Meet the team
Dr Ishola Agbaje PhD MRCOG - Consultant in Reproductive Medicine
Dr Agbaje currently works as a Consultant Gynaecologist & Infertility Specialist in the Belfast Trust. A graduate of Queen's University, he trained in London and Belfast, and was awarded a PhD in 2008. He has published a number of research papers related to male infertility, and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He obtained RCOG sub-speciality training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in 2010. His specialist interests include male infertility and reproductive endocrinology (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ovulation disorders, Hirsutism). He is experienced in the advanced management of both male and female fertility problems including, Reproductive Surgery (fibroids, endometriosis & tubal disease), Ovulation Induction and Assisted Conception (In-vitro Fertilisation - IVF/ICSI).
Dr Peter McFaul MD FRCOG - Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dr McFaul is a Consultant in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine in the Belfast Trust. He is the HFEA Person Responsible in the Regional Fertility Centre, one of the largest NHS providers of fertility services in the UK. His initial training was in Northern Ireland and Canada where he was first introduced to the speciality of reproductive medicine. On returning to Northern Ireland he continued to develop this interest. Further experience and training was obtained as a Lecturer at Dundee University and Ninewells Hospital. Dr McFaul is married with two children (twins) and lives near Belfast.
Dr Jim Moohan MD FRCOG - Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dr Moohan is a Consultant at Altnagelvin Area Hospital, where he established an infertility and advanced laparoscopic surgical service with a particular focus on the treatment of severe endometriosis. His training in infertility began as a research registrar in Queen’s University Belfast where he obtained his Doctorate Thesis. In 1992 he took up a position at the Hammersmith Hospital, London working alongside Professor Lord Winston. In 1993 he took up a position as subspecialty fellow in laparoscopic surgery at the world famous Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne. On his return to Ireland in 1995, he spent a year at the HARI unit in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin working with Professor Robbie Harrison.
Dr Ralph Roberts MD FRCOG FRCP - Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dr Roberts is a graduate of Queens University Belfast. He has a long history of work in the specialty of Reproductive Medicine and has a number of peer-reviewed publications in this field. Dr Roberts undertook subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He returned to Northern Ireland as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Ulster Hospital and set up dedicated infertility services in both the public and private sectors. Dr Roberts has a particular interest in psychosexual problems resulting in infertility.
Dr Anthony Traub MD FRCOG - Consultant in Reproductive Medicine
Dr Traub has been a Consultant in infertility for more than thirty years, and recently retired from the NHS to devote his time to GCRM-BELFAST. In his early career he worked for a year in a maternity hospital in Zimbabwe, and shortly after returning to Belfast obtained the MRCOG. He undertook a research project into sperm movement, and possible treatments. This resulted in the award of an MD (hons) and thereafter the publication of many peer-reviewed papers throughout his career. In 1987 he was largely responsible for developing the first IVF clinic in Ireland, achieving the first birth only 9 years after Louise Brown the world’s first IVF baby. He was Lead Clinician at the Regional Fertility Centre, Belfast, one of the UK’s largest NHS fertility clinics and saw the introduction to the service of major advances such as embryo freezing and ICSI. His other interest is Gynae Endocrinology, dealing with Ovulation disorders, PCOS and Hirsutism etc. He developed the RCOG Reproductive Medicine sub-speciality training programme in Belfast and continues to be involved in teaching this subject to postgraduates.
Dr Robbie Kerr PhD MSc Laboratory Director
Dr Kerr brings over 15 years of experience in clinical embryology to the team at GCRM-BELFAST. He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1999 with a Masters in Assisted Reproduction Technology and commenced work as an embryologist at Manchester Fertility Services. During this time he attained the ACE Certificate in Clinical Embryology. In 2007 he was awarded a PhD in Developmental Biology for his work assessing the role of Kinase signaling in early human development. On moving to St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, he successfully applied his extensive knowledge to clinical research alongside Prof Daniel Brison & Prof Sue Kimber on early embryo development. On completion of this work he joined Glasgow Royal Infirmary Assisted Conception unit in 2009 as a Consultant Embryologist. The combination of his research background and clinical experience fulfills GCRM-BELFAST’s ethos of applying evidence based research with advances in clinical care.
Dr Mags Murray PhD Clinical Embryologist
Mags Joined the laboratory team at GCRM-Belfast in 2014. She originally graduated from the University of Ulster in with a PhD in cancer research, and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in research institutes in Cambridge and Belfast. In 2011 she started her career in embryology and has completed the ACE certificate in Clinical Embryology and a Masters in Reproduction and Development and recently attained her State Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. While being skilled in all aspects of fertility treatment, Mags has a particular interest in patients seeking treatment with donor sperm and has worked closely with our Laboratory director to develop our advanced male fertility service.
"Our goal with every patient is to provide the very best treatment, for their needs, giving the highest chance of having a baby, whilst at the same time ensuring patients have all the required information to understand the complex processes that take place in the IVF laboratory”
Mrs Donna Tennant RN Lead Nurse & Clinic Manager
Donna trained as a Registered General Nurse at the Northern Area College of Nursing/Waveney Hospital, Ballymena, between 1988 and 1991. Post training she worked in the Gynaecology Ward, Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast, where she developed a keen interest in fertility treatment. She began working in the Regional Fertility Centre, RMH in 1995, initially as a Fertility Nurse and then as Ovum Donation Nurse. She was Sister there from 2002 until 2004, before leaving to work in the private sector as a Fertility Nurse Manager. Donna has been an active member of the Royal College of Nursing, Fertility Nurses Forum and previously a member of their steering committee, promoting and supporting the development of fertility nursing. She has advanced her own clinical skills by gaining qualification in Fertility Ultrasound Scanning, through the University of Derby.
Mrs Sandra Sloss RN Senior Fertility Nurse
Sandra undertook her General Nurse training at Royal Group of Hospitals Belfast. On completion of her training she gained experience as a Staff Nurse in Gynaecology Ward, Royal Maternity Hospital, before joining the team at Regional fertility Centre in 1996 as a Fertility Nurse. Since then, Sandra has worked in fertility both in NHS and private setting.
Mrs Shauna Powers RN Fertility Nurse
Shauna graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Nursing in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2004. Throughout her training, Shauna maintained a focus on Maternal Child Health and International Public Health. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Public Health Practice from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Shauna worked within the Health Promotion Department in Edinburgh focusing on breastfeeding education and prenatal support for vulnerable populations. She started her career in Fertility nursing in 2009 at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before returning to her native Canada to take up a role with Atlantic Assisted Reproductive Therapies. On returning to the UK Shauna joined the nursing team at the prestigious Oxford Fertility Unit. Shauna brings significant experience and international knowledge of best practice to our nursing team here at GCRM-Belfast.
Shauna Says "I am so excited to be part of the team at GCRM-Belfast and look forward to working with couples and supporting them along their fertility journey."
Ms Lee Coyle Healthcare Assistant
Lee joined our team in 2014 and has many years’ experience working as a healthcare assistant and six years working in private fertility clinic. Lee will be one of the first members of our nursing team who will greet you on a daily basis to take your blood, Lee also assists during our theater procedures and will always be on hand to make your treatment with us as comfortable and at ease.
Lee says “the most rewarding aspect of my role in the clinic is meeting patients on a daily basis and putting them at their ease by being a familiar face. Being able to help patient’s through their treatment gives me great job satisfaction”.
Ms. Lee Bailie Senior Administrator
Lee joined the administration team at GCRM-Belfast when we first opened in 2014 bringing with her a wealth of experience in customer service and quality management. After showing great initiative and commitment Lee has recently been promoted to the role of Senior Administrator. Her role ensures that we provide a first class service to all our patients, from the moment they make first make contact with GCRM-Belfast.
Lee: “Managing the Admin team here at GCRM-Belfast is hugely rewarding. It is great to be part of team with such commitment to providing the best possible service for all our patients. In my role I aim to build on what we do well and further develop the customer focused aspects of the clinic"
Dr John Manderson MD MRCOG - Consultant Obstetrician & Subspecialist in Fetal Medicine
John is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Sub-specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Ulster Hospital, Belfast and Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn. He is the lead clinician for Obstetric Ultrasound in the South Eastern Healthcare trust. He runs the dedicated Multiple Pregnancy clinic within the Ulster Hospital (the first in Northern Ireland). John has a background of research into high risk pregnancy and during his
training spent time working as a clinical fellow in the Maternal-Fetal medicine unit Mount Sinai, Toronto. He is chairman of the Northern Ireland Obstetric Ultrasound Forum and a trustee of the PUFFIN Trust, a charity formed to promote research into fetal problems during pregnancy.
Professor Richard Fleming BSc PhD Scientific Advisor
Richard is a Consultant Biochemist and Honorary Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Glasgow University, who has a world-renowned reputation in infertility. As lead member of the Glasgow team, he pioneered IVF treatment protocols in the early 1980’s which are still used in every clinic throughout the world. His expertise in this field has been recognised by appointments to the British Fertility Society (BFS), the European
Society for Human Reproduction (ESHRE) and the inspectorate of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA, the governing body of fertility clinics in the UK). He has published more than 100 original research articles in the scientific literature surrounding reproductive medicine and infertility, is an invited speaker internationally and is an acknowledged expert in this field.
Mr Kevin McEleny BSc, BM, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Urol), PhD - Consultant Urologist/Andrologist
Mr McEleny has worked as a Consultant Urologist in Newcastle-upon-Tyne since 2009 and has set up a supra-regional Male Fertility Service across the north of England and Northern Ireland. This provides advanced surgical treatments for couples who have significant male factor fertility problems. He is the Andrology Representative for the British Fertility Society (BFS) and is involved nationally in male fertility training. Kevin’s research interests include genetic, clinical and psycho-social aspects of male fertility. He and his team have presented their research, nationally and internationally, and he has published a number of scientific articles and review papers pertaining to male fertility. Mr McEleny brings to GCRM Belfast a wealth of experience in the advanced management of male infertility, establishing the first Micro-TESE service in Northern Ireland. This technique, which is offered in only a few centres throughout the UK, offers the potential for biological paternity to men with severe male factor infertility.
Mr John McKnight MD BSc FRCS (Urol) - Consultant Urologist
Mr John McKnight was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon to the South East Trust based at The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald in early 2008. He also works in private practice at the Ulster Independent Clinic, Belfast and the Hillsborough Private Clinic, Hillsborough. He is currently the Northern Ireland Council member for the British Association of Urological Surgeons. He trained in Northern Ireland and has a clinical and research background. His training included a clinical fellowship at The John Hunter Hospital, New South Wales, Australia and he spent time at Duke University Department of Urology, North Carolina, USA. Mr McKnight’s interest in Andrology includes investigation of male infertility and the surgical management of a range of penile and scrotal abnormalities. He has wide surgical experience in male infertility procedures such as reversal of vasectomy, varicocele ligation and testicular biopsies.
One of the hallmarks of GCRM-BELFAST is our dedicated team. Our medical consultants and laboratory director are all company directors and provide a wealth of experience to our patients. Furthermore, each member of our nursing, laboratory and administrative teams have been handpicked for their specialist skills and are fully contracted ensuring the highest standard of care in reproductive medicine, in terms of healthcare practice, scientific knowledge and ethics.
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