Our Team


Professor Samir Gupta MD MRCP DM FRCPCH FRCPI - Conference Director

Professor of Neonatology, Durham University, United Kingdom Division Chief Neonatology, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar



Samir Gupta is Professor of Neonatology at Durham University, UK and Fellow at National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford University, United Kingdom. He is Division chief of Neonatology, a Quaternary care neonatal unit at Sidra Medicine (Children’s hospital), Qatar.


He is a Fellow of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  He is member of European steering group of the Neonatologist performed echocardiography (NPE). He is founder and chair of the Neonatologist with interest in Cardiology & Hemodynamics in the UK and has now successfully established Qatar NPE training program at Sidra Medicine in Doha, Qatar.


He is a member of several scientific organizations, including the European Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) and Society for Pediatric Research (USA). He has authored over 150 articles in indexed peer reviewed journals and books. He has been invited guest editor high impact journals.


He is Chief investigator of Baby-OSCAR trial on patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), (https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/baby-oscar). He established 1st global Annual international neonatal cardiology & hemodynamics conference in UK in 2010, which is successfully running to date (www.neonatalcardiology.co.uk).


He has established Neonatal hemodynamics program at Sidra Medicine with a team of clinicians, that has significantly improved neonatal outcomes in surgical, complex and sick newborn infants. He works collaboratively with Pediatric cardiology and fetal medicine division to improve the care of complex cardiac patients admitted to the NICU. Currently, he is working to set up the ‘Cardiac ICU on NICU’’ and expanding the NPE training program internationally. He also advises on various international forums on cardio-respiratory disorders and management and is international expert in this field.

David Crossland

Dr David Crossland

Consultant Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiologist

David Crossland is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Special interests include interventional congenital cardiology, mechanical support in congenital heart disease and ACHD. He maintains an active interest in neonatal cardiology and haemodynamic assessment. This includes working closely with the teams in the Northern region looking at tissue Doppler in preterm infants and developing guidelines for the management of babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia with associated severe pulmonary hypertension. He is at a loss to understand the reasons for the completely different methods of assessing the circulation of neonates used on cardiac PICU compared to NNU and is convinced that a meeting of minds will improve the care of babies in both settings.


Dr Majd Abu-Harb

Consultant Neonatologist/Paediatric Cardiologist

Dr Majd Abu-Harb is a consultant Neonatologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, also a neonatal lead clinician. Areas of interests include Fetal and Perinatal Cardiology, Neonatal Haemodynamics. Main research interests center around Epidemiology of Congenital Cardiac malformations.


Professor Patrick McNamara

University of lowa

Patrick McNamara graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1987, received his MRCPCH in Pediatrics in 1997 and Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Neonatal Medicine in 2002. He is currently a Staff Neonatologist and Director of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of Iowa. He is the current chair of the PanAmerican Hemodynamic Collaborative, Pediatric Academic Society Neonatal Hemodynamics Advisory and Neonatal Hemodynamics (TnECHO) Special Interest Group at the American Society of Echocardiography. His clinical and research interests include myocardial performance in the settings of a hemodynamically significant ductus arteriosus, pulmonary hypertension and targeted neonatal echocardiography.  He has published over 350 peer reviewed publications, chapters and other works.  

Dr Wyllie image

Professor Jonathan Wyllie

Consultant Neonatologist with Expertise in Cardiology

Professor Jonathan Wyllie is a neonatologist and paediatrician with expertise in cardiology at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He has a long-standing interest in resuscitation and neonatal haemodynamics as well as an interest in paediatric cardiology. 

Originally on the Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) international working group, he became one of the originators of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) course in the UK and Europe. He was President of the Resuscitation Council UK (2017-2021), Vice President (2016-2017 and 2021-2022) and a founding member and chair of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) and Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) subcommittees for the Resuscitation Council UK. He is also an ex co-chair of the ILCOR Neonatal Task Force for the evidence evaluation process and was on the task force from 1998-2022. He was a co-author of newborn resuscitation guidelines for Europe and the UK for 2010, 2015 and 2021. In 2010 he received the Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council for services to resuscitation, in 2015 Honorary membership of the Resuscitation Council UK and in 2018 Honorary Fellowship of the RCPCH. 

He is an elected member of the RCUK Executive and Chair of the North East and North Cumbria Congenital Heart Disease Network.

SJ 2023[51]

Dr Sundaram Janakiraman

Neonatal Consultant

Sundaram Janakiraman works as Consultant Neonatologist  at  James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Jans (as called by colleagues) has a special interest in Neonatal Cardiology, Teaching & Training  and Research. He is Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK). Jans has been keenly involved in Point of Care USS teaching for trainees. Jans has been Principal Investigator for several multicentre trials including Baby OSCAR (PDA) trial.


Dr Nim Subhedar

Consultant Neonatologist

Dr. Subhedar is a Consultant Neonatologist working at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Lead for the Cheshire & Merseyside Neonatal Network. His clinical and research interests include neonatal cardiology and echocardiography in general and, specifically, patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonary hypertension and inhaled nitric oxide therapy. He is a co-investigator on the Baby OSCAR Trial of early selective treatment of PDA in preterm infants. He is currently leading a project designed to develop an international registry of neonatal pulmonary hypertension.

Caroline Jones - Photo

Dr Caroline Jones

Consultant Paediatric & Fetal Cardiologist

Dr Jones is a Consultant Fetal and Paediatric Cardiologist and Clinical Lead at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. She trained in paediatric cardiology at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, Alder Hey and Evelina London where she undertook a fellowship in fetal cardiology. Her fetal work is based at St. Marys Hospital in Manchester. Clinical interests include fetal echocardiography and the prenatal and perinatal management of congenital heart disease. 

Screen Shot 2020-03-19 at 16.49.48

Professor Willem de Boode

Professor of Neonatology

Radboud University/Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) 

The Netherlands

Willem-Pieter de Boode (Arnhem, 1966) received his doctorate degree with honours from the VU University Amsterdam. He specialised in Paediatrics (in Radboudumc and Sint Joseph Hospital, current Maxima Medical Center, in Veldhoven) and in Neonatology (Radboudumc), after which he was registered in 1999 as a Neonatologist. In 2010, he obtained his PhD at Radboud University on research into advanced techniques to investigate and monitor the blood circulation of newborns.

De Boode is a paediatrician-neonatologist and staff member of the Neonatology department at the Amalia Children's Hospital Nijmegen. He has been council member of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) and secretary of the ESPR Section “Circulation, Oxygen Transport and Haematology”. Willem is the former chairman of the ESPR special interest group “Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE)”, that is formulating European clinical, technical and training guidelines regarding the use of echocardiography on the NICU. He's the project leader of the BeNeDuctus Trial, an international multi-center, randomized non-inferiority trial of early treatment versus expectative management of patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants, that is funded by The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). Willem-Pieter de Boode has been appointed Professor of Neonatology at Radboud University/Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) with effect from 1 October 2019. In October 2022 he has been elected as the president (-elect) of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR). Willem de Boode is happily married and father of 4 children.