OUR SPECIALISTS

Experts to make sure that your child is growing up healthy.

Our Specialists

We are a team of paediatric medical and nursing professionals offering world class private diagnostic services, helping you to ensure that your child is growing up healthy and safe.

Medical

Cardiology

Dr Venugopalan Poothirikovil

BSc (hons) MBBS (hons) MSc FRCPCH EACVI
Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist

 

 

Dr Venugopalan Poothirikovil (Dr Venu) is a Consultant Paediatrician with Expertise in Paediatric Cardiology, at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton. He holds an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer post at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School and is the Deputy Lead for MSc Paediatrics and MSc Cardiology at the BSMS. He has a track record of clinical, teaching, research and management experience over a period of over 30 years.

Dr Venu has established and updated the paediatric cardiology services in the NHS Trust and has full accreditation from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI). He holds a Honorary Consultant Post at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. He has a special interest and expertise in Cardiology and is an Executive member and immediate past Chair of the PECSIG, the cardiology specialty group of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. He has published on nutritional impact of heart diseases and has authored a chapter in a textbook related to nutrition and heart disease.

Besides his cardiology experience, Dr Venu has gained over the years, experience in general paediatrics as well as allergies and respiratory conditions. He looks after children with not only heart diseases, but also allergies, chest symptoms and other general paediatric symptoms.

Dr Venu is the Chair of DCH Clinical Examinations in the UK and overseas, also a Senior Examiner and Examiner Trainer for the DCH and MRCPCH Clinical Examinations. He has participated in over a dozen clinical research projects, and authored around 100 Medline indexed publications, and several chapters in the online Medscape Text book of Pediatrics.  He is the co-author to the textbook ‘Clinical Cases in Paediatrics: DCH Clinical Examination.

Dr Venu organises and participates in several course and conferences and is widely respected for his contributions in this field. He is the Course director for online and face to face ECG and Echocardiography courses run yearly and receives uniformly good feedback for his contribution to teaching and research.

Dr Majeed Jawad

MBChB , FRCPCH UK, FRCP (London) , DCH (London), DCHRCR (Dublin)
Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist

Between 1980 and 1991 Dr Jawad was trained and worked at Heath University, hospital, Cardiff, Bristol Children hospital, St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, Edith Watson hospital, Lancashire, Queen Marys’ Hospital Roehampton, Westminster Children Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, North Middlesex & Royal Free, Hampstead and The Royal Brompton hospital before he moved into his consultant post in Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in 1991. Dr Jawad is the Principal investigator for Kawasaki Disease for Surrey & Sussex Healthcare.

Dr Jawad is a consultant Paediatrician at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust a, and honorary Consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital & Harefield, London, UK. Dr Jawad has wide experience at both clinical and education level. He is a Paediatrician with a special interest in cardiorespiratory diseases and related problems such as allergies.

Dr Jawad is also a senior examiner for the MRCPCH & DCH and recognised tutor in Paediatrics. He was the chief examiner at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health, then became the Principal Regional examiner for the Middle East & North Africa before he was promoted to his present position as Strategic Regional Advisor at the RCPCH for Training and Examination -MENA.

Dr Jawad deals with children with various heart problems examples: heart murmurs, heart defects, syncope (fainting in children), palpitations and chest pain. Also, children with various respiratory problems such as Asthma, recurrent wheezing, respiratory tract infections, chronic cough or repeated chest infections.

Dermatology

Dr Minal Patel

MB BCh, MRCP (London)
Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist

Dr Minal Patel MB BCh, MRCP, MD is a UK-trained Consultant Dermatologist. She is member of the British Association of Dermatologists, European Society of Paediatric Dermatology, European Academy of Dermatology and the British hair and nail society.

She graduated from Kings College London in 2009 and has worked at a number of teaching hospitals in Sussex where underwent acute medical training and attained her membership to the Royal College of Physicians. She then went on to train as a Dermatologist in an acute teaching hospital in Brighton. She has published articles and spoken at national and international dermatological conferences.

Dr Patel has a particular interest in general dermatology such as Acne, Rosacea and Allergy testing. She is an experienced Dermatological surgeon having been trained under a plastic surgeon whilst she was in Brighton. She is also a specialist in skin cancer and surgery.

Endocrinology

Dr Dunia Ismail

MD, MRCPCH-EU
Consultant Paediatrician (Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes)

Dr Ismail is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital. She is currently the clinical lead for the Paediatric Endocrine and Diabetes service. She also leads the MDT Diabetes clinics, including expert virtual diabetes data reviews of all UTD closed and open insulin loop system analysis.

After completing her medical training and core Paediatric Specialty training in Europe (University Hospitals of Palermo, Italy), Dr. Ismail received International Speciality training in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. She undertook a clinical research fellowship at the world-renowned Paediatric Centre of the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne in 2004, where she worked under the guidance of Professor G Werther, Dr. M Zacharin and Professor F Cameron, all world experts in this field. Dr Ismail published four articles following her time there, three of which as first author. After that, Dr Ismail worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for four and a half years as a senior clinical fellow under world expert Prof Khalid Hussain, developing a sub-speciality interest in glucose physiology and Hyperinsulinism. Dr. Ismail produced many first-author papers while in GOSH on the topic.

Dr Ismail is fluent in Italian (mother tongue) and is comfortable running medical consultations in this language. She is also fluent in Arabic and French. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing classical and Jazz pieces on the piano.

Gastroenterology

Dr Vinod Kolimarala

MBBS, MRCPCH,
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr Vinod Kolimarala is a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust with more than 14 years’ experience of working with children. He obtained specialist grid training in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition from King’s College Hospital and Southampton Children’s Hospital.

He has extensive experience in managing wide variety of gut related symptoms in children including, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, weight loss.

He is experienced in managing various gastro-intestinal conditions including gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, Eosinophilic oesophagitis, gut associated food allergies. He has extensive experience in performing and interpreting pH/impedance studies and endoscopies. His areas of interest include Inflammatory bowel disease and gut associated food allergies.

He is a member of British, European and North American Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and nutrition societies (BSPGHAN, ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN). He is the secretary of the BSPGHAN Eosinophilic Oesophagitis working group. He is the educational supervisor for students from King’s college and regularly teaches medical students, paediatric trainees and allied health professionals. He is actively involved in research and has presented at multiple national and international conferences around the world.

Dr Michael Hii

MBBS,BCH,BAO,MRCPCH, MSc
Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr Hii has been a consultant paediatric gastroenterologist at Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton since 2012. He gained his paediatrics and gastroenterology training from working at various hospitals in London. He has worked in tertiary gastroenterology centres including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Free Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He spent a further 2 years working as a Hepatology Clinical Fellow at the Supra-Regional Liver Centre at King’s College Hospital. He is currently the Clinical Hepatology lead in Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. He also has an MSc in Paediatrics, which was received in 2003 at Birmingham University. He is a member of British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

His main interests are gut-associated food allergies and intolerances, constipation, gastro-oesophageal reflux, infantile colic, nutrition, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. He also has broad experience in general paediatrics.

Dr Hii is also a member of the advisory committee for Paediatric Diagnostics.

Website: www.paediatricgutinvestigation.co.uk

General Practitioner

Dr Jatindar Thompson

MBBS, MRCGP, DipOccMed
Private GP

Dr Thompson is a private General Practitioner with over 20 years of experience. She undertook her medical training at St Mary’s Hospital, now Imperial College, and specialised at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital, completing her training in Kensington. She enjoys working with children and has spent many years working to deliver high quality physical and mental health care, including immunisations, to babies, children and adolescents in both her NHS and Private General Practice. She believes that supporting parents through the challenges of nurturing children is an important aspect of providing holistic family care.

Immunology

Dr Kumar Somasundaram

MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH
Consultant Paediatrician

Dr. Kumar, a highly accomplished and experienced Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist based in Tunbridge Wells Hospital, UK. With a robust medical background, Kumar's expertise spans over 20 years, encompassing diverse paediatric experience gained in prestigious hospitals across London. He holds a postgraduate training at London and Kent deaneries, and his professional journey includes working at renowned institutions such as Royal London Hospital, King College Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas, and Southampton Hospital. Additionally, Kumar has completed a Masters (MSc) in Allergy, reflecting his dedication to staying at the forefront of medical advancements.

Kumar is particularly interested in allergic disorders, with a keen focus on eczema and food allergies. He also excels in allergen desensitization (immunotherapy) for both food and environmental allergens such as peanuts, milk, eggs, tree nuts, pollens, dust mites, and pets. His dedication to research in these areas showcases his commitment to advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes.

Specialising in Paediatrics, Kumar's focus areas include general paediatrics, allergy, and neonatology. Passionate about medical education and training, he has been actively involved in teaching medical students, junior doctors, and GP's across London and Kent.

Consultations with Kumar are child-centred, ensuring a holistic approach to addressing acute and chronic problems in children. Kumar's approach to patient care combines clinical expertise with a calm and reassuring demeanour, ensuring the well-being of each child he treats.

His areas of expertise include food allergies, hay fever, eczema, abdominal pain, constipation, chronic diarrhea, bedwetting, headache, seizures, dizziness, syncope, palpitation, chest pain, chronic cough, wheeze, asthma, joint pains, nutritional disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, and weight gain issues. Kumar also offers childhood vaccines and oral immunotherapy for hay fever and house dust mite.

With close networking ties to London and Surrey Allergy networks, Kumar collaborates with dietitians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists to provide comprehensive care. He values the experiences gained from raising his own children, which have enriched his perspective as a paediatrician. He offers continuity of care from birth to teenage years, as well as health checks and assessments for one-off illnesses and concerns.

Kumar offers in-depth consultations and assessments for a variety of paediatric issues, ranging from common childhood complaints to the investigation and management of rare conditions, often in collaboration with sub-specialists.

Dr Ajith Prasad

MBBS, MD, DCH, FRCPCH, PG Cert(Allergy)
Consultant Paediatrician Immunologist

Dr Prasad is a Consultant Paediatrician with more than 20 years experience in dealing with various paediatric problems. He holds a Consultant position at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust and specialises in Paediatric Allergy.  He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of various allergic conditions in children, including food allergy, hay fever, eczema and chronic urticaria. He is a fellow of the Royal college of Paediatrics and Child health and member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Neurodevelopmental

Dr Kate Francis

MRCPCH, MBBS, MSc. Health Psychology, BSc. Psychology
Consultant Paediatrician Neurodevelopmental

Dr Kate Francis is a Consultant Paediatrician specialising in Acute and Emergency Paediatric Medicine at the Evelina Children’s Hospital London and is the Outreach Clinical Lead for NHS England and Improvement for Violence Reduction. She has experience in Community Paediatrics and Looked after Children (LAC) assessments and has worked for Medway and Kent Community Paediatric services. She is the co-founder of company Bene Esse Limited; developing specialist holistic healthcare solutions for children and young people.

Kate graduated from King’s College London medical school in 2009 and attained a higher level Masters degrees in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton. Through her work as a Paediatrician and background in Psychology she has gained experience and specialist interest in Child Development including neurodevelopmental conditions (ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder), safeguarding children and young people, emotional & behavioural difficulties and well-being.

Kate has an established professional portfolio working with highly experienced and accredited Consultant Community Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Specialist nurses dedicated to working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and neurodevelopmental conditions.

Kate values and sees the need for a holistic healthcare model that provides children and young people with the opportunity to explore their own health, development and well-being in a safe and confidential environment; to equip young people with the life skills that promote self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience.

Kate endorses an evidence based practice approach to maintain high standards of clinical care and uses nationally recognised NICE standardised diagnostic tools to assess children and young people for neurodevelopmental conditions. She is well published within the academic community, with a recent co-authorship publication in the British Medical Journal highlighting the collateral damage of Covid-19 on children including mental health and safeguarding issues.

Dr Kate Francis areas of interest include General Paediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Conditions (ASD and ADHD), Emotional & Behavioural difficulties.

Neurology

Dr Chinwe Ude

MB BS, FRCPCH
Consultant Paediatrician - Epilepsy and Neurology

Dr Chinwe Ude is an experienced Paediatrician with expertise in Epilepsy and Neurology. Dr Ude currently practices at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust where she is am the Lead for the Paediatric Epilepsy and Neurology Service. Dr Ude is also the Clinical Lead for the South Thames Paediatric Epilepsy Network and a member of the Epilepsy Working Group for the NHS England Children and Young People Transformation Programme.  

Dr Ude completed paediatric training at the East of England Deanery and Special Interest training in Epilepsy/Neurology at Cambridge University Hospital Trust. Dr Ude is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (FRCPCH) and holds an honorary lecturing role at Brighton University. In addition, Dr Ude is a Health Ambassador/Advisor for Roald Dahl’s Children’s Charity and an advisor on both the CYP and Medical Advisory Committees at the Spire Alexandra Hospital, Kent.

Dr Ude has years of clinical experience, health service provision and multi-disciplinary working and strives to ensure best practice standards of care around your child. Dr Ude delivers child-centred consultations recognising your child as a unique individual deserving of a tailored approach to their health needs.  Dr Ude is able to see children with concerns about seizures, movement problems, tic disorders, chronic headaches and unsteady gait .

Dr Ude is well experienced in managing Sleep Difficulties which can be extremely impactful on the child’s attention, memory and behaviour.  In addition to her epilepsy expertise, Dr Ude has many years of experience in general paediatrics including common allergy, gastroenterology and respiratory concerns.    

Radiologist

Dr John Adu

BSc (Hons) MBCHB MRCS FRCR
Consultant Paediatric Radiologist

Dr Adu is a Consultant Paediatric Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist at St George’s Hospital.  His interests include chest imaging, trauma and intervention. 

He underwent surgical training prior to commencing Radiology training at the Barts and the London scheme.  Following this, he undertook two subspecialty fellowships in paediatric diagnostic radiology and paediatric interventional radiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

He is an enthusiastic educator and is the current Royal College of Radiology/British Society of Paediatric Radiology Travelling Professor.  He is involved in delivering undergraduate and postgraduate radiology training locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr Liam Woods

BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCR
Consultant Paediatric Radiologist

Dr. Woods is a fellowship trained consultant paediatric radiologist with expertise in all aspects of diagnostic imaging of children.

He is the clinical lead for paediatric radiology at Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in Carshalton and has served as the chairman for the radiation protection committee.

He qualified from St. George's Hospital in London, graduating in 2006 and initially training in general medicine, general surgery and paediatrics. He developed extensive experience as a clinician in acute medicine, caring for both adult and paediatric patients. Later he returned to St. George's Hospital for clinical radiology training, gaining his completion of clinical training (CCT) in 2013. Having continued a passion for paediatric imaging whilst training at St. George's Hospital and on rotation at Great Ormond Hospital for Children, he completed a fellowship in paediatric radiology at King's College Hospital in 2014.

His primary interests include all aspects of general and paediatric radiology, with particular expertise in dose reduction techniques and developmental dysplasia of the hip screening. He has published and presented internationally at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) and also closer to home at the British Society of Paediatric Radiology (BSPR).

Dr. Woods regularly lectures and teaches as part of the Southwest London radiology training network. He has developed paediatric neurodevelopmental MRI and contrast enhanced ultrasound services at St. Helier Hospital.

Audiology

Mr Prince Punnoose

BSc, PG in Audiology, RHAD
Audiologist

Prince completed his graduation in Audiology in 1999 from a leading Medical University in India and thereafter gained his Post Graduate degree in Audiology at the University of Manchester in 2003. He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who regulates Private Hearing Aid Dispensers in the UK.

He is also a member of the Registered Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). Prince has extensive clinical experience in the field of audiology in the UK as a clinician, team leader, and head of NHS Audiology department, and has been practicing private Hearing and Tinnitus Management as a director of Gatwick Audiology since 2007.

Allied Professionals

Dietitian

Misbah Ajmal 

Paediatric Dietitian (Allergy)

Misbah has 11 years experience as a registered Dietitian with 8 years of this within Paediatric allergy services. She currently works as the Lead Specialist Allergy Dietitian at St Georges’s hospital in London which is a tertiary centre for allergy. Within this role she has been involved in published research looking at disparities in allergy provision across UK services. In 2022 she has also presented at both the Sadie Bristow Foundation education event and the BSACI (British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology) Grand Round alongside world-leading clinicians within the field.

Misbah is currently studying for a Masters's degree in Paediatric allergy, is a committee member of the Food Allergy Specialist Group for Dietitians and founder of ‘Little People Dietitian’, a children’s allergy dietetic clinic based in South West London.

Chris Smith

Paediatric Dietitian (Gastroenterology)

Chris has 15 years’ experience in clinical dietetics. Following his training in London he worked at the Royal Free Hospital, London for many years then moved to the Children’s Hospital in Brighton in 2007. Currently Chris is the lead paediatric acute Dietitian in a team of 8 specialist dieticians. His main interest is in the clinical management of under nutrition, gastroenterology, allergy and cystic fibrosis.

He has a strong interest in research and has published work in the field of nutrition. In 2012 he led the collation of a European wide audit of CF dietetic practice with a data cohort of >7000 patients from 10 countries. He has presented many of his own research works at several European conferences including ESPGHAN (2017, 2015, 2013, 2012) and ECFS (European Cystic Fibrosis Society 2012, 2009). Chris has been a lecturer for several leading nutrition companies for many years and continues this important work to share good clinical practice and best nutritional care.

Chris maintains a busy clinical work load as well as being part of the MDT nutrition team for the hospital along with surgical and gastroenterology colleagues.

Since setting up the Nutritional Clinical Investigation Unit in 2014 at the Children’s Hospital his current projects focus on nutritional assessment of body composition, indirect calorimetry and intake composition analysis.

In his spare time Chris runs a taxi service for his 2 children.

Surgeons

ENT

Mr Sam Khemani

BSc MEd DOHNS FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Consultant Paediatric Ent Surgeon

Mr Khemani is a Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon and Clinical Lead for ENT at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust. He was appointed as a Consultant in 2012 after training in a number of prestigious surgical centres in London, including University College Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital. He has extensive experience in the medical and surgical management of paediatric ENT conditions with subspecialist expertise in the surgical management of hearing loss and discharging ears as well as the management of balance disorders and throat conditions including tonsillitis. He teaches intracapsular coblation tonsillectomy techniques around the world. Mr Khemani is also a member of the advisory committee for Paediatric Diagnostics.

General Surgeon

Professor CK Sinha

FRCS Paediatric Surgery (England), MCh, FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Ireland), MS, MBBS
Consultant Paediatric General and Urology Surgeon.

Professor Sinha has over 25 years’ experience in paediatric surgery and paediatric urology. He underwent specialist training in paediatric surgery at the London Deanery and the Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi, India and has also worked in many world-renowned hospitals including Great Ormond Hospital for Children, London, King’s College Hospital, London, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

He has authored or contributed to over 115 publications, 15 books, and 50 national and international presentations. One of his most popular books is ‘Handbook of Paediatric Surgery’, published by Springer London – New York.

He is also the Clinical Governance Lead at St George’s Medical School and is actively involved in training the next generation.

Website: www.childsurgeon.co.uk

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