Kitley, Dr Joanna





Multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammation

Training and education

  • Undergraduate training at the University of Nottingham - 1999 to 2004
  • DPhil at the University of Oxford - 2010 to 2013


Dr Kitley joined the Trust in 2008, and took on the role of consultant neurologist in 2015. Her work is split between Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and Southampton General Hospital. She holds general neurology clinics on Monday and Tuesday mornings at the QA Hospital and on a Wednesday morning at Fareham Community Hospital. She also runs a specialist multiple sclerosis clinic at QA Hospital on Tuesday mornings.

Dr Kitley has a sub-specialist interest in multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammation, particularly antibody-mediated disorders of the central nervous system. She spent three years working in the multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology departments at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where she obtained a DPhil from the University of Oxford for her thesis on neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders. Her particular interests are in anti-MOG and anti-AQP4 antibody disease, seronegative neuromyelitis optica and opticospinal multiple sclerosis.

Dr Kitley holds multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammation specialist clinics at Southampton General Hospital on Thursday afternoons. She also has an interest in inflammatory optic neuritis and runs a joint neuro-ophthalmology clinic monthly in Southampton.

Contact details

You can contact Dr Kitley via her secretary James Lynch at