Our Team

Samir Gupta

Professor Samir Gupta - Conference Director

Professor of Neonatology

Samir Gupta is Professor of Neonatology at University of Durham. He is Consultant Neonatologist and Director of Research & Development at University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.   His research interests include Neonatal Haemodynamics and advanced respiratory support of Newborn babies. He is a member of several scientific organisations, including the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR), Society for Paediatric Research (USA) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS). He is reviewer for many peer reviewed journals and National Institute for Health & Research (NIHR). He has presented at various national and international meetings, and is an author of several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is Founder and Chairman of Neonataologits with interest in Cardiology & Haemodynamics group and Chief investigator for NIHR-HTA funded Baby-OSCAR trial.


Dr Jonathan Wyllie

Clinical Director of Neonatology

Professor Jonathan Wyllie has been a consultant neonatologist at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough since 1994 and was clinical director of neonatology until May 2017. He is Professor of Neonatology and Paediatrics at Durham University. He has a long-standing interest in resuscitation and neonatal haemodynamics as well as an interest in paediatric cardiology. He was one of the originators of the Newborn Life Support course in the UK and Europe. He is the chair of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) subcommittee, a previous chair and now a member of the Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) working group for the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Science Co-chair of the European Resuscitation Council NLS Science and Education Committee. He is President of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and an invited board member of the European Resuscitation Council. He was European co-chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force for the evidence evaluation process of 2010, 2015 and continues as vice chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force at present. He is co-author of newborn resuscitation guidelines for Europe and the UK for 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2010 he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council for services to resuscitation and in 2015 given honorary membership of the Resuscitation Council (UK). In 2018 he was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In his spare time he enjoys walking, mountain biking and more recently photography.

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Miss Zoë Holland

Events Manager

Zoë is the Events Manager at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Zoë has been in post since September 2004 after completing her MSc in Management at the University of Teesside.

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.


Professor Sunil Sinha

Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine

He is a Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at the University of Durham and The James Cook University Hospital in the United Kingdom. After his initial medical training in India, Professor Sinha has practiced at several major perinatal centres in the U.K. for over 25 years. He has a strong research interest in neonatology, particularly in the fields of neonatal neurology and neonatal respiratory care including newer modalities of neonatal ventilation. He also has a major interest in the education and training of postgraduate doctors. Professor Sinha serves on several important committees and currently Chairs the Paediatric Speciality Training Committee of the Northern Deanery. He has made contributions to several books and peer-reviewed journals, and have edited books on Neonatal Respiratory Care and Birth Asphyxia: Basic Science and Clinical Application.


Dr Majd Abu-Harb

Consultant Neonatologist

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

Professor Willem deBoode

Radbound University, Netherlands