Clare Rees

Miss Clare Rees is a Locum Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), appointed in 2015.

Clare has a special interest in clinical leadership and quality improvement and is involved in several quality improvement projects as well as teaching and mentoring in this field. During her training she ran an international research project in neonatal surgery, performing a randomised controlled trial in 50 hospitals in over 20 countries.

She is currently an Improvement Fellow with University College London (UCL) Partners.


Clare specialises in gastrointestinal (bowel) and oncology (cancer) surgery and treating children born with congenital abnormalities of the diaphragm, abdominal wall and bowel.

She performs advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery including inguinal hernia repair, orchidopexy, appendicectomy, pyloromyotomy, fundoplication, gastrostomy, cholecystectomy and splenectomy. 

Qualifications and training

Clare’s undergraduate medical education was at Bristol University medical school (MBChB 1997). Her postgraduate training was in the South East of England and included posts in GOSH, Chelsea and Westminster, Oxford, Barts Health and Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons on England in 2014

She has an MD in Paediatric Surgery from the University of London (2009) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Health Service Improvement from University of Manchester (2012).

Research interests

Clare has a strong interest in clinical research and has presented research at international meetings and published in peer reviewed journals.

She is particularly interested in necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a condition that affects the bowel of extremely premature infants. Clare has coordinated a trial in this condition and published widely on the topic.

Clare has also undertaken quality improvement research and is keen to develop this relatively new field.

Book chapters and publications include patient safety, laparoscopic and single port surgery, neonatal surgery and long term outcomes for surgical conditions.

Clare is a member of the British Association for Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM).