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Career

I am a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, writer and early career researcher in the medical humanities. I have been honoured to be named as a New Generation Thinker by the BBC in 2022.

I read Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, trained in psychiatry at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and undertook further specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. 

For a decade, while working as a junior doctor, I had a parallel career in medical journalism, working both freelance and as an editor at the British Medical Journal (BMJ). During that time, I had six books published, one for international medical graduates and five about mental health, for the public.

My clinical interests are in paediatric neuropsychiatry and medicolegal work. I am an experienced expert witness in Family Court cases and in asylum cases involving minors. In 2013, I was appointed by the Lord Chancelllor as a Medical Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health).  

I have two MSc degrees, in Mental Health Studies and in Medical Humanities (with distinction), both from King’s College, London. My academic interests are in the medical humanities, especially in illness narratives, narrative medicine, life writing and the arts in health.

 

Academic Background

Dr Sabina Dosani is a doctoral researcher in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her work is funded through the AHRC’s CHASE consortium. Sabina’s interests are in the interdisciplinary medical humanities. She uses research methods from disciplines such as art, literature, drama and creative writing to help develop nuanced understanding of experiences of illness and healthcare, and to critically examine systems of care. 
   

She is writing a memoir, Flesh and Blood, about her experience of recurrent miscarriage while working as a medical expert witness in the family court, (Mslexia Memoir Awards Longlist, 2021) and a critical essay, Products of Conception, Imaging and Imagining the Maternal Foetal Relationship. The latter investigates how accounts of obstetric ultrasound in contemporary fiction and creative non-fiction can illuminate understanding of women’s relationships with their unborn babies. She is particularly interested in how the language women use differs radically from the language of obstetrics. 

 

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Broad ranging interests in the interdisciplinary medical humanities, including:
Novels and memoir, including graphic novels, featuring illness narratives, with a particular focus on women’s health and mental health.
The supernatural in books and plays about illness.
Arts and humanities in medical education.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, King's College London

20 Sep 20174 Sep 2018

Award Date: 17 Jan 2019

Master of Science, King's College London

18 Sep 20006 Sep 2002

Award Date: 6 Sep 2002

Royal College of Psychiatrists

1 Aug 19993 Apr 2002

Award Date: 3 Apr 2002

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry

20 Sep 19925 Jun 1998

Award Date: 5 Jun 1998

External positions

Medical Member, First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health), Ministry of Justice

28 May 2013 → …

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