Endometriosis

EXPPECT Endometriosis Team

Our specialised team from all disciplines advancing research into endometriosis and its management.

 Gynaecologists

Professor Andrew Horne (MB ChB PhD FRCOG FRCP Edin)

Co-Director of EXPPECT Edinburgh, Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences, Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist

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In 1999, Andrew Horne obtained a competitive entry Clinical Training Fellowship from the Medical Research Council and used this opportunity to complete a PhD focused principally on the role of the endometrium (womb lining) in reproduction at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London. Back in Edinburgh, he completed his core clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology between 2002 and 2005. During this time he combined his research interest with the development of laparoscopic (key hole surgery) skills as a Clinical Fellow in Gynaecological Endoscopy with the University of Toronto in 2005 until his appointment as a Clinical Lecturer in Edinburgh later that year. In 2010, he was appointed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Gynaecologist in Edinburgh.  He subsequently developed both clinical and research interests in pelvic pain and endometriosis, and established EXPPECT Edinburgh. He was awarded a Personal Chair at the University of Edinburgh in 2014.  He is the current Chair of the Academic Board at the RCOG, Past Chair of the ESHRE Special Interest Group for Endometriosis and Endometrial Disorders, UK ESHRE National Representative, and Medical Advisor for Endometriosis UK and the Pelvic Pain Support Network. He is a member of the NICE and ESHRE Endometriosis Guideline Committees, and Deputy Editor-in-chief of Human Reproduction Open. Professor Horne became an Associate Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2019.

 


Stuart Jack

Dr Stuart A Jack (MD MSc MRCOG)

Surgical Lead of EXPPECT Endometriosis, Consultant Gynaecologist, NHS Lothian

Stuart Jack is a graduate of Edinburgh University, training in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary before taking up a Consultant Post in 2007. He was a Chief Scientist Office Research Fellow at Aberdeen University where he studied Endometrial Ablation techniques. His area of expertise lies in Minimal Access Surgery with a special interest in Endometriosis. With his colleagues in Aberdeen he set up the first Scottish BSGE Endometriosis Centre. He moved to Edinburgh in 2014, and works to further develop EXPPECT Edinburgh's Endometriosis service.


Kirsty Munro

Dr Kirsty Munro (MD MRCOG)

Surgical Deputy of EXPPECT Endometriosis, Consultant Gynaecologist, NHS Lothian

Kirsty Munro graduated from Edinburgh University and did most of her obstetric and gynaecology clinical training in Edinburgh. After obtaining a UK wide competitive entry advanced training post in endometriosis and minimal access surgery, she spent 2 years in Bristol (Southmead Hospital) where she worked in a nationally recognised BSGE Endometriosis Centre.


Mayank Madhra Portrait

Dr Mayank Madhra (MRCOG)

EXPPECT Endometriosis, Consultant Gynaecologist, NHS Lothian

Mayank Madhra graduated from Edinburgh University and did most of his obstetric and gynaecology clinical training in Edinburgh and South-East Scotland. After obtaining a UK wide competitive entry advanced training post in endometriosis and minimal access surgery, he spent the final two years of his postgraduate training in Edinburgh as part of the EXPPECT nationally recognised BSGE Endometriosis Centre. During this time he focussed on Endometriosis surgery and Medical Education.


Colin Duncan

Professor Colin Duncan (MD FRCOG)

Scottish Senior Clinical Fellow. Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Colin Duncan is a Consultant Gynaecologist, and subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, based in the Edinburgh Fertility and Reproductive Endocrine Centre. His clinical interests are infertility, assisted conception, reproductive endocrinology and early pregnancy problems. He is a Principal Investigator in the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh and runs a research laboratory that studies how the ovary works and how ovarian function can be improved in the treatment of subfertility.


Pain Specialists

Lorraine Harrington

Dr Lorraine Harrington (MBChB, BSc (Hons) Immunology, MRCP, FRCA, FFPMRCA)

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, NHS Lothian

Lorraine Harrington is a Consultant in Pain Medicine working throughout Lothian.  Whilst completing her pain training in Edinburgh and Tayside, Lorraine successfully passed her FFPMRCA and was awarded the Distinction Medal for highest performing candidate.  In addition to her general interest in pain, Lorraine has a specialist interest in men and women suffering from abdomino-pelvic pain. 

Lorraine is committed to driving forward research into pain, such that treatments to reduce suffering and improve quality of life can be developed. She is the Principal Investigator for two international multi-centre drug trials looking at the development of new pain medication.  Additionally, Lorraine has recently edited the 'Acute Pain' chapter within 'Smith and Aitkenhead's Textbook of Anaesthesia'.

When not involved with pain, Lorraine is a Consultant Anaesthetist based at St John's Hospital, Livingston.


Shona Brown

Dr Shona Brown (BSc (Hons) D Clin Psychol)

Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian

Shona Brown completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has been involved in a number of research projects; including her doctoral thesis exploring the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-help approach for non-cardiac chest pain.  Shona has worked in various settings as a psychologist, including the Pain Management Service at the Astley Ainslie Hospital. She has an interest in the role of psychology in helping people to cope with the impact of chronic pain on their lives.


Ooi Thye Chong

Dr Ooi Thye Chong (RN MPH PhD)

Lecturer, Integrative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Ooi Thye Chong completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Social Psychology from Sussex University (UK) a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University, New York, and a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine (USA). She is a Registered Nurse (UK, USA) and holds National Board Certification as a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Chinese Medicine Herbalist (USA).

Her research interest is in the efficacy of acupuncture for the management of chronic pain such as chronic pelvic pain in women.  Her passion and clinical focus is in enhancing the patients’ sense of wellbeing and in making a significant difference in their experience of their illness. This is achieved through a mix of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) health consultation, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and teaching patients self-care skills.  A health consultation is a structured way of looking at health and wellness through the lens of Chinese medicine.

Her career spans the USA and United Kingdom. She has created, managed and directed successful Integrative Medicine programs in New York University Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Centre, New York, USA.   She has made several trips to China to deepen and broaden her knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine. 


Nurse Specialist

Helen Dewart

Mrs Helen Dewart (RN RM FPP)

Research Nurse, University of Edinburgh & NHS Lothian

Helen Dewart has worked as a research nurse in the gynaecology departments at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and St John’s Hospital Livingston since 1996. She trained as a registered nurse and midwife in Edinburgh and worked in both the gynaecology wards and the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion from 1980 to 1990. She then moved to work in Manchester for five years before returning to Edinburgh in 1995. Helen trained as a menopause nurse counsellor having gained her Diploma with the RCN in 1999.

In 2005 she qualified as a family planning practitioner. Over the past 3 years she has worked with Professor Andrew Horne (Consultant Gynaecologist with a special interest in pelvic pain). She was involved in setting up the multi-disciplinary pelvic pain clinic here at the Royal Infirmary which she now coordinates.


Radiologists

Siobhan McLaughlin

Dr Siobhan McLaughlin (MRCP FRCR)

Siobhan McLaughlin graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1999. She worked in General Medicine, gaining her MRCP in 2002, before commencing Radiology training, obtaining her FRCR in 2006. In 2008 she was appointed as a Consultant Radiologist in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. In 2015 her team won an NHS Health Hero Award for Innovation.

As a cross sectional clinical radiologist she has many other specialist interests, including benign and malignant gynaecological disease. She provides radiology input for the South East Scotland Gynaecology Oncology Multi Disciplinary Team Meeting and the EXPPECT Edinburgh Endometriosis Service and MDT.


Judith Anderson

Dr Judith Anderson (FRCR)

Judith Anderson has worked as a consultant radiologist with a subspecialist interest in Gynaecological Imaging at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh since 2007. She is also Training Programme Director.


Colorectal Surgeon

Mark Potter

Mr Mark Potter (BSc MB ChB MD FRCS FRSCEd)

Mr Mark Potter is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. This is a dedicated Colorectal Unit, as well as serving the population of Edinburgh it has a large tertiary referral practice from all areas of Scotland. The Colorectal Unit is one of the largest in Europe and has an international research reputation.  His practice includes all aspects of colorectal surgery, in particular laparoscopic surgery, cancer surgery, endometriosis and advanced colonoscopy.

He is a member of the EXPPECT Endometriosis Team in Edinburgh contributing to the surgical management of advanced complicated endometriosis where there is bowel involvement. The vast majority of this complicated surgery can now be undertaken using laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques.

He has a keen interest in surgical training being member of the development and examination boards for the on line Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ) from its inception in 2006. This is a collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.

He is on the Faculty for the European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Course in Dundee since 2009 teaching advanced laparoscopic surgery to senior trainees.

He is a member of the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) Education Committee

He is medical advisor to Professor Alan Murray, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh for the IMAPCT Trial (Implantable Microsystems for Personalised Anti-cancer Therapy).

His current research interests include surgical site infection and anastomotic leak.


Urologist

Voula Granitsiotis

Miss Voula Granitsiotis (MBBS FRCS (Urol))

Voula Granitsiotis graduated from Athens Kapodistrian University in 1990 and after her internship in Athens moved to Glasgow for higher surgical training.

Her general surgical and subsequent urological training was based primarily in the west of Scotland but also involved a period of training in Edinburgh to acquire further technical training in the management of complex female urology and reconstruction. Prior to taking up her consultant post at the Southern General and Victoria Infirmary Hospitals in 2006, she spent a brief period of specialised training in USA (Duke University, UC Davis and USC Norris) with interests in complex female incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction and in urological management of spina bifida patients and bladder reconstruction.

She has been the lead clinician for the diagnosis and management of recurrent incontinence with the establishment of video-urodynamics for the west of Scotland. She has been the lead clinician for the female incontinence MDT in urology and the sole urologist dealing with diagnosis and surgical treatment of vaginal mesh complications (along with the lead urogynaecologist in the west of Scotland). During her time as a consultant at the Southern General (now QEUH), she dealt with most of the urological problems arising from gynaecological surgery.

She has been the second named urologist at the national SNS service for the treatment of idiopathic female urinary retention (Fowler’s syndrome) and refractory detrusor overactivity.

Since June 2016, due to family reasons, she moved to Edinburgh and was appointed as a consultant urologist at the Western General Hospital with special interest in complex female incontinence, urological problems in patients with neurological disease, and bladder reconstruction.

She continues as the sole urologist to the national service for vaginal mesh complications and works alongside urogynaecologists and the main patient group to promote appropriate treatment for female incontinence.