Dr Clare Betteridge joined the MSG in 2017 from the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey where she was a consultant paediatrician.
She chairs the Women and Child Health directorate for the MSG.
At the same time as undertaking her medical training at the University of London and attaining an MBBS with merit in obstetrics and gynaecology, she achieved a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.
She was first inspired to choose paediatrics when she was a junior doctor in the emergency department, seeing how quickly children recovered from being acutely ill.
She became a consultant paediatrician in 2009 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatricians in 2010. As well as experience in all areas of neonatal and paediatric care, she has special interests in respiratory medicine, endocrine problems and allergy.
During her training, she spent a year in the Neonatal retrieval service in Sydney, Australia, helping babies born prematurely or with a medical condition.
“The most fulfilling part of my role is seeing a child recover from a disease or empowering them to learn to manage it themselves, in a way that enhances their daily living. Unlike some specialities where the patient comes for a one-off procedure, I value the opportunity to see a child grow up and look after issues. "
Outside work Dr Betteridge is a loving mum and an advocate for animal welfare, looking after three disabled dogs. Physical fitness is something she values and before having her son, she was the European Powerlifting Champion for her age group.