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Haematology
33 years of experience
Haematological Malignancy

Dr. Andres Virchis is a leading Consultant Haemato-Oncologist with over two decades of experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of malignant blood disorders. He offers a full range of care privately from full outpatient, daycare, and inpatient services. At UCLH (NHS) he is an integral member of the lymphoma service and also manages the CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia) service alongside a consultant colleague and a Clinical Nurse Specialist. He also holds an NHS post at The Royal Free London, Barnet & Chase Farm Hospital sites, where he is the Trust Lead for Haemato-Oncology. His practice at Barnet & Chase Farm encompasses all aspects of haemato-oncology with the exception of acute leukaemia.  

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Dr Emma Drasar

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Haematology
20 years of experience
Red Cell and Haemoglobinopathy Disorders

Dr Emma Drasar is a Consultant Haematologist working between UCLH and the Whittington NHS Trust. She trained at St Barts and graduated from Royal London School of Medicine in 2001 and was awarded a MRCP in 2006. She undertook her specialist Haematology training at King's College Hospital and was awarded an FRCPath in 2015. She has membership with both the British Society of Haematology and the UK Haemoglobinopathy Forum.

From 2009-2013, she worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Sickle Cell Disease at King’s College Hospital. During this time, she was awarded a PhD for her research in markers of severity and predictors of organ dysfunction in sickle cell disease. In 2013 she was given the Early Stage Investigator prize from the British Society of Haematology.

Dr Drasar is a Principle Investigator for the BELIEVE trial using luspatacept to improve anaemia in thalassaemia and a Sub-Investigator on a La Jolla trial looking at alternative approaches to iron chelation. She has published 20 papers in peer- reviewed scientific journals and is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London.

She is the Thalassaemia lead for the UK Peer Review process, assessing specialist centres for their compliance with the UK standards of care for haemoglobinopathy patients. She is also the Network Lead for the North Central London Red Cell Network, which involved holding educational days, standardising of clinical guidelines and the referral process, and setting up a weekly network MDT for elective queries. Both Whittington Health and UCLH were successful in fully achieving the requested standards for the NHSE Network CQUIN and have achieved specialist haemoglobinopathy team status. Dr Drasar also helped established an automated apheresis service at the Whittington (including 24 hour emergency cover) via NHSBT and a transient elastography service to monitor patients with liver complications.

Dr Drasar is also passionate about training in red cell and iron disorders management, and helped to establish a British Society of Haematology sponsored course in haematology for Core Medical Trainees. Along with Dr Noemi Roy (Oxford) she created the Red Cell Roadshow for Haematology trainees, which provides an in introduction to haemoglobinopathies, targeted at low prevalence areas, which has been extremely successful. Dr Drasar is also regularly invited to speak at Thalassaemia Society events, as well as Red Cells R Us patient support meetings.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassaemia
  • Rare Anaemias
  • Iron disorders including deficiency and iron overload (Haemochromatosis)
  • Hyperferritinaemia
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Haematology
30 years of experience

Dr Victoria Grandage qualified from the University of Dundee in 1991. Her initial training was in general adult medicine gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1995. She spent two and a half years as Clinical Fellow in Bone marrow transplantation at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Bristol where she also undertook a period of research in minimal residual disease in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Her General Haematology training (MRCPath 2005, FRCPath 2008) was predominantly gained at University College Hospital London and Great Ormond Street Hospital and included a further period of training in bone marrow transplantation.

During this time Dr Grandage undertook a period of research (2001-2004) gaining a PhD in signal transduction in acute myeloid leukaemia (2001). Her training in paediatric and adult haematology led her to develop an interest in adolescent haematology and she was appointed as Consultant Haematologist for the Children and Young People’s Cancer Service at UCLH in April 2007.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML)
  • General haematology
  • Late effects of treatment in young people
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Radiology
20 years of experience
Interventional Radiology

Dr Steve Bandula is an Interventional Oncology Consultant and Head of Interventional Radiology at University College Hospital, London. Dr Bandula is a specialist in the treatment of a variety of tumours including those of the lung, liver, soft tissue and bone with the use of microwaves, radiofrequencies and minimally invasive ablation techniques such as cryoablation and electroporation.

Dr Bandula trained at Cambridge University, completed Radiology and Interventional training at UCH, and in 2011 was awarded an NIHR doctoral fellowship to complete a PhD in non-invasive tissue characterisation at UCL.  

Dr Bandula is a member of the Interventional Oncology UK (IOUK) national committee and regularly lecturers at national and international meetings. He is a senior lecturer in cancer intervention at UCL, with a research interest in the development and clinical translation of novel minimally invasive therapies. He also runs the Foundation for Interventional and Oncology Research (FOIR) - part of University College Hospital Charitable Trust. 


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Image-guided tissue targeting
  • Minimally invasive tumour ablation
  • Microwave ablation of liver and lung cancers 
  • Non-invasive extracellular volume quantification
  • Oncological imaging
  • Cryoablation of kidney, soft tissue and bone cancers 
  • Paediatric tumour ablation
  • Development and clinical translation of novel minimally invasive cancer therapies
  • HPB / Liver
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Lung
  • Kidney cancer
  • Sarcoma cancer
  • Pain management
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Oncology
19 years of experience
Clinical Oncology, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma + 2more

Dr Wilson is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of thoracic malignancies (non-small cell lung cancer, small-cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, thymoma). He also offers radiotherapy for skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma).


James Wilson completed his DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford in 2015, having been awarded a Cancer Research UK/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council fellowship. He finished his training at the Royal Marsden Hospital and was awarded a prestigious National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lectureship position at The Institute of Cancer Research in 2016. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists.


He is a core member of the oligometastatic multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and offers stereotactic radiotherapy for primary and secondary lung cancers and metastases to the spine, bone and other sites. He represents clinical oncology at the specialist spinal tumour MDT at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.


Dr Wilson has worked in London's leading cancer centres. He is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at University College London Hospital. As an Associate Professor at UCL he is leading research to improve treatment outcomes for patients. Dr Wilson is a specialist committee member for NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Thymoma
  • Thymic carcinoma
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Small cell lung cancer
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Haematology
31 years of experience
Haematological Malignancy


I have been a Consultant specialising in the management of patients with haematological malignancies for 20 years. I have a national and international profile in the field of lymphoma partly though my interest in clinical trials. 

I have an approachable and easy manner and pride myself on providing a timely and high quality service to my patients.

I am the Clinical Director of the Cancer Division at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) which hosts the largest lymphoma service in the UK.

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin's and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
  • Haematological stem cell transplantation (HSCT, BMT)
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Oncology
25 years of experience

Dr Karavasilis is part of the sarcoma team at UCLH, specialising in the systemic treatment of adult patients with various types of sarcomas, including bone sarcomas and GISTs. He is also Assistant Professor of Oncology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and was previously their director of the Medical Oncology.

Dr Karavasilis has a strong interest in clinical and translational research in sarcomas, particularly looking for novel agents for the treatment of this type of cancer. He also has over 15 years’ experience in clinical trials.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Chemotherapy
  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
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Oncology
27 years of experience

Dr Ruheena Mendes is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist who specialises in Head and neck cancer, lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, Non-small cell lung and Other types of lung cancer.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Radiotherapy
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Small cell lung cancer
  • Non-small cell lung
  • Other types of lung cancer
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Haematology
20 years of experience

Dr Ben Carpenter is a Consultant Haematologist at UCLH specialising in Children's & Adolescent Services.

Dr Carpenter achieved his primary medical qualification (MB BS) in 2001 at University of London.



Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

Primary immunodeficiency

HLH

Red Cell Gene therapy

  • Teenagers and young adults- Haematology
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Haematology
29 years of experience

Rachael Hough is a Consultant in Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation at UCL Hospitals and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Haematology/Transplantation at UCL.

After completing undergraduate training at Nottingham University in 1992, she undertook postgraduate general medical and haematology training in Sheffield. On achieving specialist accreditation, she was awarded a 2-year fellowship in the transplantation of umbilical cord blood. During this time, she gained specific experience in the management of paediatric and adolescent patients and spent 3 months working with Professor John Wagner, at the University of Minnesota, gaining specialist expertise in umbilical cord blood transplantation.

She is now the Clinical Lead of the largest teenage cancer service in the UK and has developed an adolescent-focussed transplant practice. She has also established and chairs the BSBMT Umbilical Cord Blood Working Group and is the Chief Investigator of the 2 NCRI-badged national cord blood transplant protocols.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Leukaemia
  • Acute lymphoblastic (ALL) and
  • Haematological stem cell transplantation (HSCT, BMT) in young people
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