Dr Fathi Al-Jehani

Consultant Haematologist

MBChB, DIM, MSc, MRCP, FRCPath

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Pathologists

Clinical Interests

  • General haematology

Specialties:

  • Haemato-onclogy including myeloma, lymphomas and leukaemias

Personal profile

Dr Al-Jehani is a Consultant Haematologist with over 16 years of haemato-oncology experience. He is the clinical lead of the haematology department at Croydon University Hospital, London and also undertakes private work with the BMI Shirley Oaks hospital in London and GenesisCare Maidstone in Kent. He has a specialist interest in haemato-oncology including myeloma; lymphomas and leukaemias. Alongside his clinical work he has also had an active role in teaching doctors in training, held the role of the appraiser and principal investigator of AML19, PETRea, MCL bank and Myeloma FiTness clinical trials at Croydon University Hospital. Dr Al-Jehani's broad training background and current specialised role mean that he can provide the perfect combination of high-level diagnostics and individualised cutting-edge care.

Dr Al-Jehani's main interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with haematological disorders including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplasia and myeloproliferative disorders. Also, treats patients with anaemias, polycythaemia, low/high white cell and/or platelet counts, high ferritin and lymph gland swelling. He can treat patients with chemotherapy and biological targeted therapies such as antibodies, small molecules (often tablets).

Dr Al-Jehani is happy to provide second opinions if requested. He works with a talented team of clinicians, pathologists and radiologists to provide the very best advice in terms of diagnosis and treatment.

Broad training background:

Qualifying as a medical doctor in 1989 and completing my internship, I joined the general medical rotation in the main teaching hospital in Benghazi, Libya. This enabled me to gain experience in the care of acutely ill patients. Additionally, I performed day-to-day ward and outpatient clinic work. During this period, I had my first haematology experience as an SHO doing ward rounds, 1 in 4 on-call rotas. I gave chemotherapy to patients with haematological malignancies and performed bedside procedures such as bone marrow aspirations and lumbar punctures. 

My medical training in Libya and the internal medicine diploma course at London University enabled me to pass the MRCP(UK) on the first attempt. Following this achievement, I spent a year at the Hammersmith Hospital doing an MSc Haematology course. Which consequently helped me to develop a strong understanding of diagnostic techniques and gained an introduction to basic science in haematology. This culminated in obtaining the MSc degree and two original publications. I spent eight months working for Professor J. Goldman as Honorary Registrar, doing outpatient clinics, attending ward rounds, and completing my research project in the Leukaemia Research Laboratory. 

Further to this, I joined the Southwest London Specialist registrar rotation in haematology in July 2002. Receiving high-quality training in all areas of haematology by working at The Royal Marsden hospital, St Georges Hospital, Frimley and Guildford hospitals. I had the opportunity to work for and learn from eminent figures in Haematology. 

During my initial years, I focused my career on acquiring expertise in clinical and laboratory haematology, and through the latter years on obtaining managerial and leadership skills. The added experience I gained in the UK introduced me to the multidisciplinary approach, evidence-based medicine, and teamwork, which helped me to further my leadership and managerial skills. I believe that good management and leadership are the core of successful healthcare service. 

By working in high executive and leadership posts in one of the biggest and most important healthcare medical centres in Libya, I acquired a high level of skill in making sound and quick decisions, forming and leading teams, and strategic planning. 

I started several initiatives to improve healthcare services and to enhance patient-centred care policies. One successful initiative was the Benghazi Hospitals Group. The aim of this was to have all higher executive leaders from the seven hospitals in Benghazi meet regularly to plan services, arrange patient transfers, discuss needs and budgets, and communicate directly with the local city council and the Ministry of Health. 

Furthermore, I also successfully started international projects with elite healthcare institutes, including working with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA, to improve emergency care over the course of three years. After signing an agreement with the International Foundation of Children with Heart Diseases (IFCH) based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, I initiated a successful paediatrics open-heart surgery program. I signed a partnership agreement with the King Hussain Cancer Centre in Amman, Jordan, to further develop cancer services at the Benghazi Medical Centre. This involved training laboratory staff, oncology nurses, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine technicians as well as doctors. In addition to this, I also transferred laboratory samples, including histopathology reviews, and referred patients for stem cell autografts. 

Year qualified:

1989