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Clinical Leadership

Richard Cohen, MD, FRCS | Chair of Digestive Disease & Surgery


Professor Richard Cohen is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), and a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at University College London. Professor Cohen has held several Divisional and Trust Clinical Director leadership positions at UCLH. Professor Cohen has held clinical appointments as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon for almost 20 years, and has maintained ongoing academic research interests in his field.

Nick Fletcher, MBBS, FRCA, FFICM | Chair of Critical Care & Anaesthesia

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Professor Nick Fletcher will chair our Critical Care & Anaesthesia Institute at Cleveland Clinic London. Professor Fletcher has been a Consultant in anaesthesia and critical care at London’s St Georges University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 17 years, and was lead for the Trust’s cardiothoracic critical care unit for 5 years. In addition to his clinical commitments he was President of the Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and is an editor of British Journal of Anaesthesia Education. Professor Fletcher has over 70 peer reviewed publications and has been invited to lecture at many international conferences on anaesthesia and critical care. He is recognised for his national and international leadership in clinical quality, echocardiography, research and education.

Jamanda Haddock, MA, MRCP, FRCR | Associate Chief of Staff, Chair of Hospital Services

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Dr Jamanda Haddock trained at Oxford University and St. Thomas’ Hospital London. She has been a Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 1994, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists. From 2012 to 2018, Dr Haddock was Lead Clinician for Imaging Services at the Wellington Hospital and Consultant on the Medical Advisory Committee. From 2004 to 2011 she was Clinical Director for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Royal Free, where she also served as a member of the Clinical Advisory Board.

Mark Hamilton, MB (Hons), MD, FRCP | Chair of Medical Subspecialties

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Professor Mark Hamilton is a Consultant at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. His main clinical interest is the management of complex Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He has 23 years’ experience as a consultant in GI and internal medicine, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and from 2014 to 2018 served as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Wellington Hospital. He remains an active contributor to clinical and translational research.

Andrew McEvoy, MBBS, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCS, FRCS (SN) | Chair of Neurosciences

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Professor Andrew McEvoy is a world-leading Consultant Neurosurgeon at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Reader in Neurosurgery at University College London. He has the largest adult epilepsy surgical practice in the UK and leads the surgical arm of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy - the preeminent epilepsy research group in Europe. Listed in The Times top UK doctors for his epilepsy and brain tumour surgery, Professor McEvoy’s specialist neurooncology service has a particular interest in the prediction and preservation of function during large resective neurosurgical procedures, and the reorganisation of brain function around brain tumours. He has particular expertise in interventional MRI and awake brain surgery. Professor McEvoy has published and presented widely both nationally and internationally, and holds a number of research grants funding projects at The Institute of Neurology in London.

Howard Ware, MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Orth) | Chair of Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery & Rheumatology

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Professor Howard Ware is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Director of the Wellington Hospital’s Knee Surgery Unit. He has more than 30 years’ experience in orthopaedic surgery and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and honorary lecturer at the University of Dundee. Professor Ware is also a member of several professional societies, including the British Association Knee Surgery, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume.

Olaf Wendler, MD, PhD, FRCS | Chair of Heart, Vascular & Thoracic

olaf wendler

Professor Olaf Wendler has been a Consultant in cardiothoracic surgery for more than 20 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He joined King’s College Hospital in 2004 and served as Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Services from 2006 to 2012. Professor Wendler has an international reputation for innovative minimally invasive heart surgery, and has been the lead cardiac surgeon in the Clinical Advisory Group of the NHS London Cardiovascular Strategic Clinical Network since 2013.

Ruth Whitby, BSc, MBBS, DRCOG | Chair of General Practice

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Professor Ruth Whitby has more than 30 years’ experience in General Practice. She is a GP at King Edward VII's Hospital, and has a special interest in general medicine, stress management, health screening and paediatrics. Professor Whitby was the first native English-speaking doctor to be awarded a Japanese Medical License whilst working as a GP in Tokyo from 1994 to 1997, and she holds a medical degree from King’s College London, a diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology, and a first-class honours degree in neuroanatomy.

Department Chairs

Philip Ahrens, MBBS, FRCS (Tr & Orth) | Deputy Chair Institute of Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery & Rheumatology

Philip Ahrens

Mr Philip Ahrens was appointed Consultant to Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in 2003 and practices specialist shoulder and elbow surgery. Mr Ahrens was awarded the British Elbow and Shoulder Society’s European Travelling Fellowship in 2004. He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, The British Elbow and Shoulder Society, and is a founding member of the Watanabe Club, a society dedicated to the advancement and teaching of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. He is an Honorary Consultant to St. Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy, and was Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon to the London 2012 Olympics.

Georg Auzinger, Dr Med Univ, EDIC, AFICM, PTEeXAM | Department Chair of Critical Care & Anaesthesia

Georg Auzinger

Dr Georg Auzinger is a Consultant and Reader in Intensive Care Medicine and the former Clinical Director for Critical Care at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He has 20 years’ experience as a consultant in the NHS. For 8 years he served as the Lead Clinician for the Liver ICU then became Director for Critical Care at King’s College Hospital until 2019. Dr Auzinger has a special interest in extracorporeal cardio-respiratory assist and liver failure. He established and leads King’s College Hospital’s ECMO service.

Paul Jarman, MA, MB, BS, Phd, FRCP | Department Chair of Neurology

Paul Jarman

Dr Paul Jarman is a Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square and University College Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust. His research background includes a PhD at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, on the subject of molecular genetics of neurological disorders.

Dr Jarman has clinical interests in movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease, acute neurology and neurorehabilitation. He is committed to medical education and training the next generation of neurologists, and has for many years been the Training Programme Director for the London postgraduate neurology training programme.

Nick Losseff, MB, BS, MD, FRCP | Medical Director of Global Patient Services and Strategic Alliances

Nick Losseff

Dr Nick Losseff is a Consultant Neurologist at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a major interest in healthcare strategy and has held several senior leadership positions in the NHS, including Medical Director of North Central London NHS and London Clinical Director for Neuroscience and Stroke. Dr Losseff is best known for his work to improve stroke services, having led the highly successful London Stroke Strategy. He was previously awarded the European Neurology Society Prize and the Queen Square Prize in Neurology for his research.

Helen Mitakidis, MRCGP | Medical Director for Concierge Medicine

Helen Mitakidis

Dr Helen Mitakidis qualified as a GP in 2007, obtaining her MRCGP with distinction. She is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr Mitakidis has diplomas in family medicine, primary emergency care and tropical medicine, which she received with distinction.

She has extensive experience and skills in primary care, urgent care and emergency medicine and worked as a locum A&E consultant and as a GP in the NHS for a number of years. She also holds a diploma in child health and a BSc honours degree in Reproductive health and obstetrics (with distinction) and has special interest in women’s health and paediatrics. Dr Mitakidis established five centres in central London as the lead physician for the largest private healthcare group in the U.K.

Charles Murray, MA, MBBS, PhD, FRCP | Department Chair of Gastroenterology

Charles Murray

Dr Charles Murray is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust where he is also Clinical Director for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. He served as Senior Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology from 2009-2013. Dr Murray is currently Chair of the Education Committee of United European Gastroenterology, and Past President of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Murray was awarded the Moti L. and Kamla Rustgi International Fellowship by the American Gastroenterological Association in 2005, and in 2007 was the Functional Brain-Gut Research Group Young Investigator of the Year.

Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, B MedSci, BM BS, FRCS (Gen Surg), FASCRS, LLM | Chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee

Joseph Nunoo-Mensah

Mr Joseph Nunoo-Mensah is the Clinical Lead of Colorectal Surgery at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Research and Post Graduate Teaching at King’s College London. In addition, Mr Nunoo-Mensah obtained a master’s degree in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice (LLM) from the University of Cardiff. 

Mr Nunoo-Mensah is the Programme Director of the Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery Conference, and is president elect of The International Society of University Colon & Rectal Surgeons. Mr Nunoo-Mensah completed sub-specialised training for colorectal, laparoscopic and pelvic floor surgery at the University of Southern California and the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona.

Bernard Prendergast, DM, FRCP, FESC | Department Chair of Cardiology

Bernard Prendergast

Professor Bernard Prendergast joined Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2015 as Co-Director of the Cardiac Structural Intervention Programme. He has been Honorary Secretary of the British Cardiovascular and Cardiovascular Intervention Societies, and Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease. Research interests, which are delivered via collaborative links between London and Oxford, focus on the epidemiology and treatment of valvular heart disease. He is the principal Course Director of PCR London Valves, the world’s largest specialist meeting in valve intervention.

Alexandra Wu, MB, BS, FRCP | Department Chair of Medicine and Acute Admissions Unit

Alexandra Wu

Dr Alex Wu has been a Consultant Physician in Health Services for Elderly People at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 1993, and in 2009 she was appointed Clinical Champion for Integrated Care. Dr Wu served as Clinical Director of Acute Medicine, Health Services for Elderly People and Respiratory Medicine from 2008-2014, setting up the Medical Assessment Unit.

She is the founder and champion of Post-Acute Care Enablement and Admission Avoidance programmes, and developed a 23 hour Emergency Assessment Unit and an Elective Ambulatory Care Unit. Dr Wu was appointed Clinical Director of Service Transformation in 2014 and successfully delivered an integrated primary and secondary care service in North Central London for the Royal Free Group.

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