Meet the team at CARE Fertility Nottingham
Click on any of the team listed below to find out more about them.
Prof. Simon Fishel Professor of Human Reproduction
Recognised for his pioneering work in IVF, especially in the fields of microinjection technology for male infertility, Simon has been active in the field for over 30 years, researching at Cambridge with Professor Robert Edwards before the birth of the first IVF baby. Having dedicated his working life to research and the treatment of infertility, he is an acclaimed international scientist. He was previously Reader in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was awarded a Personal Professorial Chair in Human Reproduction at the University of Nottingham. Simon formed CARE in 1997 with the aims of making IVF treatment more widely available and maximising success rates for those seeking treatment.
In addition to being Managing Director of CARE, he is currently an Inspector for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), a Patron of ISSUE, an Advisor to CHILD and President of AceBabes.
Simon was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 for his outstanding contributions to the field of fertility treatment.
Mr Ken Dowell FRCOG Consultant Gynaecologist
Ken has worked in the field of assisted reproduction for many years. He has enormous experience of treating patients with the full range of recurrent implantation issues including Reproductive Immunology. Ken was also instrumental in setting up the first array CGH clinical programme in the UK.
Mr Simon Thornton FRCOG Consultant Gynaecologist
Simon was the first trained sub specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility in the Midlands. He brings vast experience and skill to the CARE Consultant team, with particular interest in ovulatory disorders and expertise in the egg donation programme. Simon co-ordinates the CARE RI Programme.
Miss Maha Ragunath MRCOG MSc Medical Director
Maha completed specialist training in the Mid Trent Region and is highly experienced in both Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecology. She is accredited as a specialist in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology undergoing extensive special interest training in sub fertility and IVF.
She underwent further sub-specialization in Reproductive and Foetal Medicine with an extensive Masters programme over 2 years which was based at the Bristol University. She has a special interest with extensive experience in Reproductive Immunology and Recurrent Implantation failure and was part of the pioneering team at CARE at the time of the programme's inception. She is also the Genetic lead at CARE Nottingham, with a vast and varied experience in genetic testing for both Pre Implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Aneuploidy screening to increase implantation.
Dr Shilpi Pandey MRCOG Consultant Gynaecologist
Shilpi has substantial experience in reproductive medicine and Assisted Conception. She completed her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Wales deanery and then worked as a clinical research fellow in the Assisted Reproduction Unit in the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She gained extensive clinical experience in all aspects of Reproductive Medicine including fertility preservation for cancer patients, individualisation of treatment protocols and management of patients with complex medical problems.
Her special interests are impact of lifestyle factors especially obesity on fertility, endometriosis associated subfertility and poor responders and implantation failure. In addition to her extensive clinical experience she also has extensive research experience in various aspects of subfertility and assisted reproduction.
Mr Mohamed Mohamed MD Consultant Gynaecologist
Mohamed has been working in the field of reproductive medicine since 1999. He has extensive experience in this field, covering all aspects of subfertility, working both at Barts in the Reproductive Medicine Unit and at University Hospital, Rome.
Mohamed has had many articles published in medical journals including different FSH treatments in reproductively older women. He was amongst the first to publish and use ultrasound guided embryo transfer in Rome. He is researching endometriosis for his PhD.
Dr D Maruthini Consultant in Reproductive Medicine
Maruthini is a Subspecialist Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery with a wide range of experience in all aspects of infertility and assisted conception gained through subspecialist training and working in the Yorkshire and Humber region in the UK. She has over 16 years experience as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist spanning across UK, India and Sri Lanka. She was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Leeds for her research in Reproductive Medicine related to energy metabolism of ovaries and eggs in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
With her expertise, Dr Maruthini is keen to look after men and women with reproductive endocrine problems, infertility related to Disorders of Sexual Developmental (DSD), uterine anomalies, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, fertility preservation, inheritable genetic conditions and chromosomal abnormalities. She is an expert in dealing with complex infertility problems and tailoring the treatment to the needs of the individual. She is fluent in English, Tamil, Sinhala and has working knowledge of Hindi.
She plays a key role in research and clinical effectiveness at CARE Fertility, Nottingham.
Anne Felstead Clinician
After qualification, Anne had further training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before entering General practice. She worked as an inner city GP for 23 years whilst retaining a special interest in fertility and joined the team at CARE Northampton as a clinician in 2010.
Judith Smith Unit Manager
Judith Smith has worked in the field of infertility since 1989, initially under John Webster's direction. She was appointed Nurse Manager of the IVF Unit at The Park Hospital in 1993 and continued in this position when CARE Fertility evolved in 1997. Over the years both her knowledge of IVF and the CARE team have increased. Judith was appointed Unit Manager at CARE Nottingham in 2007 - she leads a multidisciplinary team of over 70 staff, and is also their Registered Manager for the Care Quality Commission.
Dr Lucy Jenner Laboratory Manager
Lucy has extensive experience in all aspects of clinical embryology. After completing a degree in Physiology and a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology, she spent 3 years working at an AFRC Research Institute running a bovine IVF program. In 1993 she joined the embryology team at St James's University Hospital, Leeds, where she set up their ICSI program in 1994, and became the Lead Embryologist there in 2001. She helped set up a Masters course in Clinical Embryology at Leeds University and maintains contact with the running of this course and an interest in the teaching and training of embryologists. Lucy joined CARE in 2003, becoming Nottingham Lab Manager in 2004.
Judy Cousin Head of Administration
Judy is one of the original CARE team, she started in 1997. Judy leads a professional and dedicated team of 6 staff, and takes a special interest in all patients at CARE Nottingham.
Tracey Dawes; Emma Coulling; Elaine Horton; Joy Jennings; Jenette Dawes.
Judy Cousin - Head of Administration; Sue Eggleshaw; Karin Goring; Barbara Morgan; Nicola Leivers; Jan Roach; Sharon Campbell; Julie Burrows; Sarah Jones.
Debbie Plowright, Donation Co-ordinator
Debbie Plowright; Sara Parmeter; Julie Clark; Lydia Brown.
Kathryn Berrisford, Deputy Lab manager; Ellen Cater; Lucy Jenner, Laboratory Manager; Louise Kellam, Deputy Lab Manager; Colleen Lynch; Davina Hulme; Joanne Graves; Dot Robinson; Sharon Campbell; Natalie Keown; Laina Murphy; Bekkie Roughton; Samantha Dale; George Woodhead; Hannah Rouse.
Mary Smedley, Nurse Manager, with her Nursing Team
Karen Bennett; Marlene Emblin; Val Foster; Pauline Logan; Julie Reeve; Mary Smedley, Nurse Manager; Helen Taylor; Tina Toone; Kerry Briggs; Leonie Birkenhead; Tracey Webster; Di Spray; Carol Archer; Susan Piper; Jemma Pincott; Susan Hawkins; Bridget Harris; Jacki Platts; Sarah Beddowes; Vicky Creasey; Chris Sakkal-Appleby.
Simon Fishel; Judith Smith; Maha Raganuth; Colleen Lynch; Mary Smedley; Karin Goring; Hannah Rouse; Natalie Keown.
Lisa Daykin, Reception Manager; Maria Jayes; Janet Squires; Steph Richmond; Sharon Barlow; Denise Bailey; Emma Langley; Joy Jennings; Jane Steele.
Lynda Lacy; Fiona Dack; Vicki Potts; Mary Smedley; Di Spray.