Medical Board Members

We’d like to introduce the members of the Willing and Abel medical board who help us with the medical aspect of evaluating the feasibility of some of the more complex operations so we have the best outcome for the children. We are most thankful for their involvement in facilitating the work we do.

Mr Leo Cheng

Mr Leo Cheng

Consultant Oral, Maxillofacial and Head & Neck Surgeon

Mr Leo Cheng is a consultant oral, maxillofacial and head & neck surgeon at St. Bartholomew’s, the Royal London and Homerton University Hospitals, London. He has special interests in head and neck reconstructive surgery.

Aside from his substantive NHS practice and teaching commitments, Leo Cheng regularly serves as a volunteer Maxillofacial, Head & Neck and Reconstructive Surgeon aboard the “Mercy Ships” in West Africa. He has visited Benin (x2), Togo (x2), Sierra Leone, Liberia (x3), Ghana and Guinea with the Mercy Ships performing life-saving and life-transforming surgery on critical patients.

Dr Abi Estelle


Oral and Maxillofacial Doctor

Dr Abi Estelle is training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, particularly focusing on facial reconstruction. She has worked in a variety of medical settings in the developing world which has spurred her on to do her bit in addressing the gap between need and specialist healthcare services in this setting.

Dr Rashnik Ghalay

Dr Rashnik Ghalay

Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Rashnik Ghalay is a Paediatrician currently working in Kenya. Her areas of interest are emergency and ambulatory care. She is passionate about medical education and providing good quality medical care to those who can least afford it.

Dr Fernando Ghimenton

Dr Fernando Ghimenton

Chief Specialist
Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Hospitals Complex

Dr Fernando Ghimenton is Italian by birth – South African by election. He is a full-time Paediatric Surgeon at Greys Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He has never been in private practice, and has always worked for the poor people in the state structures.

Dr Guido Köhler

Dr Guido Köhler

Dr Guido Köhler studied medicine in Marburg and Munich (Germany), San Diego and Sydney, and trained in plastic and hand surgery in Germany. He spent 3 years as a consultant at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, UK, before returning to Ludwigsburg, Germany. Guido has volunteered his skills with the charity Mercy Ships for over a decade and is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives through surgery. His goal is to live out the Christian call of serving the world’s forgotten poor.

Dr Sandra Lako

Dr Sandra Lako


Dr Sandra Lako is from the Netherlands, and is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, full-time. She spent her first 4 ½ years in Sierra Leone setting up and managing a pediatric outpatient clinic with an organisation called Mercy Ships. For the past 3½ years she has been working with a UK charity ‘Welbodi Partnership’ based at the only government-run Children’s Hospital in Freetown to support the Ministry of Health and hospital staff in improving health care services. Sandra is passionate about child health in developing countries and being a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. She aspires to improve access and quality of care for children in Sierra Leone.

Dr Benita Morrissey


Paediatric Registrar

Dr Benita Morrissey is a paediatric registrar training in North-East London, with interests in global child health, paediatric infectious diseases and medical education. She worked last year in Bo, Sierra Leone and is passionate about justice, children reaching their potential and having access to health services, wherever they are born in the world.

Mr Donald Sammut

Mr Donald Sammut

Consultant Hand Surgeon and Anatomist

Mr Donald Sammut is a Consultant Hand Surgeon and Anatomist working in London, Bath and Reading. He specialises in the reconstruction and re-animation of hands. Since 1999, he has been travelling annually to India, and latterly to Nepal, to operate on leprosy paralysed hands and to teach local surgeons. He is also an artist and illustrator.

Dr Tertius Venter

Dr Tertius Venter

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon,

Dr Tertius Venter is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He was in private practice in South Africa for 16 years and did mainly reconstructive surgery with a particular interest in head and neck surgery, congenital hand and feet abnormalities and burn reconstruction. He has been working in Africa with Mercy Ships International since 2000, with the Pan African Academy for Christian Surgeons since 2008 and Operation Smile since 2011. Since May 2012 he is doing full time mission work with these three organisations.

Dr Nick Archer

Nick Archer

Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist

Dr Nick Archer is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Oxford Children’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford. He has written books and book chapters on fetal, neonatal and paediatric cardiology and is author of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles in these areas. He has been involved in clinical care for children with cardiac problems in Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and China.

Dr Michael Malley


Paediatric Registrar in the North London deanery. Michael is taking a year out to improve his French and then to work in Myanmar for 6 months with Global Links through the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. This is aimed at ameliorating healthcare inequality across the northern region of Myanmar, particularly in paediatric emergency care. He hopes to continue a career in global health following this. Until September 2015 he worked in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and then Paediatric Intensive Care at St Mary’s Hospital in North London.

Michael is particularly interested in acute/emergency paediatric management and has a strong interest in medical education. He is interested in global health and where possible closing the great health inequalities across regions, countries and continents.

Dr Marie Monaghan

Marie Monaghan final

Currently a Paediatric trainee in the South London deanery, Marie is taking a year out to pursue her interests in languages and global health, commencing in France and finishing in Myanmar.  She studied medicine in London and continued her post-graduate training there.  Her particular interest lies in Paediatric Emergency Medicine which she will pursue when she returns as a Paediatric Registrar in September 2016.  She is passionate about sharing her understanding and enthusiasm of Paediatric medicine and as such has taken many active roles in medical education across London’s universities.

Marie is excited at the prospect of being involved with Willing and Abel and believes we offer a unique opportunity to share our collective expertise, through the increasingly connected media of the 21st century, for the benefit of others.  She says ”To be involved in any way that brings health and an end to suffering for even one child and their family would be an enormously rewarding and humbling experience.”

Dr Michael Harris

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Mike was born and raised in South Africa and moved to the UK after completing his schooling. He studied Biochemistry in Birmingham, before moving on to study Medicine in Cambridge. Mike undertook Paediatric training in the West Midlands and Oxford, before training in Paediatric Cardiology in the West and East Midlands and in London at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, where he is currently sub-specialising in Fetal Cardiology. He says ”I care deeply about achieving the best possible care for each and every of my patients and their families, for whom I have a great deal of admiration. I hope that my highly specialised ‘developed world’ knowledge can be used to make a difference to those who need it in the rest of the world.”

Dr. Odry Agbessi


Odry is from Benin, West Africa and is their first and only plastic surgeon. From 12 years old, Odry’s vision was to help treat people living with physical disabilities. She studied general medicine in Benin and made her specialization in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Rabat in Morocco. She now works in the national teaching hospital as she believes in  the importance of civic engagement and volunteering.  She has worked with several international charities through humanitarian missions and founded the VIA-ME association.  She is passionate and has a particular interest in disability, burn contracture, treatment of face, hand and feet deformities, tumour and universal health coverage.

Dr. Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine is currently a senior paediatric surgery registrar, training in London. Her clinical interests lie in neonatal surgery, paediatric oncology surgery and thoracic surgery. During her time at medical school at Edinburgh University, she undertook a placement in Tanzania. Since then and throughout her surgical training, she has cultivated a strong interest in global surgery. As a paediatric surgery registrar, she spent time working in Alexandria, Egypt, and has just returned from a year working in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She is passionate about improving surgical care for all children and is excited to be involved with Willing and Abel to help take steps towards providing specialist surgery for those in need.

Dr Serena Sabato Ceraldi

Italian by birth, Serena has chosen to live in the UK – for the time being! She is a post CCST General Surgeon who currently lives and works in London with her German husband and two daughters.

Serena has worked in Rome, Italy; volunteered a year in Malawi, where she worked with VSO as Consultant Surgeon in the state hospital and as Surgical lecturer in Lilongwe. There she also volunteered to join the outreach team, visiting remote villages once a week and joined UNICEF outreach medical missions. She keeps close connections to different charities in Malawi, colleagues lecturers, students, other local Malawian surgeons and offers regular support via the web.  Serena has been involved with the Royal College of surgeons development committee and joined in teaching missions in Malawi.

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