Who We Are

Dr David Luyt – Chair

Dr David Luyt is a consultant in paediatric allergy in the children’s services at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Leicester.  Under his leadership the children’s allergy service has grown and now provides multi-professional outpatient clinics, an extensive daycare diagnostic food challenge service, sublingual and subcutaneous aeroallergen immunotherapy and oral immunotherapy for milk and egg allergy.

 

He is a member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Standards of Care Committee under whose auspices as lead author he was responsible for the development of guidelines for the diagnosis and management if milk allergy.  He was appointed as chair of the SOCC in 2020.  He has authored over 50 articles on paediatrics and paediatric allergy.  He has published articles on the Leicester experience of both milk and egg oral immunotherapy.

Dr Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark is a consultant in paediatric allergy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. His research portfolio explores the underlying mechanisms of food allergy resolution, clinical and epidemiological features of food allergy, use of diagnostic tests and the impact of a comprehensive management approach on food allergy outcome. More recently he has led translational studies of desensitisation for children with severe food allergy.

Dr Liz Angier

Liz Angier is currently a GP working in the community and in hospital at an Allergy unit in Sheffield. She has an interest in Health Policy and Service Improvement having just been made a Clinical Fellow at the National Leadership Academy.
She  joined SOCC in 2013 and has also done Map of Medicine pathways and is a member of the RCGP Clinical Expert group and her local CCG Clinical Reference Group. She has an interest in multidisciplinary working and translating secondary care guidelines. She recently joined the NHS England Quality and Safety G Teaching Faculty.

Dr Nicola Brathwaite

Nicola Brathwaite FRCPCH, FCPaed(SA) is a consultant paediatric allergist at Kings College Hospital, London, since 2005. She completed her paediatric and allergy training in South Africa. She is a current member of the BSACI Standards of Care Committee.

She represented the RCPCH on the NICE Pharmalgen Venom Immunotherapy technology appraisal and was the lead for the Latex allergy pathway in the RCPCH Allergy Pathways project. She has an interest in clinical education and leads the Respiratory and Allergy module of the KCL Advanced Paediatrics MSc and is College Tutor for Paediatrics at Kings.

Dr Deepanjali Choudhury

Deepa Choudhury is a Portfolio GP with an interest in Allergy. She has made the transition to tertiary care in allergy and currently works in the Allergy department at Addenbrookes hospital, Cambridge on the Adult Allergy rotation. She still works in primary care in general practice and as a GP appraiser for NHS England.

Deepa is proactive in developing pathways for use in primary care and has initiated innovative ways of working such as using skype consultations for asthma in teenagers who try to avoid attending surgery. As part of the primary care group she continues to work towards primary care guidelines for common allergic conditions such as Allergic Rhinitis, Anaphylaxis Auto injector guidance which involves re-shaping of tertiary/secondary care guidelines to fit in with the requirements of primary care.

Prof Stephen Durham

Stephen Durham is Head of the Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College and Royal Brompton Hospital London. He is a past President of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and a member of the Allergy Panel of the Steering Committee of the Immune Tolerance network, USA. His clinical and research interests include difficult asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergen immunotherapy and the regulation of IgE in tissues.

Dr Pam Ewan

Pam Ewan is a consultant Allergist at Addenbrookes Hospital, University of Cambridge Clinical School and set up the Cambridge allergy service. Before this she was Senior Lecturer, Hon Consultant and head of the Allergy Department at St Mary’s  Hospital, London. She is interested in all aspects of clinical allergy. Her research in nut allergy, anaphylaxis and venom allergy has led to improvements in patient care. In various national roles she worked to highlight the need to improve NHS allergy services, for which she was awarded the CBE. She is chair of the National Allergy Strategy Group and a past President of the BSACI.

Dr Rubaiyat Haque

Rubaiyat Haque is a Consultant Allergist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He studied medicine at Cambridge University followed by clinical training at Barts and The London. His main clinical interest is drug allergy and his drug allergy service is the largest of its kind in the UK.
In addition to his role on the Standards of Care Committee, he sits on the BSACI Council, Allergy and Immunology Clinical Reference Group, IQAS (Improving Quality in Allergy Services) Steering Group and is a Regional Specialty Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr M. Thirumala Krishna

Thirumala Krishna (TK) is lead physician for National Audits and has carried out major projects for Standards of Care Committee including audits on diagnosis and management of hymenoptera venom allergy, beta-lactam allergy and survey of practice and safety of allergen-specific immunotherapy in allergic rhinitis.  His main clinical and research interests include characterisation and risk factors for anaphylaxis, hymenoptera venom allergy, safety aspects of allergen-specific immunotherapy, drug allergy and innovation of new cost-effective methods of provision of allergy services in UK.

He is Honorary Senior Lecturer in University of Birmingham and Honorary Fellow in University of Warwick and is actively engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training.

Dr Susan Leech

Dr Susan Leech has been a consultant and clinical lead for the paediatric allergy service at Kings College Hospital since 2001. As Chair of the Paediatric Group of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, she established standards for secondary care paediatric allergy services in the UK, which have been instrumental in supporting the development of clinical paediatric allergy services over the last 10 years.  As a member of the BSACI Standards of Care Committee, she has participated in the development of numerous clinical guidelines and has recently led an update of the BSACI egg allergy guideline. She is a member of the BSACI penicillin allergy delabelling task force. She is a Director and Treasurer of the BSACI.

Dr Rita Mirakian

Rita Mirakian is a consultant in allergy at the Addenbrookes’ University Hospital (part time) and an Honorary Consultant at the Royal National Throat Nose Ear Hospital/UCLH. She is one of the early members of the SOCC and her main interests relate to the field of drug allergy and rhinology.

She has contributed to the preparation of several national guidelines for the managment of allergic conditions and is the lead author of the BSACI guideline on the ‘management of drug allergy’. Her main interest in rhinology is on the management of ‘Aspirin Exacerbated Airways disease’.

In addition Rita Mirakian has teaching committments; in particular as one of the teachers in the annual BSc course on Immunology, Autoimmity and Transplantation at UCL and as teacher in the annual MSc course in Allergy at Imperial College.

Susana Marinho

FRCP, MD, PhD
Consultant Allergist & Clinical Lead of the Allergy Service – Wythenshawe Hospital, MFT

Susana graduated from Medical School at University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and completed Specialist Training in Allergy in Lisbon.

Susana was appointed as Consultant in 2009 and has been instrumental in the development of the Wythenshawe Allergy Service, which has since expanded considerably, providing comprehensive allergy care for adults, with close links with the Paediatrics Service; it is also an integrated clinical and research unit with an active research programme. Susana is PI in an urticaria study and co-investigator in several studies, mainly on food allergy.

Susana has extensive experience in all aspects of clinical allergy, her specialist areas of interest being drug hypersensitivity, anaphylaxis and food allergy.

Susana is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester and has a keen interest in education in Allergy, being a member of the Allergy Specialist Advisory Committee from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, Training programme Director for Allergy at HEE-NW and regularly teaching foundation and core medical trainees, GPs, and other clinicians/AHPs; she is co-lead for the Hypersensitivity Module of the Immunology MSc from the University of Manchester and is Educational Supervisor to 2 Allery STRs.

 

Deborah Marriage

Deb Marriage is the Consultant Nurse for Allergy and Asthma at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK where she has worked since the allergy service opened in 2002.  She previously worked in allergy at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Deb successfully completed the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University in 2010 and a Professional Doctorate in Health at the University of Bath in 2017.

Deb manages the Paediatric Allergy Service and is involved in local training programmes for GPs and practice nurses, and asthma and allergy teaching in schools and primary care. She is an advocate for nurse-led services and in promoting the extended role of nurses. She enjoys research and her particular interests are in egg and peanut allergy.

Deb was previously the Chair of the Nurses in Allergy Committee and became a member of SOCC in 2018. She is also involved in the Paediatric Allergy Group.

Dr Shuaib Nasser

Shuaib Nasser is a Consultant in Allergy and Asthma at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in medicine, respiratory medicine and allergy in both London and Cambridge. His clinical and research interests are in asthma, drug allergy and immunotherapy. His work on thunderstorm asthma, drug allergy and asthma deaths have improved patient care and led to a DH funded national enquiry into asthma deaths. He has worked in a number of roles to improve the delivery of allergy care and reduce variability in standards. He set up and chaired the BSACI Standards of Care Committee until 2012 leading to the publication of national Allergy guidelines. In 2011 he was awarded the William Frankland BSACI award for outstanding services to Allergy. In 2014 Shuaib was the elected to become the next President for BSACI a role he held until 2018.

Prof Richard Powell

MB, BS, DM, FRCP, FRCPath
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Immunology and Allergy – Nottingham University

Richard Powell was Professor of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Nottingham University Hospitals, Queens Medical Centre until 2007. Since 2008, he has worked predominantly in the private sector but continues to pursue his research interests at Nottingham University related to autoinflammatory diseases.  He has been a member of SOCC since its inception and has taken the lead in the development of urticaria and angioedema guidelines.

Dr Stephen Till

Stephen Till has been a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer Award holder at King’s College London and Consultant Allergist (Adults) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals since 2011. After studying for a science degree at Oxford, he completed his PhD in Allergy at Barry Kay’s lab and then graduated in medicine as a postgraduate (UCL). This long path eventually led to specialty training in Allergy at the Royal Brompton Hospital (2006-11), where he held a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from The Health Foundation and Academy of Medical Sciences and received the biennial 2009 World Allergy Organisation Henning Lowenstein Award for allergy research. His current research interests include the immune responses to grass pollen allergens and the effects of immunotherapy, as well respiratory mucosal T cell responses and more recently food allergy. He is Chief Investigator of the PollenLITE clinical trial (Pollen Low dose Intradermal Therapy Evaluation), funded by the MRC and NIHR under the Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation Programme, and co-investigator on a NIH-funded 4 year project investigating the immunological responses to sublingual and injection immunotherapy using Class II tetramers in collaboration with Professor Stephen Durham at Imperial College London.

Dr Lavanya Diwakar

Dr Lavanya Diwakar is a consultant immunologist at the University Hospital of North Midlands. She has been awarded a PhD in health economics by the University of Birmingham in 2018. Lavanya has an interest in health pathways, particularly those related to allergy services in the UK. She is currently working on a Wellcome Trust-funded project aimed at better understanding allergy services and the burden of allergies in the UK. She has previously been a NICE scholar and has recently been awarded a scholarship by the West Midlands Clinical Research Network.

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