Pala Rajesh qualified from Madras Medical college in 1974 and then trained in the U.K in general surgery and obtained his FRCSEd in 1982. Pala’s cardio-thoracic training continued between Hull and Sheffield and obtained his FRCSEd (CTh) in 1994. In May 1995 he was appointed as a consultant thoracic surgeon in Birmingham. He is an elected member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the European Association of Cardio-thoracic Surgery. Pala sits on the board of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons and is interested in education and surgical training.