Dr Sapherson graduated from Sheffield medical school in 1980. He gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1982 then pursued a career in clinical radiology via the Leeds training scheme.
In 1990, Dr Sapherson was appointed consultant radiologist in Bradford specialising in paediatric and musculoskeletal conditions. In 2002 he moved to Harrogate Hospital and pursued additional sub-specialist training to become a specialist breast radiologist.
Today Dr Sapherson is lead radiologist for the department at Harrogate Hospital and a partner in Yorkshire Radiology.