The Pines  |  2 The Parade  |  Epsom  |  KT18 5DH
T: 01372 738 932



Medical Team

At Newlife, we are proud to have assembled some of the highly respected and internationally recognised team of doctors.

Each individual brings a particular expertise which will enhance your chances of having a successful outcome in your proposed treatment.

At Newlife we provide a full spectrum of services addressing women's health concerns and therapies as well as a Well-Man dedicated service.

Mr Amin Gafar (MD FRCOG) is the Medical Director of The Newlife Fertility Clinic.Mr-Amin-Gafar-small.jpg

Following training in general obstetrics and gynaecology in UK hospitals, Mr Gafar achieved membership and fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He developed a particular interest in fertility and assisted reproduction techniques and so joined the Lister Fertility Clinic, London in 1994. Here, Mr Gafar acquired wide experience in the field, including reproductive laparoscopic surgery, and eventually took the senior role of Deputy Director, a post he held until 2005.

In 2006 Mr Gafar joined The Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC) in London as Deputy Director, which allowed him to increase his experience in the advanced fields of reproductive immunology, repeated IVF failures and recurrent pregnancy loss following IVF.

Mr Gafar has always stayed at the forefront as a fertility expert, by updating his knowledge and staying in touch with the latest advances in this fast developing field.

His work has been published many times in international medical journals and he regularly attends international conferences and workshops to keep abreast of global advances.

Mr Gafar’s diverse background, coupled with almost 20 years’ experience in the fertility field, have helped him to develop empathetic approaches to patients from many different backgrounds, and though greater understanding and effective management of their needs and expectations he helps them to achieve their ultimate goal in a more relaxed environment.

His success rates speak for themselves, with a clinical pregnancy rate of 62.5% in women under 35 years old, being double the UK average of 31.7% for women under 35

stephengordon.jpgMr Stephen Gordon
Consultant Urological Surgeon & Male Fertility Specialist

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Mr Gordon works as an Urologist with a special interest in Male Infertility and Sexual Function. His research has involved the use of serum markers and ultrasound techniques in the diagnosis of male factor infertility.

Mr Gordon works alongside gynaecologists treating female partners and runs a specific male fertility clinic seeing men from throughout Surrey, Sussex and London.

As part of this role, Mr Gordon will commonly see men in his clinic - often with their partners - to assess the reasons behind any infertility. As an Urologist, he is also able to deal with any urinary or genital problems such as prostate, penile or testicular disease that may also be present as well as concerns relating to erectile and ejaculatory function.

Working closely with his gynaecology colleagues he can best advise what fertility treatment options may be available taking into account both partners. He offers all surgical and minimally invasive options for treatment of male factor infertility including vasectomy reversal and micosurgical sperm retrieval (mTESE).
Treating male patients with fertility concerns as an Urologist allows new and innovative practices to be introduced whilst understanding the impact on a man's general health and wellbeing. He advises the South West London Cancer Network regarding fertility and the effects of cancer treatment and is currently developing further the services available to men locally regarding male infertility.

Dr Vijayasree  Kakumani
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Dr Vijayasree  Kakumani is the lead for subfertiliy services and early pregnancy assessment unit at Epsom hospital.  She offers vaginal surgery for prolapse and  urinary incontinence  with mesh and tapes.
She performs minimal invasive surgery and alternative treatments for menorrhagia including endometrial ablation.
Undergraduate training:

  •  MBBS – India 1975

Postgraduate training:

  •  DRCPI Dublin Ireland 1980
  •  MRCOG Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1983
  •  FRCOG Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1995

 Professional career:

  • Dr Vijayasree Kakumani graduated from India, trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in Scotland and worked in Jeddah as a consultant.
  • She returned to the UK and worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital for a year and was then appointed as a consultant in Epsom General Hospital in 1996.
  • Member of Maternity Liaison Committee from 1996-2003.
  • Deputy Clinical Director until 2003 then a Clinical Director until 2006.
  • Memberships and fellowships:  MRCOG London: FRCOG London
  • Member of both British and European Gynaecological Endoscopic Society.
  • Member of British Medical Association
  • Member of the Medical protection society

Conditions Treated:

  •  Subfertility and reproductive endocrinology
  •  Menorrhagia
  •  Menopause
  •  Prolapse
  •  Urinary incontinence
  •  Benign ovarian and tubal pathology
  •  Benign vulval lesions
  •  Endometriosis

Procedures Performed:

  •  Abdominal hysterectomy
  •  Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy
  •  Vaginal hysterectomy and repair with or without mesh
  •  Stress incontinence surgery TVTO
  •  Endometrial ablation  ,Hysteroscopy, ERPC
  •  Other minor gynaecological procedures
  •  Laparoscopy and minimal invasive surgery for tubal and ovarian lesions.
  •  Caesarean sections

Outpatient Services

  •  Alternate Saturday's at New life Clinic
  •  Monday afternoon at Ashted hospital

Operating session:  Thursday afternoon at Ashtead hospital

Mr Hassan Shehata MBBS (Hons) FRCOG FRCPI
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Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist


Web address:

Surrey Office: Tel 020 8401 9928

Mr Hassan Shehata is a UK based Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a subspecialist in Maternal Medicine. He is the head of department for women’s health at Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. He is the founder and director of the internationally renowned "Miscarriage Clinic".

Following training in obstetrics and gynaecology at several London university hospitals, he embarked in subspecialising in maternal medicine at St Thomas’s hospital in London. He achieved membership and fellowship of both Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Physicians of Ireland. He is included in the General Medical Council’s Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialist register.

Clinical Interests

  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Immune problems in fertility
  • Pre-conception counseling
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Medical problems in pregnancy such as diabetes, obesity, epilepsy etc.
  • Full private Obstetric service including antenatal and postnatal care and delivery at Epsom hospital and the Portland hospital, London.

Research interests

  •  Recurrent miscarriages
  •  Reproductive immunology
  •  Thrombosis, renal disease and obstetric cholestasis.
  •  Diabetes in pregnancy
  •  Obesity in pregnancy

Postgraduate qualifications

    •    MRCOG  Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 1997
    •    MRCPI  Royal College of Physicians of Ireland  1998
    •    FRCOG Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 2009
    •    FRCOG Royal College of Physicians of Ireland  2010


  • Subspecialist Registrar in Maternal Medicine: 01.08.99 – 01.04.01. Dept of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, St. Thomas’s Hospital, London.
  • Senior Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaecology: 01.08.98 – 31.07.99. St. Helier’s Hospital, Surrey.
  • Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaecology: 01.05.95 – 31.07.98 Rotation – South West Thames, London / Surrey

National & International Committee

  • British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society : Executive committee member, National Trainees Representative – Elected at annual meeting March 2000 – 2002
  • Physicians for Human Rights PHR (UK) : Executive committee member. An international independent human rights organization – Elected at annual meeting 1996 – 2001
  • Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)
  • Panel assessor – Diabetes London Region – 2004 to 2005
  • South West Thames Diabetes Pregnancy Group
  •  Founder and chairman – 2003 to date
  •  McDonald (UK Maternal Medicine) Club
  •  Active member – London Region – 2001 to date
  •  International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM) – Member from 2004 to date


  •   English & Arabic

Mr Michael Katesmark is the lead clinician for gynaecological cancer and cancer screening, and lead clinician for colposcopy at Epsom Hospital. He is also clinical lead for gynaecological minimal access surgery, with a special interest in heavy periods and alternatives to hysterectomy.

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B B(Chir), Cambridge University 1984

Postgraduate training

MA Cambridge University 1985

Professional Career

  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1989
  • Member Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1992
  • Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2006
  • Member Epsom Medical society 1997

Our people

How many treatments can I have?

There is no limit to the number of treatment cycles a patient may have, but as well as offering you every viable opportunity we will always be honest and open with you about your likely chances of success.

If, unfortunately, a patient has an unsuccessful cycle, they are offered a free consultation within six weeks of the cycle to review the treatment already received, consider any changes required, and to discuss realistic expectations of future treatment cycles.

Many of our patients come to us after several failed cycles at previous clinics and go on to achieve success, thanks to the innovative techniques and treatments and the quality of care offered at Newlife.

How long does it take?

At Newlife clinic we pride ourselves on the fact that every patient is treated as an individual case and their treatment plan is formulated accordingly, to maximise their chance of success.

Usually, the first phase is concerned with a set of tests and treatments culminating in the egg collection at Day 12-14.

The egg collection procedure requires only light sedation, not as strong as a general anaesthetic, however you will probably not be aware of the procedure taking place.  You can expect to be at the clinic for about four hours and will need someone to take you home afterwards.

A fertilisation check is made the next morning and the resulting embryos are carefully cultured.  On Day 13-18 the embryos are transferred back into the uterus using a simple procedure, which feels similar to a cervical smear test.

Day 31 Pregnancy testing (usually 15 days after egg collection) is carried out via a blood test.

What's the latest IVF treatment?

Endometrial Scratching

What is endometrial scratching?

Endometrial scratching is an outpatient procedure, which is relatively painless (i.e. comparable to a cervical smear test).  The procedure involves ‘scratching’ the endometrial lining of the womb with a very small catheter (plastic tube) prior to an attempt to get pregnant.

How does the procedure help with implantation?

An embryo must successfully attach itself to the wall of the womb for pregnancy to begin. Embryo  implantation  into  the  womb  may  fail  due  to  poor  embryo  quality  or  abnormal  embryo genetics.  It can also often fail due to poor ‘endometrial receptivity’.  This is where the lining of the womb is not favourable for the embryo to implant. The idea behind endometrial scratching it is that it causes a reaction in the endometrium with the release of certain inflammatory substances, which make the endometrium more receptive to an implanting embryo.

Recent studies have suggested that the endometrial scratch may improve implantation rates in patients who have had multiple failed IVF cycles despite good quality embryos, with significantly higher implantation, pregnancy and, most importantly, live birth rates following the technique.

A Cochrane review, (considered to be the highest level of research by the medical profession), published in 2012, summarised the currently available evidence on the subject and suggested that the procedure doubled the chances of pregnancy and live birth after IVF treatment. The review, which was led by Mr Raine-Fenning, did stress that evidence of benefit was restricted to women who had undergone previous, unsuccessful IVF or ICSI cycles and that more work was required.

Endometrial Scratching is available at NewLife for those patients for whom it is clinically recommended.


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Holistic Treatment

Newlife offers patients comprehensive care and support  for every facet of health and wellbeing that affects their chances of becoming parents. Click here to discover the comprehensive range complementary treatments, counselling and wellbeing services we offer.


Free Open Evenings

grey-plus-button.png  Fertility Open Evening

Date: Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Venue: Lotus Lounge, Newlife
Time: 18.00 - 19.30 - Registration: 17.45pm
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Date: Tuesday 28th October 2014
Venue: Lotus Lounge, Newlife
Time: 18.00 - 19.30pm, Registration: 17:45pm
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