Dr. Laura Ismail (MBBS, BSc)

In 2004, Laura Ismail began her Medical degree at St. George’s University of London. Having been identified as one of the top students of the University, she was eligible to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in one year between her 2nd and 3rd year of training. Laura was accepted as one of 3 students across the UK to study the degree externally at the leading institution for Pharmacological Sciences, University College London. In 2007, she received a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences with Pharmacology and a First Class Honors in her Research Project ‘The Interaction Between Streptococcus Pneumoniae Surface Protein CpbA and Complement.’ In 2009, her work was published in ‘Infection and Immunity’; the number one cited Journal Worldwide for Infectious Diseases.

In 2010, Laura Ismail completed her MBBS University of London Medical Degree and was awarded Distinction in Medical Sciences (1st and 2nd year), Clinical Science (3rd and 4th year) and Clinical Practice (finals). Laura was recognised as achieving the highest distinction grades every year consecutively in the university, including the written and clinical finals, and was additionally nominated for the Professor Tim Northfield Medal for Medicine, also to be chosen for a viva for the Gold Medal University of London.

Dr. Laura Ismail completed her Foundation Medical Training in the Imperial College London Deanery. In her first year she rotated between Anaesthetics, Orthopaedics and Gastroenterology at Hillingdon Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. During Laura’s post in Anasthetics, she was sponsored to do the Advanced Life Support Course early and was awarded ‘Instructor Potential’ for her performance.

Laura aspired to achieve the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) Membership exam at the earliest authorised stage in her medical profession. During her first year, Laura completed the part one membership exam (MRCOG).

In the same year, Laura Ismail co-founded a non-profit based National Revision Course for Medical Students, Meducators. She is the Vice President of the organisation and is also the designated Director for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Course. Aside from her managerial role, she delivers lectures, alongside the recruited consultants, and receives excellent feedback from the students. On average, there are over 200 students per Meducators Course. In 2011, Laura received the Local Teaching Hero Prize awarded by Imperial College London University for “outstanding contribution to undergraduate medical student teaching.” In 2012, she additionally directed the Medicine Meducators Revision Course. Please visit website for further details: www.meducators.org.uk.

Laura Ismail completed her foundation training in Geriatric Medicine, GP and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. Mary’s Hospital Imperial College NHS Trust. Here, she was appointed the Foundation Year 2 Representative for the Trust.

In 2012, Dr. Laura Ismail became an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist Trainee. She was ranked number one against all applicants worldwide by the London Deanery. She received first choice in hospital placements; St. Mary’s Hospital Imperial College NHS Trust in specialist training year 1 and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in specialist training year 2. Dr. Laura Ismail is certified for Basic Early Pregnancy Ultrasound (attended several courses, the first at Vienna International School of Ultrasound 2010 and the most recent at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, 2013) and has had exposure to over 550 theatre surgical procedures; she assisted in 209 and completed 123 as lead surgeon.

Post-Graduate Academic Achievements:

Dr. Laura Ismail has 4 publications in peer-reviewed journals:                          

  1. Saso, S Srdjan, Bracewell-Milnes T, ISMAIL L, Hamed AH, Meen-Yau T, Ghaem-Maghami S, Del Priore G, Smith J. Richard Psychological Assessment Tool for patients diagnosed with Absolute Uterine Factor Infertility and planning to undergo Uterine Transplantation. Submitted on 5th March 2014 to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (CJOG-2014-0171)
  2. ISMAIL L, Mittal M, Kalu E. IVF twins: Buy one get one free? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. 2012 Jul; PMID: 22810047
  3. Pastides P, Tokarczyk S, ISMAIL L, Ahearne D, Sarraf K. Preoperative blood tests: an expensive tick box exercise. Journal of perioperative practice. 2011 Dec;21(12):1467-1026.
  4. Yuste J, Khandavilli S, Ansari N, Muttardi K, ISMAIL L, Hyams C, Weiser J, Mitchell T and Brown J. The effects of PspC on complement-mediated immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae vary with strain background and capsular serotype. Infection and Immunity. 2010 Jan;78(1):283-92.

Book Chapters – Laura is a contributing author in a medical textbook ‘EMQs in Ophthalmology, Dermatology and ENT. An Essential revision guide with comprehensive answers.’ Radcliffe Publishing, May 2013.

Abstracts – Pastides P, Tokarczyk S, ISMAIL L, Ahearne D, Sarraf K. Preoperative blood tests: an expensive tick box exercise, British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 2011 Dec.

Research – Laura has been involved in 6 different medical research projects. The most recent, is a Prospective Multicentre Observational Trial supervised by Professor Tom Bourne. Laura is first author and it has been submitted and currently under review for publication in leading worldwide journals to provide new guidelines on clinical practice.

Audits and Presentations – Laura Ismail has also completed 16 medical audits, and has delivered 11 medical presentations. Laura was invited to present her work on Colposcopy and LLETZ procedures internationally at the 9th RCOG International Scientific Meeting held in Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, Greece.

Conferences and Courses – To date Laura has attended 44 courses and 9 conferences, traveling between Belgium, Italy, Austria, Spain, Greece and Egypt.

Private Practice:

Queens Gynaecology Clinic: – Dr. Laura Ismail has been the Clinic Coordinator at the Queens Gynaecology Clinic, Harley Street since 2011. This involves administration, organising departmental meetings with staff, proof-reading reports, answering email enquiries from patients and liaising with inter-professional services. Please visit website for further details: www.queensgynaecologyclinic.co.uk.

The London MediHealth Clinic: – Dr. Ismail was accredited to deliver Botulin Toxin and Dermal Filler treatment in 2012 (Wigmore Medical) and in 2013, Laura Ismail launched The London MediSkin Clinic. Due to the success of the clinic and the desire to integrate conventional medicine with alternative therapies, Dr Ismail expanded the clinic to the London MediHealth Clinic, LMC, located in Harley Street, London. LMC bridges conventional medicine and complimentary therapy. The aim is to provide integrative medical care through a multi-disciplinary team of consultants and practitioners who work together to offer a holistic approach to a patient’s personal health care management.  Please navigate through the website for further details on the services.

International Activity:

Laura Ismail is a keen partaker in Global Health. She has been working extensively with Healthcare Egypt (HCE) International; an international medical company involved in building medical establishments such as hospitals, poylclinics and Medical Malls in the Middle East. The most recent development, The Medical Mall Egypt, will be the first of its kind Worldwide. It aims to provide patients, primarily within the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the highest standard of care comparable to European and United States Standards, within a state of the art facility. The Mall will additionally cater to other health orientated services ranging from pharmacies and medical equipment offices, to Conference Halls and Lecture Theatre rooms.

Furthermore, HCE International has input into Government Health Initiatives in Egypt and Laura Ismail has prepared a comprehensive handbook for Maternity Services and Maternal Management to provide Standardisation of Care across the Country and is being used by the government hospitals.

In 2014, Dr Laura Ismail was appointed Vice-President of Healthcare Egypt International and is currently pioneering expansion of the Global Health HCE International Project, in the UAE. Laura Ismail is directing the development of a Medical Centre in Dubai, The Reim Lifestyle and Health City. This medical centre aims to provide patients local accessibility to UK-based, world renowned specialists, in Dubai, serving the same target population: Middle East, Asia and Africa, in addition to persons in transit. The concept behind this centre is to deliver management of heath in all its best forms under one roof; conventional Western Medicine with advanced diagnostics, as well as Complementary therapies, within an ecosystem promoting the ‘prevention culture’ and improving societies fitness and well-being through healthy eating, exercise and leisure activities.

Interests:

Laura has always been a very devoted participant in charity. In 2008, she was appointed Financial Director of the Klevis Kola Charity Foundation, and in 2009 Fundraiser and Financial Officer of Student Action for Refugees (StAR) raising up to £178,000 through grant applications. She was awarded The Silver Award for “outstanding contribution to Student Action for Refugees and the Klevis Kola Foundation”.

All of Laura’s duties in Meducators (National Medical Education Organisation) are voluntary and all profit from the courses is given to Charity. Last year, Meducators was the main funder for the building of a school in Syria that now teaches 300 primary and secondary-classed students daily.

Laura Ismail has painted throughout her life and has used her skills in aid for charity. Laura has been described as a “fine meticulous artist”, which reflects on her commended surgical dexterity and aesthetic practise. In 2006, she organised an Art Auction: Raising Awareness for Ulcerative Colitis and Screening for Cancer, where she accumulated numerous art pieces for the auction. Her own paintings were sold and subsequently donated to a patient suffering from bowel cancer. Another one of her paintings has attracted buyers for more than £10,000; it stands in the main hall of the Leighton House Museum, Kensington, London, UK.

Laura enjoys embracing nature in her spare time and enjoys challenges on the way. In November 2013, she climbed Mount Kinnabalu, Borneo, in 24 hours (peak 4095.2m above sea level) and in December completed the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Himalayes, Nepal, over 10 days (highest point reached 5550m above sea level). She also obtained her PADI Diving license in Thailand and is an avid sports player.