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30 June 2020 in Company

Editorial team

Your.MD's editorial team ensures that the content published across all Your.MD platforms is of the highest standard and upholds our prinicples of medical integrity. The team sources, writes, edits and fact-checks the information we publish to ensure it is accurate, current, evidence-based, trustworthy and tailored to the needs of our readers.

Every piece of health-related content is reviewed by our team of qualified doctors and sourced according to strict guidelines. We strive to update our articles when relevant new information becomes available.

Read more about our editorial policy and principles.

Dr Lauretta Ihonor

Head of Content Innovations and Operations


Dr Lauretta Ihonor is a qualified doctor and journalist. She graduated from University College London Medical School with an MBBS and a distinction in clinical practice before working as a junior doctor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. She went on to retrain as a journalist - gaining a master's degree in international journalism in 2013. As a journalist, she has worked for the BBC, CNN International and Sky News. She also holds a first-class BSc in human genetics and is a certified nutritional medicine practitioner.

Meera Senthilingam

Self-Care Content Lead


Meera Senthilingam is a health journalist and editor. She has worked for various health and media organisations, including CNN, the BBC, the Wellcome Trust, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the World Health Organization. Meera has a master’s degree in science communication from Imperial College London and also in the control of infectious diseases from the LSHTM. In 2020, Meera authored the book Outbreaks and Epidemics: Battling infection from measles to coronavirus. She has published academic papers in the field of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Mike Martin

Chief Sub-Editor


Mike Martin graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA in media studies before going on to work at various media outlets, including Teletext, AOL, International Business Times (IBT) and The Guardian. At IBT he oversaw the implementation of search engine optimisation (SEO) strategies across a team of 6 sub-editors, which drove a 90% increase in readership reach. In 2017, Mike moved from IBT to The Guardian where he worked as a sub-editor within a team that achieved a digital readership reach of 24 million.

Alex Bussey

Senior Health Writer


Alex Bussey is an experienced writer with a BA in English from the University of Leeds, and over 8 years of experience. He’s worked with award-winning digital agencies, start-ups and publishing houses all over the world and he specialises in communicating complex concepts to a broad audience. Alex has a particular interest in writing about mental health and chronic health conditions.

Georgina Newman

Health Writer


Georgina Newman is a journalist who undertook her training with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). She has 6 years of experience in copywriting and editing. Georgina has worked with award-winning digital agencies across several sectors and now specialises in health journalism. She is passionate about self-care and making trustworthy health content accessible to all.

Medical team

Your.MD's medical team ensures that the content published across all Your.MD platforms has the highest levels of medical safety and accuracy. Our medical safety checks involve verifying if the information given is deemed medically safe and current.

This includes ensuring that:

  • important medical information has not been omitted
  • content has not been written in a way that its meaning may be misinterpreted
  • the information obtained from the sources used has been correctly interpreted
  • the medical information provided is current

Read more about our safety-checking procedures.

Prof Maureen Baker

Chief Medical officer, CBE, DM, FRCGP, DRCOG, DCH


Prof Maureen Baker is the former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and a national leader in primary care and digital technology.

She joined NHS Connecting for Health in 2007 and developed standards for digital clinical safety that have been adopted internationally.

As chief medical officer, she ensures that all of Your.MD's doctors are properly trained in clinical safety and that the whole organisation follows clearly-defined clinical assessment processes.

Dr Andras Meczner

Head of Clinical Innovations and Operations, MD, MSc


Dr Andras Meczner is a paediatrician with a special interest in neonatology. He graduated from Semmelweis University in Hungary and completed his training in Budapest and London. He also has a master’s degree in health policy, planning and financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Meczner joined Your.MD in 2017. He has been the head of the clinical team since 2019.

Dr Shankari Dhinakharan

Clinical Lead and Clinical Safety Officer, MBBS


Dr Shankari Dhinakharan is a UK-based general practitioner. She graduated from the National University of Singapore and trained in Singapore before moving to the UK. Dr Dhinakharan has an interest in reviewing medical content and is passionate about health informatics.

Dr Audrey Menezes

Clinical Lead, MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, BA (Adv)


Dr Audrey Menezes is a general practitioner who is originally from New Zealand and trained in Australia after graduating from the University of Sydney. She has special interests in women's health and paediatrics, and is a clinical associate lecturer at the University of Sydney. Dr Menezes is passionate about healthcare transformation through digital innovation.

Dr Benedict Hayhoe

Clinical Lead, BSc, MBBS, LLM, MD, DRCOG, DPMSA, MRCGP, FHEA, FFCI


Dr Benedict Hayhoe is a London-based general practitioner and clinical lecturer in primary care at Imperial College London. He qualified from University College London in 2005, and was awarded an LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice in 2009, an MD in 2014 and Fellowship of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in 2020. Dr Hayhoe is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, and his current research interests include antimicrobial resistance, diagnosis and management of long-term conditions, and digital health.

Dr Tamer Malak

Clinical Lead, BM, MRCGP, MRCS, MSc, FHEA


Dr Tamer Malak graduated from the University of Southampton and completed his core surgical training in the south east of England. After moving to the Oxford Deanery, he specialised in orthopaedic surgery to registrar level before switching to general practice.

Dr Malak is a general practitioner with a specialist interest in musculoskeletal science and medical research. He is currently a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, undertaking a part-time programme of epidemiological and medical device surveillance research in musculoskeletal science.

Dr Rebecca Thomas

Clinical Lead and Clinical Safety Officer, BMBS, BMedSci, MRCGP


Dr Rebecca Thomas is a general practitioner based in London. She graduated from the University of Nottingham and completed her general practice training in Derby before moving to London. She has a passion for lifestyle and preventative medicine.

Dr Maria Reza

Clinical Lead and Clinical Safety Officer, MBBS, BSc


Dr Maria Reza graduated from King's College London with the School of Medicine Gold Medal. She spent several years working across a range of specialities in London, Kent and Sussex before transitioning to the digital healthcare sector. Dr Reza is a trained clinical safety officer who is passionate about improving healthcare through digital technologies, artificial intelligence and innovation.

Dr Shailen Sutaria

Clinical Lead, BMedSci, MBBS, MSc, MRCP, MRCGP, FFPH


Dr Shailen Sutaria is a consultant in public health medicine with a background in clinical medicine and research. He completed his medical training at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospital, where he still works. In 2008 he undertook a master’s in public health at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was awarded an Academic Clinical Fellowship at University College London. In 2018 Dr Sutaria was awarded a fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health. He is currently a medical member for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service.

Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.

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