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2018 Chair

Dr Ahmad Moolla, specialist registrar and clinical research fellow, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford 

Ahmad is a Specialist Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Oxford. His research is focused on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD affects up to 70% of patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). It is rapidly becoming the commonest cause of chronic liver disease worldwide, with its principle morbidity and mortality manifested through cardiovascular disease. Based at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM), Ahmad is investigating the utility of GLP-1 analogues as novel a therapy for NAFLD as well as investigating novel non-invasive techniques with which to stage and grade NAFLD and with which to assess treatment response. 

Ahmad’s undergraduate training was undertaken at Imperial College London. He has held NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships at Imperial College London and at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine as part of his postgraduate training. His other specialist interests are in clinical leadership and medical education. Between 2010-11 he worked at the Department of Health as a Clinical Advisor to the National Medical Director for the NHS and he also holds a Masters in Education.


2018 Speakers

Professor David Wheeler, honorary consultant nephrologist, professor of kidney medicine, University College London

David’s current positions include Professor of Kidney Medicine at University College London and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust.

He is a Clinician Scientist with an interest in the complications of chronic kidney disease, specifically those that at increase the burden of cardiovascular disease and/or accelerate progression of kidney failure. He has contributed to the development and running of several large-scale clinical trials involving patients with chronic kidney disease including SHARP, EVOLVE and CREDENCE. He is currently co-chief investigator of the DAPA-CKD study.

Locally, David runs a virtual Chronic Kidney Disease service covering primary care in Camden. He has been involved in Clinical Practice Guideline Development for several organisations, most recently for Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), of which he is currently co-chair.

David has served terms as President of the UK Renal Association and as Chair of the UK Renal Registry.


Dr Kathryn E Griffith, clinical CVD lead, Vale of York GP and secretary primary care, Cardiovascular Society

Dr Griffith has been a GP for over 30 years and over 25 in York. She became a GP specialist in Cardiology and worked at York Hospital for over 20 years.

She has a Masters in Post-graduate Cardiology from the University of Bradford and specialised in Chronic Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Disease. She is now the Senior Clinical Tutor on the Masters Course for PwSI in Postgraduate Cardiology.

She was the RCGP Clinical Champion for Kidney Care for 3 years.

She works for the Vale of York CCG developing clinical pathways in Cardiology and supporting the Referral Support Service.

She is the Secretary of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society.


Dr Yassir Javaid, GP and CVD lead, East Midlands Clinical Network

BA (Hons), MA (Cantab), MB BChir, MRCGP, DipCard
Cardiovascular lead Nene CCG, Primary Care Cardiovascular lead and East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network.

Dr Javaid qualified from Cambridge University and completed his GP VTS training in Northampton. He has an interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease. He was named Pulse “GP of the Year” in 2015 for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands.

He is also a council member of the British Heart Valve Society, accredited member of the British Society of Echocardiography and on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.


Dr David Cohen, NHS consultant stroke physicians, Northwick Park Hospital

Dr David Cohen qualified at the Royal Free in 1979 and after junior training in London and a period of research in diabetes saw the light and trained in geriatric medicine in Oxford.

He was first appointed consultant at Nottingham City Hospital in 1991 where he developed his interest in stroke. In 1997 he moved to Northwick Park Hospital as lead for Elderly Care with the remit to set up a stroke service.

In 2009 Northwick Park was selected to be one of the London stroke hubs and is now one of the busiest and best performing units in the country. He remains clinical director of the unit.

Douglas is a specialist dietitian and Deputy Head of Care at Diabetes UK. His specialist interest is in developing evidence-based nutrition guidelines having co-chaired the Diabetes UK 2018 nutrition guidelines group. He is currently a co-chair of the joint Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) / NHS England / Diabetes UK working group reviewing the evidence for low carbohydrate diets in Type 2 diabetes.


Deborah Coleman, diabetic foot co-ordinator, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Debbie Coleman has practiced as a podiatrist for over 15 years working for Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for most of her career. Since qualifying she has completed her MSc in Podiatry and lectured at the University of East London and at the National Podiatrist conference.

She specialises in the treatment of diabetics with foot complications and is currently employed as the diabetic foot co-ordinator at Homerton Hospital. The role facilitates the admission of diabetics with foot complications and co-ordinates their care during their admission.  During her employment she has been able to demonstrate a 30% reduction in length of stay for this cohort of patients.


Douglas Twenefour, deputy head of care, Diabetes UK

Leading Diabetes UK’s involvement in national guidelines, Douglas has been involved in various NICE guidelines consultations, Royal College of Physicians/ British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society Tier 3 Weight Management commissioning guidelines, among others.

Douglas is also a committee member of the Diabetes Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association. He has also worked with a number of Universities and academic institutions as a lecturer, consultant and a researcher.





Dr Eveleigh Nicholson, Consultant Diabetes and Endocrinology, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Eveleigh Nicholson is a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology and was appointed in 2016.

Dr Nicholson is inpatient diabetes lead for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and has a specialist interest in Type 1 diabetes and genetic diabetes. She is physician lead for both the Obesity and Bariatric services in Portsmouth and also runs a general endocrine clinic that includes transition endocrinology.

Dr Nicholson is Associate Undergraduate Teaching Lead for medicine for her trust and contributes to the training and education of multiple specialities and professionals.


Dr Alun Hemington-Gorse,   former GP, DVLA doctor and diabetes panel secretary, DVLA

Alun Hemington-Gorse was a GP and GP Trainer in South Wales and was a runner up in RCGP Wales GP of the year in 2015.

As a GP he developed a special interest in diabetes and completed a diploma in the primary care management of diabetes.

In 2016 Alun joined DVLA as a Drivers Medical Doctor and has transferred his knowledge of managing Diabetes to the role of Diabetes Panel Secretary for the DVLA.


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