Professor Paul Dimitri

Professor of Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology

BSc, MBChB, FRCPCH, PhD

Year qualified:

1997

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Professor Paul Dimitri (BSc, MBChB, FRCPCH, PhD) is a Professor of Child Health and Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology. Paul has special expertise in looking after children and young people with hormone disorders.

These can affect growth or pubertal development and have significant effects on a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing. The conditions he manages include normal variations in growth and puberty; over or under activity of the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands; endocrine-related obesity and more complex disorders of sex development.

As a paediatric endocrinologist he links closely with other tertiary specialists, including surgeons, gynaecologists, geneticists and adult endocrinologists, to provide coordinated and comprehensive care.

He has worked in the field of Paediatrics since 1998 and Paediatrics Endocrinology since 2004. He obtained his BSc in Medical Science at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland with a distinction in Pathology, and subsequently went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Manchester with a distinction in Paediatrics.

He was appointed as a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in 2001, and went on to obtain Fellowship of the RCPCH in 2010. Professor Dimitri was awarded his PhD by the University of Sheffield in 2010. He received his training in Paediatric Endocrinology at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation trust, one of only three specialist children’s NHS trusts in the country.

In addition to his expertise in paediatric endocrinology, Paul co-leads the Hypothalamic and Pituitary Tumour Service at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, looking after children from across the country.  He established the Hypothalamic Pituitary Axis Tumour Special Interest Group at the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and is the current group Convenor.

He co-leads the Paediatric Late Effects Endocrinology service at Sheffield Children’s Hospital developed to support childhood survivors of cancer with hormonal complications. Paul is a member of the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and the Society for Endocrinology, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Research

Prof. Dimitri is internationally recognised in his research area studying the impact of childhood obesity on bone health and skeletal development and for his focus on child health technology development. He has presented at many international conferences in these fields and has published in high impact medical journals.

He is the Director of Research & Innovation at the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust supporting the delivery of commercial and non-commercial research in children and young people across the region.

Paul is the Director of the NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative (NIHR CYP MedTech). NIHR CYP MedTech is hosted at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and is the first Paediatric NIHR MedTech Co-operative in the country, bringing together seven NHS Trusts to accelerate the development of child health technology.

He is also the Clinical Director for the National TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) Network established to support the development and adoption of technology for children’s healthcare.

Prof. Dimitri is also the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Children’s Specialty Lead, leading 15 Local Clinical Research Networks delivering national research for children and young people, and he is the MedTech Strategic Lead for the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network.

Clinical Interests

  • Paediatric endocrinology
  • Growth disorders
  • Disorders of puberty
  • Adrenal disorders in children
  • Pituitary disorders including pituitary tumours in children
  • Genetic disorders of growth and puberty
  • Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD)
  • Testicular and ovarian disorders in children
  • Thyroid disorders in children
  • Endocrine cancer
  • Endocrine late effects of cancer

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • British Society of Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology
  • Society for Endocrinology

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