Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic announces team of physicians

NEWS - 5TH JUNE 2019

Four specialist doctors have been appointed by Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic to form the core medical team at the new preventative healthcare facility, set to open its doors this summer

Committed to delivering a unique approach to patient-centred care, the new private clinic will offer world-class premium screening and diagnostic services tailored to the needs of individual clients.

The opening of this state-of-the-art private diagnostics and screening centre in London is the first example of a new partnership between two of the world’s leading names in healthcare and medical research. With over 40 years’ experience in preventative healthcare, Mayo Clinic, a not for profit organisation, and Oxford University Clinic are joining forces for the first time to boost innovation in medical research and patient care.

All four physicians demonstrate a breadth of experience across the preventative healthcare space:

— Dr Robert Orford, director of the Executive Healthcare Program at Mayo Clinic
— Dr Kevin Fleming, Executive Health Program consultant at Mayo Clinic and expert in stress-related conditions
— Dr Sihame Benmira, specialist in workforce transformation and emergency medicine
— Dr Sandeep Kapur, general practitioner holding over 15 years of experience in primary care.

This announcement follows the appointment of Dr Stephen Cassivi, thoracic surgeon and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic as the joint venture’s Medical Director.

Founded on a new partnership of US and UK institutions, the clinic’s team of physicians reflects this cultural collaboration, with Dr Robert Orford and Dr Kevin Fleming joining from Mayo Clinic US, and Dr Sihame Benmira and Dr Sandeep Kapur joining from UK-based practices. Unlike many other US healthcare providers operating in the UK, the physicians at the new clinic will be salaried, as they are at Mayo Clinic in the US, as opposed to being paid per performance.

Clients at the new clinic on Portland Place, located in the renowned Harley Street Medical Area, will also have access to an unrivalled network of international medical experts from across Mayo Clinic and Oxford University Clinic.

Dr Stephen Cassivi, medical director at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic, says: “People in the UK are living increasingly busy lives with demanding jobs. London is one of the world’s leading cities with a high proportion of potential clients looking to stay in the best health possibl—for themselves and their loved ones. Our exceptional new team of physicians will act as the integral force of the clinic, driving its commitment to excellence and delivering a truly unique service to everyone who walks through its doors. Selected for their passion for preventative medicine and specialised expertise, each of the four clinicians contribute a unique set of experiences to our clinic. I am thrilled to have these four highly specialised doctors at the heart of this exciting new project and look forward to the clinic doors opening in the summer.”

The clinic will provide an exclusive diagnostic and screening service for individuals and corporate clients seeking to take a proactive approach to their health. With a focus on tailored, personalised care, a dedicated clinician will co-ordinate all aspects of the service to ensure the experience is delivered seamlessly and provides peace of mind to clients with busy lives.

More information about the new clinic and its services will be available ahead of the clinic launch this summer.

About the physicians:

Dr Robert Orford, MD
Dr Robert Orford has worked for Mayo Clinic for over 30 years, specialising in occupational and preventive medicine. A faculty member at both Mayo Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch, his career interests have focused on executive health and preventive medicine, aerospace and occupational medicine, and health administration and policy.

As an executive manager, he has served as director of the Executive Health Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, as medical director for Northwest Airlines, and as deputy minister responsible for community and occupational health with the government of Alberta, Canada. Dr Orford has also held a selection of esteemed executive posts including president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and board member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Aerospace Medical Association and the International Commission on Occupational Health.

Dr Kevin Fleming, MD
Dr Kevin Fleming has worked as a consultant for Mayo Clinic’s Executive Health Program for close to 10 years. In his practice as a physician, Dr Fleming has developed an expertise on issues pertaining to the elderly as well as stress-related conditions, previously serving as director of the Mayo fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue clinic.

Dr Fleming earned his medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education before joining the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1992. Dr Fleming holds the academic rank of associate professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Dr Sihame Benmira
After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Newcastle, Dr Sihame Benmira embarked on a long career in emergency medicine and urgent care. Dr Benmira then went on to complete an executive MBA at Warwick Business School, where she was named WBS Scholar for demonstrated academic and professional excellence. Dr Benmira also works as an expert advisor in workforce transformation in the public sector and consults in the private sector improving efficiency and deliver the best care to patients.

Dr Sandeep Kapur BSc (Hons) MBBS MACP MRCGP
Dr Sandeep Kapur completed his medical school training from Guys’ & St Thomas’ Medical School, before spending fifteen years working in primary care within the NHS, specialising in diabetic and aviation medicine. In addition, Dr Kapur is a specialist GP advisor to the Care Quality Commission and serves on several national committees including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.