Professor David Rees

Tel: 0203 299 3242  (Secretary)


David Rees is a consultant in paediatric haematology at King’s College Hospital, London. He has research and clinical interests in paediatric sickle cell disease, and other inherited red cell abnormalities, including porphyrias, thalassaemia and enzymopathies.

He trained at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and has previously worked in London, Oxford and Sheffield. He spent six years in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford doing research on haemoglobin disorders. He is involved in the care of more than 500 children with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia in southern England and active in clinical and laboratory-based research on haemoglobinopathies. He is a medical adviser to the Sickle Cell Society in the UK.

Specialist interests

  • Paediatric sickle cell disease
  • Paediatric thalassaemia
  • Inherited red cell abnormalities
  • Acute porphyria

Research interests

  • Clinical and laboratory aspects of sickle cell disease
  • HbSC disease
  • Acute porphyria


Education and Training

  • 1981-1984 Churchill College, Cambridge University
  • MA (Hons) in Medical Sciences and Psychology
  • 1984-1987 Clinical Medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. M.B.,B.S. (Lond)
  • 1990- 1993- Registrar at University College Hospital (haematology) and Whittington Hospital (haematology, oncology, HIV).  London
  • 1993-1996: MRC Training fellowship in the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford
  • 1996- 1999: Lecturer in MRC Molecular Haematology Unit and Honorary Senior Registrar in Haematology at the John Radcliffe, Oxford
  • 1999-  2001: Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.


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