About

Dr. A. Victor Jerome,

  • Only Pediatrician in India with 3-Years of Sub-Speciality Paediatric experience in Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.
  • 13-years of clinical experience in Paediatrics (General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Community Paediatrics, and Paediatric intensive care).
  • Amongst very few in India with Diplomate in Pediatric respiratory medicine awarded by European Respiratory Society & Asian Paediatric Pulmonology Society.

As Respiratory pediatrician, Dr. Victor Jerome is skilled in providing holistic care to manage respiratory health and ill-health in infants, children, and young people. At a tertiary level, he has highly specialized skills to manage complex acute and chronic conditions including difficult-to-treat asthma, cystic fibrosis, and rare lung disease. His expertise in technical skills including sleep study analysis, flexible bronchoscopy and the care of technology-dependent children, with long term ventilation, make him stay a notch above the rest in the same field.

Dr. Victor Jerome MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH, ERS DIP. IN PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY MEDICINE

As a Paediatric Respiratory Doctor, you can expect with me -

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A strong general pediatric knowledge base
  • The ability to work with other multidisciplinary team members
  • An aptitude for practical procedures
  • Ability to recognize multisystem diseases
  • An empathetic approach toward patients with chronic disorders
  • A willingness to accept new ideas and changes to established management regimens

Personal Information

  • 3-Years of Sub-Speciality Paediatric experience in Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.
  • 13-years of clinical experience in Paediatrics (General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Community Paediatrics, and Paediatric intensive care).
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced Paediatric & Neonatal Life Support Provider.
  • Diplomate in Pediatric respiratory medicine awarded by European Respiratory Society & Asian Paediatric Pulmonology Society.
Jan 2018

Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK

Clinical & Research Fellow in Paediatric Medicine, Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK
October 2017

pHERMES Diplomate

Diploma in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine European Respiratory Society (ERS)

APPS Diplomate

Diploma in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine Asian Paediatric Pulmonology Society
Sep 2012 - Aug 2013

GOSH, London

Clinical Fellow in International & Private Patients
Sep 2013 - Aug 2014

GOSH, London

Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing and Long Term Ventilation
Sep 2014 - Aug 2015

GOSH, London

Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
November 2011

MRCPCH

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK.
September 2002

DCH

Rajah Muthiah Medical College Hospital Annamalai University, India.
January 1998

MBBS

P.S.G Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, India.
June 2018

Advanced Paediatric Life Support certification, ALSG Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
March 2018

Neonatal life support course by EUROPEAN LIFE SUPPORT ASSOCIATION, in Wolverhampton, UK
February 2018

Chronic ventilation course by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
November 2016

20th Annual Course in Pediatric Sleep Medicine, school of Sleep Medicine, Stanford University centre of Excellence in Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep disorders, Palo Alto, California
July 2016

AHA-PAEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT, SRMC, Chennai

ERS Summer school of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Portugal
March 2016

AHA-Basic Life Support, SRM Simulation centre, Chennai
June 2014

Master-course on Respiratory Sleep disorders by GOSH and Cambridge University
September 2014

European Respiratory Society – Paediatric bronchoscopy course, Paris
JAN 2013

DEVELOPMENTAL EXAMINATION, Institute of Child Health, University College of London.

CPD Programme in Paediatric Neuropsychology on Infant and Neuro-developmental Assessment, University College of London.
NOV 2010

INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING COUNSELLING SPECIALIST, Breast Feeding Promotion Network of India
JAN – JUNE 2007

CERTIFICATE COURSE IN PAEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND ASTHMA, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
JULY – 2001

NEONATAL ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT, Regional Resuscitation Center, Thanjavur.
MARCH - 2000

PAEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY TRAINING, Chennai
April 2016

Natus Neurology, Sleep scoring training, Dubai
December 2015

Advanced Sleep study training / workshop, AIIMS, New Delhi
SEP 2011

PAEDIATRIC AND NEONATAL VENTILATION, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
JAN 2010

EEG WORKSHOP, INDIAN EPILEPSY SOCIETY AND AIIMS EPILEPSY, AIIMS New Delhi
JUNE – 2007

WORKSHOP ON MECHANICAL VENTILATION, Bangalore
MAY 2001

WORKSHOP ON COMMON NEWBORN PROCEDURES & HIGH FREQUENCY VENTILATION, Kochi

About my previous job experience in Leicester Royal Infirmary

The post in Leicester Royal Infirmary, was 50% research and 50% clinical work. I worked under Dr Erol Gaillard, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester. I was involved in two NHS studies where I delegated to recruit patients. I had to do review of literature for one of the forthcoming paper work on Mutiple Breath Washout tests in Asthma children. I have attended few sessions in University of Leicester on Literature search and paper writing. I am trained in doing research quality, multiple breath washout tests in children in Exhalyser D. Regarding the clinic work, I was tasked to see patients in the weekly Paediatric Asthma clinic every week where monthly once it is Difficult Asthma clinic. I am exposed to manage variety of Asthma phenotypes and opportunities to discuss and use advanced medications. Apart from this I managed the LTV clinics and Complex respiratory clinics, which includes the virtual clinic discussions and decision making for long-term ventilation children.

About my previous job experience in Great Ormond Street Hospital

The general respiratory fellow post was in the Badger ward of GOSH, which is the respiratory ward. In this post I had opportunity to perform various roles – 1. To attend to ward patients – including acting to the external calls from the south east London hospitals and all the tertiary centers in and around London, 2. Attending to respiratory queries from other sub-specialties including intensive care in GOSH, leading to clinical discussion with the various speciality, 3. Attending to out-patient clinics under various consultants and discussion on the management issues, 4. Arranging various investigations for the management of respiratory issues, 5. Arranging and participating in performing bronchoscopy in children. In this posting I did long-days and weekends along with night shifts where we also cover Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The penultimate year was when I was the Sleep and Long-term ventilation fellow. I served as the only fellow to manage both these skills. The GOSH Respiratory sleep lab is one of the largest in UK and second largest in the world, first being Stanford, USA. We faced 6 nights initially which was upgraded to 7 nights by December 2013. We had the physiologist who ran the night sleep lab with 6 studies every night. We have NIV titration studies for children who would need CPAP or BiPAP, as part of long-term ventilation. Besides this I was also taking care of the Transitional care unit for the trache ventilated children, unique to GOSH where long-term trache ventilated patients reside in the hospital for medical needs for several months before they get discharged home. I used to do long-days and weekends in this posting as well.

My initial days of GOSH were in International and Private Patients wing where we take care of the foreign patients – mostly from Middle East countries – along with UK and European private patients. This was to rotate between two wards – Bumblebee and Butterfly – with patients belonging to various speciality consultants (Gastroenterology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Urology, Paediatric surgery, Plastic / Cranio-facial surgery in Bumblebee and Haem-oncology, BMT, Immunology patients in Butterfly). I work in the Caterpillar out-patients where we deal with day case Haem-onc patients requiring chemotherapy

Teaching and Academic Activities

  • I had taught 4th year medical students of University of Leicester, on Paediatric Asthma for 2018
  • Invited to speak on “Expanding sleep services to Children” – in the National Sleep Conference on April 8th 2017 – Coimbatore, Tamilnadu state, India
  • Invited to participate as Panel member – Rational antibiotic in Respiratory infections in Children – in the CME workshop in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry – 30th April 2017
  • Spoke on “Sleep disordered breathing in children: what is there to offer for a developing country?” – Tamilnadu State Annual Pediatric Conference, August 2016, Chennai
  • Lecture on Tracheostomy and home ventilation in Children – Dr Mehta’s Children’s Hospital, Chennai, in January 2015
  • Spoke in Paediatric CME (Feb 2011) organised by local branch of Indian Academy of Paediatrics on “Rota viral Vaccines – Recent Updates”, sponsored by GSK Vaccines.
  • Have conducted classes in Physiology and Genetics for nursing students
  • Presented a seminar on “Bleeding disorders in children” in the integrated teaching programme for postgraduates in Annamalai University.
  • Actively participated in departmental weekly grand rounds, journal club meetings, seminars and X-ray discussions.

Audit & Research

  • Common Regional Language dialect for Atopic Dermatitis – A survey study in a rural hospital – as part of POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN ALLERGY AND ASTHMA in 2007
  • I have done a compilation of 10 interesting Paediatric case record at Rajah Muthiah Medical College Hospital during my DCH post graduation.
  • I have done a study on “Impact of Health Education in the form of Health Exhibition on Illiterate street children (1998)” during my under graduation as a Compulsory Rotatory Resident Intern (CRRI).

FIELD OF SPECIAL INTEREST

I developed special interest towards Paediatric respiratory diseases since 2000 when attended the 15 day workshop conducted by the IAP Respiratory Chapter. During my stay in Masonic Medical Centre, Coimbatore, where treating Bronchial Asthma and Atopic Dermatitis had been regular affair kindled my interests of knowing more about this sub-specialty. Finally to get an authentic training I attended the certificate course in St.John’s Medical College, Bangalore on Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. In order to get trained further, I opted to be clinical fellow in paediatric respiratory medicine in UK which has almost completed my eagerness to learn more about pursuing this as my career. As part of it I was interested in bronchoscopy for which I got trained in Paris with the stalwarts in European Respiratory Paediatrics. My training in sleep and long-term ventilation would cut a niche amongst others who are already in this field.

Membership in Professional Associations

  • Member of European Respiratory Society
  • Member – Lifetime Associate – Indian Chest Society
  • Member of Royal College of Paediatrics and Chid Health, UK
  • Formerly registered with General Medical Council, UK
  • Life Member, Indian Academy of Paediatrics.
  • Life Member, Indian Medical Association

Words of appreciation from Dr Bridget Callaghan, one of the Consultants in Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

“Dr Ambrose worked in IPP for 12 months as a Clinical Fellow. During that time he covered in patients encompassing over 30 specialties including patients undergoing haematology, oncology and Bone marrow transplantation protocols. This was Dr Ambrose’s first post in the UK and he demonstrated excellent clinical skills, clear documentation, established good rapport with patients and parents, demonstrated absolute integrity for his patients and was an exceptional member of our clinical team. He was appointed as Non- invasive Ventilation and Sleep Fellow in the Respiratory department of our hospital after his posting here and then the following year was appointed Respiratory Registrar. He remained in close touch with our team where he continued to provide pastoral care and encouragement to our overseas fellows. He has special expertise in understanding IT systems and made several improvements in our systems which we continue to use. He will be an asset to any clinical service and I wish him every success in his future career as he returns to India”.

Certificates

Being a doctor I ‘practice’ medicine towards ‘perfection’. I would reiterate the following words of this great scientist, who never stopped learning through his life…

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

― Albert Einstein