Dr Abin Thomas


Research fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

At the Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research, I undertake applied health services research as part of the LaCeS 2 trial, a multicentre, randomised controlled trial of laparoscopic versus open colorectal surgery in the acute setting. By actively monitoring patient enrolment and interviewing clinical staff and patients in the study, my objective is to identify perceived barriers to clinical trial recruitment. This research findings will shape the development and delivery of training materials to health professionals involved in the trial. I also contribute to teaching and other qualitative research here.


Abin Thomas is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on biomedicine, ethics, clinical trial recruitment and global health. Abin studied at the Hyderabad Central University and the Delhi University and obtained his PhD at the King’s College London. Before joining the Hull York Medical School, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh.


I have worked on health topics such as organ transplantation and anti-microbial resistance in India. I have expertise in qualitative interviews, multi-sited ethnography, co-design workshops, focus-groups, and archival research.