Dr Larissa Kerecuk

Rare Disease Lead at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

kerecuk-dr-larissaDr Larissa Kerecuk is very proud to be the Rare Disease Lead at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she is developing the first Children’s Rare Disease Centre in the UK. This centre will provide a better integrated holistic care for children, young people and families affected by rare diseases as well as increasing access to research and new treatments.

Larissa is the lead for the 100,000 Genome Project at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the lead recruiter in the West Midlands, which will provide a diagnosis and personalised approach to many yet undiagnosed children.

As Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Larissa specialises in treating children with kidney diseases including those on dialysis, which requires a holistic approach. Larissa is also Renal Research and Transition Lead and places great importance in integrating care for all patients. Larissa is the founder and coordinator of the Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease Rare Disease Group in the UK and has established international collaborations with the US and Europe. Larissa also developed the Human Factors Course to improve patient safety.  More recently Larissa has been appointed as the NIHR Clinical Specialty Lead for Paediatrics in the West Midlands and her vision is for research to become an integral part of everyday NHS care.