Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Primary Care



+44 (0)20 7594 0839s.saxena




332Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





I am a GP academic and Director of the Imperial Child Health Unit, researching the primary care of children. I lead the Child Population Health Theme regionally for the NIHR Northwest London Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) and a national work programme for the NIHR School for Public Health Research 'Harnessing data to improve Children and Young People’s Health'

As elected President of Child and Adolescent Health for the European Public Health Association, I lead a network of 3000 health professionals in a 3 year strategic plan to achieve a WHO ‘Triple A rating (Analysis Advocacy Action) to improve children’s health in Europe (2021-2024). I am a Global Burden of Disease Collaborator, BMJ International Editorial Board Member and Visiting Professor in Europe, Asia and North America

I lead the Child Health Specialisation for Imperial's online Global Masters in Public Health and teach on the Imperial Medical Undergraduate course. I am committed to building academic capacity and widening opportunities in primary care and public health at Imperial (postgraduate mentor), Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme and outreach programmes. I have been a practising GP in Putney, London since 1995.

research priority areas

  • Pregnancy and new parenthood; contraception, abortion policy
  • Preventive primary care; vaccine preventable disease, children’s healthcare
  • School health; physical activity and health in primary schools: IMprOVE cohort
  • Health in young people; asthma, mental health, inflammatory bowel disease

RECENT publications

Hargreaves D, Hanna J, Grinspan ZM, Dunkley C, Saxena S et al 2021, Our health-care system is failing young people with epilepsy.Lancet Neurol, Vol: 20, 26-27

Ma R, Cecil E, Bottle A, French R, Saxena S, 2020, Impact of a pay-for-performance scheme for long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) advice on contraceptive uptake and abortion in British primary care: An interrupted time series studyPLoS Medicine, Vol: 17, e1003333-e1003333, ISSN: 1549-1277

Venkatraman T, Honeyford K, Costelloe C, Ram B, van Sluijs EMF, Viner R, Saxena S Sociodemographic profiles, educational attainment and physical activity associated with The Daily Mile™ registration in primary schools in England – a national cross-sectional linkage studyJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, ISSN: 0143-005X

Blackwell J, Saxena S, Petersen I, Hotopf M, Creese H, Bottle A, Alexakis C, Pollok RC, POP-IBD study group 2020, Depression in individuals who subsequently develop inflammatory bowel disease: a population-based nested case-control study. Gut

Saxena S, Bedford H Skirrow H 2020, Routine vaccination during covid-19 pandemic response (vol 369, m2393, 2020)BMJ- Vol: 369, ISSN: 1756-1833

Creese H-M, Taylor-Robinson D, Saglani S, Saxena S 2020, Primary care of children and young people with asthma during the Covid-19 eraBritish Journal of General Practice, Vol: 70, 528-529, ISSN: 0960-1643

Burstein R, Henry NJ, Collison ML, et al, 2019, Mapping 123 million neonatal, infant and child deaths between 2000 and 2017Nature, Vol: 574, Pages: 353-358, ISSN: 0028-0836

Cecil E, Bottle RA, Ma R, Hargreaves D, Wolfe I, Mainous III AG, Saxena S 2018, Impact of preventive primary care on children’s unplanned hospital admissions; population-based birth cohort study of UK children 2000-2013BMC Medicine, Vol: 16, ISSN: 1741-7015

Cecil Cowling, T, Bottle A, Wolfe I, Majeed A,  Saxena S Access to primary care, visits to emergency departments and unplanned short stay hospital admissions: a cross sectional analysis of children in England 2016 Pediatrics Vol: 137, ISSN: 0031-4005

Saxena S, Atchison C, Cecil E, Sharland M, Koshy E, Bottle A. Additive impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on pneumonia and empyema hospital admissions in England. J Infect. 2015.



Blackwell J, Saxena S, Jayasooriya N, et al., 2021, Prevalence and duration of gastrointestinal symptoms before diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and predictors of timely specialist review: a population-based study, Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, Vol:15, ISSN:1873-9946, Pages:203-211

Greenfield G, Blair M, Aylin P, et al., 2021, Characteristics of frequent paediatric users of emergency departments in England: an observational study using routine national data, Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol:38, ISSN:1472-0205, Pages:146-150

Venkatraman T, Honeyford K, Costelloe C, et al., 2021, Sociodemographic profiles, educational attainment and physical activity associated with The Daily Mile™ registration in primary schools in England – a national cross-sectional linkage study, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol:75, ISSN:0143-005X, Pages:137-144

Hargreaves D, Hanna J, Grinspan ZM, et al., 2021, Our health-care system is failing young people with epilepsy., Lancet Neurol, Vol:20, Pages:26-27

Blackwell J, Saxena S, Jayasooriya N, et al., 2020, Stoma Formation in Crohn's Disease and the Likelihood of Antidepressant Use: A Population-Based Cohort Study., Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol

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