Professor of Pediatric Hepatology
Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital
Professor Deirdre Kelly is Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the University of Birmingham, Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist and Founding Director of the Liver Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.
She has trained in both adult and paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology. She set up the Paediatric Liver Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital in 1989 which provides a national and international service for children with liver failure and undergoing liver transplantation, transforming survival and outcome for these children. Until 2008, the Unit was the only national unit to be designated for small bowel and liver transplantation in the UK.
Professor Kelly runs an active research programme focusing on viral hepatitis in children, molecular genetics of inherited liver disease, quality and outcome of life following liver and/or intestinal transplantation.
She was Medical Director of the Children's Hospital (2000-2007). She has been President of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) (2006-2010), British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) (2004-2007) and the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA) (2002-2005).
She is on the Council of the General Medical Council (2013-) and is a Non-Executive Director of the Health Research Authority (2014-). She was a Commissioner on the Care Quality Commission (2008-2013) and Healthcare Commission (2007- 2009).
She was the Paediatric Lead on the Lancet Standing Commission on Liver Disease (2013-2017).
Professor Kelly is author of several textbooks about paediatric liver disease and has published many original articles and chapters on liver disease, liver transplantation and viral hepatitis.
Professor Kelly was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by her Majesty the Queen in 2016 and received the ESPGHAN Distinguished Service Award in 2016.