Meet the Rheumatology team

PLEASE NOTE in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Rheumatology team has created a handy guidance FAQ document available below:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for children, young people and families from the Rheumatology team (259.4 KB) 

Key members of the Rheumatology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) include:


Clarissa Pilkington
Chief of Service for Blood, Cells and Cancer Division
Special interests: lupus and dermatomyositis

Clinical Lead
Professor of Vasculitis and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
Special interests: vasculits and fever

Sandrine Lacassagne
Special interests: bone inflammation, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, JIA-associated uveitis, non-JIA associated uveitis, adnexal inflammation, fever and ERA

Despina Eleftheriou
Honorary Consultant
Special interests: systematic vasculitis, cerebrovascular inflammation, scleroderma, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, myositis and lupus in adolescents

Lucy Wedderburn
Head of the Institute of Child Health's (ICH) Rheumatology Unit, Honorary Consultant and Professor in Paediatric Rheumatology
Special interests: arthritis, dermatomyositis and basic scientific research

Clive Edelsten
Honorary Consultant and Medical Ophthalmologist

Muthana Al Obaidi
Special Interests: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis, inflammatory and non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain

Nick Lessof
General Paediatrician with an Interest in Rheumatology

Corinne Fisher
Honorary Adolescent Rheumatologist

Elena Moratis
Charalampia Papadopoulou

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Ruth McGowan 
Clinical Nurse Specialist (Pelican Ward)

Karen Wynne
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Rheumatology and Vasculitis

Yvonne Glackin
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Amber Putland (nee Richardson)
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Christine Twomey
Clinical Nurse Specialist


Jill Ferrari
Podiatrist (at GOSH on Tuesdays)

Specialist Physiotherapists

Susan Maillard
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Paediatric Rheumatology

Lauren Stone (nee Trotman)

Kathryn Foy

Kim Noar

James Deady
Physiotherapy Assistant

Occupational Therapists

Sarah Francis
Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Natasha Hennington
Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist


Emma Piepenstock
Clinical Psychologist
Rebecca Arnold
Clinical Psychologist

Ewa Nowotny
Clinical Psychologist

Ruchi Bakshi
Clinical Psychologist

Social Workers

Liz Muscat
Social Worker – Non-Inflammatory Rheumatology

Pelican Ward/Ambulatory

Carol Campbell

Bryony Wicker (nee Aldous)
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Ian Steele
Nurse Practitioner


Jheni Morrison
Patient Pathway Lead

Jill Hartley
Medical PA

Abigail Massiah
Medical PA

Natasha Brown
Medical PA

Rashida Baptiste
Admin Assistant (Blood tests)

Mariama Sow
Pelican Ward Adminstrator

Iyoni Skerritt
Pelican Ward Adminstrator

Mannikkam Rathakrishnan
Pelican Ward Coordinator

Grace Douglas

Patient Pathway Assistant

Management Team

Clarissa Pilkington - Chief of Service for Blood, Cells and Cancer Division

Professor Paul Brogan - Speciality Lead

Emma Gilbert - Directorate Matron, Nursing Management

Esther Dontoh - General Manager for Blood, Cells and Cancer