Dr Paul Brennan

Paul Brennan
Paul Brennan

Dr Paul Brennan is a consultant in Clinical Genetics with the Northern Genetics Service, based at the International Centre for Life, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Honorary Senior Lecturer within the Medical School.

He provides a regional service for families affected by heritable cardiovascular diseases across three cities, in addition to leading the regional cancer genetics and endocrine genetics services.

Present Appointment

November 2002 to date


Current Post

Dr Brennan is one of seven NHS consultants working in the Northern Genetics Service. His first task as a new Consultant was to open the Teesside Genetics Unit at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he retains a clinical office and works with a team of consultants, genetic counsellors and admin staff. He spends 2 days a week at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle where he enjoys a productive relationship with laboratory colleagues and academic staff within Newcastle University.

Clinical experience

Dr Brennan trained as an adult physician before undertaking further training in paediatrics and clinical genetics. His main areas of expertise are:

  • Cardiovascular genetics (congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia syndromes, aortic aneurysm syndromes and sudden adult death). He has been Clinical Lead for this diverse subspecialty form 15 years and provides clinics in 4 different locations within the region.
  • Cancer genetics. He has been Clinical Lead in Teesside for 16 years and has recently assumed the role of Clinical Lead for the whole North Eastern region. He developed one of the UK’s first nurse-led triage services for families affected by cancer. He has a particular interest in endocrine tumour syndromes.

Management Experience

  • Dr Brennan started his Consultant post as Clinical Lead of the Teesside Genetics Unit, developing a team and clinical services from scratch into a busy NHS department serving a population of one million.
  • In 2008, he was promoted to Clinical Director of the Northern Genetics Service, leading a large and diverse team of clinicians and scientists, providing genetic diagnosis, management and counselling to the population of North East England and North Cumbria. He held this post for 10 years, during which time he encountered almost every challenge conceivable ranging from staff and budget through to cutting-edge technological development.
  • In 2014, he was appointed Clinical Lead of the North East & North Cumbria NHS Genomic Medicine Centre and led both enrolment of patients into the 100,000 Genomes Project and the development of a regional genomics education strategy.
  • These posts taught him 3 valuable lessons: (1) that people with inherited diseases deserve better healthcare than they sometimes receive; (2) that technological improvements bring much potential but must be used with care and (3) the uptake of new technologies is highly variable and often inequitable.


Teaching and Education Experience

Dr Brennan is a passionate and busy teacher with years of experience teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and other professional groups. He has developed undergraduate genetics teaching in Malaysia and for cancer nurses in Germany. He has written over 50 medical papers and contributed to a number of well-respected textbooks.

Extra Curricular Activities

Dr Brennan has just completed his first novel, stimulated by his travels and interest in food!

For more information, see www.genomics.expert

Dr Anand Saggar


Dr Anand Saggar is a Consultant in the South West Thames Regional Genetics Department at St George’s Hospital Medical School and Honorary Senior Lecturer within the Medical School.

He works within a multidisciplinary team responsible for providing services for a population of approximately 2.7 million across the region. Dr Saggar actively takes part in regional clinics both general adult and paediatric dysmorphology alongside specialist clinics for patients with hypertension, kidney diseases, tuberous sclerosis thrombophillia (economy class syndrome), and cancer family histories. One of his major interests is inherited kidney disease for which he has an international reputation and links to his recent publication for the Oxford University Press entitled the ‘Genetics of Renal Disease’.

Present Appointment

Sept 2000 to date


Present Post

He is one of seven consultants in the South West Thames Regional Clinical Genetics department. The post is extremely busy but highly enjoyable. He works with a team of Consultant Geneticists, Counsellors, Laboratories and Administrative Staff.

Management Experience

  • From his many and varied professional responsibilities he has developed good organisational skills and learnt to successfully balance competing demands and scarce resources.
  • He has considerable experience of working within inner-city multi-racial populations and aware of their differing needs.
  • His broad knowledge of general medicine helps immensely in this understanding and also in communicating with patients from differing racial backgrounds.

Teaching and Education Experience

He has experience of teaching medical students, doctors, nurses and postgraduate MRCP and MRCOG candidates in Britain and abroad. To further improve his skills he has completed a teaching skills course for Medical Teachers. He has advisory and editorial experience.

Examples include:

  • Continued assessment of grant applications
  • Peer review of papers for publication.

Extra Curricular Activities

Dr Saggar is a patron of the Arts. He was the Chair of Art Committee at St Georges Hospital for over 2 years.

For more information visit https://geneticspecialist.co.uk