our team

The core team that brought you EuroSCORE II, Sam Nashef and Christopher Smith, is reunited to organise EuroSCORE 3. We look forward to renewing old acquaintances and welcoming new collaborators.

We would also like to introduce you to new members of our team: Jason Ali, Daniel Saxton, Maxine Taylor, and Paul Tadd.

If you have any questions about EuroSCORE 3, please do get in touch. If your query relates to your institute contributing data for EuroSCORE 3, Chris is best placed to respond.

Samer Nashef

Project Lead

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Mr Nashef is the inventor of EuroSCORE. Mr Nashef qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol in 1980, and trained in general surgery in London and Exeter. His specialist training in cardiac surgery was in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester and Bordeaux in France.

He was appointed consultant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital in 1992. He practises all types of cardiac surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive coronary bypass, mitral repair and surgery for atrial fibrillation. He is also interested in surgery of the aortic root.


Jason Ali

Transplant Surgeon

Consultant Transplant Surgeon

Mr Ali qualified as a doctor at the University of Cambridge in 2008. During his medical training he has completed a PhD investigating the immune response to transplanted organs. He has undertaken his specialist cardiothoracic surgical training at Royal Papworth Hospital and was appointed to a Locum consultant post in 2022.

He has a significant interest in medical education and is the director of studies for clinical medicine for Churchill College, University of Cambridge, in addition to various teaching and examining roles for the Clinical School of Medicine.


Christopher Smith

Project Manager

EuroSCORE Project Manager

Chris Smith is the EuroSCORE Project Manager and has long been involved in the EuroSCORE project – having supported the recalibration exercise for EuroSCORE II back in 2010.


Daniel Saxton

Head of Business Services


Daniel is the Head of Business Services at the world-renowned cardiothoracic specialist hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Since joining the Trust in 2012, Daniel has successfully led several departments. He is now responsible for overseeing the hospital’s charity, external education portfolio and commercial activities.

Daniel has background in Private Healthcare, Charity Management, Corporate Service and Governance, Marketing Communications and Business Development.

As an innovative and results orientated Healthcare Manager with experience in the NHS and Private Healthcare Sector Daniel is passionate about supporting positive change across the NHS to improve services for patients. He works with colleagues and industry stakeholders to explore innovative mechanisms to advance healthcare and to drive efficiencies and innovation across healthcare services both in the UK and internationally.

In addition to his role at Royal Papworth, Daniel is a board member of UK International Healthcare Management Association and served as their Chairman for an 18-month term.


Taylor Maxine

Head of Fundraising


Maxine Taylor is the Head of Fundraising for Royal Papworth Charity, which is proud to have funded the development of EuroSCORE over the years. The Charity understands the need for developing innovative products that advance medical breakthroughs, support clinicians, and help our patients. This is why the Charity has funded the EuroSCORE 3 project.

EuroSCORE has improved patient outcomes and saved lives. If you have had heart surgery at Royal Papworth Hospital, then EuroSCORE has helped you. If you would like to learn more about EuroSCORE or wish to support the future of the world-leading calculator to help others, please get in touch.


Paul Tadd

Strategic Commercial Project Manager


Paul Tadd is a Strategic Commercial Project Manager within the Trust’s Business Services. Paul is keen to ensure that the EuroSCORE project receives the funding it needs to continue to be world-leading and makes the most of technological advances – particularly in the field of AI.


All members of the EuroSCORE team can be contacted at the following address:

Royal Papworth Hospital
Papworth Road