Meet the Management Team
Dr Prakash Thiagarajan - Clinical Director and Consultant Paediatrician
Dr Prakash Thiagarajan MBBS, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin.), FRCPCH
Clinical Director, Women's Children's & Outpatients Division Dr Prakash Thiagarajan read medicine in Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He did most of his paediatric and neonatal training in the UK (Birmingham, Swansea and King's College Hospital London). He then completed a two year neonatal fellowship in Perth, Western Australia and went on to secure his first consultant position in New Zealand where he became a consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist and Senior lecturer in University of Otago in Dunedin. Since 2005 he has been working as a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist in Noble's Hospital, Isle of Man. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is a specialist training assessor and Member, Council of Reference (neonatology) at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Dr Thiagarajan has developed an interest in healthcare quality improvement and patient safety in addition to his clinical interests in neonatology (Neonatal Respiratory Physiology, Newer Modes of Infant Ventilation, Neonatal Intensive Care Transport and The Application of Technology in neonatal Medicine).
Dr Prakash Thiagarajan is a member of:
- CESR (formerly Article 14) assessments committee of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
- Advisory Council of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
- Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
- European Society of Neonatology
- Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Fellow, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Some publications listed below:
- Mammas, Ioannis N. and Thiagarajan, Prakash(2008) 'Water aspiration syndrome at birth - report of 2 cases', The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine,
- Neonatal and Paediatric air transfers: The Isle of Man experience. Mammas I and Thiagarajan P Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) 97(12):1600, 2008 Dec
- Pandemic Influenza: A teaching module – Published on Doctors.Net.UK and written in conjunction with experts from the Health Protection Agency and sponsored by the Department of Health- December 2005.
- Highton, D., Thiagarajan, P., and Broadbent, R. S. (2002). The efficacy of trans-cutaneous bilirubinometry: A comparison with serum bilirubin in a New Zealand population.6th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and the 12th Congress of the Federation of the Asia and Oceania Perinatal Society (P132).
- Broadbent, R. S., and Thiagarajan, P. (2001). Recipient twin limb ischaemia. Verbal presentation at the Perinatal Physiology and Medicine and the 28th Meeting of the New Zealand Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society.
- Highton, D., Thiagarajan, P., and Broadbent, R. S. (2001). The efficacy of Transcutaneous Bilirubinometry: A comparison with serum bilirubin in a New Zealand population. Proceedings of the University of Otago Medical School,157, (pp. A8).
- Prakash Thiagarajan, Alfred Grauaug, Jeffrey Tompkins and Lyle Gurrin: 'Extremely Preterm Infants, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Home oxygen' presented at the Melbourne’ 99 conference of Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ). Proceedings of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 3’rd annual congress
- Broadbent, R. S., Thiagarajan, P., and Craw, S. (2000). Limb ischemia in twin premature neonates: Case reports and literature review. Proceedings of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 4th Annual Congress
- Mydam, J.; Thiagarajan, P.. A nine month old child with retropharyngeal abscess secondary to mastoid abscess presenting as torticollis: a case report. Cases Journal, North America, 221 07 2009.
Dr William van der Merwe - Consultant General Paediatrician
Dr van der Merwe - Consultant General Paediatrician, has been working full time at Noble's Hospital since January 2005. He is the service lead for Oncology, Cystic Fibrosis, Safeguarding Children and has a specialist interest in paediatric allergies and gastroenterology. He is a member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Affiliate Member of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group.
Mrs Michele Moroney - Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Mrs Michele Moroney MBChB FRCOG, is the Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Noble's Hospital with a special interest in fertility problems. She graduated from Manchester University Medical School in 1985 and entered the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1986. After a thorough general training in Manchester and Sheffield she moved further north to pursue her special interest in infertility on the Assisted Conception Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. She took up her first Consultant post in 1996 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before being appointed at Noble's Hospital in 1999.
In the 12 years that she has been in post she has developed and maintained the fertility services on the Island and has set up a successful satellite IVF unit with Leeds. She has also set up links with other mainland tertiary fertility centers allowing couples to have complex fertility treatments in the UK with the comfort and reassurance of expert local support.
In 2010, Mrs Moroney was voted winner of the 'Pride in Mann' Good Service (Public Sector) Award for her commitment to fertility services in the Isle of Man.
Dr Annie Kurien - Consultant General Paediatrician
Dr Annie Kurien is Lead Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in Paediatric Diabetes and Nuero Developmental Paediatrics. Dr Kurien has been a Consultant at Noble's Hospital since January 1998 and does both general and neonatal paediatrics.
Mr Tarun Ghosh - Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Mr Tarun Ghosh MBBS, DGO, MD, DNB, MRCOG, is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Noble's Hospital with a special interest in 'Diabetes in Pregnancy' and 'Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic Surgery'. He graduated from Calcutta University in India. After graduation Mr Ghosh undertook a post graduate diploma (DGO), degree (MD and DNB).
Mr Ghosh moved to the UK in 1997 and completed his MRCOG examination in 1998. He worked in the North East of England and North Wales. Mr Ghosh completed his training from the Northern Deanery.
After to 2 years of locum consultant work Mr Ghosh joined Noble's Hospital in 2009.
Mr Suresh Pai - Associate Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mr Suresh Pai is an Associate Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a special interest in Colposcopy. Mr Pai graduated from India in 1986 and started working in Noble's Hospital in 1998.
Dr Liji Joseph - Associate Specialist in Paediatrics
Dr Liji Joseph MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH (UK), MSc, is the Associate Specialist at Noble's Hospital with a special interest in paediatric audiology. She graduated from University of Kerala, India in 1987 and entered the specialty of Paediatrics in 1987. After a thorough general training in Kerala she moved to Ireland to pursue her special interest in Paediatrics and trained at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda Children's Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin and Cork University Hospital, Cork. She joined the Paediatric Team at Noble's Hospital in July 1998.
Mrs Frances Jones - Head of Midwifery
Mrs Frances Jones moved to the Island in October 2017 to take up her new role as Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology.
She has worked in nursing and midwifery roles which have helped her to maintain her registration in both professions. After spending many years as a clinical midwife and neonatal nurse in Bath she took on a number of clinical specialist roles including research, risk management and audit. A strategic role as an executive nurse on a primary care trust board followed in which she gained a broad experience of managing change in a wide variety of settings including small community and GP-led hospitals.
In addition to her work in hospital and community health services, Mrs Jones has worked at the Health Care Commission as an independent advisor for unresolved complaints and for the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a panellist for fitness to practice hearings.
Her ambition for the Isle of Man maternity service is to develop a forum for women to actively work in partnership with health care professionals to shape the future of the service and reinstate Home Births as an option for women who prefer to give birth at home.
Paul McCann - Lead Nurse for Neonatal Services
Paul Mc Cann BSc (Hons), RSCN, ENB405, is the Lead Nurse for Neonatal Services and responsible for all service development with the Neonatal Unit.
Paul studied adult nurse training in Craigavon Hospital, Northern Ireland and then trained as a Children's nurse at Guy's Hospital, London. This was followed by specialist neonatal training in St Thomas' Hospital, London. Paul moved to the Isle of Man in 1994 and worked in Children's Ward for 18 months before taking up the post as Lead Nurse for Neonatal Services in 1996. He has also gained his in-flight qualification.