Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Honorary Senior Lecturer







Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






1994  MB ChB

Bristol University

1997  MRCP

RCP London

2000  MPhil (Research)

Southampton University

2000  Stroke Assoc Fellow

Edinburgh University

2001  Glaxo Wellcome Fellow 

Edinburgh University

2002  MD (Research)

Edinburgh University

2006  PG Diploma Clin Neurol

University College London

2006  CCT Internal / Geri Med

Wessex, UK

2009  FRCP

RCP London

2015  FHKCP

HK College of Physicians

2015  FHKAM (Medicine)

HK Academy of Medicine

2015  Dementia Scholarship

UCSF, San Francisco, USA

2016  Nutrition

Cornell University, USA

2018  FRSPH

Royal Society of Public Health

2019  Cannabinoid Medicine

Academy of Medical Cannabis

2019  FESO

European Stroke Organisation

2021  FAHA

American Heart Association

I am a senior consultant specialist with over 26 years of experience in hyperacute stroke, stroke rehabilitation and prevention, on a background of general internal medicine and gerontology specialist (residency) training in the UK. I gained professional qualifications from 5 Russel Group (UK) and Ivy League Universities (USA) including Bristol, Southampton, Edinburgh, University College London, Cornell and University of California San Francisco. 

I previously worked as a stroke consultant and then head of department in Bournemouth (2006-13), medical director for regional stroke network (2008-12) and honorary professor in medicine at Bournemouth University (2009-18). I then worked at the University of Hong Kong as a clinical associate professor in geriatric medicine & dementia (2013-2018) before returning to Imperial College London. 

I now work as a senior consultant at the Imperial Stroke Centre, Charing Cross Hospital, London, where I am the director of the Imperial Stroke Education Programme, clinical lead for SSNAP & Quality of Care, and the NIHR Clinical Research Network co-lead for stroke in NW London. I am a Fellow of American Heart Association and European Stroke Organization, and I work as a specialist stroke adviser to the UK Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman for complex stroke complaint cases. I am a PACES examiner for the Royal College of Physicians UK, and serve on the BIASP Clinical Standard Committee and two European Stroke Organization Committees.

As a clinical academic at Imperial College London, I am active in medical research, education, and professional training. have published over 140 scientific articles, book chapters and research theses, and won several major awards. I am currently leading on a new UK-based Thrombectomy for Acute Stroke Research E-Registry (TASER UK) project. My h-index is 39 and i-10 index is 76 (Feb 2024).

I am a professional Member / Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), American Stroke Association (ASA), European Stroke Organization (ESO), British & Irish Association of Stroke Physicians (BIASP), British Geriatrics Society (BGS), British Society of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine (BSPRM), Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), World Stroke Organization (WSO), Hong Kong College of Physicians (HKCP), Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM).

My private practice is at the Cleveland Clinic London as a consultant in stroke, neurological rehabilitation and acute medicine. 

Outside of work, my passion is nutrition and physical fitness, and my charitable work is with Chelsea Football Club Foundation to improve the brain health of the public, preventing TIA, stroke and dementia.



D'Anna L, Barba L, Foschi M, et al., 2024, Safety and outcomes of different endovascular treatment techniques for anterior circulation ischaemic stroke in the elderly: data from the Imperial College Thrombectomy Registry., J Neurol, Vol:271, Pages:1366-1375

D'Anna L, Ornello R, Foschi M, et al., 2023, Outcomes of mechanical thrombectomy in acute stroke patients with atrial fibrillation detected after stroke versus known atrial fibrillation., J Thromb Thrombolysis

Gruia D-C, Trender W, Hellyer P, et al., 2023, IC3 Protocol: a longitudinal observational study of cognition after stroke using novel digital health technology, Bmj Open, Vol:13, ISSN:2044-6055

Shum EN-Y, Lau BH-P, Cheung KS-L, et al., 2023, Multiple Roads to Success: A Latent Class Analysis on Successful Ageing Among Hong Kong Near-Centenarians and Centenarians (NCC)., Int J Aging Hum Dev

Arias-Colinas M, Gea A, Khattab A, et al., 2023, Inflammatory Cytokines Are Associated with Cognitive Dysfunction and Depressive State during Acute Bacterial Infections and the Recovery Phase., Int J Mol Sci, Vol:24

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