Dr Premini Mahendra

Consultant Haemato-Oncologist


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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 220 transplants per year.

Her areas of clinical interests are care of patients with leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma and those undergoing autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation. She has a passionate desire to provide an excellent and prompt clinical service and instils this ethos in the several junior doctors who have trained and continue to train under her.

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.

Her other roles include:

  • Associate Medical Director Oct 2013 - present
  • Chair Haematology Training Committee, West Midlands - Nov 2005 - present
  • Regional Specialty Advisor in Haematology - Oct 2006 - present
  • Medical Advisory Panel of Lymphoma Association
  • Scientific Committee - Myeloma UK
  • Examiner for Royal College of Pathology
  • Reviewer for CancerHelp UK

Her past roles include:

  • Divisional Director Jan 2007 - Oct 2013
  • Chair - Haematology Site Specific Group, Pan Birmingham Cancer Network June 2001-Sept 2003
  • Clinical Service Lead in Haematology April 1999-July 2006
  • Lead Clinician in Haemato-Oncology Feb 1998-July 2006
  • Lead Cancer Clinician, Nov 2004 - Nov 2006

Clinical Interests

  • Haemato-oncology and stem cell transplantation
  • Expertise in treating patients with lymphoma
  • Myeloma and leukaemia
  • Autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Society for Haematology
  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • American Society for Haematology

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