The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical Team

Your child will have been referred to one of the departments’ consultants. Your Consultant, along with other members of the team, will lead the planning and management of your child’s treatment and care with you. The Consultants are experts in your child’s condition and have overall responsibility for their treatment.

There are a number of other doctors working both on the ward and in clinic. They have different levels of expertise and experience, and some of them change every six months or so as they are learning about all aspects of working with sick children and teenagers. You will see some of these doctors more frequently than your child’s consultant, but they keep your child’s consultant informed of their progress. Your child’s consultant will be involved in any of the big decisions about your child’s treatment, and will discuss them with you. One of the consultants is always on-call (day & night) for any problems which may arise.

Dr Martin Elliott 

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist

Secretary - Barbara Hills 0113 3928779


Dr Adam Glaser 

adamgProfessor of Paediatric Oncology & Late Effects Medicine and Honorary Consultant

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) MBBS DM MRCP(UK) FRCPCH

Special Interests: Long-term follow-up of individuals following cancer treatment, reproductive health and cancer, paediatric and adolescent oncology.

Biography: Adam studied at Imperial College (Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School) and qualified as a doctor in 1989. He trained in general paediatrics in London, Northampton and Oxford. Paediatric Oncology specialist training was undertaken in Nottingham, Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children) and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

Adam was appointed Consultant Paediatric Oncologist in Leeds in 1999. Since then he has developed the multi-disciplinary long-term follow-up programme and treated young people with solid tumours. He co-leads the regional fertility preservation clinic.

He has been National Clinical Lead for Cancer Survivorship with NHS Improvement (2009-2012) and Clinical Director of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative at the Department of Health, England (2010-13).

Research into the late effects of cancer has continued since his doctoral research in Nottingham (DM 1999: Health Status Following Therapeutic Interventions in Young People).  He has published extensively on the late effects of cancer and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences.  Adam was appointed Professor of Paediatric Oncology and Late Effects Medicine at the University of Leeds in 2015.   He leads the Cancer Survivor Intelligence Group (CSI Leeds) and is involved in major collaborative research and training programmes with grants in excess of £5 million.

In his spare time Adam enjoys being walked by his Labrador, being educated by his incredible children and generally mentored by his partner.  He has recently discovered yoga but wishes his joints had known about this a few years earlier.

Secretary - Barbara Hills 0113 3928779


Dr Beki James 

Consultant Paediatric Haematologist

Qualifications: MA (Cantab) MB ChB (Hons) MRCP FRCPath PhD

Special Interests: Aplastic anaemia; Bone marrow transplant for benign haematological disorders including aplastic anaemia and thalassaemia; leukaemia, including infant leukaemia; haematological disorders in children and young people with Down syndrome

Biography: Beki read her first degree at Cambridge, and then moved to Edinburghwhere she graduated as a doctor in 1996. She initially worked in Edinburgh and then London, before moving to Yorkshire to specialise in haematology. She begansub-specialising in paediatric haematology in 2002. She became a consultant in Paediatric Haematology in 2010 in Leeds with responsibility for benign and malignant haematological disorders, including those requiring bone marrow transplant. She was awarded a PhD in 2013 for her research to develop understanding of haematological disorders in children with Down syndrome, which included setting up the Children with Down Syndrome Study. She is the West Yorkshire Lead for non-malignant haematology research for the UKCLRN, and also leads the osteonecrosis toxicity group for the UKALL study. She also enjoys teaching and is involved in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes.

Secretary - Wendy Hughes 0113 3928776


Professor Sally Kinsey 

Consultant Paediatric Haematologist

Secretary - Val Emery 0113 3928191


Dr Bob Phillips 

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist

Secretary - Barbara Hills 0113 3928779

bob phillips childrens oncologyDr Bob Phillips is an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric and Teenage and Young Adult Oncology. He started in Leeds as a Registrar and has been with the Trust for 12 years.

"The team in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology make me proud to work here every single day. They really do the very most to deliver brilliant care for all of our patients," explained Bob. "I look forward to work because I know that I make a difference, be it on the ward, in clinic or conducting research. In my role I feel privileged to have made an impact on so many lives, hopefully for the better."

"The relationships built between myself, as a doctor, my patients and their families bring real joy. It is wonderful to see them grow up, achieve milestones and, hopefully, finish treatment," he said. "There are, of course, some lows and emotionally difficult situations, with some children having cancers that escape our treatments, and dying of their disease. However, it is my role to ensure that whatever life they have is lived to the fullest."

Bob works for both LTHT and the University of Yorkand dedicates part of his time to research projects. As a consultant, he is also responsible for helping to educate the next generation of children's cancer doctors and oversees junior colleagues working within the Trust.

While in the hospital his time is shared between wards, clinics and teaching. He works as part of a wider multidisciplinary team (MDT) to ensure that patients receive a wide range of professional opinions and the best possible care.

"My time is split 50/50 between the University - where I am a National Institute of Health Research Fellow - and the Trust, both roles complementing each other. What's good about Leeds is that we integrate research in nearly everything we do within children's cancer and this, in turn, contributes to how we tackle the condition in the future," he explained. "At the moment, I am carrying out a study into how a new blood test might shorten time in hospital for some complications of treatment, and we're explaining the study using Lego [see here:]. It's really pleasing to see how this work is helping us to improve patient experiences and outcomes."

"In clinic I offer diagnoses and explain treatment pathways to families and patients. For the families of younger patients this can be especially difficult, so it's really important to be able to give people time and the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the condition," said Bob. "As a consultant, I work closely with colleagues as part of an MDT to discuss different patients and develop treatment plans, where applicable. Ensuring that the right decisions are made is vitally important to getting the best possible outcomes for our patients."

Outside of work, Bob is a father to three children - two boys and one girl - who he spends his spare time with. He has a small menagerie of animals including Tess the Labrador, two cats and a guinea pig.

"In my spare time I can usually be found at home with my family or out walking the dog. I am a big Leeds Rhinos fan and try and get over to Headingly whenever I can," said Bob. "On top of all this, I've also been known to referee under-13s football matches."


Dr Susan Picton 

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist

Secretary - Lynne Townsend 0113 3928306


Mike Richards 

Consultant Paediatric Haematologist

Training in haematology in Cambridge and Sheffield

Consultant in Leeds for 13 years

Special interests, benign haematology including bleeding disorders, disorders of haemoglobin production and other benign blood diseases in children.

Research interests, management of children with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. 

Other activities, currently Clinical Director of the Leeds Children's Hospital. 

 Secretary - Wendy Hughes 0113 3928776

Dr Simone Wilkins 

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist

Qualifications: MA (Cantab) MB BChir MRCPCH Dip Pall Med

Special Interests: Brain and CNS tumours, Teenage and Young Adult Oncology, Palliative Care

Biography: Simone trained at Cambridge University and qualified as a doctor in 1997. She undertook her paediatric training at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool; the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and at general hospitals throughout the North West region. She trained in Paediatric oncology between 2004 and 2008 at Alder Hey before undertaking an MD looking at factors affecting progression of low grade glioma brain tumours at Liverpool University. She is a consultant in Paediatric and Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Oncology and treats patients between the ages of 0-25 years. She has a special interest in brain and CNS tumours and has responsibility for the TYA Neuro-oncology service in Leeds. She has also undertaken a diploma in Palliative Care at Cardiff University and has a special interest in palliative care. She is a member of the national paediatric brain tumour special interest group and is involved in the development of national trials and guidelines in this area.

Secretary - Val Emery 0113 3928191