Professor Deirdre Kelly CBE
Professor Deirdre Kelly was born in Calcutta, India and educated in Ireland. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. She trained in adult gastroenterology and hepatology and paediatric hepatology in Ireland, the U K and the USA. She set up the Liver Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital in 1989 and developed it into an international unit. Her special clinical interests are caring for children with all forms of liver disease, but especially viral hepatitis.
Professor Kelly was awarded the CBE in January 2016 and the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Distinguished Service Award in June 2016.
Professor Deirdre Kelly is an expert in the treatment of children with all forms of liver disease. An innovator, leader and revolutionary clinician, she set up Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Liver Unit in 1989.
Professor Kelly and her multi-disciplinary team have transformed survival rates from 40 percent of children surviving liver transplants for one year in 1989 to 90 percent.
Her research interests include molecular genetics of inherited liver disease, the development of stem cell therapy, treatment of viral hepatitis, immunosuppression and quality of life post-transplantation. The Unit have led the way in identifying new mechanisms of disease, streamlining diagnosis and establishing new ways of treating children with liver disease.
She has been Chair or President of numerous national and international professional bodies and has developed a worldwide network, providing training for doctors and nurses to exchange knowledge, both in research and advance is practice, helping to improve treatment and survival rates for a whole generation of children.