Carole Gilling-Smith, Consultant Gynaecologist and Medical Director MA, FRCOG, Phd Carole is the Medical Director of the Agora Gynaecology & Fertility Centre. She graduated in Medicine from Cambridge in 1984 and completed her specialist training (CCST) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1997. She held a Medical Research Council Training Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine during which she completed a PhD in The Genetics of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG). Since 1990 Carole has specialised and received in depth training in Reproductive Medicine. She was previously Director of the Chelsea & Westminster Assisted Conception Unit. At Chelsea & Westminster, she developed the UK’s first fertility programme for HIV infected patients and she remains a national and international expert on the management of patients with viral illness who are trying to conceive safely. She is a member of the ESHRE task force for viral infection and assisted conception and Vice-President of CREAThE, the European collaborative group for the management of fertility in patients with HIV. She lectures both nationally and internationally on a wide range of fertility related topics and has published numerous peer review publications and chapters on the management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), male infertility, bleeding in early pregnancy and the fertility management of patients with viral illness.
Sam Abdalla, Consultant Gynaecologist, FRCOG Sam is a pioneer in the field of IVF and a Director of the Agora. In 1988, he became Clinical Director of the Lister Fertility Clinic at The Lister Hospital, London. Under his direction, this grew into one of the largest fertility centres in the country. One aspect of his research resulted in the birth of Britain’s first baby conceived from a donated embryo, which had been frozen, thawed and transferred back to the fallopian tubes using the ZIFT technique. In addition to his IVF work, Sam is a highly experienced gynaecological laparoscopic surgeon. He has published and lectured locally, nationally and internationally and is a regular participant in the education of postgraduate students. He has developed a database management system currently used in a number of leading IVF units. Before becoming a member of the HFEA Authority, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the British Fertility Society for six years. Sam’s main areas of interest are in assisted conception. He also has a keen interest in medical ethics and contributes to the debate regarding the ethical aspects of assisted conception treatment. Sam primarily practises at the Lister Fertility Clinic although he is heavily involved in all decisions involving the Agora.
Ehab Kelada, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, MBBCh FRCOG Ehab’s main interest is in Reproductive Medicine where he has extensive experience, having worked previously as a consultant at CARE Fertility Clinic in Nottingham and as Clinical Director of the London Fertility Centre. At the Agora he takes an active part in all treatments. He also carries out gynaecological surgical procedures such as hysteroscopy and laparoscopy for Agora patients in local private clinics in Brighton and Haywards Heath. He is interested in all aspects of fertility care but has a particular interest in reproductive immunology and the treatment of recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage. He also provides surgical sperm retrieval at the Agora. He has publications in national and international journals.
Karen Patel, Fertility Specialist, MBChB, DRCOG, DFSRH Karen graduated from Leicester Medical School in 1987 and completed her GP training in Northamptonshire. Before joining the medical team at the Agora, she was GP Principal in Worthing for over 20 years. Her main area of interest is women’s health and she has extensive experience in all aspects of infertility and family planning, including fitting coils and contraceptive implants. A member of the British Fertility Society, Karen has a long standing interest in infertility. In 2006 she was invited to form a GP led fertility service that replaced the consultant led service at Worthing Hospital. She was one of three specialist GPs who took responsibility for investigating infertile couples from the local area and referring them on for assisted conception. This pioneer scheme was highly successful and in 2012 the ‘Specialist Fertility GP’ model was rolled out throughout the whole of West Sussex. Karen joined the Agora in 2013. She has completed specialist training in all aspects of fertility care, including ultrasound assessment, egg collection and embryo transfer through the British Fertility Society special skills programmes. Her GP background brings a unique perspective to patient care at the Agora. Karen lives in Worthing with her husband and two teenage children.
Jonathan Ramsay, Consultant Urologist and Male Fertility Specialist, MS FRCS (UROL) Jonathan is a consultant urologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, and specialises in all aspects of male infertility. Jonathan works at the Fertility Unit at Hammersmith Hospital and at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Recent research with Carole Gilling-Smith has led to several publications about sperm retrieval and the outcomes of ICSI using fresh and frozen sperm. Current research interests are focusing on men with non-obstructive azoospermia who require micro-testicular sperm extraction (microtese). Jonathan sees patients both in London and at the Agora, and undertakes procedures (particularly PESA) by arrangement at the Agora. Please see Jonathan’s own website for further information. To find out more, you can download our surgical sperm removal patient information leaflet.