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Officers of the Medical Women's Federation 2018 - 2020

MWF President - Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

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Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions.

She was elected President of the Medical Women’s Federation in 2018 having been President Elect 2016-2018 and Vice President from 2014 to 2016.

She is Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College and the past co-recipient of Medical Research Council grants in the area of decision-making and impulsivity as well as a Wolfson Family Trust 3 year grant.

She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic based in London. The clinic is the first and only NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers,it has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.

Henrietta also runs a Problem Gambling Research Consortium, collaborating with various universities on different research projects exploring the nature of pathological gambling from a neurobiological and clinical perspective.

Henrietta belongs to the ICCAM (Imperial, Cambridge, Manchester) neuroscience research group funded by the Medical Research Council to develop effective treatment for all addictions.

Prior to founding the National Problem Gambling Clinic she spent several years running the inpatient NHS detoxification services for alcohol and drugs in central London (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust) as well as leading the Soho Rapid Access Clinic, treating the homeless drug addicts of central London.

Much of her time is spent lecturing at conferences and teaching medical postgraduate students, psychologists, mental health professionals, magistrates, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and others about behavioural addictions, internet addiction disorder, problem gambling,the neurobiology of addiction, decision-making and risk, adolescent brains and impulsivity . She is regularly invited to lecture nationally and internationally, she has been interviewed extensively both by the press ( The Times, Financial Times,Guardian, Observer,Telegraph,Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Vogue, Wired etc) and radio ( Radio 3 Private PassionsWomen’s Hour, You and Yours, Today Programme,BBC World Service ) as well as many TV news programmes (All BBC news, Despatches, The One Show and many others). She gave a TED talk in 2013, has spoken at Hay-on-Wye and Latitude bringing science to a wider population.

Her You tube interview of one of her patients has been watched more than 40,000 times.

She is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spokesperson on Behavioural Addictions as well as having been an elected member of the Executive Committee Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for nine years until 2014. She is now a co-opted member of the Addictions Faculty.

She held the post of elected Finance Officer for the Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the period 2006-2010.

She was Academic Secretary for the Faculty of Addictions at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the year 2011-2012 and on the Conference Committee from 2009-2012.

Henrietta was a member of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board from 2009 to 2016 advising on prevention, research, treatment and education. She was on the Prevention Panel from 2009 to 2012.

Henrietta leads the Problem Gambling Research Consortium, collaborating with various universities on different research projects exploring the nature of pathological gambling from a neurobiological and clinical perspective.

She is a Board Member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, the Psychiatry Council at the Royal Society of Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Addictions.

Henrietta serves as a trustee of the charity, Action on Addiction, and is a patron of the charity Sporting Chance Clinic, after having served as a trustee for ten years. 


MWF President-Elect - Professor Neena Modi

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Neena Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London, Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and Immediate Past-President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Neena leads a neonatal research programme focused on the perinatal determinants of life-long health, and the National Neonatal Research Database, a unique resource on admissions to UK neonatal units, used for a wide range of national and international research, quality improvement, audit and surveillance.

Neena is extensively published in peer-reviewed journals, has authored a number of chapters in textbooks, commentaries and reviews, and directs the well-known “Neonatal Update: The Science of Newborn Care”, a week-long international academic meeting held in London each December.

Neena has made many contributions to health services. She has championed the necessity for a sound research base for paediatrics and child health, and the health equity that flows from a publicly funded and publicly provided health service. She has held several national roles including President of the UK Neonatal Society, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland, Chair of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, Chair of the NHS England Infant, Children and Young People Patient Safety Expert Group, and Chair of Medact.


Dr Heidi Mounsey - MWF Treasurer

Heidi MounseyDr Heidi Mounsey is a palliative medicine registrar based in Yorkshire. She first studied Chemistry at university before turning to Medicine.

She is an Elected Member on the BMA's Medical Ethics Committee which debates ethical issues on the relationship between the medical profession, the public and the state. The committee also liaises with the General Medical Council (GMC) on all matters of ethics affecting medical practice.

She also acts as a Tribunal Member at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Outside of medicine, she volunteers for a charity providing first aid cover for music festivals.


Dr Olwen Williams - MWF Vice-President

Olwen WilliamsWith 24 years experience at consultant level leading Sexual Health & HIV services in North Wales, Olwen is passionate about improving services for women especially those who experience sexual & domestic violence and child sexual exploitation. She developed the Amethyst SARC & Sexual Health Services where she is the Clinical Director.

In her role as Chief of Staff (2009-15) she as responsible for leading & delivery of services in Primary , Community and Specialist Medicine. She developed Frailty services, Telemedicine, and as part of Royal College of Physicians Future Hospital, achieved ‘deve

She is Divisional Vice President for the NSPCC in Wales, Council Member Bangor University and Trustee at NAT (National AIDS Trust)lopment’ site status for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board with the virtual clinic project C@rtref.

Olwen is especially passionate about social media and is an avid tweeter @OlwenOlwen and an active part of #WeCommunities @WeDocs.

Olwen was awarded an OBE for services to Medicine in 2005.


Dr Fizzah Ali – Editor of Medical Woman

dr fizzah aliDr Fizzah Ali is a neurology registrar based at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She originally studied medicine at university, also intercalating in Psychological Medicine. During her time at medical school Fizzah was awarded essay prizes including a Gilbert Barling prize and the Professor Mary Robertson prize, a national prize.

Following graduation, Fizzah commenced combined clinical and academic training. She went on to complete an Academic Foundation Programme, before moving into a competitive National Institute of Health Research funded Academic Clinical Fellowship at the level of core medical training. During this period, Fizzah completed Membership of the Royal College of Physicians exams. Over the course of her integrated clinical-academic training she has authored multiple scientific papers, won poster prizes, and obtained a grant in order to conduct research abroad.

More recently, Fizzah commenced neurology specialist training at the Royal Free Hospital, developing skills to help with a variety of neurological conditions including headache, seizures, and Parkinson’s disease.

As a less-than-full-time trainee, she has been involved with the British Medical Association’s less-than-full-time forum, women in academic medicine group, and junior academic trainees sub-committee. Fizzah has also been involved with components of the British Medical Association’s media work, whether appearing in a video on flexible training or appearing in BMJ Learning modules. Following recent news about the gender pay gap, Fizzah has also discussed the junior doctor viewpoint for the BBC and Sky News.

Fizzah is thrilled to be editor of Medical Woman. It seems particularly relevant as a Royal Free doctor - the first hospital to permit female medical students. She envisages a colourful magazine catering to a diverse range of women, discussing a breadth of topics of interest to the modern medical woman.

Outside of work, Fizzah enjoys drawing and painting, yoga, writing and travelling. She plans to launch her blog ‘Finding Fizzah’, discussing a variety of perspectives and issues around women in medicine in the New Year.




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