Meet the team
Mr Stuart Lavery
Mr Lavery is a Consultant in Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He holds an NHS consultant position at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals, one of London’s premier teaching hospitals. He has a private practice at both the Hammersmith Hospital, 92 Harley Street and Boston Place Clinic, Marylebone.
He is the director of IVF Hammersmith, one of the United Kingdom’s largest IVF Units with an international reputation as a centre of excellence for assisted conception. He is also the HFEA ‘Person Responsible’ for IVF Hammersmith.
Mr Lavery is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Imperial College London. He is the author of more than 30 publications in the field, has presented at numerous international and national meetings, and serves on international advisory boards for the pharmaceutical industry. He trained as an undergraduate in South Africa before completing post-graduate specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a registrar at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Mr Lavery then completed a research fellowship at Imperial College in IVF and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. He has coordinated the PGD service at the Hammersmith Hospital since 1997. Mr Lavery achieved Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology accreditation as a Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine through Imperial College in 2000. During this time he was awarded an MSc in Human Reproductive Biology with distinction. His current research interests are in assisted conception, reproductive surgery and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
Mr Lavery is also trained in specific reproductive surgical techniques such as open microsurgery for repair of damaged fallopian tubes. He is accredited in the minimal access (or ‘key-hole’) techniques of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. Mr Lavery is an active member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and serves as an inspector of Subspecialty training programs and trainees in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He is also a member of the British Fertility Society and acts as an official spokesman for the organisation. He is also a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Mr Lavery is married with three children and lives in Buckinghamshire.
Mr Geoffrey Trew
Geoffrey Trew is a consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Hammersmith Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London. He was appointed as a consultant at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1995. He qualified at St George’s Hospital, London in 1984 and started his Reproductive Medicine training at Guy’s Hospital in 1989.
He then went to be the lecturer at the Royal London Hospital until 1993 and completed his Sub specialty training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1994 leading up to his appointment as consultant there in 1995.
He is a preceptor in laparoscopic and complex hysteroscopic surgery as well as one of the few surgeons in Europe who still practices complex open- microsurgery in the areas of tubal anastomosis and the correction of congenital abnormalities. Mr Trew is one of the few surgeons recommended by the Ashermans Support Group for the surgical correction of intrauterine adhesions. He lectures frequently both nationally and internationally in the areas of reproductive surgery and assisted conception. Mr Trew has published over fifty peer reviewed papers and authored over ten book chapters in these areas.
He co-runs the IVF Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital with Stuart Lavery and this is one of the busiest IVF units in the country. It has a reputation for taking the more complex and difficult problems and particularly patients who have been previously labelled as ‘poor responders’ and who have been refused treatment elsewhere. A large amount of their patients also have had multiple previous failed cycles at other units, both in the UK and overseas. He has vast experience in treating complex surgical problems ranging from difficult endometriosis through fibroids to congenital abnormalities. Mr Trew has an international referral base and has appeared for the last three years in The Tatler’s list of “Best Private Doctors”.
Mr Chun Ng
Mr Chun Ng is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in infertility, Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Mr Ng trained as a Specialist Registrar (SpR) in the North West London Deanery training program, receiving his postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and specialising in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, and Minimal Access / Benign Endoscopic Surgery. Completion of his training program led to the award of UK Certificate of Specialist Training and inclusion in the specialist register with the General Medical Council.
Previously, he was also a Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London, and conducted postgraduate clinical research in menopause. During his postgraduate training, he obtained his membership of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He also holds a Diploma in Family Planning.
Mr Ng has contributed numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has presented at various international and national meetings in the field of gynaecology and reproductive medicine. He has also appeared on TV news interview with CNN and webnews with BBC.
He is a member of the British Fertility Society, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and British Menopause Society. He is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education. He is a past module organiser and tutor for MSc and BSc Intercalated year in Human Reproductive Biology course of Imperial College London. He is also a past co-editor for journal summary service Current Medical Literature.
Mr Gedis Grudzinskas
Mr Gedis Grudzinskas, formerly Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals School of Medicine and Dentistry, is a leading international figure in the field of Reproductive Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics.
Mr Grudzinskas is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
Following more than 20 years as the Medical Director of IVF services at both St Bartholomew’s & The Royal London Hospitals and the Bridge Fertility Gynaecology and Genetics Centre, he is continuing his clinical activities at his independent clinical practice at 92 Harley Street, where he is applying his substantial experience to helping couples who are seeking advice about their fertility. His experience, coupled with his knowledge of the most recent advances in treatment, enables him to suggest the best way forward for patients who may have been unsuccessful with previous treatments.
Mr Grudzinskas works with leading IVF centres in London and elsewhere, allowing him to personally treat patients who require IVF, ICSI, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and endoscopic/keyhole surgery.
He is in a position to assist couples who are still childless after IVF treatment. His mission is to maintain and enhance reproductive health in women, prevent infertility and preserve fertility in cancer patients. He is also able to provide assistance to women who require oocyte/egg freezing using the technique of vitrification for both medical and personal reasons.
His considerable worldwide experience and his active network of overseas assisted reproduction therapy centres provides early and sensitive access to treatment with donor gametes and other treatment strategies for which there are long waiting lists in the UK.
Further details are available at: www.grudzinskas.co.uk
Dr Erik Hauzman
Dr Hauzman, Deputy Medical Director at Boston Place Clinic, joins us after having held the position of senior consultant gynaecologist for five years at the international department of a major fertility centre in Madrid, Spain, where he gathered extensive experience in personalised cross-border reproduction treatment services, being fluent in English, Hungarian, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian.
He graduated from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary where he subsequently completed his specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After finishing research fellowships in Boston, USA, and Münster, Germany, he received his PhD for studies on the prediction of the outcome of in vitro fertilisation treatments.
Dr Hauzman's current research interests are in preimplantation genetic diagnosis and endometrial receptivity. He is author of over twenty peer-reviewed papers and one book chapter in the field of fertility.
He works closely with Dr Anna Carby to oversee the day to day clinical management of the unit. He has a private practice at both Boston Place Clinic and 92 Harley Street.
Besides his clinical activities, Dr Hauzman was Associate Editor of the scientific journal Human Reproduction between 2010 and 2014, and has been a reviewer of this journal since 2006.
He is a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the Hungarian Society for Obstetrical and Gynaecological Sonography.
Mr George Christopoulos
Mr George Christopoulos MD(Res) MRCOG PGDip DFSRH
George Christopoulos is a Consultant Gynaecologist and accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He is the Clinical Lead in Thames Valley Fertility Unit, which is part of the Fertility Partnership.
He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in tertiary NHS units, including Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospitals. He worked as a Clinical Research Fellow in Assisted Conception for two years and subsequently completed his subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in Hammersmith Hospital. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy from the University of Surrey and has received extensive training in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy in Endometriosis Centres accredited by the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. He holds a Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (DFSRH) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Mr Christopoulos has a significant research background. He has published extensively in the field of assisted conception and his research interests include uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome and the prevention of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. His MD at Imperial College London focused on the use of novel medication, which aimed to decrease complications and improve the safety profile of IVF cycles. This research project received widespread attention from the scientific community and the media both at national and international level. He has received multiple awards at international fertility meetings and has authored a book chapter on fertility preservation methods.
His special interests include reproductive endocrinology, menopause and the management of male infertility. He has been a member of the British Fertility Society and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists since 2012. His philosophy has always been to tailor medical treatment to the individual needs of women and couples through a clear and evidence-based approach.
Gynaecology and gynaeoncology
Mr Paul Carter
Mr Paul Carter MB, BS, BSc, MD, FRCS, FRCOG
Qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1983 and trained in both general and gynaecological surgery and obstetrics. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at St Georges Hospital London since 1997 and is currently Clinical Director of the unit. He specialises in the treatment of gynaecological cancers and pre-invasive disease of the lower genital tract. He is the Lead Clinician for Colposcopy and Vulval Disorders at St Georges Hospital where approximately 4,000 women are seen each year. He also performs surgery for gynaecological cancers and the more complex surgery for benign disease. He is also an experienced Obstetrician and still has commitments on the Delivery Suite at St Georges where almost 5,000 deliveries take place each year and has the Regional Neo-natal Unit for complex peri-natal problems. Working in a teaching hospital, he has responsibilities for both under-graduate and post-graduate education and is involved in research.
Mr Owen Owens
Mr Owen J Owens MD, MRCOG, MRCPI
Mr Owens is a Consultant in Gynaecology. He holds an NHS consultant position at Luton and Dunstable NHS trust since 1994. He performs general gynaecology, hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. He performs Gynaecological Oncology Surgery at Watford General. He has a private practice at both SPIRE Hospital Harpenden (formerly BUPA Harpenden) and 92 Harley Street.
He undertook his initial training in the Dublin Teaching Hospitals, followed by registrar posts in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals and senior registrar posts at the Glasgow Teaching Hospitals. He obtained his MD for his research into Growth Factors in Ovarian Cancer in 1991 from University College Dublin and has published his research. He has been involved with the move of gynaecological cancer services to Watford General and is one of three surgeons who performs gynaecological oncology surgery for South Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
Mr Owens has a large gynaecological experience in both general gynaecology, gynaecological cancer surgery, minimal invasive hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. Mr Owens is also trained in minimal access hysteroscopic surgery including newer forms of treatment for heavy periods (Novasure). Mr Owens is also trained in laparoscopic key hole surgery for ovarian cysts, endometriosis and staging for gynaecological cancer where appropriate. He is also interested and performs surgery for vaginal prolapse including the new Prolift Surgical techniques. He also performs surgery for fibroids. He carries out colposcopy for abnormal cervical smears and vulvoscopy for diseases of the vulva. Mr Owens also performs laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomies.
He is an examiner at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and examines for part 2 of the MRCOG courses at Whipps Cross Hospital and Addenbrookes.
Mr Owens is a member of the British Society of Colposcopists and Cervical Pathologists (BSCCP) and a member of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS).
Mr Owens is married with 3 children and lives in Hertfordshire. His interests outside of medicine include reading, tennis, golf, theatre and travel.
Mr William Dennes
Mr William Dennes PhD, MRCOG
Mr Dennes is a Consultant Obstetrician and Sub-specialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. He is a Consultant at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London. He works both in the NHS and Privately, looking after mothers at Queen Charlotte’s, the Lindo Wing at St Mary's and the Portland Hospital.
Mr Dennes is experienced in the management of women in pregnancy, and has a special interest in multiple pregnancies and high-risk obstetric cases. He is accredited as a sub-specialist in fetal and maternal medicine, and is experienced in all aspects of antenatal ultrasound imaging (both conventional and 3D/4D). Mr Dennes is accredited with the Fetal Medicine Foundation and routinely carries out invasive prenatal diagnostic testing (amniocentesis and chorionic villous sampling).
MB BS – Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (University of London)
MRCOG – Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London
PhD – Imperial College, London
Mr Dennes graduated in London and subsequently went on to specialised training in obstetrics and gynaecology in London and the North West Thames region. Initially training at the Hammersmith Hospital (under Prof Winston) he returned to Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals for further postgraduate research, completing his PhD thesis on the Molecular mechanisms involved in preterm labour, with Prof Phillip Bennett. Following completion of training in obstetrics and Gynaecology he underwent sub-speciality training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, at the Centre for Fetal, Care at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital (under Prof Nicholas Fisk) a nationally recognised fetal medicine centre. He completed sub-specialty training in maternal and fetal medicine in 2005. He was initially appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician at King’s College Hospital, and returned to Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in 2013, where he currently holds a post as a Consultant Obstetrician and a specialist in fetal medicine.
Mr Dennes has contributed to publications in the field of obstetrics and fetal medicine, and reviews papers for peer-reviewed journals. He has contributed chapters to: ‘Proceedings of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’, ‘Fetal Medicine’, ‘The Unborn patient: the art and science of fetal therapy’, ‘Progress in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the ‘Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Yearbook’. He is a member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, and the British Maternal Fetal Medicine Society.
Ms Bryony Jones
Bryony Jones is a consultant Obstetrician and Specialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. Her NHS practice is based at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. She practises privately at Queen Charlotte’s and at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s. She provides care for women with normal and complex pregnancies including pregnancy after miscarriage, medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes and multiple births. She is a specialist in pregnancy ultrasound and performing amniocentesis and CVS if needed.
Menopause, Premature Ovarian Failure and Gynaecology
Mr Nick Panay
Consultant Gynaecologist, Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Queen Chalotte's & Chelsea Hospital and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital London, also Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London.
Nick Panay is a Consultant Gynaecologist with a Special interest in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Menopause and Menstrual Disorders.
As director of the West London Menopause & PMS Centre at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals, he heads a busy clinical and research team which publishes widely, presents at scientific meetings and trains health professionals at all levels. Much of his teams research has focused on improving the understanding and management of premature menopause, PMS, new HRT preparations and complmentary therapies.
He is currently the Editor-in-chied of Climacteric (The Journal of the International Menopause Society) and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare.
He has a particular interest in minimal access surgery, both laparoscopic and hysteroscopic. He heads the operative outpatient hysteroscopy centre at Queen Charlotte's Hospital which facilities the one stop investigation and treatment of women with bleeding disorders.
Mr Patrick Bose
Mr Patrick Bose BSc PhD MRCOG is an experienced Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who graduated from Charing Cross/Imperial Medical School in 1995. He went onto train under Nick Panay in Menopausal Health at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals. He is now working at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
Mr Patrick Bose gained a PhD in Reproductive Medicine whilst working for the World Health Organisation and has on-going research collaborations with University of Reading. He has published extensively and has an active clinical research portfolio. He is a Trust Board member of Baby Lifeline and is actively involved in the teaching, training and examining of both doctors and midwives.
He believes in an individualised/personal approach and is always happy to discuss contentious issues in order to provide the highest standards of medical care.
Ms Annie Hawkins
Ms Hawkins BSc MRCOG MIPM DFSRH is a NHS consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth . She has worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the last 20 years and with Mr Panay since 1997. She is a Londoner by birth and trained as a Chemist and then a Doctor at the University of London. Her post-graduate training was across North West Thames, based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
She has a special interest in female reproductive hormones, including the treatment of Pre-menstrual Syndrome, Premature Ovarian Failure and Peri-menopause. She is also trained in the management of sub-fertility. She is a Member of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine and has an interest in Psychological issues in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. She also has training in Forensic Gynaecology, Early Pregnancy and Emergency Gynaecology care.
She speaks Nationally and Internationally on her areas of special interest and has been on the executive committee of three women’s health charities. She is passionate about improving care for women and combines a caring, listening, supportive approach with a sound medical knowledge to provide holistic care for her patients.
Dr Justine Setchell
Dr Justine Setchell - MBBS MRCGP DRCOG DOccMed
I trained at Imperial College Medical school and have been a GP for 21 years, latterly within the private sector. I have always had a strong interest in womens’ health throughout my career and as well as continuing to look after women with hormonal issues within my own practice at King Edward VII’s Hospital, I also now work as one of Mr Panay’s Associates at 92 Harley Street.
The Associates meet with Mr Panay regularly to discuss case management and work within the framework and protocols of ICHH so that all patients receive the same high standard of care, regardless of who they see.
In addition to holding my Certificate in Menopause Management, I am a member of The British Menopause Society and a Diplomate of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Dr Fiona Payne
DR Fiona Payne qualified from St. Thomas Medical School in 1990, initially training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, gaining her part 1 MRCOG and a diploma of psychosexual medicine. Dr Payne then retrained as an NHS General Practitioner, and was a partner in a large practice in Putney for 15 years, before moving into private practice. In 2010, she set up her own practice, at 92 Harley Street, with another NHS colleague, Dr Justine Setchell. They were recently invited to join the staff of King Edward VII’s Hospital in October 2015 from where we now run our practice. With her background in women’s’ health, Dr Payne completed her Certificate in Menopause Management with Mr Nick Panay in 2015. As well as looking after women with hormone issues within my GP practice, she now undertakes regular sessions as Mr Panay’s Associate at 92 Harley Street, seeing menopausal/HRT patients and answering patient queries. The Associates meet with Mr Panay regularly to discuss case management and work within the framework and protocols of ICHH so that all patients receive the same high standard of care, regardless of who they see.
Dr Imogen Shaw
MA MB BChir, DRCOG, PGDip Gynaecology.
I trained at Cambridge University and Westminster Medical school and have been a GP for 26 years, with particular focus on women's health and the menopause.
I took a sabbatical working in a gynaecology department in Canada, then qualified with a post graduate diploma in gynaecology in 2008.
I have particular expertise in women's health around the menopause, I lecture nationally, educate local GPs, and run two NHS community gynaecology clinics.
I was a member of the committee involved in writing the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for menopause in 2015, and appeared on national television and press promoting the guideline.
I have co-written a book for GPs on managing the menopause.
I am a member of The British Menopause Society, diplomate of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and a founding member of the primary women’s health care forum, for whom I have written the menopause guidelines on HRT prescribing.
I feel passionately about helping women through the menopausal years, which can be a difficult period of life for many women that is often poorly understood, and inadequately managed by many health care professionals.