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All our consultant neonatologists hold senior positions within large NHS neonatal units and have experience in a wide range of conditions.

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Dr Simon Bignall Consultant in Neonatal Medicine

Dr Bignall trained in London, and then at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He returned to do research on the physiology of the sick, newborn infant at St. Mary’s as a Senior Research Fellow in Imperial College, then became Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College/St. Mary’s Hospital. He continues to invent and develop medical equipment and research methods in neonatal and paediatric intensive care. His latest research involves a 500 patient clinical study and a number of projects with the Engineering in Medicine group at Kingston University. He is currently Director of the Neonatal Unit at The Portland Hospital.

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Dr Elia Maalouf General Paediatrician & Neonatologist

Dr Maalouf is an experienced General Paediatrician and Neonatologist. His sub-specialty and research interests are in the area of Brain Injury in Preterm and Term newborn infants. He is currently a part-time consultant Neonatologist at Homerton University Hospital which is a level III Perinatal Centre with 18 neonatal intensive care cots. At The Portland Hospital he practices both General Paediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care for newborn infants. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief for Early Human Development which is a very well established medical research journal published by Elsevier.

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Dr Swee Fang Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician

At the Portland Hospital, Swee provides care for newborn babies and children of all ages. She is committed to providing every child with care of the very highest standard, tailored to their individual needs.

Swee specialises in neonatal medicine, having trained at the University of Alberta (Canada) and at King’s College Medical School (London). She was appointed Consultant in 1992 and since 1998 has been Consultant in Neonatal Paediatrics at Homerton University Hospital. She has served as clinical governance lead clinician at Homerton University Hospital. In that role, she was involved in improving the quality of care, assessing risk and shaping policy.

She has been the principal investigator at Homerton University Hospital in a number of multicentre clinical trials. Her published research has ranged from parent Involvement in pain management for NICU Infants to prediction of early tolerance to enteral feeding in preterm infants by measurement of superior mesenteric artery blood flow velocity. She has given a number of presentations at international conferences.

Swee is the lead at the North East London Simulation Network which provides advanced simulation training for paediatricians, in collaboration with the London School of Paediatrics Simulation Network. She also trains and supervises junior doctors at Homerton University Hospital.

Swee is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She is a member of the Neonatal Society and the British Association of Perinatal Medicine. She also serves on the City and Hackney Child Death Overview Panel.

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Dr Olga Kapellou Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist

Dr Kapellou is a Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist. She specialised in a number of major London teaching hospitals including Great Ormond Street, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s, Chelsea & Westminster and University College London. She holds a Doctor of Medicine postgraduate degree from Imperial College. Her publications on effects of prematurity on brain growth and development have been cited extensively. She is an expert on preterm and term neonatal brain injury and follow-up of babies after complicated pregnancies and deliveries. She uses Griffiths Neurodevelopmental Scales to track infant development in outpatients’ clinics. She is Neonatal Life Support instructor and Unicef trained breast feeding specialist. Her NHS base is the Homerton Hospital.

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Dr Neil Murray General Paediatrician & Neonatologist

Dr Murray is an experienced General Paediatrician and Neonatologist. He is currently a part-time Consultant Neonatologist at Homerton University Hospital which is a level III Perinatal Centre with 18 neonatal intensive care cots. At the Portland Hospital he practices both General Paediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care for newborn infants.

Dr Murray graduated from Aberdeen University in 1983 (MB ChB). He became a Consultant at Hammersmith Hospital in 1997 and subsequently at Homerton Hospital from 2008. He achieved his postgraduate Medical Doctorate (MD) degree in 1995 and has a number of publications in the field of Neonatal Medicine. He is a member of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and a member of the Neonatal Society and The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM).

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Dr Abhimanu Lall Consultant Neonatologist

Dr Abhi Lall is a Consultant Neonatologist and was appointed to a substantive NHS consultant post at King’s College Hospital, London in 2005. Dr Lall was educated at the King’s School Canterbury where he was awarded an academic scholarship. He trained at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. As an undergraduate he was awarded an Honours BSc degree in Biochemistry and went on to graduate from medical school with a distinction (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) in the MBBS finals examination, University of London. His higher specialist training in Neonatal Medicine was at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital and The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital at University College Hospital, London. Dr Lall was awarded an MSc in Clinical Paediatrics from the Institute of Child Health, London. He was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1997, Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1998 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2008.

Dr Lall has presented research work on perinatal immunology at national meetings and has also published work in peer-reviewed journals. At King’s College Hospital, Dr Lall is the Newborn Unit’s lead for clinical governance which encompasses audit (both local and national) and risk management. He has a major enthusiasm for teaching and regularly lectures internally and on external courses. Dr Lall’s voluntary work includes being on the Multi-Professional Advisory Panel for the Mother and Baby Charity: ‘Baby Lifeline.’ Dr Lall is a Course Director for Baby Lifeline Training’s Examination of the Newborn Course. Dr Lall is also a Newborn Life Support (NLS) Instructor and can be seen providing First Aid for the under 12s at his local Rugby Club when he does not have other commitments.

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