Who’s Who at the WS Clinic

Who’s Who at the WS Clinic

Meet the WS Clinic Team

Dr Aaron Sturrock


Lead for the Adult services Wolfram clinics

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


My name is Denise Williams and I am a doctor specialising in genetic conditions. My role in the Wolfram syndrome clinics is to help individuals and their families by providing understandable information about the condition, explaining the way in which Wolfram syndrome is inherited and arranging genetic testing if this has not already been done. If appropriate I take the opportunity to discuss the risks to future children and / or other family members. I attend both the adult and children’s 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.

Sharnae Salmon

Speech and Language Therapist (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.

Sofia Salahuddin


Dr Ben Wright

Primary Investigator – Adults- TREATWolfram Clinical Trial

Consultant Neurologist and PI for the adults taking part in the TREATWolfram drug trial.

I am interested in symptoms affecting the brain and nervous system.

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.


Dr Renuka Dias BMedSci MBBS MRCPCH PhD

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist

Renuka Dias is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist working at Birmingham Women and Children’s Hospital. She is the Clinical Lead for Diabetes and Obesity at BWCH and co-leads the National Highly Specialised Service for Wolfram Syndrome (Children) in Birmingham.

She has particular clinical and research interests in disordered growth and metabolism including Diabetes Mellitus, Obesity and Thyroid dysfunction.

Professor Rajat Gupta

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Professor Gupta graduated from Manchester Medical School and completed his National Grid training in Paediatric Neurology in the Mersey Deanery.  He was appointed Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in October 2004.  He leads the Paediatric Neurorehabilitation Service at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  The Neurorehabilitaion Team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital was pleased to be announced the winner of the Hospital Team Award of The Child Brain Injury Trust Diamond Awards this year (2022).

In addition to neurorehabilitation, Professor Gupta’s areas of special interest include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, headache, neuro-ophthalmology and the neurological complications of Wolfram Syndrome.  He has conducted research, published and presented on these topics.

He is a medical advisor for a number of charities – Corpal, Wolfram Syndrome UK, PANS PANDAS UK, and EXPAND.

Professor Gupta is also passionate about medical education and training and is a faculty member of numerous courses.  He is the Head of The Specialist Clinical Teaching Academy for The University of Birmingham Medical School and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  He is Deputy Lead for Paediatrics for The University of Birmingham Medical School and is the Medical Director for the Independent Pharmacy Prescriber Course at Aston University.

He is the Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment at Aston University and was appointed Honorary Professor of Paediatric Neurology at Aston University in 2011.  He was appointed Honorary Professor at The University of Birmingham in December 2021. He is a Regional Co-Lead and an Area Officer for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and is a Deputy Chair for the Medical Academic Staff Committee of The British Medical Association.

Professor Gupta has considerable experience as a paediatric neurology medical expert in medical negligence cases.

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

Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Wolfram Specialist Nurse

I am a Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Wolfram Specialist nurse based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. My role in the Wolfram Syndrome clinic involves supporting and educating children, young people and their families so that they achieve confidence and skills to understand and manage their condition.

I work as part of a multidisciplinary team providing expertise and education for all health professionals involved in the care of the child, young person with Wolfram Syndrome.

As well as this advice and education, if needed I will liaise with schools and colleges to give staff the information around Wolfram Syndrome so that the staff have the knowledge base to assist the student achieve their full potential.

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.

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


My name is Denise Williams and I am a doctor specialising in genetic conditions. My role in the Wolfram syndrome clinics is to help individuals and their families by providing understandable information about the condition, explaining the way in which Wolfram syndrome is inherited and arranging genetic testing if this has not already been done. If appropriate I take the opportunity to discuss the risks to future children and / or other family members. I attend both the adult and children’s clinics.

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.

Talia Treen

Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) for BCH

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.

Georgina King

Family Support Co-Ordinator

As the Family Support Coordinator, I work in partnership with BWCH to support children and young people with Wolfram Syndrome. My role will include attending and supporting families with the WS MDT clinics based at Waterfall House. I will support families and advocate for them to ensure they feel fully supported during their life journey through childhood and adolescence.

Contact details during office hours:

Email – georginaking@wolframsyndrome.co.uk

Phone – 07592 629813