Welcome to new Medical Committee members

We are delighted to welcome new members to our Medical Committee.

The purpose of our Medical Committee is to guide and inform the charity’s work on all medical matters. Committee members are professionals in their field and they have various specialisms in, or related to, endocrine and pituitary care. They volunteer their time to support us to provide the best advice to our patients and help with various tasks such as writing and approving publications, speaking at conferences and responding to patient queries.

Our three new members who joined last month are: Dr Omar Pathmanaban, Fiona Cairns and Dr Alex Stilwell, who bring a diverse range of skills and experience to the Committee.

Omar Pathmanaban

OmarMr Pathmanaban is Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Trained under world leading surgeons, Dr Pathmanaban is decorated with many national and international awards.

His elective surgical practice and research is dedicated to neurosurgery in difficult-to-reach areas of the brain, including the pituitary gland and base of the skull. He is strategy lead for the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre, co-lead for skull base/pituitary surgery on the Academic Committee of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons. He also sits on the Clinical Neurosciences Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr Pathmanaban’s specialist experience will deepen the surgical expertise of The Foundation’s Medical Committee.

Fiona Cains

Fiona MinFiona is a Pituitary Surgery Specialist Nurse at the Greater Manchester Neurosciences Centre. After completing her Diploma in Adult Nursing in 2001, Fiona developed a lasting interest in endocrine disorders during her first role as a Staff Nurse on a Diabetes/Endocrinology and Gastroenterology ward at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Fiona has had a rich career in endocrinology. She has held various specialist roles at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, the Genetics Dept. at Central Manchester NHS Foundation, and the Neuro Surgery Team at Salford Royal Hospital, where she currently works.

Fiona’s work ethic and dedication to endocrine care is admirable. Alongside her various roles, she has endeavoured to diversify her abilities to better understand endocrine disorders and those affected by them, so that she can provide the highest standard of care possible. She has completed a BSc in Contemporary Health Practice, a Certificate in Diabetes care, and a module in Paediatric Endocrinology. She is currently studying to become a Non-Medical Prescriber at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Fiona will bring a wealth of experience and understanding in endocrine specialist nursing to the Medical Committee.

Dr Alex Stilwell

A StilwellDr Stilwell is an anaesthetic registrar at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London, where he is principally charged with looking after patients undergoing an operation or on the intensive care unit. He also attends most medical and surgical emergencies and runs simulation training sessions.

Dr Stilwell’s interest in pituitary conditions, and The Foundation, began after his daughter was born with multiple pituitary deficiencies (Pituitary Stalk Interruption Syndrome). According to Dr Stilwell, she manages this very well despite her action-packed lifestyle attending nursery and at home. His other interests include sports and fitness, travelling when allowed, cooking and good TV.
With his first-hand experience in caring for a loved one with a pituitary condition and his medical expertise as a registrar, Dr Stilwell will bring, among many other qualities, his relatable experience balancing his role of pituitary carer with his career.


Pat McBride, Head of Patient and Family Services: “We warmly welcome our new colleagues to The Pituitary Foundation’s Medical Committee.

“All members volunteer their time to provide vital guidance on all medical matters.  They contribute in many ways to The Pituitary Foundation including: reviewing our information publications, speaking at Conferences and events, writing articles, responding to medical queries and so forth.  We thank them for their valuable input to help our charity and pituitary community.”

The Pituitary Foundation’s Medical Committee is a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals in adult and paediatrics.  The Committee includes a number of endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, endocrine nurses and a clinical psychologist, advanced paramedic and now also an anaesthetist. 

Details of current Medical Committee members can be found here