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Advisory Board

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Evelyn Geok Peng Ong

Evelyn is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Paediatric HPB & Transplant Surgeon, Liver Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She was born in Hong Kong but trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, graduating with a degree in Basic Medical Sciences with Pharmacology alongside her medical degree. 

Her surgical training has taken her to New Zealand and back with a brief research sojourn at the Institute of Child Health, London. In 2010 Evelyn was appointed as Consultant Paediatric Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Liver Unit has gone on to be awarded an outstanding commendation by the CQC. 


Evelyn is currently the Clinical Lead for Ordercomms and Electronic Prescribing at the Trust as well as serving as Honorary Secretary to British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) from 2017-2020. 

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Dr Ashish Desai

Dr Ashish P Desai is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital. 


Ashish completed his training in paediatric surgery in Mumbai and practiced for 5 years before moving to UK. He then obtained his FRCS (Paediatric Surgery).

 Prior to that Ashish was a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at King’s College Hospital and Honorary senior lecturer at King’s College London for 12 years.

He established the surgical weight loss centre for Adolescents and routinely performs Gastric Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy.

 He has been a part of numerous national committees and has worked to establish adolescent bariatric surgery standards in the country.


Ashish has written numerous academic articles and chapters both on bariatric surgery as well as general paediatric surgery and is invited to speak at many national and international meetings. He is Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons  and was named amongst the UK’s top 100 Paediatric Specialists by the Sunday Times. 


Hadi Mohsenibod, MD, FAAP, MRCPCH (UK), DTM&H

Hadi was born in Iran in 1965 and entered Tehran University Medical School in 1982. He graduated in 1989 and worked in rural areas of Iran as a general practitioner before leaving Iran in 1993 to start his training in paediatrics at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Minnesota, USA. In 1997 he spent two years training in Paediatric Cardiology at Boston Children's and Harvard University . He undertook further training in paediatric critical care in Cape Town, South Africa; London, UK, and Toronto, Canada and trained in Paediatric Malnutrition, Paediatric HIV/AIDS, and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Liverpool).


Hadi taught paediatric critical care at Kuwait University (2 years), University of Toronto (7 years). He is currently a visiting professor in Tehran, Iran. He continues to be an honorary staff physician at the department of critical care at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto but at the end of 2015, he left his" day job" to work as a volunteer in conflict and resource-limited settings, in places such as Libya, Liberia, Malawi, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Guyana.


Hadi says " I feel honoured and privileged that I have been able to use my limited knowledge and skills in the service of sick children and in training healthcare workers who care for them in resource-limited settings. I joined the "Save a Child" network in the Autumn of 2021 through Doctors Worldwide and since then have witnessed first hand how effectively they have helped many children in Afghanistan and Iraq".

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Dr Najeeb Rahman

Dr Najeeb Rahman is a member of the RCEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Committee and the Emergency Medicine and Public Health Special Interest Group. Najeeb trained and worked as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leeds, with much experience gained in the Teaching Hospitals and Trauma Centre there. He holds Diplomas in Humanitarian Assistance as well as Public Health and has a special interest in Global Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Assistance.  He has worked as an EM Consultant at TAwam Hospital, Al Ain, UAE, and served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University. He spent a year in Rwanda, supporting the development of Emergency Medical Training and service as part of the innovative HRH Program from 2013-14. 

Najeeb is a member and former Chairman of the Board of Doctors Worldwide and has more than a decade of experience in disaster response as well as health development programmes in more than 10 countries across the globe.

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Professor Eitan Kerem

Eitan is Head of the Division of Paediatrics at the Hadassah University Hospital and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is a world leader in Cystic Fibrosis research.


He is a principal investigator of numerous national and international multicenter clinical trials and is the author of seminal publications in the field, including phenotype-genotype relationships, disease prognostic factors, the molecular mechanisms for disease variability, and the development of novel mutation-specific pharmacological therapies to correct the basic defects in cystic fibrosis.


Eitan has been central to studies examining environmental interactions with genetic diseases and its influence on the disease severity, genetic markers of asthma and allergy in closed populations, and variability of disease in closed populations exposed to different environments. Increasingly, his efforts have turned to understanding the genetics of primary ciliary dyskinesia in Jewish and Palestinian children. In addition he has published leading papers on management of community acquired pneumonia in children and was the first to characterise necrotising pneumonia and risk factors for complicated pneumonia in children.

The promotion of the medical, ethical and rights aspects of children with chronic diseases is at the forefront of his interest and he has published many papers in this field and is known for his advocacy for children in need. Eitan has a record of building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians furthering peace through medicine and he to arranged for a team of doctors, nurses and a physiotherapist from Gaza to undergo a training program at Hadassah for one year and helped them to establish a CF center in Gaza upon their return.

Eitan and his team have supported the Save a Child initiative since 2017, providing remote medical assistance to doctors helping children in Syria and Iraq.


Dr Dan Magnus

Dr Dan Magnus is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Consultant Senior Lecturer in Global Health. He trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Bristol and Toronto.


He completed a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 


Dan has a special interest in Global Child Health programming, education and research with 20 years of experience in east Africa and Nepal where he is currently working with the University of Bristol on paediatric injury prevention and treatment with the newly formed Nepal Injury Research Centre.  He is co-founder of the charity and is Director of the Global Health iBSc in Bristol.

His former roles include Convenor of the RCPCH International Child Health Group.

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Dr Saar Hashavya

In 2014 Saar took a one-year paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) fellowship in Sydney, Australia and subsequently shared his expertise by teaching a paediatric emergency medicine course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As Saar explains: “The need for the PEM training in Sydney was the result of a shortage in skilled PEM physicians at the Hadassah Medical Center and my desire to assimilate different approaches, protocols, and skills based on Australian teaching.”

He taught his first introductory course in Ethiopia, with the goal of providing paediatricians, adult emergency medicine physicians, and other health care professionals with the fundamentals of paediatric emergency medicine. Each course, lasted four to five days, and included 12-14 students, who had a basic knowledge of paediatrics and paediatric advanced life support, as well as experience in providing paediatric primary care. The course was supported by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations.

The 22 participants in the first paediatric workshop, facilitated by Dr. Saar at Hadassah, included doctors from Gaza and the West Bank and four doctors from Iraq. Aside from training, the main objective of the course was to establish ongoing relationships between Palestinian healthcare professionals for the benefit of their patients.


Saar and his colleagues have supported the Save a Child initiative since 2017, providing remote medical assistance to doctors treating children in Syria and Northern Iraq.


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Dr Masood Ahmed

Masood is the Chief Medical Officer for the NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCG, serving and commissioning for a population of 1.5 million in the West Midlands, UK. As CMO, he holds executive responsibility for Primary Care, Medicines Management and Clinical Policy, Patient and Public Engagement, Clinical Leadership and is the ICS CCIO supporting the digital agenda for transformation and innovation. 

Masood is also the Clinical Technology Officer for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network where he leads on the regional clinical technology strategy and supports the national AHSN Digital Strategy and International Growth Strategy. Other commitments include the NHS Confederation BME Leadership Network Steering Committee, Brent Council Data Ethics Board and he mentors a number of emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds. 

Former roles include Global Medical Director at Dell Healthcare & Life Sciences, Chief Digital Officer at the Health Innovation Network, and Chair of Negotiators for the British Medical Association Junior Doctors’ Committee. 
Masood is a digitally focussed NHS leader with business acumen, a clinical background and over 20 years of international healthcare experience. Special interests include System leadership and strategy, EDI, digital transformation, innovation and AI.


Twitter: @Doctor_Masood



Douglas Casson Coutts

Douglas is a Distinguished Visiting Professor Emeritus and Diplomat-in-Residence (retd) based at Auburn University, Alabama, USA as an occasional guest lecturer and speaker.


Recently retired after 30 years in the United Nations system (World Food Programme), managing humanitarian and relief operations and development programmes in Asia and Africa, he most recently served as the UN Resident Coordinator, UN Development Programme Representative (UNDP), and UNFPA Representative in the Union of the Comoros Islands in Africa.  Before joining the United Nations, Coutts served as a founding member on the professional staff of the Select Committee on Hunger in the US House of Representatives and as an economist with the US Department of Agriculture.  He previously managed international education programs at both Carnegie Mellon University and Georgetown University.  Coutts is the founding president of Friends of WFP (now WFP USA), a US based NGO in Washington, D.C.


Dr Annemieke Miedema

Annemieke is a Dutch Paediatrician and Paediatric Intensivist.

Having trained in the Netherlands with fellowships in Australia and Canada, she came to the United Kingdom in 2012 working as a Consultant PICU in Birmingham Children's Hospital, the first PICU ever to receive five 'Outstanding' commendations by the Care Quality Commission in 2017.

Annemieke is passionate about education, has lead the PICU Educational program and has managed large financial projects improving patient pathways and changing clinical practice around the Trust.

Since qualifying as an intensivist Annemieke has worked as a medical volunteer and team leader for Operational Smile and is a member of it's Medical Subcommittee in the United Kingdom.

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Dr Paul Reavley

Dr Paul Reavley is currently a full-time NHS consultant at Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He is a former President of the Emergency Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine and a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. He was a medical officer in the British Army for 18 years.


Paul is one of the leads in the Paediatric Blast Injury Partnership and editor of the Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual.


Professor Andrew Bush

Andrew’s research interests include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry. Andrew has supervised 41 MD and PhD degrees, authored more than 550 papers in peer review journals, and written more than 100 chapters in books and monographs. He co-edited the 9th Edition of Kendig's Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children, having co-edited the two previous editions.


He was the only Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (the highest impact factor respiratory journal) from outside North America), and Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society. Andrew was Joint Editor in Chief of Thorax, then the 2nd ranked chest journal in the world, and top-ranked outside North America, and the first paediatrician to hold this post.


Andrew has served as Associate Editor for Europe for Paediatric Pulmonology and is currently Chair of the European Respiratory Society Publications Committee. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator, and Chief Investigator in a £4.64 million Wellcome Strategic Award and together with his collaborators, Andrew has raised more than £75 million in peer review grants and donations.

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Sigmund J. Kharasch, MD

Dr Kharasch is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department. In May of 2018, he completed a fellowship in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound and is currently an attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound.. 


Dr. Kharasch was Director of the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Centre and Director of the Paediatric Emergency Department for 11 years.  He was also Chair of Intern Selection for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) and the recipient of the Jerome O. Klein Faculty Teaching Award for the Boston Combined Residency Program.

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Dr Hesham Abdalla

Hesham is a Consultant Paediatrician and Director of Medical Education and Quality Improvement. He has over 10 years experience of service improvement seen through the twin lenses of patient and staff experience and has led teams to a number of Patient Experience National Network and HSJ awards.

He teaches extensively on leadership and QI and was a senior lecturer at Birmingham and subsequently Keele University, teaching on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme for senior leaders. He was also a trustee of Doctors Worldwide, a charity delivering quality medical care and relief in over 22 countries across the globe.

Hesham co-founded Hexitime, the first timebanking platform for improvement of Health and Care, which has been nominated for a number of regional and national awards.

Sigmund J. Kharash
Professor Eitan Kerem
Evelyn Geok Peng Ong
Hadi Mohsenibod
Dr Paul Reavley
Professor Andrew Bush
Dr Saar Hashevya
Dr Masood Ahmed
Dr Dan Magnus
Dr Najeeb Rahman
Douglas Casson Coutts
Ashish Desai
Dr Annemieke Miedema
Hesham Abdalla

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