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Dr Ramon Fernandez

Dr Ramon Fernandez

Dr Ramon Fernandez (State Exam (FRG) FRCPCH MD)

Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics
T: +44 (0)1273 696955 ext 4195 or 01273 696955 ext 2409
Location: Academic Department of Paediatrics, Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Level 6, Room 601,Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE

DA: Katie Isaac 
+44 (0)1273 696955 x62409

Areas of expertise: Neonatology

Research areas: Non-invasive respiratory support, nutrition, point-of-care sonography

Other relevant positions: Lead for Paediatric e-learning; BSMS Year 4 Module 404 Internal Examiner 


Dr Ramon Fernandez graduated from the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany and completed his clinical training as Paediatrician and Neonatologist at the Charite, Humboldt University, Berlin; the Georg-August University, Göttingen and the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2006 he was appointed as Consultant Neonatologist and Lead for Clinical Governance by Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and as Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School. In 2017 he formally joined the Medical School as Senior Lecturer and became a Honorary Neonatologist at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has specific training in Paediatric and Neonatal Ultrasound including Echocardiography and a CASE recognised PgCert in Advanced Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) from the University of Salford, Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and an active member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, British Medical Ultrasound Society and European Society for Paediatric Research. 


Dr Fernandez completed his MD in Germany where he investigated the effects of elastase inhibitors on ARDS in an isolated, ventilated rabbit lung model. Since then his research interests have been diverse but predominantly focused on non-invasive respiratory support (Bubble NCPAP and High-Flow Therapy) and neonatal nutrition. His research interest in point-of-care ultrasound has allowed him to establish research collaborations with the Medical Physics Department. He has been PI for several international trials such as PiPS, NEOCIRC and CURONEB. Dr Fernandez is very supportive of research undertaken by medical students and junior doctors. He has supervised MRes, MSc and PhD as well as IRP students. Most of his mentees have published or presented their work at conferences with some receiving a prize for their work, most notably the “Bengt Robertson Award for Research of the Neonatal Lung” by the European Society for Paediatric Research.


Dr Fernandez is mainly responsible for the Paediatric E-learning Component, in particular the new platform Capsule. He teaches in the Paediatric Modules of the BSMS curriculum and takes part in OSCE examinations and admissions interviews. He is a qualified NLS instructor and has also taught on Ultrasound Courses in Echocardiography and Neonatal Intensive Care Ultrasound. Dr Fernandez is a senior faculty member of the NOTE (Neonatal Online Training & Education) course, an international Postgraduate Master’s Degree in Neonatology, hosted by the University of Southampton. 

Selected publications

2019 Heart Rate Monitoring in Newborn Babies: A Systematic ReviewAnton O, Fernandez R, Rendon-Morales E, Aviles-Espinosa R, Jordan H, Rabe HNeonatology 2019 DOI: 10.1159/000499675

2019 Surfactant Replacement Therapy for Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Preterm Infants: United Kingdom National ConsensusBanerjee S, Fernandez R, Fox GF, Goss KCW, Mactier H, Reynolds P, Sweet DG, Roehr CCPeadiatr Res 2019 DOI: 10.1038/s41390-019-0344-5

2019 Comparison Of MRI and Neurosonogram 1- And 2-Dimensional Morphological Measurements of the Newborn Corpus CallosumMills M, Pelling V, Harris LM, Smith J, Aiton N, Rabe Heike, Fernandez-Alvarez JRPediatr Res 2019 DOI: 1038/s41390-019-0386-8

2018 Intra- and Inter-rater Agreement of Superior Vena Cava Flow and Right Ventricular Outflow Measurements in Late Preterm and Term NeonatesMahoney L, Fernandez-Alvarez JR, Rojas-Anaya H, Aiton N, Wertheim D, Seddon P, Rabe HJ Ultrasound Med. 2018 DOI: 10.1002/jum.14568

2013 Heated Humidified High-flow Nasal Cannula versus Low-flow Nasal Cannula as Weaning Mode from Nasal CPAP in Infants ≤ 28 Weeks of GestationFernandez-Alvarez JR, Gandhi RS, Amess P, Mahoney L, Watkins R, Rabe HEur J Pediatr 2013 DOI 10.1007/s00431-013-2116-2

2012 Diagnosis of Grey Matter Heterotopia on Cerebral Ultrasound in a Newborn: Lessons from a Case Report for Daily Clinical PracticeFernandez Alvarez JR, Moorthy I, Kenney IJ, Rabe H.Ultrasound 20:54–57;2012 

2011 Milking Compared With Delayed Cord Clamping to Increase Placental Transfusion in Preterm NeonatesRabe H, Jewison A, Fernandez Alvarez JR, Crook D, Stilton D, Bradley R, Holden D for the Brighton Perinatal Study Group.Obstet Gynecol 117:205-211;2011

2010 Management of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection: An Evidence-based ApproachGandhi RS, Fernandez-Alvarez JR, Rabe H.Acta Paediatr 99:509-515;2009 (DOI:10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01655.x)

2010 Spectroscopic Non-invasive Measurement of Hemoglobin Compared with Capillary and Venous Values in NeonatesRabe H, Fernandez Alvarez R, Whitfield T, Lawson F, Jungmann. Neonatology. 98(1):1-5;2010 (DOI:10.1159/000261019)

2009 Diagnostic Value of Subependymal Pseudocysts and Choroid Plexus Cysts on Neonatal Cerebral Ultrasound: a Meta-analysisFernandez Alvarez JR, Amess PN, Gandhi RS, Rabe H.Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 94:F443-F446;2009

2008 A Management Guideline to Reduce the Frequency of Blood Transfusion in Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants Rabe H, Fernandez Alvarez JR, Lawn C, Seddon P, Amess PN.Am J Perinatol 26(3):179-83;2009 

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