Actor Timothy Spall with his doctor Professor Anthony Goldstone at University College Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Jude Edginton)
Charities, specialists, professional bodies and associations were asked to nominate the leaders in their field which included an impressive array of names across UCLH/UCL.
The introduction by The Times medical correspondent Dr Mark Porter (a practising GP), said: “Deciding whether a specialist is at the top of his or her game isn’t just about their academic prowess, diagnostic skills or clinical outcomes – it’s also about more subjective qualities such as empathy, dedication and drive…..just because your consultant doesn’t appear on this list does not mean that he or she isn’t world-class – all we can say is, if they do feature, then you are likely to be in the right hands.”
As well as praise from their peers, celebrity patients were also interviewed about the doctors. Actor Timothy Spall told the magazine that UCLH consultant haematologist Professor Anthony Goldstone saved his life. Mr Spall said: "As soon as I met Professor Goldstone, I just thought. 'I trust that man'. There was something about him that was more than just medical. Not all doctors have the gift of being healers, but you get a sense that he is actually going to cure you."
The UCLH/UCL names on the list include:
- Richard Budgett, former athlete, who is Chief medical officer at the Olympic Medical Institute He will be overseeing all things medical for the London 2012 Olympics. A consultant in sports medicine at UCLH.
Anthony Campbell, former consultant physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM), who introduced an acupuncture service there in 1977. Past vice-chairman of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
- Mike Cummings, honorary clinical specialist at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) with a particular interest in chronic forms of muscle pain. He is medical director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
- Professor Anthony Goldstone, currently consultant haematologist at UCLH and director of clinical services at Harley Street, a private unit at UCH. He has held positions such as chairman of the European Bone Marrow Transplant Group for Lymphoma and president of the British Society for Haematology.
- Professor David Linch, professor of haematology and consultant haematologist at UCLH/UCL, specialising in lymphoma and leukaemia whose research has been instrumental in developing high-dose treatments.
- Professor Valerie Lund, one of Britain’s leading specialists in sinus tumours, was awarded a CBE for services to medicine in 2008. Valerie is Professor of Rhinology at the Ear Institute at UCL and an honorary consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital as well as UCH, and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital.
- Andrew McEvoy, consultant neurosurgeon at the NHNN/Institute of Neurology, known for performing “awake” brain operations using high-tech gamma knife and cyber-knife techniques to minimise neurological damage.
- Professor Christopher McGregor, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, was credited with being one of the foremost heart transplant surgeons in the world who now specialises in the surgical removal of thickened heart muscle. He performed the first successful lung transplant in Europe in 1987, the first successful infant heart transplant in the UK in 1988 and the first successful heart, lung and liver transplant in the US in 1996.
- Professor Tony Mundy, consultant surgeon and medical director at UCLH, is highlighted as the UK’s leading authority on the management of genitourinary reconstruction. He has 182 papers published in peer review journals, plus numerous books.
- Professor Kypros Nicolaides, head of prenatal screening at UCLH, specialises in pioneering techniques that allow him to diagnose, treat or even prevent certain conditions before a baby is born. He was the first to perform laser surgery in the womb and the first to discover the link between Down’s syndrome and the amount of fluid behind a foetus’s neck.
Angela Robinson, an expert in the sexual health of adolescents and young people, works from the Mortimer Market Centre, one of the largest genitourinary medicine clinics in the UK. She is an honorary consultant for UCLH.
- Paul Serhal, a consultant obstetrician, who founded the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, a private enterprise based at the Eastman Dental Hospital. He works closely with UCLH. In 2009, he was responsible for helping a woman give birth to the country’s first “breast-cancer- gene – free” baby, having screened embryos for the faulty hereditary BRCA1 gene before implantation.
- Professor Terence Stephenson, Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, honorary consultant general paediatrician at UCLH and president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Considered an expert in many areas of general paediatrics and neonatology.
- Professor Christopher Woodhouse, a consultant urologist at UCH. He specialises in adolescent reconstructive urology. His research has led to the development of techniques to reconstruct the bladder and to provide new bladders for patients whose own have been removed.