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Our highly qualified team is led by world-renowned fertility experts Professor Ovrang Djahanbakhch, Mr Michael Summers, Mrs Shailaja Nair, Mr Julian Mamiso, Dr Ghazala Basir and Professor Alan Handyside.

The Bridge team

Michael C. Summers

Michael C. Summers MD PhD FACOG

Consultant in Reproductive Medicine

Michael Summers is a leading international specialist in infertility and assisted reproduction. He was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a clinical fellowship in infertility and reproductive endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Summers also holds degrees in chemistry and structural biology. This has enabled him to pursue a wide area of research, gaining numerous awards and culminating in advanced studies in embryology and PGD.
Michael has held high-level teaching positions on both sides of the Atlantic and practised at several leading American academic institutions and fertility centres. He is the head of the overseas egg donation programme at the Bridge Centre.

Shailaja Nair

Shailaja Nair MD FRCOG

Deputy Clinical Director

Shailaja Nair is Deputy Clinical Director of the Bridge Centre and has more than 20 years experience in fertility and assisted reproduction. Dr Nair has worked at the LWC since 1993 and now splits her time between the LWC and Bridge Centre. Before joining the LWC, she worked as Associate Professor in a large teaching hospital and at the Cromwell IVF programme before joining the LWC in 1993. Dr Nair has extensive experience in all aspects of assisted conception, with a special interest in the egg-sharing and gamete donation programmes. 

Ovrang Djahanbakhch

Ovrang Djahanbakhch MD, FRCOG

Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee

Professor Djahanbakhch is a founder of the Bridge Centre, a distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of London and Co-Medical Director and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Bridge Centre.  He has been working in assisted reproductive technology for over three decades and has pioneered many aspects of ovulation and embryo implantation.  His distinguised work has earned him much recognition.  

Julian Mamiso

Julian Mamiso

Consultant Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist

Julian Mamiso obtained his medical degree in 1978 from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He enrolled for postgraduate training with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK and obtained MRCOG in 1986, becoming a Fellow of the college in 2000. Mr Mamiso trained in assisted conception at the University of Sheffield under Professor Ian Cooke. Since 1995 he has been associated with the London Women's Clinic.

Ghazala Basir

Ghazala Basir

Fertility Specialist

Dr Ghazala Basir completed her medical studies at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Hong Kong and moved to the UK in 2005. She joined the Centre for Fetal Care, Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital, as Clinical Fellow Research and IVF Coordinator at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She joined the Bridge Centre in 2011.

 

Alan Handyside

Alan Handyside MA PhD

Consultant in Pre-implantation Genetics

Professor Handyside is a leading scientist in human embryology and the genetics of early human development having pioneered the development of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Genetic Embryo Testing for chromosome aneuploidy - two groundbreaking techniques for identifying genetic abnormality and for assisting embryo selection which, are both available at the Bridge Centre.

Professor Handyside supports the Bridge team in all aspects of patient care and continues to lead important developments in embryo assessment. 

Freda Cuffe

Freda Cuffe

Nurse Manager

Having trained at Southbank University in 1997 Freda has worked in the field of fertility since 2000 firstly at the London Women's Clinic where she gained experience in fertility nursing. She had her first management post at the Essex Nuffield hospital followed by a post at Kings College Hospital.  From 2004 she worked as a senior nurse manager at Create fertility clinic which specialised in natural cycle and minimal IVF cycles. 

Our highly qualified team is led by world-renowned fertility experts Professor Ovrang Djahanbakhch, Mr Michael Summers, Mrs Shailaja Nair, Mr Julian Mamiso, Dr Ghazala Basir and Professor Alan Handyside.

Michael C. Summers

Michael C. Summers MD PhD FACOG

Consultant in Reproductive Medicine

Michael Summers is a leading international specialist in infertility and assisted reproduction. He was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a clinical fellowship in infertility and reproductive endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Summers also holds degrees in chemistry and structural biology. This has enabled him to pursue a wide area of research, gaining numerous awards and culminating in advanced studies in embryology and PGD.
Michael has held high-level teaching positions on both sides of the Atlantic and practised at several leading American academic institutions and fertility centres. He is the head of the overseas egg donation programme at the Bridge Centre.

Shailaja Nair

Shailaja Nair MD FRCOG

Deputy Clinical Director

Shailaja Nair is Deputy Clinical Director of the Bridge Centre and has more than 20 years experience in fertility and assisted reproduction. Dr Nair has worked at the LWC since 1993 and now splits her time between the LWC and Bridge Centre. Before joining the LWC, she worked as Associate Professor in a large teaching hospital and at the Cromwell IVF programme before joining the LWC in 1993. Dr Nair has extensive experience in all aspects of assisted conception, with a special interest in the egg-sharing and gamete donation programmes. 

Ovrang Djahanbakhch

Ovrang Djahanbakhch MD, FRCOG

Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee

Professor Djahanbakhch is a founder of the Bridge Centre, a distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of London and Co-Medical Director and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Bridge Centre.  He has been working in assisted reproductive technology for over three decades and has pioneered many aspects of ovulation and embryo implantation.  His distinguised work has earned him much recognition.  

Julian Mamiso

Julian Mamiso

Consultant Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist

Julian Mamiso obtained his medical degree in 1978 from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He enrolled for postgraduate training with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK and obtained MRCOG in 1986, becoming a Fellow of the college in 2000. Mr Mamiso trained in assisted conception at the University of Sheffield under Professor Ian Cooke. Since 1995 he has been associated with the London Women's Clinic.

Ghazala Basir

Ghazala Basir

Fertility Specialist

Dr Ghazala Basir completed her medical studies at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Hong Kong and moved to the UK in 2005. She joined the Centre for Fetal Care, Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital, as Clinical Fellow Research and IVF Coordinator at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She joined the Bridge Centre in 2011.

 

Alan Handyside

Alan Handyside MA PhD

Consultant in Pre-implantation Genetics

Professor Handyside is a leading scientist in human embryology and the genetics of early human development having pioneered the development of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Genetic Embryo Testing for chromosome aneuploidy - two groundbreaking techniques for identifying genetic abnormality and for assisting embryo selection which, are both available at the Bridge Centre.

Professor Handyside supports the Bridge team in all aspects of patient care and continues to lead important developments in embryo assessment. 

Freda Cuffe

Freda Cuffe

Nurse Manager

Having trained at Southbank University in 1997 Freda has worked in the field of fertility since 2000 firstly at the London Women's Clinic where she gained experience in fertility nursing. She had her first management post at the Essex Nuffield hospital followed by a post at Kings College Hospital.  From 2004 she worked as a senior nurse manager at Create fertility clinic which specialised in natural cycle and minimal IVF cycles. 

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