Professor of Neonatal Medicine      

Imperial College London

Neena Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London. She has clinical duties as Honorary Consultant in Neonatal Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust where she contributes to a a team providing neonatal services for the tertiary medical and surgical perinatal unit for north-west London.

Neena has a national and international profile as a medical leader, clinical scientist, advocate for child health and wellbeing, and campaigner for the retention of the National Health Service as a primarily publicly funded, publicly delivered healthcare system. She heads the Neonatal Medicine Research Group at Imperial, and the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit.

Neena is the President-Elect of the Medical Women’s Federation and will serve as President from 2020-2022. She is immediate past-president of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2015-18). Her contributions in this role included supporting junior doctors during a major national dispute, national reports on children’s biomedical research and child health in the UK, and campaigning in relation to UK health services, environmental issues and child refugees. She led the establishment of a Child Health Research Collaboration and Children’s Research Fellowship Fund.

She has also held by election, the three leading national children’s research positions in the UK, President of the Neonatal Society (2012-15), President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland (2014-15), and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Vice-President for Science and Research (2009-15). She chaired the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee from 2010-2015 and serves currently on a number of research committees and health service working groups.

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Practitioners – are we explaining the benefits of Mum’s milk?