Our Medical Advisory Panel comprises multi-disciplinary experts in the fields of obstetrics, midwifery, neonatology, microbiology, vaccinology and epidemiology. They are invaluable in ensuring the medical information the charity provides is accurate and up to date. We are grateful to each for their gifts of time, knowledge and expertise and their support.
The members of the GBSS Medical Advisory Panel are:
Professor Philip Steer FRCOG (Chair)
Prof Philip Steer chairs the Group B Strep Support Medical Advisory Panel. He is Emeritus Professor of obstetrics at Imperial College and a member of the group that produced the RCOG’s 2017 group B Strep guidelines. Until 2014, he was a consultant obstetrician at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. He is editor emeritus of BJOG – an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and continues to pursue his research and teaching interests.
“All medical professionals involved in the care of pregnant women and newborn babies should be aware of the importance of group B Strep and the steps that can be taken to prevent infection. They should also be aware of the factors that put the baby at particularly high risk. And they need to pass that information on to the women in their care, giving expectant mothers the opportunity to take a simple swab test and give themselves the knowledge of their carrier status; this knowledge could save their baby’s life. At the moment, lives are being lost needlessly.”
Dr Alison Bedford Russell
Dr Alison Bedford Russell is Deputy Division Chief, Clinical Services, Division of Neonatology at Sidra Medicine in Doha. Previously, she was Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Clinical Director of West Midlands Clinical Network for Women and Newborn, Interim Medical Director/ Chief Medical Officer Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Neonatal lead for surgery Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Clinical Director of Neonatology at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Clinical Director of South West Midlands Newborn Network. Her research interests and publications have mainly centred on neonatal infection, including research specifically related to group B Streptococcus, neonatal immunology and epidemiology.
Dr Guduru Gopal Rao OBE
Dr Guduru Gopal Rao OBE is Head of Department, Consultant Microbiologist/Lead Clinician Infection Control at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, London. He has been interested in the prevention of group B Strep infections in babies for over 20 years. He has served on a number of international and national professional groups including the Department of Health’s MRSA Screening Committee, and until recently was an international advisor for The Royal College of Pathologists.
Mrs Philippa Cox
Mrs Philippa Cox is Co-Clinical Director, London Maternity Clinical Network and Consultant Midwife at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. She is a Midwifery Assessor for the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) and an honorary lecturer with London’s, City University.
Dr Sonali Kochhar, MD
Dr Sonali Kochhar, MD has worked for 20 years in a leadership position for Global Phase I-IV Clinical Research Epidemiology and Safety Studies for Vaccines and Drugs including vaccines for pregnant women, infectious diseases and maternal and child programs.