Who’s Who at the WS Clinic

Who’s Who at the WS Clinic

Meet the WS Clinic Team

Dr Ben Wright

WS Lead – Adults

Consultant Neurologist and clinical lead for the adult Wolfram service. I am interested in symptoms affecting the brain and nervous system.

Talia Treen

Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) for QEHB.

Provides services and support to patients with sight loss whether recently diagnosed or ongoing. ECLO’s are a vital member to the Eye Department and can provide practical and emotional support as well as Information, Advice and Guidance on daily living skills, benefits, employment, education, socialising and remaining independent.

Dr Helena Gleeson


I am a Consultant in Endocrinology (hormones) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and member of the Birmingham Wolfram Syndrome Clinic Team.  In clinic I will ask you questions about some hormone conditions linked to having Wolfram Syndrome such as Diabetes Insipidus

Attended medical school in Newcastle upon Tyne and completed specialty training in endocrinology in the North West Deanery. Clinical interests in adolescent and young adult health

Dr Denise Williams



Dr Aaron Sturrock


Assists Dr Wright on the neurology side of the Wolfram clinics

Miss Susan Mollan


Completed higher surgical training at Oxford and the West Midlands. Had advanced training in neuro-ophthalmology, adult strabismus and glaucoma. Interests include furthering medical education along by developing and maintaining medical standards.

Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT)



Nick Capewell

Ophthalmic Research Technician (Imaging)

Nick Capewell is an Ophthalmic Research Technician at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Nick specialises in all aspects of ophthalmic imaging for clinical trials, with a particular focus on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and ocular ultrasound.

His main interests lie in the innovative application of new imaging technologies, to help facilitate new methods of quantifying disease.

Prof Timothy Barrett

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences; Leonard Parsons Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health Director, Centre for Rare Disease Studies; Service lead for the NHS England national specialist MDT service for Wolfram syndrome (children and adults)

He is trained as a paediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist, and has an honorary contract with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

He heads a research team at University of Birmingham, investigating mechanisms of disease and treatments for Wolfram syndrome.


Professor Rajat Gupta

Consultant Neurologist


Mr Liam McCarthy

Consultant Paediatric Urology Surgeon

Liam McCarthy was appointed in 2007 having trained in paediatric surgery in London, and paediatric urology at GOS (where he did a PhD). He is a paediatric urologist and renal transplant surgeon. In addition to general children’s urology his special interests include the management of neuropathic bladder, disorders of sexual differentiation and transplant urology. He has specialist clinics in neuropathic bladder, posterior urethral valves and is involved in several MDTs including renal transplantation, DSD, Wolfram syndrome.

He is heavily involved in the national training schemes for paediatric surgeons and on the executive committee for the British Association of Paediatric Urology.

Susan Gleeson

Diabetes Nurse Specialist


Mrs Archana Kulkarni


Archana Kulkarni is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at South Warwickshire NHS Trust and Birmingham Children’s Hospital since 2014.

Mrs Kulkarni completed her graduation and masters in Ophthalmology from Pune University, India, followed by ophthalmology training in the West Midlands and paediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a combined paediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

She leads the paediatric ophthalmology and adult ocular motility service at Warwick Hospital.  At Birmingham Children’s Hospital, she contributes to the rare diabetes service.

Archana has an active research interest with several contributions to scientific publications. She has an interest in childhood visual impairment and has founded the Warwickshire I-Sight Support (WISS) group to integrate support for children and young adults with visual impairment and also is actively involved with similar international projects.

Dr Renuka Dias

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist


Marie McGee

Transition Care Co-ordinator

I am the Transition Care Co-ordinator for the Rare Diabetes Team at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Trust. I am one of a few in the UK who has been specifically appointed to develop transitional care for children and young people with long term health conditions. I support young people to manage key change points in their life like moving from primary to secondary school, taking options in Y9 or moving into adult health services. I also work with them to develop skills and knowledge to manage their health, well-being, and lifestyle

Dr Denise Williams


Consultant in Clinical Genetics – special interests: Eyes; Foetal medicine, Rare Diabetes; Paediatric Genetics

Dr Ruth Wragg

Consultant Paediatric Urologist

Ruth Wragg is a Consultant Paediatric Urologist with a special interest in upper renal tract laparoscopy and renal stones disease.

Ruth Wragg trained in Southampton, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Sydney. She underwent a paediatric urology fellowship at Birmingham Children’s Hospital followed by a stones fellowship at New Cross Hospital.  She was appointed as a consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2017 and also runs an outreach general paediatric urology service at New Cross Hospital.  She is also the Educational lead for our registrars.