Consultant Profile

Dr Ben Kennedy

Dr Ben Kennedy MB ChB, FRCP(UK), FRCPath (Haematology)
Practicing at:
Spire Leicester Hospital
  • Haematology
    • Haematological oncology
Special clinical interests:

Malignant lymphoma and Lymphoproliferative disorders

Research interests:

Clinical Trials in Lymphoma and Lymphoproliferative disorders

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Haematologist, University Hospitals Leicester.

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

European Haematology Association
American Society of Hematology
British Society of Haematology
National Cancer Research Network Subcommittee for clinical trials in CLL
NICE technology appraisal expert panel
Fellow Royal College of Physicians/Fellow Royal College of Pathologists

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0116 265 2685
Private secretary:
Mrs Susan O'Gorman
Private secretary telephone number:
0116 265 3678 - option 1
Private secretary fax:
0116 265 3679
Private secretary email address:
Alternate Saturday mornings
Background Information 
Professional profile:

During the 1990s Dr Kennedy was Research Fellow in CLL and Lymphoma at Leeds University under Professor Peter Hillmen having been introduced to CLL years before by Dr David Oscier and the late Professor Terry Hamblin when he was a Haematology Registrar in Bournemouth.

 In 2002 Dr Kennedy was appointed Consultant Haematologist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. He has sat on the UK CLL Forum Executive Committee since it was conceived and was secretary to the forum for many years. Dr Kennedy was also secretary to the NCRN CLL clinical trials subcommittee and continues to sit on this committee helping to shape future clinical trials in the UK.

 Dr Kennedy's clinical practice is exclusively lymphoid malignancy including CLL, Hodgkin and Non Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was Chair of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Lymphoma MDT from 2005 to 2012. and has published widely and co written international guidelines on the use of alemtuzumab in CLL.

 Dr Kennedy works with the European School of Haematology at international events studying communication problems between doctors and patients. He was Head of Laboratory haematology at UHL 2002 to 2009 and Head of Department of Haematology 2009- 2012.

 CLL and Lymphoproliferative disorders are usually long term conditions with complex problems at every stage be it establishing diagnosis, understanding prognosis, dealing with complications or managing therapy.

Personal profile:

My kids are mostly grown up and grumpy! I am renovating an old house but gardening remains a mystery. Interests over the years include Sunday league cricket, primary school governing body and a choir. I organise communications workshops putting the doctor-patient relationship under the microscope.

 My abiding passion is the Sea in all its moods. I sail competitively offshore in IRC Class 2. My charities are: The Lymphoma Association, as a Medical Adviser, the UKCLL Forum, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust as official team Medic.

 I enjoy cooking, good company, reading, jazz, classical, opera and travel.

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Dr Ben Kennedy

Dr Ben Kennedy Haematology Consultant, Leicester, private hospital specialist.

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