The Team

The Team


Management


Ms Aashni Shah

Ms Aashni Shah

Service Manager

Aashni and her team co-ordinate the day-to-day running of the clinics and administration.

Melissa Stroude

Melissa Stroude

Deputy Service Manager

Melissa supports the day-to-day running of the clinics and administration.

Mr Niraj Shah

Mr Niraj Shah

Information and Operations Manager

Niraj oversees the non-patient facing aspects of the service.

GPSIs


Dr Nisha Kedia

Dr Nisha Kedia

MBChB DRCOG DFSRH LoCIUT PGDipGynae MRCGP

Dr. Kedia is a GP with a Special Interest in Gynaecology and is the GP Clinical Lead for the service. She graduated from Glasgow University in 1998 and spent two and a half years working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before completing her GP training. She is a GP Principal. Nisha has also completed a further 6 months training in sexual health and holds a postgraduate diploma in gynaecology.

Dr Bethan Rees

Dr Bethan Rees

Bsc MBBCh DRCOG DFSRH PGDipGynae MRCGP

Dr Rees is a GP with a Special Interest in Gynaecology. She graduated from the University of Wales in 1994 and has 2 years of gynaecology experience based at the Whittington and Homerton Hospitals in London. She is a GP at the Elms Medical Practice in Harpenden, and holds a postgraduate diploma in gynaecology. She has been working for the service as a GPSI since 2007.

Dr Clare Searle

Dr Clare Searle

MBChB DGM DCH DRCOG MRCGP MSc

Dr Searle is a GP with a Special Interest in Gynaecology and leads the service in the Watford Locality. She is a GP Partner at Park End Surgery in Watford. She has an interest in menopause and infertility.

Dr Leena Mistry

Dr Leena Mistry

Dr Leena Mistry is a GP locally and is also training as a GP with a special interest in Gynaecology.

Consultants


Mr Pratik Shah

Mr Pratik Shah

MBBS MD MRCOG

Mr Shah is currently a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at the Royal Free London NHS Trust. He was previously the Clinical Director for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hertfordshire and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, which is now part of the Royal Free. 

He graduated from St George’s Medical School (London) in 1985 and completed his training in a number of London teaching hospitals. He has a special interest in vaginal surgery, menstrual disorders and pelvic pain as well as being trained in gynaecology scanning, colposcopy and out-patient hysteroscopy.

Mr Dan Selo-Ojeme

Mr Dan Selo-Ojeme

MBBS MBA FWACS FMCOG MRCOG

Mr. Selo-Ojeme is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.He graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1980, and completed his specialist registrar training on the North Thames Rotation. Dan has a special interest in incontinence and infertility and is trained in colposcopy. He is also the Clinical Tutor for the Trust.

Mr Stephen John Burrell

Mr Stephen John Burrell

MBBS BSc MRCP MRCOG MFFP

Mr Burrell is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in London at Queen Charlottes and UCH. He has obtained both MRCP and MRCOG, is skilled in ultrasound scanning and is an examiner for the RCOG. Stephen has a special interest in heavy periods and pelvic pain including endometriosis.

Miss Shahnaz Akbar

Miss Shahnaz Akbar

MBBS MRCOG MRCPI MSc DFFP

Miss Shahnaz Akbar is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at Luton & Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust. She sub-specialises in reproductive medicine/assisted conception. Miss Akbar trained at a number of London Teaching Hospitals including Guy's and St.Thomas, St George's, Kings College, Bart's and The London Hospital.

During her training she also attended the London Southbank University as a part-time student and completed an MSc in ultrasound scanning. Miss Akbar is involved in teaching and training and is a Royal College tutor and Preceptor for the subfertility and reproductive endocrinology advanced training module at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

Mr Jude Jose

Mr Jude Jose

Mr Jose is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Jude has been working as a Consultant Obstetrician and Fertility Specialist at Luton and Dunstable Hospital since January 2001. He completed his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the north east London deanery. He did two years of specialised training in In vitro fertilisation and management of male and female infertile couples at the prestigious Homerton Fertility Centre, London.

Mr Nick Nicholas

Mr Nick Nicholas

Mr Nicholas is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he is also the Associate Clinical Director for gynaecology. He is a very experienced clinician.

Nick has a special interest in general obstetrics, gynaecological oncology, urogynaecology, advanced pelvic floor surgery, colposcopy and cervical health.

Miss Sangeeta Sawant

Miss Sangeeta Sawant

Miss Sawant is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Sangeeta completed her specialist training in the North London Deanery with USS training from UCLH. Her clinical interests include general gynaecology, menorrhagia, fibroids, gynaecology scanning, early pregnancy scanning, miscarriage, hysteroscopy procedures and minimal access surgery.

Miss Madhavi Manoharan

Miss Madhavi Manoharan

MD MRCOG

Miss Manoharan is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Ms Manoharan has a special interest in high risk obstetrics and fetal medicine. She also maintains a keen interest in laparoscopic surgery, colposcopy and vulval diseases. She conducts specialist diabetic antenatal clinics jointly with the endocrinologist. She is a passionate teacher and takes great interest in training of undergraduates and postgraduates.

Mrs Pradnya Pisal

Mrs Pradnya Pisal

Mrs Pisal a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Pradnya has worked as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician for over 11 years is currently the Site Lead at Barnet Hospital. Her areas of expertise include recurrent miscarriage, ultrasound scanning, fetal medicine and advanced laparoscopic surgery including Robotic surgery. She is the Royal College Tutor at Chase Farm Hospital responsible for teaching and training junior doctors. She is also the Regional Ultrasound Training Co-ordinator for North East London Deanery.

Mr Himanshu Borase

Mr Himanshu Borase

MBBS DGO MRCOG DFSRH MSc European Diploma in Gynaecological Endoscopy

Mr Borase is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, where he is the Lead Fertility Consultant. He works exclusively in the Watford Locality of the Community Service alongside Dr Clare Searle.

After graduating in 2001, Mr Borase did his post graduate diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology in Mumbai, India. After he came to the UK in 2005, Mr Borase worked in Wales initially and then started his training in Southwest of England. 

Mr Borase trained in infertility over the last five years and got an opportunity to work in the largest satellite clinic in the UK, the busiest delivery suite in the Southwest (Gloucester) and one of the largest IVF units in the UK (Oxford).

This training helped him to gain knowledge and become confident in managing patients with subfertility issues and also helped him to be competent in performing various surgical procedures.

Ms Kapilmeet Kaur

Ms Kapilmeet Kaur

Ms Kaur is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Ms Myat Pann

Ms Myat Pann

Ms Pann is a Consultant in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Adedamola Onifade

Mr Adedamola Onifade

Mr Onifade is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Ms. Pushpa Maharajan

Ms. Pushpa Maharajan

MBBS DGO DFFP DRCOG MRCOG

Ms Maharajan is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician at Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Miss Alero Awala

Miss Alero Awala

MBBS FRCOG MSc Med Ed Cert

Miss Alero Awala trained at the University of Benin, Nigeria and was granted MBBS in 1990. She was awarded CCST in 2005 in the Southwest Deanery and has worked at Watford General since 2008 in her current role as lead for Emergency gynaecology and Early Pregnancy services.

Her background is in reproductive medicine and has been awarded a master’s degree in human reproduction and Development by the University of Bristol in 2004 and completed the 2 special skills modules awarded by the RCOG in Assisted Conception and Management of the infertile couple.

She is also trained in minimal access surgery, early pregnancy and gynaecology. She was awarded a certificate in medical education by the University of Bristol in 2008. She has a particular interest in the management of PCOS and adolescent gynaecology.

Mr Anthony Boret

Mr Anthony Boret

FRCOG

Mr Boret practices at Watford General Hospital.

Miss Marcellina Coker

MBBS FRCOG MFFP Diploma Advanced Obstetrics Ultrasound

Miss Marcellina Coker trained in North West London deanery including Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and St Mary’s Paddington.

Honorary Fellow Fetal Medicine, Harris Birthright Centre, Kings College Hospital under Professor Kypros Nicolaides.

She has a special interest in high risk obstetrics, intrapartum care, fetal medicine, menstrual disorders and adolescent gynaecology.

Mr Andrew Hextall

Mr Andrew Hextall

MD FRCOG

Mr Hextall practices at Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital, Hemel Hempstead Hospital. He has a special interest in urogynaecology, menstrual disorders and pelvic pain/endometriosis.

Mr Laurie Irvine

MD (Lond) FRCOG

Mr Irvine qualified in 1981 from Charing Cross Hospital, passed the MRCOG in 1986 and was awarded an MD (Lond) in 1993. He spent most of his training in London, at the Royal Free Hospital and St Bartholomew's Hospital. He was appointed consultant at Watford General Hospital in 1995.

His main areas of clinical work are menstrual disorders, benign gynaecology, ectopic pregnancy and he has published papers on ectopic pregnancy in medical literature. When possible he manages ectopic pregnancy surgery laparoscopically.

In obstetrics, a special interest is management of women who have had one previous caesarean section, and he sees women before a subsequent pregnancy to discuss current options and to discuss any concerns about a subsequent pregnancy.

Although not always possible, Mr Irvine believes in evidence-based medicine, although care should be tailored to the individual woman and her wishes respected.

Mr Irvine also has a special interest in women who have had a previous baby born by caesarean section. It is sometimes the case that women are unsure as to the reasons for caesarean section and also about the timing of a subsequent pregnancy. Also, there may be concerns about decisions on delivery.

Mr Michael Menezes

Mr Michael Menezes

MBBS DGO DFSRH MRCOG

Mr Menezes is currently employed as Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with special interest in Urogynaecology and Pelvic Floor Surgery at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. Before taking up Consultant post, he had extensive training in urogynaecology and prolapse surgery in addition to general obstetrics & gynaecology. He has special interest in urogynaecology and prolapse surgery. He has general and urogynaecology clinics at Watford General Hospital and operating sessions both at St Albans City Hospital and Watford General Hospital. He also has special interest in Medical Education. He is lead for undergraduate, postgraduate training (training Director) and Royal College Tutor in obstetrics and gynaecology at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Menezes has been continuously working in the field of obstetrics & gynaecology since 1990 and has an experience of about 22 years. After passing MBBS in 1988, he worked in busy general and teaching hospitals in India and abroad for about 10 years and acquired postgraduate qualifications (DGO, MD and DNB) in India.

He moved to United Kingdom in the year 2000 for higher training and acquired MRCOG qualification in year 2001. During his training in the United Kingdom, he worked in busy district general and teaching hospitals in the South Thames and North Thames regions of London, including St Mary’s Hospital.

Mr Menezes specialises in urogynaecology and pelvic floor surgery. He treats women with bladder problems and prolapse. He is skilled and experienced surgeon and performs wide range of major and minor surgeries. He is dedicated to improve quality of care and believes in importance of patients’ choice in treatment decisions according to individual needs.

Mr Malcolm Padwick

Mr Malcolm Padwick

MD FRCOG

Mr Padwick is a specialist gynaecological surgeon performing advanced and radical open and laparoscopic surgery for all the major gynaecological complaints.

Studied and qualified at King’s College Hospital Medical School, London in 1980. Completed Houseman and SHO posts at King’s College Hospital 1983. Spent 3 years as a Research Fellow between King's College Hospital, Chelsea Hospital for Women and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund at Lincoln’s Inn Field London. During this time research generated 12 papers covering hormonal therapies and endometrial response, new cytopathology techniques using monoclonal antibodies and a thesis on “Endometrial protection for postmenopausal women administered oestrogen’s”. Registrar and Senior Registrar posts were undertaken on rotation between Plymouth General, The Hammersmith and Southmead Bristol hospitals. Appointed consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Watford General in 1995.

Mr Padwick has always been interested and involved with advanced and radical gynaecological surgery. These interests led to him becoming the lead for colposcopy and gynaecological cancer surgery and now the designated Gynaecological oncologist for West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a member of the Multidisciplinary Team for gynaecological cancer at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. He performs in excess of 100 major cancer operations per year.

He was one of the earliest surgeons to introduce and develop minimal access ( keyhole ) surgery, performing the first laparoscopic hysterectomy in the South West Region of England in 1993. Since that time he performed more than 250 further cases.

He performs endometrial resection for heavy periods and was one of the contributors to the original RCOG MISLETOE study in 1991. He introduced laparoscopic CO2 LASER surgery to West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 1998, and has successfully treated more than 700 women suffering from endometriosis since that time.

He has developed laparoscopic surgery techniques for the management of prolapse and reconstruction of the perineum after damage due to childbirth and has published papers on the surgical techniques for laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy for prolapse and ovarian cystectomy in the mid-trimester of pregnancy.

Mr F A Sanusi

Mr F A Sanusi

FRCOG Advanced Diploma in Obstetric Ultrasound

Mr Sanusi became a consultant at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2000. He started his specialist training at Pontefract General Hospital where he was able to learn basic obstetrics and gynaecology. He then moved from there to Dewsbury Hospital and was able to reinforce his experience in colposcopy and gynaecological surgery.

Thereafter, he came back to London as a registrar at Edgware and Barnet Hospitals. He continued to learn more surgery in Urogynaecology and prolapse.

He then became senior specialist registrar at St George's Hospital where he was able to acquire enormous experience in scanning under Prof Campbell. There he completed his specialist training and moved to Frimley Park Hospital. From there, he came to Watford General Hospital as a consultant.

Mr Olaleye Sanu

Mr Olaleye Sanu

FACOG MRCOG

Mr Sanu practices at Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital, Hemel Hempstead Hospital.

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