Dr Premini Mahendra

Consultant Haemato-Oncologist

MD, FRCP, FRC Path

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Dr Prem Mahendra MD, FRCP, FRCPath is Consultant Haemato-Oncologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

She was born in Sri Lanka and had her schooling at St Barnabas and St Philip's School, Kensington, Ladies College, Colombo and St Catherine's Senior School in Twickenham. She qualified from the Medical School University of Glasgow in 1985. She trained in haematology at the Royal Marsden, Hammersmith and Addenbrookes Hospitals and was appointed Consultant Haemato-Oncologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in February 1998.

On arrival there she set up the bone marrow transplant services, it is now one of the largest bone marrow transplant centres in the UK and performs over 300 transplants per year.

Her areas of clinical expertise are care of patients with blood cancer (to include lymphoma, myeloma, acute and chronic leukaemia, myelodysplasia, myeloproliferative disorders and those undergoing autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation and CAR-T therapy.

Her research interests are all related to clinical outcome of patients undergoing stem cell transplantation or having treatment for haematological malignancies. She has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Present roles include:

  • Medical Advisory Panel Lymphoma Association
  • Examiner Royal College of Pathology
  • Reviewer Cancer Research

Past roles include:

  • Associate Medical Director 2013 - 2020
  • Chair Haematology Training Committee 2005- 2015
  • Regional Specialty Advisor in Haematology 2006-2016
  • Divisional Director 2007-2013
  • Chair Haematology Site Specific Group, Pan Birmingham Cancer Network 2001-2003
  • Clinical Service Lead in Haematology 1999-2006
  • Lead Cancer Clinician 2004-2006
  • Lead Clinician in Haemato-oncology 1998-2006

Clinical Interests

  • Blood cancers
  • Haemato-oncology
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Lymphoma
  • Myeloma
  • Acute and chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Autologous stem cell transplantation
  • Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
  • Unrelated donor stem cell transplantation
  • CART-T therapy

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Society for Haematology
  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • American Society for Haematology
  • European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Year qualified:

1985