Professor Jonathan Michaels

BA (Cantab), MB BChir MA (Cantab), FRCS (Ed), MChir (Cantab)

School of Health and Related Research

Honorary Professor of Clinical Decision Science

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Professor Jonathan Michaels
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I have had close links with the School of Health and Related Research in Sheffield since moving to Sheffield as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in 1994. I was appointed to an Honorary Chair at the School of Health and Related Research in 2003 and to a Chair of Professor of Vascular Surgery in 2004. I stopped my clinical practice in 2011 but have continued with a number of research projects related to technology appraisal and decision science.

I recently completed an extensive research programme looking at The Design, Development, Commissioning and Evaluation of Patient Focused Vascular Services, funded by a six-year NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.

Prior to moving to Sheffield in 1994, I was a Clinical Lecturer at the Nuffield Department of Surgery in Oxford.

Current projects

  • Studies of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of treatments for peripheral arterial disease.
  • Studies of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of new treatments for varicose veins.
  • Studies relating to clinical decision making in areas of vascular disease including aortic aneurysm and carotid disease.
  • Studies of the drivers to the configuration of sub-specialist vascular services.
  • Studies of patient and societal preferences for various aspects of service provision and delivery.
  • The development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for vascular disease.
Research interests

My research interests include clinical decision science, economic and decision analytic modelling, technology appraisal, the organisation and delivery of sub-specialist services and the ethics of evidence-based healthcare policy. Due to my previous clinical experience many of these projects relate to areas of vascular disease, although I also have wider interests relating to a range of technologies and issues around outcome assessment and decision science in general.

Teaching interests

In the past I have been closely involved in teaching of both clinical trainees and post graduate students on the masters programmes. I was involved in the development and running of the masters programme in clinical research and have supervised and examined for higher degrees.

Professional activities
  • Chair of a Research Special Interest Group for Vascular Service Provision and Access for The Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland
  • Chair of Steering Committee for BASIL 2 and BASIL 3 Trials
  • Member of Steering Committee for the UK-COMPASS Trial
  • Previous Vice Chair of NICE Appraisal Committee
  • Previous Chair of NICE Guideline Development Group for Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Previous Chair of Interventional Procedures Priorities Panel and Member of Prioritisation Group and Strategy and Oversight Group for the NIHR HTA Programme
Key publications
  • Michaels JA. Potential for epistemic injustice in evidence-based healthcare policy and guidance. J Med Ethics. 2020.
  • Michaels JA. Are NICE processes fit for the evaluation of new interventional procedures? Br J Surg. 2019;106(13):1719-22.
  • Aber A, Phillips P, Hughes J, Keetharuth AD, Rooney G, Radley S, Walters S, Nawaz S, Jones G, Michaels J. Electronic personal assessment questionnaire for vascular conditions (ePAQ-VAS): development and validity. Br J Surg. 2020;107(8):1004-12.
  • Wickramasekera N, Howard A, Philips P, Rooney G, Hughes J, Wilson E, Aber A, Michaels J, Shackley P. Strength of public preferences for endovascular or open aortic aneurysm repair. Br J Surg. 2019;106(13):1775-83.
  • Sidloff, D.A., Saratzis, A., Sweeting, M.J., Michaels, J., Powell, J.T., Thompson, S.G., et al. (2017). Sex differences in mortality after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in the UK, British Journal of Surgery, 104(12):1656-64.

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