Expert in Radiology of Paediatric Skeletal Disorders, including Metabolic Disease, Dysplasias and Child Abuse
Expert ID: 729117 United Kingdom
She is a member of the British Institute of Radiology, British Society of Paediatric Radiology and European Society of Pediatric Radiology (being a co - founder of the junior arm of the latter).
Within paediatric radiology, Expert subspecialises in the musculoskeletal system, with a particular interest in skeletal dysplasias and child abuse.
Within the UK pediatric radiology circle, Expert is recognized as the chief expert in the diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias. She has both clinical and research interests in this field. She receives on average 5 referrals per week from across the UK from radiologists, geneticists and pathologists seeking her expert opinion when a skeletal dysplasia is suspected.
Her research relates to optimising current imaging techniques with emphasis on reducing radiation dose, developing new applications of existing technology as it relates to the diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias and differentiating child abuse from skeletal dysplasias (in particular from osteogenesis imperfecta).
She is a committee member of the Skeletal Dysplasia Group for Teaching and Research (SDG) and of the International Consortium for Vertebral Anomalies and Scoliosis (ICVAS). She is a panel member of the European Skeletal Dysplasia Network and a member of the British Society of Skeletal Radiology, International Skeletal Dysplasia Society and International Skeletal Society.
She has written book chapters and published teaching aids and articles for the diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias and has given over 15 national and international invited lectures on the radiology of general or specific skeletal dysplasias. She is an instructor on the biannual Skeletal Dysplasia Group for Teaching and Research Instructional Course, and recently co organised and taught on a 4 day course on the diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias in Bangalore, India.
Expert has provided expert reports for legal teams wishing to differentiate genetic causes of skeletal malformation in fetuses / infants / children from adverse effects of therapeutic agents taken by their mothers during pregnancy.
Expert is one of only a handful of pediatric radiologists in the UK providing expert opinion to the courts in cases of suspected child physical abuse. She has both provided expert reports and appeared in Court as an expert witness in these matters.
Her PhD (University of London) was on the optimisation of the radiological imaging of suspected child abuse.
She has published many papers, given local, national and international talks and co authored a book - Radiological Atlas of Child Abuse.
She is a member of the British Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) and of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).
|Year: 2005||Degree: PhD||Subject: Child Health (Optimisiation of the Radiological Imaging of Child Abuse)||Institution: University of London (Institute of Child Health)|
|Year: 1990||Degree: MBBS||Subject: Medicine||Institution: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria|
|Year: 1988||Degree: BSc (Intercalated)||Subject: Physiology||Institution: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria|
|Years: 2009 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer||Department: Human Metabolism||Responsibilities: As a clinical senior lecturer, Expert's role includes teaching and supervision of medical students, supervising and tutoring undergraduate and postgraduate (PhD) students and conducting research in her own area of specialization.|
|Years: 2009 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Honorary Consultant Radiologist||Department: Radiology||Responsibilities: Expert's clinical duties relate to reporting of radiographs, covering ultrasound, CT and MRI lists and performing fluorographic procedures such as gastrointestinal contrast studies and micturating cystourethrograms.
She also teaches radiology trainees.
Within this role Expert attends clinicoradiology meetings (some of which she leads) and accepts referrals from across the UK in cases of suspected dysplasias and child abuse.
She does not cover neuroradiology or cardiac imaging, and has no on call (out of hours) commitment.
|Years: 2000 to 2009||Employer: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children||Title: Consultant||Department: Radiology||Responsibilities: Expert's clinical duties were as for her current role, except that at Great Ormond Street Hospital she was on the on-call (out of hours) rota.
Research and teaching of radiology registrars also formed a part of her role, and she accepted referrals from across the UK in cases of suspected abuse and skeletal dysplasias.
|Associations / Societies|
Royal College of Physicians,
Royal College of Radiology,
Royal Society of Medicine.
British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN),
British Institute of Radiology (BIR),
British Society of Paediatric Radiology (BSPR),
British Society of Skeletal Radiology (BSSR),
European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR),
International Consortium for Vertebral Anomalies and Scoliosis (ICVAS),
International Skeletal Dysplasia Society (ISDS),
International Skeletal Society (ISS),
International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN),
Skeletal Dysplasia Group for Teaching & Research (SDGTR).
|Licenses / Certifications|
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (October 2009 – Date).
International Consortium for Vertebral Anomalies and Scoliosis (ICVAS),
Skeletal Dysplasia Group for Teaching & Research (SDGTR),
Sudden Unexpected Perinatal Collapse Study Group.
Pediatric Radiology (journal),
YearBook of Radiology, Elsevier (annual review book).
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Child Abuse and Protection (CAP) Group. August 2005 – July 2009.
NIHR HTA programme, Clinical Evaluation & Trials Prioritisation Group (2006 - 2010).
|Awards / Recognition|
|BIR Leonard Levy Prize
For Best Presentation at UKRC for a presentation titled, “Radiological features of bisphosphonate therapy in children.”
Radcliffe Writing Awards
Certificate of Commendation for book proposal “Forensic Investigation of the abused child: Skeletal Imaging.”
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|She has 41 publications (including invited articles) and 6 books / book chapters and a teaching DVD.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Expert has provided expert reports and / or attended court (either in person or by video link) in cases of suspected abuse both for defence and prosecution. She has also provided expert reports in cases where there is dispute over causation of skeletal anomalies in a fetus / child where such anomalies may have been genetic in nature or secondary to adverse effects of drugs taken by mothers during pregnancy.|
|Training / Seminars|
|Expert is an instructor on the biannual Skeletal Dysplasia Group for Teaching and Research Instructional Course.
She recently co modified this course, and delivered it over four days, on a national course in Bangalore, India (August 2010).
She is a frequent invited lecturer on the twice yearly Hillingdon course on child protection.
She lectures on the radiological approach to skeletal dysplasias locally, nationally and internationally.
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Expert accepts an average of 5 cases per week from across the UK of suspected dysplasia and / or abuse for her expert opinion.|
Fields of Expertise
pediatric radiology, musculoskeletal disease, bone disease, dysplasia, osteogenesis imperfecta, child abuse, physical abuse, joint disease, muscular disease, dwarfism, shaken baby syndrome, fetal imaging, rickets, medical diagnostic imaging, medical research, osteoporosis, infectious musculoskeletal disease, rheumatic disease, radiology