Dr Maria Fatima Janjua (MD, MSc, FRCPCH, PhD) is a Senior Attending Physician in Pediatric Neurodisability and Acting Division Chief for the Division of Developmental Pediatrics at Sidra Medical and Research Center. In this role, she is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team who will provide assessment, diagnosis and intervention to children with developmental and behavioral difficulties and their families.
Prior to joining Sidra, Dr Janjua worked as a Senior Consultant in Pediatric Neurodisability at Child Development Center at Addenbrookes Teaching Hospital, Cambridge University, England. She has been a Consultant in British National Health Service (NHS) for over 20 years. She also has six years’ experience as Clinical Director for the Department of Community Pediatrics and Child Development Center in Bedford, England.
Dr Janjua has planned, organized and implemented several programs which vastly improved the provision of services for children with special needs in the area. Among these, the most important were the Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening and Follow-up Program – for babies diagnosed with a sensorineural hearing impairment, in Cambridgeshire; The Early Support Program – a truly multidisciplinary and family centered approach to the care of children with complex developmental disorders and The Autism Referral and Assessment Pathway – for both pre- school and school aged children.
The implementation and success of these programs and pathways were achieved through close collaboration with other relevant health professionals and colleagues from other agencies. Dr Janjua has always been a strong advocate of the value of a multidisciplinary and multiagency approach to deliver a more holistic care to children and families.
Throughout her career, Dr Janjua has been keenly involved with education and training of medical students, pediatric trainees and a wide range of other health and educational groups.
During her time at Addenbrookes University Teaching Hospital, Cambridge, she was responsible for organizing teaching and practical sessions for senior medical students attending the Pediatric Neurology and Neurodisability Module. She has trained and mentored a large number of Pediatric Registrars and Fellows who progressed to obtain Consultant posts in the NHS.
Dr Janjua’s postgraduate studies and research include a Master of Science in Audiological Medicine from Manchester University, UK, where she learned the theory and practice of assessing hearing in young children investigate causes of deafness and deliver intervention programs. Her thesis studied the “Incidence and type of hearing loss in children with Mucopolysaccharidosis”.
She also completed a PhD in Pediatrics from Bristol University, UK during which she studied “Language and Cognitive development in very young severe and profound deaf children”
Dr Janjua is a certified medical practitioner and on the specialist register of the General Medical Council, UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in the UK.