• Dr. Joanne Meran Talabani

    Consultant Neonatologist / Head of the Neonatal unit

    Dr. Joanne Meran Talabani


    • MBChB Medical School, University of Baghdad(primary qualification)           

    Post Qualification:       

    • MRCP Paediatrics (RCP U.K)
    • FRCPCH (Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH, UK)
    • FRCP Paed,(Fellow of Royal College of Physician ,  U.K)
    • MSc in Medical Education (with Merit), UK
    • Post-graduate Award in Clinical Leadership (with Merit), UK.
    • C.E.S Paediatrics (Certificat D’Etudes Spéciales de Pédiatrie) Paris, France
    • Diplôme de Pédiatrie preventative et Sociale, Paris, France.
    • Granted three clinical excellence awards by the University hospitals of Birmingham in UK for a high quality clinical and leadership work in Paediatrics and in neonatology.

    Languages Spoken: Arabic, English, French and Kurdish

    Professional Experience:

    • Consultant Paediatrician/Lead consultant neonatologist, GHH/University hospitals of Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation trust (UK)  (1995 – June 2019)
    • Senior lecturer in Birmingham University in UK since 1995.
    • Consultant neonatologist and head of the Paediatric department, Corniche hospital Abu Dhabi (1987-1995)
    • Consultant Paediatrician, Central Middlesex Hospital, London, UK (1985 -1987)
    • Trained in the top teaching hospitals in Paediatrics and neonatology, in Paris and London before becoming a consultant.

    Professional Associations:

    • Fellow of the Royal college of Paediatrics and Childhealth (RCPCH, UK)
    • Member of British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM)
    • Member of British Neonatal society 
    • Member of British Medical Association
    • Member of French Paediatrics association
    • CST in Paediatrics with full registration with the general medical council (GMC, UK). She also has HAAD and DHA licences. 

    Clinical Expertise & Services Offered:

    • An extensive and a long experience in all sub-specialities general Paediatrics (growth/neutrition, respiratory, gastroenterology, neurology/neurodisabilities and acute Paediatrics and Paediatric emergencies) at a senior and  consultant levels from UK and Paris. 
    • An extensive and a long experience at a senior and consultant levels in neonatal intensive care (NICU) from UK, Paris and Corniche hospital in Abu Dhabi.
    • An extensive and a long experience in neurodevelopmental assessments in neonates and Paediatrics. She was leading on these clinics in UK since 1996 (using Griffith’s scales and Bayley III neurodevelopmental assessment scales). These are run as a multidesplinary clinics lead by the consultant Neonatologist together with the occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech/language therapists, the orthotics and the dietician.  
    • A special interest in neonatal neurology following years of experience with Dr Dubowitz in UK and Professor Aicardi in Paris.
    • An extensive and a long experience in general newborn/babies conditions and of  neonatal follow up clinics at a consultant levels from UK 
    • An extensive research experience from UK on neonatal neurological examination and neonatal Cranial Ultrasonography. She also published many studies in the reputable international journals when working as a consultant neonatologist/head of the Paediatric department in Corniche hospital in Abu Dhabi. 
    • Extensive experience in teaching and training; including teaching medical students from Birmingham University ,Paediatrics speciality trainees (preparing for CST in Paediatrics),trainees in family medicine ,and foundation years trainees following their graduations.
    • Neonatal Life Support (NLS) instructor teaching it nationally in UK and internationally.
    • Advanced Paediatric life support (APLS) and European Paediatrics Advanced Life Support (EPALS) certified provider
    • Established and led the neonatal simulation teaching and training programmes in GHH/UHB hospitals NHS trust in UK.