriculum, and on postgraduate surgical short courses delivered by Hull York Medical School. He also contributes to teaching on M.Sc. Programmes.

His regular commitment to educational programmes is as follows:


  • Clinical Anatomy lead
  • Phase 2 (Y3 & Y4) tutor for Scholarship and Special Interest Programmes (SSIP)

M.Sc. in Clinical Anatomy (and Education)

  • Module lead for Clinical Neuroanatomy
  • Module lead for Clinical Microanatomy
  • Research project supervisor

M.Sc. in Health Professions Education

  • Tutor for the Anatomy Pedagogy module
  • Tutor for the Learning and Teaching Module

M.Sc. in Physician Associate Studies

  • Tutor for clinical anatomy
Postgraduate research supervision

Peter is a member and chair of several Thesis Advisory Panels (TAPs) for postgraduate students (MD and PhD).

Peter supervises research projects for Postgraduate Research and M.Sc. students in a wide spectrum of anatomical and educational areas including radiological studies, biomechanics, cadaveric studies and medical education.

He is the principal supervisor for the following doctoral students:

Rebecca Quinn - Threshold concepts in medical education (PhD)

Jerome Philip - Submandibular free-flaps in head and neck reconstructive surgery (MD)

External roles

Peter is an examiner for the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (MRCS) and the Series Editor for "Surgical and Clinical Anatomy for the MRCS Exam" in the SURGERY Journal. He is also external examiner for MD5 and MD6 at the University of Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus.

He was previously external examiner for the MBChB at the School of Medicine, University of Keele, the MBChB at the School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, and the MBBS and the Intercalated B.Sc. at St George's University of London.