this is my: Staff

Professor Howard Cuckle D Phil, MSc BA

Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University, New York, USA. He is also Emeritus Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. Several of the best antenatal screening tests currently available have been developed by Professor Cuckle and his teams. He is a director of Genome Ltd.
The central focus of his research is screening and current projects are largely concerned with improving screening tests for Down’s syndrome, cystic fibrosis, neural tube defects, fragile X and adverse outcomes of pregnancy such as early pre-eclampsia.

• Chinese University Hong Kong, Centre for Research into Circulating Fetal Nucleic Acids, Scientific Advisory Board
• Genome Screening Ltd
• International Prenatal Screening Group, Chairman
• International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, President
• Journal of Medical Screening, Editorial Committee
• Medical Research Council, Trial of Breast Screening in Younger Women, Steering Committee; Management Group, Chairman
• NHS Central Research and Development Committee, Standing Group on Health Technology, Expert Advisory Network
• Nuchal Translucency Education and Quality Review program
• Paediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology, Advisory Board
• Prenatal Diagnosis, Editorial Board

Mr Gerald Mason MBChB, FRCOG, MRCOG, MD

High Risk obstetrician in Feto Maternal Medicine at Leeds General Infirmary. He has a keen interest in many of the more complex obstetric cases within the region, in particular women with cardiac disease. He established Leeds as a National Feto Maternal training centre and currently has two subspecialty training fellows working with him. He is network lead for fetal medicine for the Yorkshire and Humber region, key role to standardise the care of all women with a fetal medicine problem.

He is an executive member of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society and the director of the Leeds sub speciality training program in Feto Maternal Medicine.

Gerald was the founder and director of the Leeds Ultrasound Screening Service and retains an interest in the new company as it moves forward and expands. Gerald has held the Certificate in Nuchal Translucency Scanning issued by the Fetal Medicine Foundation since 1997 and now also has accreditation for the nose bone and ductus venosus.

Mr Gerald Mason has appeared on the hit TV reality show “One born every minute” on Channel 4,  filmed at the Leeds Teaching Hospital.  A British television programme which shows selected footage from inside a labour ward, One born every minute is now its in third series and takes a ground-breaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff.

Keen on scuba diving, Gerald’s spare time is taken up visiting local and far away pond’s to look at the local fish population.

Judith Pilling DCR(R) DMU MHSc

Managing Director of this is my: Health Screening & Ultrasound Centre and a full-time Clinical Specialist. She trained in ultrasound at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds in 1990 and obtained her Masters qualification in medical ultrasound in 1998. Working in the NHS until 1997 she subsequently went on to join Olympus KeyMed, one of the country’s leading medical healthcare companies, and remains to date a consultant advisor for them. She returned to clinical practice to open and run the Leeds Screening Centre in 2003.

Judith has many years of experience in the ultrasound field and specialises in several clinical areas of ultrasound including obstetric, gynecological, abdominal and small parts.

She is a member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society and The Society of Radiographers and is a registered member of the Health Professions Council. She lectures and teaches the various topics and aspects of ultrasound and its uses.

Judith holds the Diploma of the College of Radiographers, the Diploma in Medical Ultrasound, the MHSc in Medical Ultrasound and is accredited by the Fetal Medicine Foundation for the assessment and imaging of nuchal translucency, nasal bone, ductus venous and uterine Doppler arteries.

Dr Emma Ferriman MBChB, FRCOG

One of our Consultant Obstetricians and Feto-Maternal Medicine Specialists. Working in one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, Emma has a special interest in prenatal diagnosis, multiple pregnancy and high risk obstetrics.
Graduating from Liverpool Medical School in 1990 she was appointed as Consultant in Feto-Matenal Medicine at Leeds General Infirmary in 2001. Since being appointed in 2004 she set up the first dedicated Multiple Pregnancy Clinic at Leeds General Infirmary.
Emma lives in Leeds with her family and enjoys running and socialising with friends.

Dr Suhba Barwick MBChB, MRCPCH

Dr Suhba Barwick is a Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary. She underwent Paediatric Cardiology training in Manchester and Liverpool and specialist Fetal Cardiology training at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. Since her appointment to a Consultant post in 2007 she has expanded the Fetal Cardiology department at Leeds General Infirmary and takes the lead for the Fetal Cardiology service for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

She takes a very keen interest in teaching and has recently undertaken an extensive training programme for obstetric sonographers within the region in order to improve the antenatal detection rate of congenital heart disease.

Suhba is a keen walker and particularly enjoys the Yorkshire moors on her doorstep!

For information about setting the standards in Fetal Cardiology, March 2010 click  British Congenital Association

Dr James Simpson BMed.Sci, BMBS, MRCS, FRCR

Consultant Radiologist and has many years’ experience within the Yorkshire region having trained in Radiology and now working across 2 busy District General Hospitals.
Being a Radiologist at District General Hospitals he has a wide variety of experience within General Radiology, including CT, MRI and fluoroscopy. His specialist interests are however in Ultrasound and Interventional Radiology, including the following procedures:

• Abdominal / Pelvic / Thyroid and neck / Testicular / Soft tissue ultrasound;
• Ultrasound guided organ biopsy;
• Ultrasound guided drainage and aspiration;
• Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guided prostate biopsy;
• Percutaneous nephrostomy and ureteric stenting;
• Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm;
• Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE) for the non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids;
• Testicular varicocoele embolisation for the non-surgical treatment of testicular varicocoele;
• Peripheral arterial angioplasty and stenting for intermittent claudication and lower limb ischaemia;
• IVC filter placement; and
• Radiological assessment and guided inflation of gastric bands in the treatment of obesity.

Married and living in Huddersfield James in his spare time plays tennis and five-a-side football and also enjoys live music and travel.

Sarah Townsend DCR(R), PgDip Medical Ultrasound

A full-time clinical specialist in ultrasound who trained at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds in 1996. She has worked as an advanced practitioner at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust from training to the present day. Sarah has many years of experience in the ultrasound field and specialises in several clinical areas of ultrasound including musculoskeletal ultrasound, obstetrics, gynecological, abdominal, vascular, small parts and lithotripsy (treatment of kidney stones).
She is a member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society and the Society of Radiographers and is a registered member of the Health Professions Council. She lectures and teaches postgraduates, undergraduates and medical practitioners.
She holds the Diploma of the College of Radiographers, Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and is accredited by the Fetal Medicine Foundation for the assessment of nuchal translucency.

Emma White MCSP BSc Hons

Qualified Physiotherapist. Emma qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2007 and has spent the last four years working in the NHS gaining experience in a variety of settings but having a particular interest in musculoskeletal and women’s health.
During her time Emma has had experience of assessing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Emma continues to develop professionally by attending regular clinical courses to improve her skills in assessment and treatment of these disorders.
After qualifying Emma also spent two seasons with an amateur rugby union team in North Leeds providing first aid as well as physiotherapy for matches and providing pre and post match rehabilitation. Emma is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and is a State Registered Health Professional.

Denise Barnes: Midwife Antenatal Care :

One of our qualified midwives, Denise has extensive experience in maternity care within in the NHS. Currently working on the delivery suite and providing antenatal classes at a local hospital she is enthusiastic and passionate about her role and career as a midwife, Denise especially enjoys helping couples feel prepared for this exciting time in their lives. Denise delivers our antennal class at this is my: Leeds Screening Centre.

Suellen Edgar

: Sales & Marketing Director : Profile coming soon

Indera Sehmi

One of our most senior and experienced screening co-ordinator, Indera has been responsible for all aspects of service development for fetal anomaly screening for NHS patients in Leeds and surrounding districts and for private patients nationally. She has extensive experience in:
• Development and monitoring of systems and infrastructures used to carry out screening services with optimum efficiency;
• Liaison with consultants, midwives, general practitioners and laboratory managers to consistently monitor the quality of service provision;
• Quality control encompassing assay performance, service provision and statistical performance measures;
• Contributing to audit of screening services;
• Contributing to the client liaison and client support functions of the screening service.

Chloe Porter

One of our screening co-ordinators, Chloe as worked with us for over 7 years. Originating from retail and banking background she is passionate about providing a high standard of customer service to our clients. She feels very lucky to be working with a team which includes world leaders in antenatal screening and takes every opportunity to develop her knowledge through them.
Chloe is one of our trained phlebotomists, studying at St James’ University Hospital. This qualification allows Chloe to work closely with our medical professionals to ensure that a complete service is available to all our patients.
Outside of work hours Chloe can usually be found with her head in a good book, socialising or at live music events.

Jayde Lawton

Jayde is the newest screening co-ordinator to join the thisismy: team. Coming from a customer service background she brings lots of fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the role. She is currently in training, learning all aspects of the day to day running including phlebotomy and how to make a descent cup of coffee!

Out of hours Jayde enjoys good food, good wine & good company.