Who are we and what do we do?
Dr Joanna Kaznia-Brown - President
Jo is a Consultant Radiologist in the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust since 2009, and was trained at Bristol, in Radiology and Surgery.
'I work in a large district general hospital and specialise in MRI imaging, including oncology and functional imaging for both adults and children. Paediatric work constitutes around 40% of my clinical activities. Passionate about MRI imaging, I was a co-founder of the MRI group within the BSPR; working to implement optimisation and standardisation of paediatric imaging protocols. I am actively involved in developing an international strategy within the College and chair the RCR International Committee. In my spare time, I help developing imaging guidelines for the UN and IAEA and look after my family'.
Dr Jeannette Kraft - Treasurer
Jeanette is a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at Leeds Children’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds.
'I graduated in Germany in 1996 and was awarded an MD in 1998. After a general radiology rotation in the Northern Region, I trained in paediatric imaging in Leeds and at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. I am one of 7 dedicated paediatric radiologists at Leeds Children’s Hospital where I have practiced since 2006. Working in a busy tertiary centre, I undertake all aspects of paediatric imaging. My subspecialty interests include paediatric musculoskeletal imaging and gastrointestinal imaging. I particularly value ultrasound as a diagnostic tool and I run the annual Leeds Paediatric Ultrasound course to promote it'.
Dr Sharon Brown - Honorary Secretary
Sharon is a consultant in a small DGH in the South West (Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.) after completing her registrar training in the SW Peninsula.
'In the UK (and indeed worldwide) there is a significant shortage of radiologists, and specifically, there is a lack of paediatric radiologists. We all know how rewarding and stimulating a career in paediatric radiology can be, but it is not without its challenges. It is important for us to work hard at promoting our subspecialty and provide support to our colleagues'.
Jude Foster - Guidelines and Standards
After initially training in Leeds, Jude completed a paediatric radiology fellowship at Great Ormond Street before returning to Leeds as a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist in 2002.
In 2009 She moved to Devon and is a dedicated Paediatric Radiologist based at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, which is a large DGH for paediatrics.
Jude is responsible for paediatric radiology training at the Peninsula Radiology Academy.
She was the chair of the Imaging Paediatric Trauma working group who have developed RCR guidance on imaging the severely injured child, which were published in September 2014.
She is now chairing the working party updating the paediatric trauma guidelines which will also include guidance on penetrating and blast last injuries as well as blunt trauma.
Jude recently updated the RCR guidance on recommendations for cross sectional imaging in cancer management of paediatric neoplasms.
She is a member of the iRefer review panel for paediatric radiology.
Jude has been on the BSPR executive committee since Spring 2021.
Dr. Rhianydd Williams - Education and Courses
Dr. John Adu - Education and Courses
Dr Louise Hattingh - Lead for Networking
Dr. Susan Shelmerdine - Research and Development
Susan Shelmerdine is an academic paediatric consultant radiologist working at Great Ormond Street Hospital and St. George’s Hospital, London. She is also an honorary associate professor at the Institute for Child Health, UCL. Her academic interests include forensic and perinatal post-mortem imaging, paediatric musculoskeletal disease and artificial intelligence (AI). She is an advisory editor for paediatric radiology for Clinical Radiology and BJR Open and former deputy editor for European Radiology. She is also the chair for the AI taskforce for the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR).
Dr Rebecca Spruce - Junior Forum Lead
‘Becki’ is a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with an interest in the imaging of infectious diseases in children. Prior to consultancy, she trained at both Great Ormond Street Hospital and Evelina Children’s Hospital. Becki is a keen medical educator and complemented a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education for Radiology at Dundee University. She enjoys organising educational events and teaching colleagues across the multi-disciplinary team. She brings enthusiasm to co-ordinating our junior forum.
During the pandemic, she developed an interest in leadership/management and completed a fellowship in Serious Incidents and Root Cause Analysis whilst a trainee at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. Currently she co-ordinates the pan-London audit training for first year radiology trainees.
Rebecca finds paediatric radiology an incredibly rewarding and varied career. Paediatric radiologists are in demand throughout the country and she believes it is important for us to promote our sub-speciality and support our colleagues in the post-pandemic era.
Dr Emily Evans - Lead for Social Media
Emily is a Consultant Radiologist at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Her interests are paediatric, cardiac and chest imaging. She keeps the website up to date and runs the @BSPRJuniorForum X/Twitter handle after getting involved in the BSPR online conference in Birmingham 2020.
Dr Adam Oates - Lead for Suspected Physical Abuse
Dr Rob Hawkes
Dr Iwan Roberts - Lead for the Operational Forum
Dr Mhairi Dupré - Junior BSPR Committee
Mhairi is an ST4 in Radiology in the West of Scotland, with an interest in paediatric radiology.
You may recognise her from the BSPR monthly teaching sessions, and can find her currently at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.
Late into medicine, with a background in plant genetics, Mhairi was keen to “get on with it” and went straight into radiology training post FY2. Her favourite things about paediatric radiology are the variety of her day, the detective work involved in seeing a patient for the first time, and her love of barium.
Dr Riwa Meshaka - Junior BSPR Committee
Riwa is a Consultant Radiologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She attended Warwick Medical School as a graduate and completed foundation training in North West London, before entering radiology training at University College Hospital. Riwa has a strong interest in research, is a keen guitarist and enjoys musical theatre.
Dr Rhianna Madden-Hansle - Junior BSPR Committee
Rhianna is currently a FY2 doctor training in the North-West of England. She has completed a 4-month rotation in clinical radiology and a taster week in paediatric radiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Rhianna will be starting a Paediatric Clinical Teaching Fellowship at St Mary’s Hospital, London after foundation training and hopes to improve awareness of paediatric radiology amongst medical students and non-radiology trainees.
Dr Emma Allan- Junior BSPR Committee
Emma is a final year paediatric radiology trainee. She is currently at Great Ormond Street Hospital and will shortly move to the Royal London Hospital. She has a keen interest in education and her favourite thing about paediatric radiology is how beautiful and helpful ultrasound can be!
Heather is currently an FY1 doctor training in Edinburgh, where she also attended medical school. She undertook a 4 week elective in radiology in Malta which she really enjoyed. Heather still has a little whilst to got before entering specialty training, but is keen to pursue radiology. Outside of medicine she enjoys playing music and tennis.