Consultant Profiles

Dr Joanne C. Ewing

Dr Joanne C. Ewing BA (Hons), BM BCh, PhD, MRCP, FRCPath (Clinical Director), graduated from St Anne’s College, Oxford University in 1988 with a BA(Hons) in Physiological sciences and attained her medical degree from Green College, Oxford University Clinical School in 1991. She proceeded to have general medical training in Newcastle and was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1994. She was then able to follow a specific interest in Haematology entering the Specialist Registrar rotation in Edinburgh and the West of Scotland. At the end of this training she achieved Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists.

A keen interest in basic scientific research and transplantation biology led to her taking up a Cancer Research UK Clinical Fellowship at the University of Manchester and CR (UK) Paterson Institute for Cancer Research at the Christie Hospital where in 2004 she obtained a PhD in the Augmentation of Graft-versus-Leukaemia in Allogeneic Transplantation using Chemo protection Gene Therapy. Dr Ewing is a Clinical and Laboratory haematologist with interests in all aspects of haematological oncology, myeloproliferative disorders and stem cell transplantation as well as taking the clinical lead for haematology laboratory management and immunophenotyping and molecular diagnostics. She is also developing a keen interest in medical education. She was appointed to her current position as Consultant Haematologist at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2003.

Dr Matthew Lumley

Dr Matthew Lumley MbChB, MRCP, FRCPath, MD, graduated from Leicester University Medical School in 1985. He then trained in haematology in the West Midlands and was appointed as a consultant at Good Hope Hospital in November 2000. His research thesis concerned quality assurance of stem cell assays and his current interests include Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, blood transfusion and demand management. He has a passion for training the next generation of doctors and is a personal mentor at Birmingham Medical School; he previously was the lead for 3rd year students at Good Hope. Running is his way of keeping fit and he completed the 2008 London Marathon in less than 4 hours. He is married and has 3 children, none of whom look like they will follow in his footsteps, either career wise or athletically.

Dr Neil Smith

Dr Neil Smith MB, ChB, FRCP, FRCPath, graduated from Birmingham University Medical School in 1979. He then trained in Haematology and Blood Transfusion in London and the West Midlands. He was appointed as a consultant at the Blood Transfusion Service and Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital in 1996 before joining the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2005.

He is a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist with interests in all aspects of haematology include thrombosis, thrombophilia and haemostasis for which he is Departmental Lead, blood transfusion and haemoglobinopathies. He undertook research in immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), immuno-haematology and blood group genetics. He supervises the Department’s core medical trainee junior doctors.

Dr Richard Lovell

Dr Richard Lovell was born in Exeter Devon and trained at St Georges Hospital Medical School London. Before specialising in haematology Dr Lovell worked in Ubombo Hospital Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa where he developed the TB outreach service, Infectious disease ward and the general running of the hospital. On his return he completed specialist training in haematology at Bristol and within the West Midlands. Dr Lovell undertook a period of research in myeloma. He was appointed as Consultant Haematologist in February 2006 at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. His interests lie in myeloma, high dose therapy and quality management. He is also the aphaeresis lead. He freely admits none of it would have been possible without the love and support of his wife and two children.

Dr Shankaranarayana Paneesha

Dr Shankaranarayana Paneesha MD MRCP FRCPath, graduated from Mysore University in 1993. He obtained postgraduate qualification in General Medicine from Bombay University in 1996. He completed specialist training in haematology from the West Midlands Deanery following initial training at the Royal Free and the Royal Marsden Hospitals. He undertook a period of research in myeloma and venous thrombosis at Warwick University. He was appointed as Consultant Haematologist in March 2007 at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. His main interests are malignant haematology, Stem Cell Transplantation and venous thrombosis. He is the Infection Control lead for the haemato-oncology directorate. He is married to a consultant clinical oncologist.

Dr Emmanouil Nikolousis

Dr Emmanouil Nikolousis MBBS PhD FRCPath, graduated from Aristotle University Medical School, Thessalonika, Greece in 1997.After graduation he spent 18 months as a GP on the national Greek mandatory medical rotation in a village in Greece providing medical cover to a population of 2000 people. This was followed by 3 years of General Medical Training in Thessalonika Greece where his interest in Haematology started. He was quite keen on research from his early days in Medicine and following his General Medical Training he became a PhD student in Aristotle University of Thessalonika looking into the origination and maturation of Langerhans cells which was completed successfully 4 years later. He moved to the United Kingdom in February 2005 and spent 1 year as a Clinical Fellow in Haematology at St Georges Hospital under Professor Judith Marsh who was a real inspiration for him and encouraged him to pursue a career in Haematology in the UK. He was subsequently trained as a Specialist Registrar in Haematology in the West Midlands region in April 2006 and completed his training at the end of March 2011.In January 2010 he achieved fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. He was appointed as a Consultant Haematologist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital on the 1st of April 2011. His main interests are malignant haematology and stem cell transplantation and he is very keen on clinical research. He is very keen on sports with basketball and beach volleyball being his main activities outside medicine.

Dr Zbigniew Rudzki

Dr Zbigniew Rudzki graduated with a medical diploma from the medical school in Krakw, Poland (currently: Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University) in 1991. He subsequently received his specialty training with DSc thesis in histopathology and worked as an academic pathologist. He obtained MSc degree while studying molecular pathology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1995-1997. He successfully completed his Polish consultant-level exams in 1999 cum laude and European Board of Pathology exam in 2000. His key interest is in haematopathology, particularly in the lymphoma and bone marrow trephine biopsy diagnostic interpretation. He is an active member of European Bone Marrow Working Group and European Association for Haematopathology. He was appointed as Consultant Histopathologist in the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2005.