Dr Jide Menakaya.

Dr JO Menakaya MBBS (Benin) MRCP (Lond) DCH (Lond) MRCPCH (Lond) MMedSci (Birmingham) MA (Lond)

Dr Jideofor O Menakaya is an experienced Consultant Paediatrician based at Hillingdon Hospital. He is the Clinical Lead for Newborn Services and the Lead Clinician for Paediatric Gastroenterology at Hillingdon Hospital. He is also the Lead Paediatrician at The BMI Bishopswood Hospital at Northwood Middlesex.

Dr Menakaya was appointed a Consultant Paediatrician with interest in Newborn Care in 2003 after specialist training in General Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine in London, Hampshire, West Midlands and Australia. In 2007, he was appointed Honorary Consultant Paediatrician in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. He is currently the Clinical Lead for Newborn Services and the Lead Clinician for Paediatric Gastroenterology at Hillingdon Hospital. He is also the Lead Paediatrician at The BMI Bishopswood Hospital at Northwood, Middlesex.

He has a wealth of experience in the assessment and management of all medical disorders affecting children including paediatric emergency care. In addition, he has particular expertise in the management of all disorders of newborn babies especially those born prematurely. He is also well versed in the treatment of children with disorders of the gastro intestinal tract.

In addition to his clinical duties as a consultant, his other roles include his work as a clinical researcher, a clinical educator, a mentor for post graduate doctors, an instructor for healthcare professionals in newborn life support skills. He is also a qualified instructor with the United Kingdom Resuscitation Council. He is a trained facilitator in clinical simulation

Dr Menakaya specialises in general paediatric disorders, neonatal diseases, paediatric gastroenterology, child hood nutrition particularly faltering growth, micronutrient deficiency and childhood immunisation. He has published several papers on paediatric and neonatal medicine and has lectured in many centres around the world. He enjoys biking, running, singing and travelling.

He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Dr Menakaya receiving a £15,000 cheque from The Mayor of Hillingdon for Hillingdon Neonatal Unit

Professional Training History.

1992: London. Jide started his training as a Senior House Officer in Paediatrics in 1992 at King George Hospital, Ilford under the supervision of Dr David Robinson. Within 6 months of starting his training, he completed his Part I MRCP examination in Paediatrics and Diploma in Child Health.

1995: Hampshire. He continued his junior specialty training with a two year celebrated rotation in the Wessex Region. This included one year of training in Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Fratton Park, Portsmouth under the supervision of Dr Ted Wozniak. He continued his training at The Southampton University Teaching Hospital in Paediatric Oncology and Paediatric Cardiology with Professor Tony Salmon. During these period he was awarded the Diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP London) and the Diploma in Child Health (DCH London).

1997: Birmingham and The West Midlands. He commenced his Specialist Registrar Training in Paediatrics at The West Midlands Postgraduate Medical Education Board. This period saw him develop his clinical, leadership and research skills in several hospitals in the West Midlands and included a two year Neonatal Fellowship Programme at the Mercy Hospital For Women, Melbourne and the Newborn Emergency Transport Service for The State of Victoria, Australia.

As a Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Emergency Care at world renowned Birmingham Childrens Hospital he developed his skills in the assessment and emergency room management of very sick children and their families. He also recognised the need for the Short Stay Assessment Units and made full use of them as appropriate. As a Registrar in Paediatric Neurology with the Drs Green and Whitehouse, he ensured that children with a variety of complex neurological conditions including epilepsy were adequately assessed and managed. Whilst at The Childrens Hospital ,

At the Childrens Hospital Birmingham, under the supervision of Dr George Rylance he carried out innovative research on the use of telephone consultation in the paediatric out patient service. The Academic Thesis ‘Is Physical Attendance at Routine Out Patient Paediatric Consultation Necessary?’ that accompanied this research as part of his Masters Degree Programme in Paediatrics was awarded Distinction Grade by the University of Birmingham

He continued his training in neonatal paediatrics in many large neonatal centres in the West Midlands. These included rotations at the Birmingham Womens’ Hospital with Dr Imogen Morgan and Geoff Durbin, The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital and North Staffordshire University Hospital under Professor Andy Spencer .

1999: Melbourne, Australia. He won a prestigious two year fellowship programme to Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne, Australia and worked under the supervision of Dr Andrew Watkins and Professor Chad Andersen. During this period, he honed his clinical skills in the care of newborn babies in one of the only four large neonatal units in the State of Victoria, Australia. He participated in the transfer of extremely sick newborn babies across the State of Victoria with the Newborn Emergency Transport Service. He initiated and carried out a research project on the stabilisation of very premature newborn babies called the REST Study.

2003: London. He was awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Paediatrics by the UK General Medical Council and appointed to a Consultancy at Hillingdon Hospital.


Jide is a keen cyclist and runner often in the aid of charitable causes.


1998: Jide takes up biking whilst a resident at Birmingham Childrens Hospital.

2001: Bikes for 850km in North Western Tasmania, Australia for The Featherweight Club – The Parent Support Group for babies admitted to the Neonatal Unit at Mercy Hospital For Women in Melbourne.

2002: Jide bikes from Bristol to Birmingham In support of Roof Restoration Project for St George’s Church Edgbaston, Birmingham

2003: Jide bikes from Birminghan to Oxford in support of the British Heart Foundation

2005: Jide bikes 1,100 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise £15000 for a new Brain Monitoring equipment for The Neonatal Unit at Hillingdon Hospital.


2009: Jide runs the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds to buy equipment for Primary Health Care Centres in Waiwso, Western Region, Ghana

2013: Jide runs the Reading Half Marathon to raise funds for UNICEF


Jide is a bass singer and a member of the Northwood Choral Society. In Winter 2013, the society sang a well received rendition of Faure’s Requiem and many English Classic Choral songs. He has sung at many prestigious venues including St Pauls Cathedral, London and at Arundel Cathedral, West Sussex. In addition he has sung solo at many unique events. His repertoire includes such classic pieces as Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cesar Franck’s Panis Angelicus


Jide has visited all the continents in the world and has never ceased to be amazed by the hospitality and warmth of the many peoples around the world. We all share the same joys and sorrows…

Jide cuddling an infant during a visit to Uganda.

Selected Publications.

  • Randomised study of Endotracheal intubation vs face mask ventilation at the resuscitation of very preterm babies. The REST Study. JO Menakaya et al
  • Idiopathic central pontine myelinosis in childhood. JO Menakaya et al
  • Impact of delayed screening for prolonged jaundice in the newborn. JO Menakaya et al
  • Improving Quality of Care for Healthy term Jaundiced Babies: Community Based Integrated Care Pathway Reduce Readmissions and Length of Stay. JO Menakaya et al
  • Audit of the Use of Cerebral Function Monitoring (CFM) in the Management of Term Neonates with Encephalopathy. JO Menakaya
  • Transcutaneous Bilirubinometers Used Within a Structured Pathway Predicts High Serum Bilirubin Levels in Healthy Term Jaundiced Neonates Monitored at Home. JO Menakaya et al
  • Is Physical attendance at Routine Follow Up Outpatient Paediatric Cinic Consultation Necessary? JO Menakaya

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