Dr. Josu de la Fuente
Consultant Paediatric Haematologist
Director Blood and Marrow Transplant Programme
Division of Paediatrics
St. Mary’s Hospital
Dr. Josu de la Fuente
Dr Josu de la Fuente is a Consultant Paediatric Haematologist and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Programme at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He is a Senior Lecturer in Haematology at Imperial College London.
Dr Josu de la Fuente completed his general training in paediatrics in different hospitals in London and following membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Physicians; he trained in haematology at Imperial College and Great Ormond Street Hospital achieving membership of the Royal College of Pathologists. During this time he developed an interest in red cell disorders, bone marrow failure and transplantation. After a period of research in human developmental haemopoiesis as an MRC Clinical Research Fellow leading to a PhD, he was appointed in 2006 to lead the paediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Programme at St. Mary’s Hospital, which specialises in transplantation for haemoglobinopathies and bone marrow failure, and has been innovative in the use of alternative donors. He has developed a successful programme of haploidentical transplantation for haemoglobinopathies and is now part of the BMT CTN committee developing a multicentre study. He has also developed a unique clinical and research programme for Diamond Blackfan anaemia patients caring for the largest cohort of patients cared at a single institution worldwide. His group developed the first next generation sequencing approach for mutation analysis and identified the associated immunological abnormalities. He has extensive expertise in the management of iron chelation treatment and use of MR techniques. He is a past member of the iBFM Study Group steering committee for chronic myeloid leukaemia leading the writing of current treatment guidelines.
Dr Josu de la Fuente is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Pathologist, reflecting his expertise in haematology and paediatrics. He is a member and haematology lead in the Paediatric Medicine Clinical Reference Group of NHS England developing national standards of care.