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Renal (Kidney) Services

Meet the team


Management Team

Dr Katy JonesConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 7093
  • GMC Code: 4301561
  • Qualifications: MBBS FRCP PhD
  • Special Interests

    Renal transplantation

  • Biography

    I studied Medicine at Newcastle University (1991-1996) and undertook all my junior training in Newcastle. I investigated genetic causes of kidney scarring in my PhD at the Centre for Life from 1999-2002. Subsequently I undertook my SpR training in the northern region and started my consultant career at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. I moved to Freeman Hospital in 2010 and the majority of my work is caring for renal transplant patients. I also lead Clinical Governance in the Renal Department and played a part in setting up the new Masters in Transplantation offered by Newcastle University.

  • Directorate

    Urology and Renal

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    Renal transplantation clinic; Annual transplant review clinic; General nephrology clinic at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead; New patient clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Irene Gibbs
  • Katy Jones 

Mr David A RixConsultant Urologist/Clinical Director

  • Consultant Urologist/Clinical Director
  • Tel: 0191 223 1258
  • GMC Code: 3320381
  • Qualifications: MBBS MD FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Urol)
  • Special Interests

    Laparoscopic, endoscopic and open renal surgery

    Renal transplantation and access surgery
  • Biography

    Mr Rix graduated in 1989 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and was appointed as a substantive Consultant Urologist at the Freeman Hospital in 2003.

  • Directorate
    Urology Services
  • Hospital Base
    Freeman Hospital
  • Clinics Provided

    General Urology (Monday am)

    Stones/ Lithotripsy (Tuesday pm)

    Access for dialysis (alternate Friday am)
  • Name of Secretary
    Lynn Richardson
  • Mr David Rix 

Jo NobleDirectorate Manager - Renal and Urology Services

Julia IbbotsonMatron for Renal Services and Institute of Transplantation

Consultant Nephrologists

Dr Laura BainesConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 223 1023
  • GMC Code: 3682401
  • Qualifications: B Med Sci, MBBS, MD, PGcert MedEd, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Obstetric nephrology, young adults, medical education

  • Directorate

    Renal Services

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital

  • Name of Secretary
    Emily Wallace
  • Laura Baines 

Dr Alison L BrownConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 7149
  • GMC Code: 2515009
  • Qualifications: MA MB BChir MD FRCP (Ed,Lond)
  • Special Interests

    General nephrology, dialysis and  transplantation including antibody incompatible renal transplantation.

  • Biography

    I was born in Thornaby on Tees and educated at Middlesbrough High School. I read medicine at Cambridge (Newnham College), and trained in nephrology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, Newcastle, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, where I carried out research for my MD thesis. I was appointed Consultant Nephrologist in 1995.

    I am a general nephrologist with special interests in renal transplantation, vasculitis, anaemia management and end of life care.  I took over as Unit Lead Nephrologist last year.

    I am the current Secretary of the UK Renal Association and Assistant Dean (online education) for the RCPE.

  • Directorate

    Urology and Renal

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman

  • Clinics Provided

    New patient clinics once a week plus weekly review clinics for Glomerulonephritis/Vasculitis, General Nephrology, Pre-dialysis, renal transplant, haemodialysis; also outreach clinics at Queen Elizabeth, Gateshead and (soon) Hexham.

  • Name of Secretary
    Marie Reeve
  • Alison Brown 

Dr Tim EllamConsultant Nephrologist

Dr Richard FieldingConsultant Nephrologist

Dr Katy JonesConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 7093
  • GMC Code: 4301561
  • Qualifications: MBBS FRCP PhD
  • Special Interests

    Renal transplantation

  • Biography

    I studied Medicine at Newcastle University (1991-1996) and undertook all my junior training in Newcastle. I investigated genetic causes of kidney scarring in my PhD at the Centre for Life from 1999-2002. Subsequently I undertook my SpR training in the northern region and started my consultant career at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. I moved to Freeman Hospital in 2010 and the majority of my work is caring for renal transplant patients. I also lead Clinical Governance in the Renal Department and played a part in setting up the new Masters in Transplantation offered by Newcastle University.

  • Directorate

    Urology and Renal

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    Renal transplantation clinic; Annual transplant review clinic; General nephrology clinic at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead; New patient clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Irene Gibbs
  • Katy Jones 

Dr N Suren KanagasundaramConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 2137149
  • GMC Code: 3582518
  • Qualifications: MBChB, MD, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Acute Kidney Injury
    Haemodialysis
    Sustainability

  • Biography

    Suren is the clinical lead for the Haemodialysis Service. He returned to Newcastle on his appointment as a Consultant Nephrologist in 2004 after completing undergraduate and early postgraduate training in Manchester and higher specialist training on the West Yorkshire rotation.

    During his time in specialty training, he spent 3 years as the Saturo Nakamoto Hemodialysis Research Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, USA, where NIH-sponsored work on renal support for acute kidney injury (AKI) formed the basis of his doctoral thesis. He maintains an interest in both AKI and haemodialysis through an active research programme and has authored a range of original articles and textbook chapters in both fields (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/icm/people/profile/surenkanagasundaram.html#research ) He was an expert advisor to the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) for their 2009 report into AKI care, co-authored the 2011 UK Renal Association clinical practice guideline for AKI and is the lead author for the next version. Other professional interests include a commitment to issues of sustainability within healthcare.

    He and the team were honoured to be nominated for the Trust’s quarterly Personal Touch Award (in Q3, 2015) and subsequently win the annual team award for 2016 (http://www.newcastle-hospitals.org.uk/patient-guides/comments-suggestions-or-complaints_personal-touch-awards.aspx)

  • Clinics Provided

    Haemodialysis clinics

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Marie Reeve
  • Suren Kanagasundaram 

Dr David George KavanaghHonorary Consultant Nephrologist

  • Honorary Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 7636
  • GMC Code: 4506476
  • Qualifications: BSc, MB ChB, MRCP, PhD
  • Special Interests

    Atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

    Mesangiocapillary glomerulonephritis

    C3 glomerulopathies

  • Biography

    David Kavanagh graduated in Medicine and Immunology from the University of Glasgow in 1998. Following basic medical training he undertook a PhD at Newcastle University elucidating the genetics of atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (aHUS). He then undertook a research position in Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis examining the functional significance of genetic variants in the complement system in aHUS.

    He returned to the UK in 2006 to take up a KRUK Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh Biomolecular NMR unit, examining structure/function relationships in factor H. For his work on aHUS, he was awarded the Renal Association’s Young Investigator (Raine) award in 2009.

    He moved back to Newcastle in 2008 to form his own research group examining the interplay between the complement and coagulation pathways in aHUS

  • Directorate

    Renal Services

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    Glomerulonephritis/Vasculitis Clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Julie Stubbs
  • Any other Information
  • Dr David Kavanagh  

Dr John A SayerConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 233 6161
  • GMC Code: 4091493
  • Qualifications: MB ChB, PhD, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Renal Genetics, Renal Stone Disorders, Tubulopathies, Ciliopathies

  • Biography

    My clinical interests in inherited kidney disease inspires my basic science research programme.

    Within the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University, my laboratory studies renal genetics, stone formation and cilia proteins. My work utilises physiological and genetic techniques (including murine and zebrafish models) to investigate cystic kidney disease and ciliopathies.

    Within Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust I serve on the Medicines Management Committee.

    At a national level I serve several Renal Rare Diseases Working Groups including ARPKD, Salk wasting alkaloses, Cystinuria and Cystinosis.

  • Directorate

    Renal Services

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman

  • Clinics Provided

    Renal Genetics, New Patient Clinic, Family Renal Genetics Clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Julie Stubbs
  • John Sayer 

Professor Neil S SheerinConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 2331266
  • GMC Code: 3497328
  • Qualifications: BSc PhD FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Nephrology and Transplantation

  • Biography

    After training in Nephrology at Guy’s Hospital I was a senior lecturer in Nephrology at King’s College London before taking up my current post at Newcastle University and the Freeman Hospital five years ago.

    My clinical and laboratory research focuses on the immune mechanisms of renal disease exploring this interaction between adaptive and innate immunity, in particular how this leads to fibrotic injury in native and transplanted kidneys. I have educational roles with Newcastle University including being Director of the Certificate in Transplantation and Senior Tutor for Intercalation.

  • Directorate

    Renal/Urology

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    Transplantation

  • Name of Secretary
    Shelley Evitt
  • Prof. Neil Sheerin 

Dr Charles TomsonConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 7149
  • GMC Code: 2720997
  • Qualifications: MA, BM, BCh, FRCP, DM
  • Special Interests

    Chronic kidney disease, haemodialysis, quality improvement, safety

  • Biography

    Qualified Oxford 1981. Registrar and research training in Newcastle 1984-1988. Consultant Nephrologist since 1991, initially at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London then at Southmead Hospital Bristol from 1993 before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne December 2014.

    Chaired the group that developed the first UK guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease management (superseded by NICE guidelines). Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2004-2005. Chair, UK Renal Registry 2005-2009. President, Renal Association 2010-2012. Member of KDIGO working party on blood pressure management in CKD 2012-2013. Chair, Joint Specialty Committee on Renal Disease (RCPL/Renal Association) 2012-2014.

  • Directorate

    Urology and Renal Services

  • Hospital Base

    Freeman

  • Clinics Provided

    Haemodialysis, General Nephrology, Hypertension.

  • Name of Secretary
    Marie Reeve
  • Charles Tomson 

Dr Edwin K S WongConsultant Nephrologist

  • Consultant Nephrologist
  • Tel: 0191 2139894
  • GMC Code: 6102213
  • Qualifications: MRCP (UK) PhD
  • Special Interests

     C3 Glomerulopathy

    Atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

  • Biography

    I graduated from St. Andrews and Manchester before completing my basic medical training in Edinburgh. I then returned home to Newcastle to undertake my MRC Research Fellowship.

    For my work in membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, C3 glomerulopathy and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome, I was awarded my PhD in 2016, and the Renal Association (Young Investigator) Raine Award in 2017.

    As a consultant in the National Renal Complement Therapeutics Centre, I specialise in complement-mediated renal diseases, working in the National aHUS Service and as clinical lead in C3G.

    I am also a member of the UK C3G Rare Disease Group.

  • Directorate

    Renal / Urology Services

  • Hospital Base

    National Renal Complement Therapeutics Centre, RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    General Nephrology

    aHUS Clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Helen Nicholl
  • Any other Information
  • Edwin Wong 

Consultant Transplant Surgeons

Professor Derek M ManasConsultant Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon

  • Consultant Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 223 1192
  • GMC Code: 4059400
  • Qualifications: Bsc MBBCh Mmed (UCT) FRCSEd FCS (SA)
  • Special Interests
    Hepato-pancreato-biliary and transplant surgery
  • Biography

    Professor Manas was educated and trained in Cape Town, South Africa and completed fellowships at ‘Johns Hopkins - USA’ and ‘Paul-Brousse, Paris’. He was the recipient of the ’CJ Adams/Sandoz Traveling Fellowship’ to the UK in 1993 and joined the NHS at the Freeman Hospital in 1994.

    Professor Manas attained a personal chair in Transplantation at Newcastle University in  2007 and has been instrumental in successfully developing three super-regionally funded transplant programmes in the North East of England - namely: Liver, Pancreas and Islet transplantation – as well as establishing and managing Liver and Pancreas cancer surgery in Newcastle.

    Professor Manas is also a member of a number of national committees including NICE, Liver and Pancreas Advisory Groups, British Transplant Society and ELTA and was recently involved in re-designing the organ donor retrieval service on a national level. He is also Chair of the Transplant Surgeons Forum and has a well established national and international research reputation in primary liver cancer, radio-frequency ablation of liver tumours and liver transplantation for primary liver cancer.

    More recently Professor Manas has been developing the UK’s very first ‘Institute for Transplantation’ on the Freeman Hospital site – a fully integrated facility dedicated to all aspects of transplantation as well as fostering research and development all under one roof.

  • Directorate
    Surgical Services
  • Hospital Base
    Freeman Hospital
  • Name of Secretary
    Gail Pretorius
  • Professor Derek Manas 

Mr David A RixConsultant Urologist/Clinical Director

  • Consultant Urologist/Clinical Director
  • Tel: 0191 223 1258
  • GMC Code: 3320381
  • Qualifications: MBBS MD FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Urol)
  • Special Interests

    Laparoscopic, endoscopic and open renal surgery

    Renal transplantation and access surgery
  • Biography

    Mr Rix graduated in 1989 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and was appointed as a substantive Consultant Urologist at the Freeman Hospital in 2003.

  • Directorate
    Urology Services
  • Hospital Base
    Freeman Hospital
  • Clinics Provided

    General Urology (Monday am)

    Stones/ Lithotripsy (Tuesday pm)

    Access for dialysis (alternate Friday am)
  • Name of Secretary
    Lynn Richardson
  • Mr David Rix 

Mr Naeem SoomroConsultant Urologist

  • Consultant Urologist
  • Tel: 0191 2137597
  • GMC Code: 3393819
  • Qualifications: FRCS (Urol)
  • Special Interests

    Laparoscopic Kidney and Prostate Cancer Surgery

    Kidney Transplantation

  • Biography

    Mr Soomro was appointed as a Consultant in 1998 and is currently the clinical lead in Urology. He has led the department in developing and delivering complex minimally invasive urological surgery. He is involved in training in minimally invasive surgery within UK and Europe.

    Research interest includes renal cancer, renal transplantation and minimally invasive surgery.
  • Directorate
    Urology
  • Hospital Base
    Freeman Hospital
  • Clinics Provided

    Urology Clinic, Freeman Hospital - Tuesday pm

    Urology Clinic, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead - Friday am
  • Mr Naeem Soomro 

Professor David TalbotConsultant Transplant Surgeon

  • Consultant Transplant Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 223 1351
  • GMC Code: 2613206
  • Qualifications: MBBS MD FRCS PhD
  • Special Interests

    Renal Transplantation

    Liver Transplantation

    Pancreas transplantation

    Access surgery for dialysis

  • Biography
    Mr Talbot qualified at the University of Newcastle in 1982 and trained across the Northern Region and the West Midlands. He has been a Consultant Surgeon at the Newcastle Hospitals since 1995.  Mr Talbot has carried out early research into sensitive assays for the detection of donor directed antibody followed by later research into viral infection of the immuno-compromised patient, chronic rejection and immunosuppression. His main research interest has been in the marginal donor particularly the non-heart beating donor. Different methods have been evolved to improve the quality of organs obtained from this source resulting in the widespread use of kidneys, livers and now also the pancreas and lung.
  • Directorate
    Surgical Services 
  • Hospital Base
    Freeman Hospital
  • Clinics Provided

    Tuesday am - general clinic

    Thursday - liver transplant

    Friday am - access surgery

    Friday pm - renal transplant

  • Name of Secretary
    Jackie Tippett
  • Any other Information

    Mr Talbot’s hobbies include all sorts of ‘do it yourself’ including plumbing, energy conservation and boating.  

Professor Steven A WhiteConsultant Hepato-biliary and Transplant Surgeon

  • Consultant Hepato-biliary and Transplant Surgeon
  • Tel: 0191 2137074
  • GMC Code: 3664863
  • Qualifications: MB. ChB. FRCPS (Glas), FRCS (Eng) , MD
  • Special Interests

    Advanced Laparoscopic Liver/Gallbladder/Pancreatic; Robotic HPB Surgery; Complex Liver Surgery; Pancreas and Islet Cell Transplantation.

  • Biography

    Professor Steve White graduated from the University of Leicester Medical School in 1992. He then spent two years doing research in pancreatic islet cell transplantation for which he was awarded a Doctor of Medicine higher degree. He was part of the team that did the first islet transplants in the UK and now has an international reputation in this area and is the only person from the UK who sits on the European Pancreatic and Islet Transplant Association Council (EPITA).

    He has also won numerous national and international awards for research with over 200 publications and was awarded a personal chair in HPB and Transplantation Surgery from the University of Newcastle in 2011. He was the Moynihan Travel fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Travel Fellow of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland as well as recipient of the Royal College of Surgeons New York inc fellowship which allowed training in The Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre New York (Prof Blumgart), The Mayo Clinic Rochester, The Johns Hopkins Baltimore and The University of Minnesota (Prof David Sutherland). He also spent a two year fellowship in the Leeds Liver Unit.

  • Directorate

    Surgical Services

  • Hospital Base

    The Freeman Hospital

  • Clinics Provided

    Monday morning and Tuesday Mornings: Laparosopic and HPB Surgery

  • Name of Secretary
    Sharon Nevin
  • Any other Information

    Referrals local/regional/national as well as patients from abroad.

  • Steve White 

Senior Nursing Staff

Julia IbbotsonMatron for Renal Services and Institute of Transplantation

Sister Carina TaylorWard 31 Sister

Sister Tina BellWard 32 Sister

Sister Pauline StattSister, Renal Clinical Investigation Unit

Sister Jennifer SteedmanSpecialist Nurse Home Haemodialysis

Sister Toni PoolePeritoneal Dialysis Sister

Sister Karin TapsonSpecialist Nurse PreDialysis

Charge Nurse Paulo SaladinoSpecialist Nurse PreDialysis

Sister Catherine PearceVascular Access Co-ordinator

Sister Christine WilsonVascular Access Co-ordinator

Sister Lisa AtheySpecialist Nurse Renal Community

Helen DobsonLive Donor Transplant Co-ordinator

Trish SmithRenal Transplant Co-ordinator

Julie WardleTransplant Co-ordinator

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