Team

Doctors

The doctors at The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH) are very experienced and passionate about their job. Our team is well versed with the latest advances in fertility treatment and consists of consultants who are experts in the field of Reproductive Medicine. Their knowledge and dedication has resulted in the centre’s high level of performance over several years.

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Mr Paul Serhal
MRCOG
Medical Director, Hon. Consultant/Senior Lecturer
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Mr Ozkan Ozturk
FRCOG, MD, MBA
Consultant Gynaecologist, Accredited Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine, Deputy Medical Director
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Mr Wael Saab
MRCOG, MD, BSc
Fertility Consultant, Deputy Clinical Director
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Ms Srividya Seshadri
MRCOG, MD, MSc
Consultant Gynaecologist & Accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, Head of Clinical Research & Development
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Ms Jara Ben Nagi
MBBS, MD, MRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist & Accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery
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Dr Vidya Atluri
MRCOG
Fertility Consultant
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Mr Ali Al Chami
MBBS MRCOG
Fertility Consultant
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Miss Lisa Webber
MA BMBCh PhD MRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist & Accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery
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Ms Melanie Davies
MA MRCP FRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist
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Miss Ephia Yasmin
MBBS, MD, MRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist and sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery
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Mr Dimitrios Mavrelos
BA (Oxon), MBBS, MD, MRCOG
Consultant in Reproductive Medicine
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Mr David Ralph
BSc MBBS MS FRCS(Urol)
Consultant Urologist
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Dr Amr Abdel Raheem
MB BCh, DipSurg, MSc, PhD
Andrology Consultant
Mr Paul Serhal
MRCOG
Medical Director, Hon. Consultant/Senior Lecturer

Mr Paul Serhal is an accredited consultant in Reproductive Medicine and is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was a Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College London Hospital in 1987, and in 1990 was appointed as Honorary Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL). He is the medical director of The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health (CRGH) which he founded in 1990.

His vast experience of male and female infertility has ensured that CRGH is amongst world-class leaders in the pioneering of new techniques, such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and the advancement of fertility treatments.

Mr Serhal has published more than 100 articles in books and journals and frequently lectures at international conferences.

He reported with professor Ian Craft the first pregnancy in the UK in post-menopausal women using donated eggs. The results were published in The Lancet in 1987.

In 2004 he was granted the first UK licence for screening a genetic form of bowel cancer, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (FAP), with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. In 2005, he was also granted the first UK Licence for screening embryos for a genetic form of cancer of the eye (Retinoblastoma). He reported the first baby born in the UK following PGD for a genetic form of breast cancer (BRCA1) in 2009.

He is actively involved in a number of teaching and training programmes.

Mr Serhal appears on many radio and television documentary programmes about women’s health.

 

Mr Ozkan Ozturk
FRCOG, MD, MBA
Consultant Gynaecologist, Accredited Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine, Deputy Medical Director

Mr Ozturk is a consultant gynaecologist and specialist in reproductive medicine. Mr Ozturk received his research degree from University of London on the “Clinical aspects of embryo implantation” and his Master’s degree from University of Aberdeen on the “Quality assessment in assisted conception”.

He worked as a consultant gynaecologist and senior lecturer at University College London Hospitals before becoming the Deputy Medical Director at the CRGH in 2010. He has published widely on factors affecting the outcome of IVF treatment including uterine and ovarian blood flow, multiple pregnancy and treatment quality.

 

Mr Wael Saab
MRCOG, MD, BSc
Fertility Consultant, Deputy Clinical Director

Mr Wael Saab is a fertility consultant and Deputy Clinical Director at the CRGH, joining our team in 2007. Mr Saab trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with specialist interest in infertility and the treatment of the infertile couple, ranking in the top one percent in international medical exams whilst training. Mr Saab is highly skilled in gynaecologic ultrasound, 3 Dimensional pelvic scanning and early first trimester ultrasound. He also has a Bachelors degree in Biology with distinction. His broad knowledge in different fields of medicine made him interested in research.

Mr Saab has had publications in books and in medical journals on natural cycle IVF and various other aspects of fertility and obstetrics and gynaecology. Mr Saab is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Mr Saab is experienced in Reproductive Immunology and the management of recurrent IVF failures. Academically, he is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the field of Reproductive Science and Women’s Health for MSc students at UCL.

 

 

Ms Srividya Seshadri
MRCOG, MD, MSc
Consultant Gynaecologist & Accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, Head of Clinical Research & Development

Ms Srividya Seshadri is a Consultant Gynaecologist & accredited sub-specialist in reproductive medicine & surgery and Head of CRGH Research & Clinical Development. She completed her MD thesis on Reproductive Immunology at the University of Liverpool. She obtained her Masters in medical ultrasound from Kings College London and specialised in 3D scanning.

Her special interests include Preconceptual care, Reproductive Endocrinology, Reproductive Immunology, Recurrent Implantation failure and Recurrent Miscarriages. She has authored publications in leading medical journals and lectured on the above specialised areas of interest.

Ms Jara Ben Nagi
MBBS, MD, MRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist & Accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery

Ms Jara Ben Nagi is a consultant gynaecologist and specialist in reproductive medicine and surgery. After graduating from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s medical school, she trained in obstetrics and gynaecology, where she worked in several London teaching hospitals including King’s College, Guy’s & St. Thomas’s and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Ms Ben Nagi also undertook a two year research fellowship, which investigated various factors that affect the intrauterine environment. This resulted in her being awarded a research degree (MD) from University of London in 2009. She has widely published in high impact peer reviewed journals including Human Reproduction, Lancet oncology and Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Ms Ben Nagi is highly skilled in advanced 3D gynaecological ultrasound scanning and HyCoSy. She is also experienced in hysteroscopic surgery. She is in charge of the pre-implantation genetic diagnosis programme at CRGH.

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Dr Vidya Atluri
MRCOG
Fertility Consultant

Dr Vidya Atluri is a fertility consultant and specialist in Reproductive Medicine. She worked in various teaching hospitals all over Northern Ireland and trained in IVF at Guy’s and St Thomas ACU.  She became a member of Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2005. Her special interests are diminished ovarian reserve and recurrent implantation failures.

Mr Ali Al Chami
MBBS MRCOG
Fertility Consultant

Mr Ali Al Chami is a fertility consultant at the CRGH. Mr Al Chami completed his postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology with special interest in infertility and became a member of the RCOG. He subsequently had 3 years clinical and research fellowship training in assisted conception and reproductive medicine at University College London Hospital.

Mr Al Chami is highly skilled in advanced 3D gynaecological ultrasound scanning, HyCoSy, and hysteroscopy. His special interests include fertility preservation, reproductive medicine surgery, and adjuvant treatments in IVF.  He has published on luteal support in assisted conception, PCOS, and unexplained infertility.

Miss Lisa Webber
MA BMBCh PhD MRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist & Accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery

Miss Webber is a consultant gynaecologist and RCOG accredited subspecialist in reproductive medicine & surgery. She is a consultant at CRGH and UCLH, and was formerly a consultant at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

 

Her special interests are disorders of ovarian function, in particular polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS, the subject of her PhD) – both the fertility and non-fertility related aspects – and premature ovarian insufficiency (POI). She has published in The Lancet and other learned journals on PCOS and was the chair of the recently published ESHRE guidelines on the management of POI. She has lectured on these subjects nationally and internationally.

Ms Melanie Davies
MA MRCP FRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist

Ms Melanie Davies is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and specialist in reproductive medicine. As well as consulting at The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, Ms Davies is the senior consultant in the Reproductive Medicine Unit in University College London Hospital.

Her special interests are subfertility, gynae endocrinology, and fertility preservation. She runs specialist NHS services for ‘late effects’ of cancer therapy, premature ovarian insufficiency (early menopause), menopause, and has dedicated clinics for hormonal problems in young women (under-20’s). She has also led services for ovulation induction and recurrent miscarriage.

Ms Davies is on the executive committee of the British Fertility Society and British Menopause Society and is the Chair of a national professional network ‘Fertility Preservation UK’. She was an elected representative on the Council of the RCOG 2008-2014. She directed a specialist training programme in reproductive medicine for 15 years, publishes and lectures nationally. She is a clinical adviser to the HFEA and was a contributor to NICE guidance on fertility. She is currently the Clinical Advisor to the National Guideline Alliance developing NICE guidance on women’s health.

Miss Ephia Yasmin
MBBS, MD, MRCOG
Consultant Gynaecologist and sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery

Miss Ephia Yasmin is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and clinical lead of the Reproductive Medicine Unit at University College London Hospital (UCLH). She is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at University College London. She has an MD from  the University of Leeds on polycystic ovary syndrome. She has acquired her wide experience and expertise in fertility treatments from some of the leading centres in the country in Leeds, London and Bristol.

Her special interests are management of rare uterine and genital abnormalities, reproductive endocrinology, fertility preservation and reproductive surgery. She has published in peer reviewed journals and contributed chapters on her special interest topics. She runs an annual laparoscopy and hysteroscopy teaching course for junior doctors at UCLH. She lectures regularly at national and international medical conferences.

Mr Dimitrios Mavrelos
BA (Oxon), MBBS, MD, MRCOG
Consultant in Reproductive Medicine

Mr Dimitrios Mavrelos is a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is accredited as a sub specialist in Reproductive Medicine by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Mr Mavrelos studied medicine at the University of Oxford and Guy’s King’s St Thomas’ School of Medicine. He undertook an MD in gynaecological ultrasound and has published several scientific articles and book chapters on the diagnosis and management of endometriosis, the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy complications and the impact of gynaecological disorders on assisted conception techniques.

Mr Mavrelos is an expert in assisting couples to conceive and managing gynaecological disorders in women wanting to preserve and enhance their fertility.

Mr David Ralph
BSc MBBS MS FRCS(Urol)
Consultant Urologist

Mr David Ralph is a Consultant Urologist, working both at The Institute of Urology (London) and at The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health. He has a wide interest in all aspects of sexual medicine and leads an active research programme with PhD and MD fellows.

He has written many chapters on a range of subjects, including the surgical and medical management of erectile dysfunction and he is the biggest implanter of penile prostheses in the UK

He is an accomplished microsurgeon who established and teaches on the Royal College of Surgeons’ Microsurgery for Andrologists course. In clinical practice his microsurgery skills are of particular benefit to men requiring surgery for fertility problems or vasectomy reversal.

Dr Amr Abdel Raheem
MB BCh, DipSurg, MSc, PhD
Andrology Consultant

Mr. Amr Raheem is a specialist in Andrology with a wealth of experience, spanning more than fifteen years in this highly specialised field. Andrology is a subspecialty which deals with the male genital tract. It is an area which is surprisingly often overlooked, especially in comparison to its female equivalent Gynaecology. Mr. Raheem is one of only a few experts worldwide who specialise solely in this unique field.

His main clinical areas of interest are: male infertility, microsurgical sperm retrieval, microsurgical reconstruction for obstructive azoospermia, vasectomy reversal, microsurgical vaso-vasostomy, microsurgical epididymovasostomy, microsurgical varicocelectomy, male sexual dysfunction, penile prosthesis, Peyronie’s disease, penile enlargement, hypogonadism, genital pain, microsurgical denervation of the spermatic cord, priapism and fracture penis.

He is actively involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate doctors, as well as training junior doctors and nursing staff. He also trains urologists in clinical and surgical Andrology and gynaecologists sub-specialising in reproductive medicine in male infertility. He has delivered numerous lectures in the field of Andrology to: undergraduate medical students; Urology Diploma students; MSc Urology students; the Institute of Cancer Research, MSc Oncology students; MSc Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis students; and general practitioners. He has also been invited to lecture in several international medical congresses and has supervised several clinical theses.

Dr. Raheem has been a member of the CRGH team since 2010. He is highly skilled in surgical sperm retrieval techniques and is an expert in the ultra-advanced Schlegel Micro-dissection testicular sperm extraction technique (Micro-TESE), for men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). His expertise also include Microsurgical reconstruction for obstructive infertility, vasectomy reversal, microsurgical varicocelectomy. Dr. Raheem has a very high sperm retrieval rate, with his colleagues referring to him as “the sperm hunter” due to his ability to almost always find sperm (even in difficult redo-cases of non-obstructive azoospermia, with previous failed attempts of surgical sperm retrieval).