Neena Modi


Neena Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London, Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Immediate Past-President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and President-Elect of the UK Medical Women’s Federation.

Neena leads a neonatal research programme focused on the perinatal determinants of life-long health. She has championed the use of real-world clinical data to improve health care and health services. She led the establishment of the National Neonatal Research Database, a unique resource of on admissions to UK neonatal units, used for a wide range of national and international research studies, and quality improvement, audit and surveillance projects. Neena is extensively published in peer-reviewed journals and has authored a number of chapters in textbooks, commentaries and reviews. She directs the well-known “Neonatal Update: The Science of Newborn Care”, a week-long international academic meeting held in London each December. 

Neena has made many contributions to health services. She has championed the necessity for a sound research base for paediatrics and child health, and the health equity that flows from a publicly funded and publicly provided health service. She has held several national roles including President of the UK Neonatal Society, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland, Chair of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee and Chair of the NHS England Infant, Children and Young People Patient Safety Expert Group. She is the immediate past Chair of Medact, an organisation that supports health professionals to advocate for solutions to the societal, political and economic conditions that damage health and widen health inequalities.

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