WHO WE ARE


Rob Ross-Russell

Dr Rob Ross-Russell is a Consultant Paediatrician at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust and he leads on the Cambridge Paediatric Group initiative. Rob trained at Cambridge University before moving to London. His early paediatric posts included time at Great Ormonod Street Hospital, the Royal Brompton, St George's Hosptial and Kings before he moved to Cambridge in 1992 as a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care. The PICU there admits around 500 children a year between 1 month and 16 years old, covering a variety of medical and surgical conditions, although not cardiac surgery.

He also trained in Respiratory Medicine, and currently has a predominately respiratory practice, looking after the regional service for the Eastof England, with 200 children with Cystic Fibrosis, a sleep service, care of neuromuscular children and complex asthma. He is an active member of the European Respiratory Society, the British Paediatric Respiratory Group and the European Academy of Paediatrics and holds offices in each of those organisations.

Since 2000 he has also been Director of Studies in Medicine at Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges, where he supervises in Physiology, and he is the sole medical trustee of the Evelyn Trust, a Cambridge charity that supports medical research and social issues in the region.

His research interests are physiological and ethical, and he has published around 70 peer reviewed articles in a variety of journals.

Andrew Clark

Dr Andrew Clark is head of the paediatric allergy department at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. His research portfolio explores the underlying mechanisms of food allergy resolution, clinical and epidemiological features of food allergy, use of diagnostic tests and the impact of a comprehensive management approach on food allergy outcome. More recently, together with Dr Pamela Ewan, he has led translational studies of desensitisation of children with severe food allergies. Andrew is chair of the Standards of Care Committee of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, leading development of allergy care guidelines.

Kate Armon

Dr Kate Armon is a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at Addenbrooke's hospital. She trained at Nottingham Medical School and undertook speciality training mainly in the Trent region with additional posts in South Africa (Johannesburg) and Norwich. Her focus on paediatric rheumatology led to posts at Birmingham Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Kate chairs the Eastern Region Paediatric Rheumatology Network and she sits on the British Society for Paediatric Rheumatology Executive Board in the role of NICE liaison.

Boo Messhel

Dr Boo Messhel is a childhood and teenage cancer specialist working at Addenbrooke's hospital providing a service for all children and teenagers in the East of England. She has a particular interest in renal tumours and is a member of both the National and European Renal Tumours in children group.

Pat Sartori

Dr Pat Sartori is a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Addenbrooke's hospital. She attended Guy's Medical School then trained in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Oncology in Manchester, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Bristol Royal Children's Hospital and Addenbrooke's. She is Clinical Communications Skills Facilitator at the University of Cambridge Clinical School. Her research interests have included the molecular biology of the Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome for her MD thesis and involvement in clinical trials as a Paediatric Oncologist. In her current role Pat's research interests are focussed on facilitating team working and developing tools for service evaluation.

Manali Chitre

Dr Manali Chitre is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist originally from Goa in India where she completed her basic medical training and postgraduate training in Paediatrics. She then moved to the United Kingdom and completed specialist training (CCT) in General Paediatrics. Following this, Manali undertook a one year Paediatric Neurology fellowship in Vancouver, Canada and later attained a higher specialist certificate (CCT) in Paediatric Neurology. She has been practicing as a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge since March 2010 and has been the clinical lead for Paediatric Neurology since February 2012.

Manali has expertise in epilepsy, foetal and neonatal neurology and she is the clinical lead for the Vagal Nerve Stimulation service in Paediatrics. Other interests include neurogenetics, neurovascular disorders, neuroimmunology and movement disorders.

Wilf Kelsall

Dr Wilf Kelsall is a Consultant Paediatrician with expertise in cardiology at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge where he has worked for over 17 years. He co-ordinates the paediatric cardiac care of patients in Cambridge working in a hub and spoke model with Great Ormond Street Hospital. His main interests are on the accuracy and outcome following antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease, neonatal management of the patent ductus ateriosus and delivery of local cardiac services both in paediatric led clinic and a specialist outreach clinic. He has talked and published widely on these areas. He is a keen teacher of echocardiography skills to paediatricians.

Rachel Williams

Dr Rachel Williams is a Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. A paediatric endocrinologist with a strong record of accomplishment in research and medical education, Rachel has specific interests in the management of children with syndromes of severe insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome. As an academic she has research experience in physiological methodology to estimate insulin sensitivity, protocol writing and analysis.

Yogen Singh

Dr Yogen Singh is a Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician with Expertise in Cardiology (PEC) at Cambridge University Hospitals. Before taking up this challenging consultant position with equal responsibilities in neonatology and paediatrics he worked as a Consultant Neonatologist at Simpson’s, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. educational and academic lead / convenor at the Paediatrician with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group (PECSIG) executive committee and also a lead for the accreditation and training at NICHe (Neonatologist with Interest in Cardiology and Haemodynamics) group UK. Yogen is a co-founder and co-director at Yorkshire Paediatric Echocardiography course in Leeds and a course director at Cambridge Perinatal Group in Cambridge. His primary areas of interest include diagnostic echocardiography in children with congenital heart diseases, functional echocardiography in NICU, regional circulation and neonatal haemodynamics.