UCLH top docs named by The Times 

19/12/2012 00:00 

Nine doctors and surgeons from UCLH have been named by a national newspaper as top of the docs.
Pictured l to r: Dr Giles Kendall, consultant neonatologist; Dr Sian Harding, consultant neonatologist; Professor Donald Peebles

Pictured l to r: Dr Giles Kendall, consultant neonatologist; Dr Sian Harding, consultant neonatologist; Professor Donald Peebles, consultant obstetrician; Olivia and Humphrey; Leah Healy, neonatal nurse (foreground; Dr Pranav Pandya, director of fetal medicine; Dr Judith Meek, consultant neonatologist. Photo courtesy of Mark Harrison.

The medics are transforming the lives of children and featured prominently in The Times magazine at the weekend which was dedicated to the specialists who treat Britain’s youngest patients.
Those featured were:

The Times explains that their list is not exhaustive, but it is a glimpse at the pioneering doctors and surgeons who are transforming children’s lives.
Pran and Donald were featured in a mother’s story about how her baby was saved in utero by the UCLH neonatal team after he was diagnosed with hydrops fetalis, when the body’s lymphatic system fails. The only potential treatment was still experimental emergency fetal surgery to drain the excess fluid from the baby and womb and inserting plastic tubes halfway into the baby’s chest wall to drain more fluid from his thorax into the mother’s womb. Humphrey was born at 32 weeks and was cared for by neonatologists Giles Kendall, Sian Harding and Judith Meek and Leah Healy, neonatal intensive care nurse.
Olivia said the specialist doctors and nurses were “gods” who have given her an abiding love of the NHS, “without whom we wouldn’t have a son at all”.
Dr Simon Choong has pioneered work in paediatric stone surgery at UCLH. He specialises in minimally invasive treatment of kidney stones in children with complex medical problems, many of whom were born prematurely.
Prof Mehul Dattani specialises in treating conditions affecting the pituitary gland, which produces hormones that regulate many biological functions including growth, metabolism, puberty and blood pressure.
Prof Peter Hindmarsh has improved paediatric diabetes care. His team uses intensive insulin treatments and are one of the largest users of insulin pump therapy, with 64% of patients receiving this form of therapy, compared to 5% across the UK.
Dr Rachael Hough is the clinical lead of the largest teenage cancer service in the UK and has developed an adolescent-focused transplant practice. She has also established and chairs the British Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation’s umbilical-cord Blood Working Group and is the Chief Investigator of two National Cancer Research Institute-baked cord blood transplant protocols.
Dr Jeremy Lavy has been the director of the cochlear implant programme at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital at UCLH for 10 years. He operates exclusively on ears and specialises in hearing restoration. He has pioneered work on "soft surgery" for children having cochlear implants, preserving as much of the normal cochlea as possible in order to take advantage of any future technology.
Amanda O’Donnell is a specialist in her field and regularly treats children with congenitally missing teeth, designing and fitting dentures to transform their smiles and providing patients with a perfect set of teeth. Amanda has transformed the paediatric service for patients who have severe medical conditions including cancer and bleeding disorders.
Prof Viner is the leading paediatrician caring for teenagers in the UK and a pioneer in the development of special wards and clinic for the care of teenagers in the UK. He set up services at UCLH and GOSH that put young people at the heart of a team of health professionals focused only on care for teenagers. The Adolescent Ward and clinics at UCLH were recognised as a UK exemplar for the care of teenagers in the recent Kennedy Report.

  • We were also pleased to see that paediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Victor Tsang, who works primarily at Great Ormond Street Hospital but also treats grown up congenital heart disease at UCLH, was included on the list.

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