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Gynaecology

Meet the team

On this page you can find out more about our senior staff working in Gynaecology.


Management team

Dr Jason WaughConsultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Medicine

  • Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5856
  • GMC Code: 3340536
  • Qualifications: BSc MBBS DA MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Blood pressure complications in pregnancy

    Kidney Disease in Pregnancy

    Heart Disease in pregnancy

    Medical Education

  • Biography

    Jason trained in maternal medicine in Sheffield, New Zealand and Leicester before working as a consultant in Leicester for 5 years. He is now lead consultant for maternal medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne and has established maternal medicine training programmes for obstetricians in both cities.  He has developed the model within NUTH of Specialist clinics for Medical Disorders in Pregnancy allowing women to be seen jointly by an obstetrician and specialist physician at the same visit. The maternal medicine teams philosophy is to provide a seamless transition from pre-pregnancy advice through to postnatal care for all women with pre-existing diseases or who have had pregnancy complications in the past.

    As well as publishing books on Maternal Medicine for Midwives his current research interests are hypertension in pregnancy and renal and cardiovascular disease in pregnancy. As well as running funded research projects in this area he has published extensively in these fields and produced national guidelines for the management of pre-eclampsia and renal disease.

    He is currently president of the Macdonald UK Obstetric Medicine Society, represents Maternal Medicine on the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society and is a clinical expert for the charity Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC).

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Pre-pregnancy clinic (Weekly - RVI)

    Diabetes Pre-pregnancy clinic (Monthly – Newcastle Diabetes Centre on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (formerly known as Newcastle General Hospital))

    Combined Heart Disease and Pregnancy (Monthly - Freeman Hospital's Cardiothoracic Centre)

    Medical disorders and high risk pregnancy (Weekly - RVI)

    Combined Kidney Disease and Pregnancy (Weekly - Freeman Hospital)

    Combined Diabetes and Pregnancy (Weekly - Freeman Hospital)

  • Name of Secretary
    Lindsey Redhead
  • Any other Information

    Jason is the training program Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Northern deanery and is the Editor in Chief of The Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (TOG) the Royal College’s Continuing Professional Development Journal.

Claire PinderDirectorate Manager for Women's Services

         Angela Barnes Matron 

Clinical team

Mr Tony ChalhoubConsultant Gynaecologist, Robotic and Minimal Access Surgeon

  • Consultant Gynaecologist, Robotic and Minimal Access Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 282 5865
  • GMC Code: 5199628
  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, MD, MRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Outpatient specialist including: endometriosis/pelvic pain, ovarian and uterine pathology (fibroids, ovarian cysts), subfertility, gynaecological cancer, colposcopy, and ultrasound.

    Special interests in gynaecological surgery listed as: advanced surgical procedures for stage 2-4 endometriosis, laparoscopic and open myomectomy, total laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomy and fertility preserving ovarian and tubal surgery (cystectomy). Surgical approaches include open (laparotomy), vaginal, laparoscopic and Da Vinci Robotic surgery.

  • Biography

    Undergraduate training in the UK and USA lead to specialist training in the north of England culminating in advanced gynaecological surgery in Newcastle.

    Appointed as a substantive full-time consultant in gynaecological surgery in 2011. I am a core member of the cancer and colposcopy teams, deputy lead for gynaecological cancer for Newcastle Hospitals and lead for endometriosis.

    Developments and key specialist areas since appointment include:

    • Establishing outpatient sterilisation  - a minor procedure that is very well tolerated by women attending the clinic.
    • Establishing Newcastle as one of a small number of  nationally recognized centres for endometriosis management and surgery (Royal College of Gynaecologists) – this is supported by a specialist clinic , specilaist nurse and multidisciplinary surgical team. 
    • Development of conservative laparoscopic surgery for fibroids (laparoscopic myomectomy and transcervical bipolar resection myomectomy).
    • Principle Investigator for portfolio research studies such as Quality of Life research into treatments for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. HEALTH Trial, comparison of sub total hysterectomy to simple endometrial ablation.
  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI and Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    In addition to general gynaecological services, specialist clinics include: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding, Colposcopy, Endometriosis, subfertility, Pelvic Mass (rapid access clinic), Outpatient procedures (pelvic ultrasound, therapeutic hysteroscopy, sterilisation, endometrial ablation, Mirena or coil insertion/removal) and gynaecological cancers.

  • Name of Secretary
    Rachael Fountain
  • Any other Information

    I am the clinical lead for Endometriosis, outpatient hysteroscopic sterilisation and the Regional Preceptor for advanced Hysteroscopic Surgery.

    I am a course director for advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery attracting delegates from all over the world.

    I am a member of: Royal College of Obstetric and Gynaecology (RCOG); British and European Societies of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE/ESGE); Society of European Robotic Gynaecological Surgeons (SERGS); British Society of Colposcopy (BSCCP); Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health (DFFP).

  • Tony Chalhoub 

Dr Karen BrownConsultant Urogynaecologist

  • Consultant Urogynaecologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5872
  • GMC Code: 3265800
  • Qualifications: MB BS, Dip Med Sci, Cert Med Ed, FRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Urogynaecology, Medical Education, Management.

  • Biography

    I have been a Consultant Gynaecologist in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for 15 years with a major interest in Urogynaecology. I specialise in complex pelvic floor problems, particularly the investigation and surgical management of these, including congenital abnormalities and fistula repairs. I also have an interest in obstetric perineal trauma and in the management of high risk obstetric surgical cases. 

    My active managerial role in the Trust is as Head of Gynaecology. I am also Clinical Governance Lead for Gynaecology.

    My wider involvement in my region and nationally has been mainly through educational (TPD, ATSM lead) and clinical roles (NDUIG), but is increasingly through my managerial role (member of CGS CRG and Northern Senate for last 18 months).

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Urogynaecology, General gynaecology, Urodynamics.

  • Name of Secretary
    Suzanne Peacock
  • Karen Brown 

Dr Meenakshi ChoudharyConsultant Gynaecologist

  • Consultant Gynaecologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 8213
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MD, MRCOG, PhD
  • Special Interests

    Dr Choudhary’s main clinical interest is in reproductive and adolescent endocrinology (hormones) and the challenges that lie in managing patients with associated problem. She is currently the Clinical Lead for "Early Pregnancy" and also the regional lead for the Advanced Training Skills Module in "Acute Gynaecology & Early Pregnancy" (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  RCOG). She has been awarded a PhD from Newcastle University in the role of proteins in early human embryo development and embryonic stem cells. Her main research interests are reproductive ethics and oocyte/embryo donation for research.

  • Biography

    Dr Choudhary was successfully appointed as a Consultant at Newcastle Fertility Centre in 2012 following completion of specialist training in reproductive medicine and surgery. 

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Newcastle Fertility Centre, International Centre for Life

  • Clinics Provided

    Ovulation induction

    In vitro fertilisation

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

    Embryo freezing

    Egg donation Treatment 

    Pre pregnancy advice

    Fertility preservation

    Young people's clinic

    Sperm, egg and embryo donation

  • Name of Secretary
    Toni McGarrigal
  • Meena Choudhary 

Dr Megan MurdochConsultant Urogynaecologist

Dr Michelle RussellLead colposcopist, Consultant Gynaecologist

  • Lead colposcopist, Consultant Gynaecologist
  • Tel: 0191 292 5861
  • GMC Code: 6064722
  • Qualifications: MBChB (University of Witwatersrand), MRCOG (London)
  • Special Interests

    Minimal access surgery, Oncology, Colposcopy and Ambulatory Gynaecology.

  • Biography

    I was born in South Africa, graduated in Johannesburg and completed my specialty training in the North of England.

    As a Consultant Gynaecologist at the RVI, I contribute to both benign gynaecological and oncology services. I run general gynaecology clinics but my main areas of interest are: heavy menstrual bleeding; endometriosis; and rapid access clinics (for suspected cancer).

    I am a member of the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE), The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP), and The British Menopause Society (BMS). I am currently the lead clinician for termination of pregnancy.

  • Directorate

    Women’s Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Rapid Access, General Gynaecology, Colposcopy, Heavy Menstrual Bleeding, Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Ablation.

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Dr Jane StewartConsultant in Repro Med and Gynae. - Head of Department

  • Consultant in Repro Med and Gynae. - Head of Department
  • Tel: 0191 213 8213
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: MBChB, BSc, MD, FRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Dr Stewart is the Person Responsible to the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority and leads on a number of services including recurrent miscarriage. Her particular interest is fertility preservation. She is Secretary of the British Fertility Society promoting best practice and training in the specialty.

  • Biography

    Dr Stewart qualified in Edinburgh and moved to the North East to complete her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Subsequently specialising in Reproductive Medicine she joined the Newcastle fertility team in 1994 as a Research Fellow and after completing specialist training joined the Royal Victoria Infirmary Consultant team as a Gynaecologist specialising in Reproductive Medicine in 2002.

     
  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Newcastle Fertility Centre, International Centre for Life.

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Ovulation induction

    In vitro fertilisation

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

    Embryo freezing

    Sperm donation treatment

    Egg donation Treatment

    Counselling

    Pre pregnancy advice

    Fertility preservation

    Young people's clinic

    Sperm, egg and embryo donation

     

  • Name of Secretary
    Toni McGarrigal
  • Jane Stewart 13Aug2013 

Nursing team

Sister Jilly Goodfellow

Nurse Practitioner for Colposcopy and Sister in charge of the Women's Health Unit

Jill Fozzard

Nurse Practitioner for Colposcopy

Tracy Ord

Nurse Consultant for Urogynaecology

Debbie Thomas  

Nurse Specialist Gynaecological Oncology

Janet Pickering

Nurse Specialist Gynaecological Oncology

Sinead Ryan

Nurse Specialist Urogynaecology

 

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