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.

To find out more about our team just click on the names.

Consultants

Dr Ishola Agbaje PhD MRCOG - Consultant in Reproduction Medicine

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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

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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 Jim Moohan MD FRCOG - Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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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

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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

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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.

Mr Ken McEleny BSC, BM, FRCS (ENG), FRCD (UROL), PhD - Consultant Urologist/Andrologist

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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 MSC FRCS (UROL) - Consultant Urologist

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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.

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.

Clinic Manager

Donna Tennant RN - Lead Nurse & Clinic Manager

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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.

Laboratory team

Dr Robbie Kerr PHD MSC - Laboratory Director

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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.

Richard Fawthrop - Deputy Laboratory Manager

Marianna Protsyshyn - Embryologist

Laura Niblock - Trainee Embryologist

Heather McCoy - Trainee Embryologist

Nursing team

Sandra Sloss RN - Senior Nurse

Gillian Ballantine RN - Senior Nurse

Fiona Mullin RN - Fertility Nurse Practitioner

Sandra Condon RN - Senior Nurse

Linda Henderson RN - Senior Nurse

Mary Wright RN - Staff Nurse

Jennifer Fry RN - Bank Nurse

Siobhan Hussey RN - Bank Nurse

Lee Coyle - Healthcare Assistant

Louise Savage - Healthcare Assistant

Administration

Lee Bailie - Office Manager

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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”

Carrie Johnston - Senior Administrator

Lisa Brady - Nursing administrator

Ruth McDonnell - Receptionist/Administrator

Heather Wilson - Medical Secretary

Jane Cahoon - Receptionist/Administrator

Quality

Petra Hola - Quality Manager

Finance

Carmel Moore - Finance Manager

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