Kirkham, Professor Fenella

Fenella KirkhamFRCPCH


Paediatric neurology


Paediatric epilepsy, stroke and cerebrovascular disease, coma, status epilepticus.

Training and education

  • Attended medical school at Girton College, Cambridge, and King's College Hospital, London.
  • Paediatric training at Northwick Park, Brompton, John Radcliffe, Oxford and Guy's.
    Adult neurology at the National Hospital, Queen Square.
  • Paediatric neurology at Guy’s Hospital.


Professor Kirkham has worked for the Trust since December 1999. Her other experience includes:

  • consultant and senior lecturer in paediatric neurology, Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Institute of Child Health, 1990 to 1999
  • professor of paediatric neurology, University College London Institute of Child Health, from 2006
  • honorary professor of paediatric neurology, University of Southampton, 2008.

Key achievements

Professor Kirkham's achievements include the development of services for children with epilepsy in Wessex. She also developed screening for stroke risk in sickle cell disease in the UK, and carried out a phase I randomised controlled trial of auto-adjusting continuous positive airways pressure in sickle cell anaemia.

Professor Kirkham has collaborated with UK, North American and European paediatric neurologists, haematologists and respiratory physicians on guidelines and research.

Awards and prizes

  • Ronnie MacKeith prize, British Paediatric Neurology Association, 1988
  • Vera Down award, British Medical Association, 1996
  • Faculty of 1000 Medicine, 2005
  • Prizes for presentations and posters awarded to colleagues and supervisees


Professor Kirkham has undertaken research in childhood stroke, coma, epilepsy and sickle cell disease including observational studies and randomised controlled trials.

  • Ganesan V, Kirkham FJ. Stroke and cerebrovascular disease in childhood. ICNA series of monographs in Child Neurology, MacKeith Press 2009; pp 350 approximately; in press.


You can contact Prof Kirkham via her secretary, Paige Wilkins - call 023 8120 4457.