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Dr Josu de la Fuente: Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, Harley Street London

Josu de la Fuente: Consultant Paediatric Haematologist
Dr Josu de la Fuente: Consultant Paediatric Haematologist in London

Dr Josu de la Fuente is a highly experienced and trained consultant paediatric haematologist who specialises in non-malignant haematolocy, including haemoglobinopathies and bone marrow failures in Harley Street, London, and advises on all blood problems in infancy, children and young people. He is a leading specialist in bone marrow transplantation directing a programme at St. Mary's Hospital, London.  He is also known for developing a unique and innovative clinical and research programme for Diamond Blackfan anaemia at Imperial College Healthcare and is on the Specialist Haematology Register.

Dr de la Fuente graduated with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of the Basque Country in Spain in 1994. He completed his general training in paediatrics in a number of hospitals in London and later undertook further training in haematology at Imperial College and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Throughout his haematology training, he developed an interest in red cell disorders, bone marrow failure and transplantation. He became an MRC Clinical Research Fellow, gaining his PhD after undertaking research into human developmental haemopoiesis.

Experienced paediatric haematologist in Harley Street

He is currently the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Specialities at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, in addition to the Clinical Lead in Haematology and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Programme at St Mary’s Hospital. Dr De La Fuente is also a member and haematology lead in the Paediatric Medicine Clinical Reference Group of NHS England and member of the iBFM Study Group steering committee for chronic myeloid leukaemia.

Paediatric conditions and treatments offered by Dr de la Fuente

With Dr de la Fuente’s significant expertise and skill, he is able to offer high quality treatment for a range of paediatric haematological conditions including:

  • Anaemias due to nutritional deficiencies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassaemia
  • Haemolytic anaemias
  • Bone marrow failure, including Diamond Blackfan anameia, Fanconi anaemia and dyskeratosis congenita
  •  Cytopaenias, including immune thrombocytopenia and immune neutropenia
  • Blood disorders of newborn and infancy
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • Easy bruising
  • Clotting problems and thrombosis
  • Transfusion medicine

The Paediatric Bone and Marrow Transplant Programme at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare

As the director of the Paediatric Bone and Marrow Transplant Programme, Dr de la Fuente majorly contributed to the development of unique protocols for the transplantation of haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease and thalassaemia) and  bone marrow failure syndromes and led the use of alternative donors for patients who do not have a suitable family donor.

The Paediatric BMT Programme based at the Department of Paediatrics at Imperial College Healthcare is one of the leading bone marrow transplant units and centre of excellence in the UK for adolescents and children with non-malignant blood disorders comprising haemoglobinopathies, inherited bone marrow failure and aplastic anaemia. 

Dr de la Fuente has developed a unique clinical and research programme for Diamond Blackfan anaemia constituting the largest clinical programme in a single institution worldwide and making significant advances in the characterisation and understanding of the disease.

Dedicated and caring paediatric haematologist

Dr de la Fuente understands that suffering from a blood disorder has a very significant impact on children and their families and that undertaking treatment or a bone marrow transplant, if required, is difficult for any family, which is why he takes the time to prepare families for their treatment by giving plenty of time and information, enabling you to make an informed decision. He works with a dedicated multidisciplinary team and your care will include access to a paediatric haematology clinical nurse specialist.

In the event that your child requires a bone marrow transplant, St Mary’s Hospital’s dedicated team of consultants, nurses, psychologists, play specialists and dieticians spend a year working with you to ensure that the whole family is fully prepared for your child’s transplant intervention.

Publications and presentations

Dr de la Fuente’s work has been published several times in many of the top peer-reviewed journals. He has also contributed to book chapters, given numerous oral presentations and posters at scientific meetings including:

Publications

  • Josu de la Fuente, André Baruchel, Andrea Biondi, Eveline de Bont, Marie-Françoise Dresse, Meinolf Suttorp and Frederic Millot on behalf of the International BFM Group (iBFM) Study Group Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia Committee. How I manage CML in Children. Guidelines for the management of chronic myeloid leukaemia in children and young people up to the age of 18 years. Accepted for publication. British Journal of Haematology 2014.
  • Tommaso Vannocci, Hitoshi Kurata, Josu de la Fuente, Irene A. Roberts and Andrew C. G. Porter. Nuclease-stimulated homologous recombination at the human β-globin gene. J Gene Med Februar7 2014.

Book chapters

  • Irene AG Roberts and Josu de la Fuente.  Stem cell transplantation for thalassemia and sickle cell disease. Chapter 17. Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Clinical Practice. 1st Edition. Elsevier.2008. Editors: Jennifer G. Treleaven and A. John Barrett.
  • Irene Roberts and Josu de la Fuente. Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Haemoglobinopathies. ESH-EBMT Handbook on Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation 5th Edition (2008). Editors: J. Apperley, E. Carreras, E. Gluckman, A. Gratwohl, T. Masszi.

Oral presentations at scientific meetings

  • Deena Iskander, Yvonne Harrington, Gareth Gerrard, Alex en Foong, Letizia Foroni, Irene Roberts, Anastasios Karadimitris and Josu de la Fuente. Patients with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia have Abnormalities of Cellular and Humoral Immunity. Diamond Blackfan Anaemia International Consensus Conference Atlanta 2014.
  • Lucia Gargiulo, Michela Sica, Maria Papaioannou, Giulia Talini, Aristeidis Chaidos, Barbara Richichi, Andrei V Nikolaev, Cristina Nativi, Mark Layton, Josu de la Fuente, Irene Roberts, Lucio Luzzatto, Rosario Notaro, and Anastasios Karadimitris. Autoreactive T Cells From Patients with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) Specifically Recognize Glycosyl- Phosphatidyl-Inositol (GPI). Blood (ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts), Nov 2012; 120: 647.

Posters at scientific meetings

  • Gareth Gerrard, Hui-En Foong, Deena Iskander, Mikel Valganon, Dalia Kasperaviciute, Michael Muller, Yvonne Harrington, Irene Roberts, Anastasios Karadimitris, Letizia Foroni and Josu de la Fuente. The application of high-throughput targeted genomics for the molecular characterisation of Diamond-Blackfan anaemia: a cohort study. Diamond Blackfan Anaemia International Consensus Conference Atlanta 2014.
  • Josu de la Fuente, Farah O'Boyle, Yvonne Harrington, Nancy O'Brien, Natalie Killeen, Subarna Chakravorty, Leena Karnik, Richard Szydlo and Irene Roberts. Fludarabine/Treosulfan/Thiotepa/ATG Conditioning Leads To High Rates Of Long-Term Engraftment and Low Toxicity Enabling The Use Of Mismatched and Unrelated Donors For Transplantation In Haemoglobinopathies. Blood 2013 122:2041.


GMC Number:           

4127589

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Date of registration:

21 Jul 1994

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Anaemias due to nutritional deficiencies
  • Blood disorders of newborn and infancy
  • Bone marrow failure, including Diamond Blackfan anameia, Fanconi anaemia and dyskeratosis congenita
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • Clotting problems and thrombosis
  •  Cytopaenias, including immune thrombocytopenia and immune neutropenia
  • Easy bruising
  • Haemolytic anaemias
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassaemia
  • Transfusion medicine

QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Qualifications

  • Licenciado en Medicina y Cirugia
  • PhD
  • MRCPath  
  • MRCP(UK)
  • Child Health Surveillance Certificate
  • Core of knowledge in Radiation Protection

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow Royal College of Pathologists
  • Fellow Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Fellow Royal College of Physicians of London
  • Fellow Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Fellow Linean Society
  • Member British Society for Haematology and Forum for Paediatric Haematology
  • Member British Blood Transfusion Society
  • Member UK Forum for Haemoglobin Disorders
  • Member British Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Member European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Member European Hematology Association
  • Member American Society of Hematology
  • Member American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Member American Society for Paediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Associate Member National Association of Health Play Specialists

PLACES OF WORK

  •  78 Harley Street, London, W1G 7HJ
  • Department of Paediatrics, St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London, W2 1 NY

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CONTACT DETAILS

78 Harley Street

London

W1G 7HJ

Tel: 020 7034 8324                   

Fax: 020 7299 0143

Email: pa.delafuente@hcahealthcare.co.uk



 

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