The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Consultant Obstetricians


Dr Elizabeth Bonney

I have a specialist interest in the prevention of preterm birth and am involved in current research for the prediction and prevention of preterm birth. With my colleague Nigel Simpson, I run the prematurity clinics at St James’s and LGI. We provide care for women who require closer surveillance due to previous preterm births or because of conditions that may increase the risk of a future preterm birth. This may include ultrasound scans of the cervix along with the insertion of transvaginal (Shirodkar) and transabdominal cervical sutures. I also regularly review women who have previously delivered very early babies, to discuss and plan the management of future pregnancies.

I also run a general antenatal clinic where I review women with more complicated pregnancies. I am highly experienced at managing a busy labour ward and believe in the promotion of normal birth. I regularly look after women in labour with twins, or those who wish vaginal breech births.

Dr Joanne Pierce

I undertake specialist clinics in Fetal Medicine and care of Multiple Pregnancies. I am the lead clinician for Perinatal Mental Health (PNMH) and representative for maternity services at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) PNMH forum. I also undertake ultrasound training for junior doctors.

Dr Jayne Shillito

I am an obstetrician and the lead for early pregnancy services. I have a specialist clinic for couples who have experienced 2 or more losses at any stage of pregnancy. They are all offered supportive care and many have further investigations and additional treatments in future pregnancies. The clinic is involved in current research studies in this area. Care is continued through the antenatal period for women with successful pregnancies who choose to deliver in Leeds.

In addition, in my obstetric clinic, I see women with medical disorders including auto-immune conditions and maternal infection. I am actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training to produce the very best doctors and specialists for the future and am the lead for clinical audit which is an excellent way of reviewing practice and making changes to improve patient care.

Dr Jacqueline Tay

I am both an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. As an obstetrician, I provide general antenatal, intra-partum and postnatal care. In the antenatal service, apart from providing general Obstetric care, I also support the 'teenage pregnancy' community midwifery team who provide care for teenagers who are pregnant.

In addition, I also have an interest in providing care for pregnant women who have epilepsy. I liaise closely with the epilepsy specialist team, including the epilepsy nurse specialists. Through my interest in this area, the department is involved in multi-centre epilepsy-pregnancy research.

As the Head of School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Yorkshire and Humber region, I am also actively involved in post-graduate training and assessments.

Sarah at Work photo2Dr Sarah Winfield

I work as a Consultant Obstetrician and am based at Leeds General Infirmary. I have a special interest in maternal medicine and high risk obstetrics and I run the Obstetric Cardiac and Renal Service in this tertiary referral centre. I also work with the Diabetes team and am part of the twice weekly Diabetic Antenatal Clinic at St. James’s University Hospital. I see women with pre-existing medical conditions for pre-pregnancy counselling and I participate in the consultant on-call rota at LTHT.

I am the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Network Clinical lead for maternity services and try to link this with my clinical role to optimise what can be achieved to improve maternity services for women and their families in Yorkshire and Humber.

Andrew BreezeDr Andrew Breeze

Andrew Breeze is a Consultant Obstetrician and subspecialist in maternal-fetal medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. He did research in fetal medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital (Cambridge) and was subspecialty trained in maternal and fetal medicine in Nottingham.

He helps to run the multiple pregnancy clinic at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and has a fetal medicine clinic at Leeds General Infirmary. He has a general antenatal clinic at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley and occasional sessions at St James' University Hospital. His special interests include fetal growth problems, multiple pregnancy and fetal medicine in general.

Dr CiantarDr Etienne Ciantar

Dr Ciantar’s main areas of interest are obstetrics, obstetric haematology and medical education. He runs a weekly multi-disciplinary obstetric haematology clinic in which pregnant patients with thrombotic and haemostatic disorders are seen. He also runs a monthly obstetric haemoglobinopathy clinic for patients with sickle cell disease, thalassaemia, red cell membrane disorders and immune thrombocytopenia.

Dr Ciantar is actively involved in medical education. He is the academic manager of the Gynaecology, Obstetrics & Sexual Health (GOSH) Unit within the University of Leeds and is therefore responsible for the provision of GOSH teaching within the university. He is also one of the College Tutors in the O&G department. He has launched various educational initiatives within his department, including a breakfast club, a monthly postgraduate protected teaching programme and a weekly antenatal education clinic which is run by senior medical students under his supervision. In 2014 he was awarded a Clinical Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Leeds.

Dr Ciantar is involved in on-going research in obstetric haematology and gestational diabetes and has presented his work both nationally and internationally.

Prof Walker2Professor James Walker

I am the lead clinical academic in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. My main areas of expertise are in complications that can arise in pregnancy, particularly early pregnancy loss, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia, poor placental function, maternal illness and infection and difficulties in labour and caesarean section. I have a major interest in patient safety and risk management and am the National Professional Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.

Dr Thomas Everett

Dr Everett is a Consultant Obstetrician and subspecialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  He completed his subspecialty training at UCLH, London.  Prior to this he has performed research in cardiovascular and platelet function in early onset preeclampsia and was awarded an MD for this work.  He has presented both nationally and internationally, as well as publishing multiple research papers.  He retains an research interest.  He written a book chapter on fetal tumours and co-authored a chapter on skeletal dysplasia.

Dr Everett’s fetal medicine interests include all aspects of prenatal diagnosis, including invasive procedures, and he is interested in the management of severely growth restricted babies.  Dr Everett also jointly runs the maternal cardiology antenatal clinic for women with complex heart problems, together with a specialist team of obstetricians, cardiologists and anaesthetists. Dr Everett retains an enthusiasm for intra-partum obstetrics and enjoys his regular sessions on the delivery unit.