Pelvic Pain
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EXPPECT Pelvic Pain Team

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

Professor Andrew Horne (PhD, FRCOG, FRCP Edin, FRCSEd, FRSE)

Co-Director of EXPPECT Edinburgh

  • Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist, NHS Lothian

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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 President-elect of the World Endometriosis Society and Trustee to Endometriosis UK. He is Co-Editor in Chief of Reproduction and Fertility. He is the Past Chair of the Academic Board at the RCOG, Past Chair of the ESHRE Special Interest Group for Endometriosis and Endometrial Disorders, Past UK ESHRE National Representative, and a recent member of the NICE and ESHRE Endometriosis Guideline Committees. Professor Horne became an Associate Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2019. In 2020, he was awarded Fellowship ad hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In 2021, in recognition of his research into pelvic pain and endometriosis, he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Horne is Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Chief Medical Officer for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Dr Lucy Whitaker (MBChB, MD, MSc, MRCOG)

Dr Lucy Whitaker

Honorary Consultant, NHS Lothian. Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh.

Lucy Whitaker graduated from the University of Edinburgh and after two years in Christchurch Women’s Hospital in New Zealand, undertook her obstetric and gynaecology training in Edinburgh and South East Scotland. After obtaining a Scotland wide competitive entry advanced training post in endometriosis and minimal access surgery, she spent the final four years of her postgraduate training in Edinburgh as part of the EXPPECT nationally recognised BSGE Endometriosis Centre. Alongside clinical training, she completed an MSc in Surgical Sciences with her thesis focusing on prevalence of neuropathic pain in women with chronic pelvic pain, and an MD. She is Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh, and Consultant Gynaecologist in NHS Lothian.

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

Lorraine Harrington

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.

Dr Sarah Young (MA (Hons), D.Clin.Psy.)

Sarah Young

Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian

Sarah Young completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow. She has worked in various settings as a psychologist, including currently in 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.

Mrs Mia Jiang

Mia Jiang

Clinical Nurse Specialist, NHS Lothian

Mia first qualified as a registered nurse in China in 1989 and worked in gynaecology, general medicine and infectious disease wards as a staff nurse. Mia then retrained at Edinburgh Napier University and qualified as a staff nurse in 2014. After working on a gynaecology inpatient ward for about three years, she developed an interest in endometriosis and pelvic pain and became an endometriosis and pelvic pain nurse specialist in August 2022.

Ms Cliona McGreevy (PgD, MSc, BSc)

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Specialist Dietitian, NHS Lothian

Cliona McGreevy is a registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Cliona qualified with a postgraduate diploma in Dietetics from Queen Margaret University in 2019. Prior to this she completed a Masters in Human Nutrition from Ulster University and a BSc in Biochemistry from National University of Ireland Galway. Cliona has worked in various clinical areas as an acute dietitian, currently working in the critical care setting at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as well as part of the EXPPECT team. Cliona has an interest in the use of dietary modification to relieve gastrointestinal symptoms which may be related to pelvic pain and improve patients’ quality of life.