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Sarah Mayell

Copy of Dr Sarah Mayell 1QualificationsMBBCh (Hons) 2000, MRCPCH 2004

MembershipsRoyal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, European Respiratory Society, British Paediatric Respiratory Society, European Cystic Fibrosis Society

Sarah is a member of the large multidisciplinary respiratory team at Alder Hey who provide care for children of Merseyside, the North West and North Wales. The team provide comprehensive care for children with respiratory disorders from initial referral, through investigations, diagnosis and management. Sarah’s interests include respiratory infections, complex respiratory disorders, asthma, interstitial lung disease and cystic fibrosis. Sarah also has an interest in educational supervision and training of junior doctors and is a member of national MRCPCH Part 1 question setting board.

Secretary  Joyce Finnegan: Telephone 0151 252 5777 | Email:

Dr Kevin Southern

Kevin SouthernQualifications: MB ChB, MRCP, PhD

Current memberships: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (Fellow), European Cystic Fibrosis Society (Fellow) Reader and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Institute of Child Health – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Clinical interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Complex, Respiratory Disease – Dr Southern is also a Tertiary Paediatrician and treats patients with complex respiratory diseases. Flexible bronchoscopy – Dr Southern runs the Flexible Bronchosopy list with Dr Calum Semple

Additional information

Dr Kevin Southern joined Alder Hey on the 1st January 2000; He has been the lead clinician for Cystic Fibrosis since 2007. He works with local Paediatricians in Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales to support children with Cystic Fibrosis
Dr Southern is on the UK New Born Screening Board for Cystic Fibrosis. In 2007 along with other clinicians he helped set up the National Newborn Screening Programme to diagnose Cystic Fibrosis. He is also currently the Chair of the European CF Society Neonatal Screening Working Group.

He also supports and evaluates research on Cystic Fibrosis therapies by monitoring and minimizing the burden on patients.
Locally he is a Regional Academic Advisor and the Deputy Head of the University of Liverpool Department of Women and Children’s Health. He is an editor for the Cochrane Review Group, an international group examining evidence for interventions in CF, based at Alder Hey.

Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara

Qualifications: MBBS(1991), MRCPCH(1996), PhD(2004)



Specialities and Clinical Interests: Respiratory Paediatrics, Cystic Fibrosis, Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, Asthma

Additional Information

Paul’s main research interest is bronchiolitis, one of the commonest causes of paediatric hospitalisation in Liverpool and worldwide. Much of his research has focused on identifying the inflammatory responses to viral infection in the lungs of children with severe bronchiolitis. Based on these studies in work funded by the Wellcome Trust, his team have gone on to examine how the cells lining the airway respond to viral infection. He is also chief investigator on an NIHR funded study to develop a bronchiolitis severity scoring instrument. This instrument will be useful when deciding whether a baby needs admission to hospital, or intensive support and or whether they can go home. It should also be useful in future clinical trials.

His other research interests include aspiration lung disease in children with neurodisability, and investigating adherence to treatment in children with cystic fibrosis.

Calum Semple

Qualifications: BSc Hons, University College London, PhD, University of London, BM BCh, Oxford, MRCP, (Paediatrics) Edinburgh, PGCert (Med Ed). Liverpool

Current memberships: Fellow Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Panel Member, Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Fellow of Higher Education Academy, European Respiratory Society, American Thoracic Society, British Medical Association, Society for General Microbiology

Department and Specialities: Senior Lecturer in Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. Certified Training in General and Specialist Respiratory Paediatric 28th Feb 2006. European Paediatric Pulmonology Accreditation 28th Feb 2006.

Clinical interests: Asthma, Respiratory infection, Flexible bronchoscopy, Clinical Research & Medical Education

Secretaries General: Renate Manning 0151 293 3641 Clinical Secretary Bronchoscopy Service: Joyce Finnegan 0151 252 5777

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