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The team

Our highly qualified team is led by world-renowned fertility experts Professor Ovrang Djahanbakhch, Mr Michael Summers, Mrs Shailaja Nair, Mr Julian Mamiso, Miss Alka Bhide,  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. 

Julian Mamiso

Julian Mamiso

Consultant Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist

Julian Mamiso, Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist, 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. Dr Mamiso trained in assisted conception at the University of Sheffield under Professor Ian Cooke. Since then he has worked for the LWC group in Swansea 1995-1997, LWC Darlington 2003-2006, and now LWC Swansea and Cardiff.

Alka Bhide MRCOG

Fertility Specialist

Miss Alka Bhide Fertility Specialist, obtained her medical degree in 1985 from India. She did her postgraduate training in India in OB& GYN. She enrolled for postgraduate training with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK and obtained MRCOG in 1994. She trained in assisted conception with Professor Grudzinskas' team from the mid 1990's working at Bart's Hospital and Queen Mary's hospital London, where she served as a senior registrar. She has more than 18 year of experience as Fertility specialist she has been working in Assisted Conception since 1997.

Vivienne Hall MB, BS, FRCOG

Fertility Specialist

Dr Hall qualified at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London In 1982. She trained in general obstetrics and gynaecology in London and obtained MRCOG in 1990. Dr Hall specialised in infertility at Hammersmith Hospital until 1994 when she moved to Italy spending 12 years establishing and directing 2 successful IVF units in Milan and Turin.

Since returning to the UK she has worked in private units and the NHS and now practices general obstetrics and gynaecology as well as infertility. Her special areas of interest are egg and embryo donation and nutrition. She is particularly experienced in dietary management of PCOS and insulin resistance and fertility and assisted conception.

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.  

Kamal Ahuja

Kamal Ahuja

Scientific & Managing Director

Kamal Ahuja gained his PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Robert Edwards, which sparked his lasting interest in clinical IVF. The ethics of IVF and its cost effectiveness continue to be part of his research interests. Dr Ahuja is Chairman of Reproductive BioMedicine Online, an international medical journal, and the Scientific and Managing Director of the London Women's Clinic Group.

Peter Bowen-Simpkins

Peter Bowen-Simpkins

Medical Director

Peter Bowen-Simpkins is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Medical Director of the London Women’s Clinic Group. He qualified from Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital Medical School and obtained the Hancock Prize for Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons. After completing his training in London, he was appointed to a consultant post in Swansea. His main interests have been fertility, the menopause and menstrual disorders. He was on the Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for 13 years, the latter seven as the Honorary Treasurer.  He is a Trustee of Wellbeing of Women and is a spokesman for both the College and the charity. He is a regular broadcaster and lectures all over the UK and abroad. Currently he is also the Honorable Treasurer of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.

Christina Champion

Christina Champion

Director of Operations

Christina Champion, our Director of Operations, has been employed within the healthcare sector since graduating as a BSc Hons Nurse in 1994.  Since then, she has studied and worked in a range of roles from nursing, to midwifery, to maternal-fetal medicine as a midwife sonographer, to fertility nursing, to quality management, and into operations management.  She originally joined the group in 2012 and is responsible for the patient and staff pathways throughout the group.

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. 

Karen Sage

Karen Sage PGCE MSc GC

Genetic Counsellor

Karen is the UK's first Genetic Counsellor specialising in fertility.  Karen supports all patients including egg, sperm and embryo donors by translating medical and genetic information into knowledge that is useful, understandable and clinically relevant.  Karen graduated in Biology and Genetics and later gained a Master’s degree in Medical Genetic Counselling (Cardiff University, Wales) specialising in PGD.

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. 

Jinjun Wang

Jinjun Wang

Laboratory Manager

Jinjun Wang is a senior embryologist and lab manager at  the LWC. He received his embryology training from Shenzen Hospital of Beijing University and Sydney and worked steadfastly to enhance his skills between 2005-2008 before joining the London Women’s Clinic in 2008.  Early in 2013 he was recognised with the position of Laboratory Manager with the objective of maintaining the high success rate of the laboratory and introducing new technologies such as oocyte vitrification and blastomere biopsy for the benefit of the LWC patients.

Elena Linara

Elena Linara

Senior Embryologist

Elena is a Senior Embryologist at the London Women’s clinic. She graduated from University College London, with a great focus on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine. She started her career at the London Women’s Clinic Sperm Bank and then moved to embryology in 2008. She is a dedicated HCPC registered Clinical Embryologist with a great interest in quality management. She is the Quality Lead for Embryology and is dedicated to ensuring consistently high success rates but also achieving an excellent quality of service for patients. Elena is licensed to perform all embryology procedures including ICSI, vitrification and embryo biopsy. Elena has been active in research publications and has also presented to both  ESHRE and ACE throughout the years.

Paul Wilson

Senior Embryologist

Paul Wilson is a dedicated state registered scientist with over 20 years experience in clinical embryology and research, and ten years of Healthcare management experience working within multidisciplinary teams, developing clinical business from the independent and NHS sector. Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with particular expertise in developing and evaluating clinical practice, in line with National and International regulations whilst improving quality and efficiency.

Trina Shah

Senior Embryologist

Trina Shah is a senior embryologist at the London Women’s Clinic. Trina was trained in Australia at Hollywood Fertility Centre in Perth, which is part of The Sydney IVF network of IVF units in Australia, between 2006 and 2011. She joined The Bridge Centre in 2011 and has been at both London Women’s Clinic and The Bridge Centre since 2013. She is now based at London Women’s Clinic full time. Trina is a HFEA licenced ICSI practitioner and is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. As an embryologist with over 8 years of experience Trina has been a part of many research publications and has presented research to a number of scientific organisations in Australia. She was part of the Fertility Society of Australia and a member of the Scientists In Reproductive Technology group. She was also editor of the latter groups newsletter.

Tracey Sainsbury

Tracey Sainsbury

Counsellor

Tracey Sainsbury is a Fertility Counsellor who works with patients and donors providing implications, support and therapeutic counselling. Tracey's work includes all aspects of assisted conception from planning to parenthood, Tracey’s support is also provided to people who choose not to continue to with treatment and who are exploring other nurturing options.  The clinics commitment to providing ongoing care also means Tracey often works with people who underwent treatment or donated some time ago who are now re-exploring the implications of their decisions as their own life experiences change. Tracey is a  member of the National Donation Strategy Group, a member of the Lifecycle Editorial Board, Volunteer Counsellor for infertility Network UK and a former member of the British Infertility Counselling Association Executive Committee

Anya Sizer

Anya Sizer

Patient Co-ordinator

Anya Sizer is the patient co-ordinator for the London Womens Clinic and the Bridge Centre. The author of the book Fertile thinking and the facilitator of support groups and workshops. Anya gains her personal understanding of infertility as someone who went through six years of fertility treatment as well as adoption . She is a champion for the Saying Goodbye charity  for pregnancy loss as well as the Home for Good adoption charity. She is passionate about supporting anyone through the difficulties of trying to conceive and regularly speaks to the media as an advocate for support.

Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Patient Co-ordinator

Emma Hill is the patient co-ordinator for the London Women's Clinic and Bridge Centre. Emma has worked with the JDH group for the past six years and is involved in both the enquiries and patient co-ordinator teams as well as being the marketing co-ordinator for the group. Emma provides practical support and help throughout the patient journey.

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