Dr Lee D Hudson

Consultant General Paediatrician


Dr Hudson is a consultant paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, working within the departments of General and Adolescent Paediatrics and Mental Health. Dr Hudson's particular clinical interest is in medical aspects of psychological medicine, in particular, eating disorders as well as general adolescent health. However, he is a generalist with interests in all areas of child and adolescent health. He is also the medical consultant for the Adolescent Medicine and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service at University College London Hospital (UCLH). Dr Hudson set up one first clinic in the UK providing medical care for children and young people with eating disorders and feeding disorders, working alongside mental health professionals. He worked for 2 years in the paediatric and adolescent obesity service at UCLH.

Dr Hudson trained in medicine at Sheffield University and trained in Paediatrics in Sheffield, London and Melbourne (Australia), completing his specialist training as a General Paediatrician in both Australia in and the UK. He is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians of Australasia. He has had unique training in adolescent health. Dr Hudson completed his doctorate (PhD) in 2018 at UCL on the topic of cardiovascular risk in stress and obesity in adolescents.

Dr Hudson also works as a senior lecturer within the General and Adolescent Paediatric Unit at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. His research interests mirror his clinical interests and expertise. Dr Hudson lectures in paediatrics at UCL and Imperial College London for medical school and postgraduate trainees. He regularly supervises medical students from the UK and overseas, as well as supervising research trainees. Dr Hudson is a member of the steering group for the Young People's Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG). He is also the council member for education and training for the International Association of Adolescent Health (IAAH). He is an independent editorial board member of Youth Voice, a publication which facilitates young people's participation in research. He is also the paediatric member of guideline group for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Eating Disorders Guideline (2015-17). Dr Hudson is the officer for mental health and wellbeing for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and is a life fellow of the British American Project.


  • General infant, child and adolescent medical illnesses
  •  Adolescent health
  • Growth problems
  • Underweight
  • Obesity
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Eating disorders including feeding difficulties
  • Mental health in children and young people


  • Primary medical degree (MBChB): Sheffield University (2001)
  • Fellow of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (conferred 2010)
  • The training program in General Paediatrics via Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2011(CESR)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Adolescent Medicine): University College London (2018)


  • Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2005)
  • The British Association of General Paediatrics, since 2009
  • Young People’s Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG), since 2009
  • Fellow British American Project (BAP) nominated and elected since 2016 (https://britishamericanproject.org)


  • Most Supportive Consultant, Division of Neurosciences, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • 2016 (nominated and voted by trainees)
  • Australia and New Zealand Research Trainee of the Year, RACP annual conference, Adelaide, May 2008
  • Northern Territory Research Trainee of the Year, NT physicians’ meeting and Medical Association of East Timor, Darwin, October 2007
  • Best teacher award, UCL Medical School, 2009 (nominated and voted by medical students)
  • Underweight and Overweight children in particular medical aspects of eating disorders 

News & Publications

General Paediatric related publications:

Panca, M., Christie, D., Cole, T. J., Costa, S., Gregson, J., Holt, R., . . . Hudson L, Morris, S. (2018). Cost-effectiveness of a community-delivered multicomponent intervention compared with enhanced standard care of obese adolescents: cost-utility analysis alongside a randomised controlled trial (the HELP trial). BMJ open, 8 (2), e018640. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018640

Hudson LD, Kinra S, Wong ICK, et al. Arterial stiffening, insulin resistance and acanthosis nigricans in a community sample of adolescents with obesity. International journal of obesity 2017;41(9):1454-56. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.105 [published Online First: 2017/05/04] * PhD related


Christie D, Hudson LD, Kinra S, et al. A community-based motivational personalised lifestyle intervention to reduce BMI in obese adolescents: results from the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme (HELP) randomised controlled trial. Arch Dis Child 2017;102(8):695-701. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-311586 [published Online First: 2017/07/09] * PhD related publication

Hudson L, Kinra S, Wong I, et al. Is arterial stiffening associated with adiposity, severity of obesity and other contemporary cardiometabolic markers in a community sample of adolescents with obesity in the UK? BMJ Paediatrics Open 2017;1:e000061. doi:10.1136/ bmjpo-2017-000061 * PhD related publication

Hudson L, Rapala A, Khan T, Williams B,Viner RM. Evidence for contemporary arterial stiffening in obese children and adolescents using pulse wave velocity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Atherosclerosis 2015 [published Online First: doi: 10.1016/ j.atherosclerosis.2015.05.014.] * PhD related publication

Mutale W, Sahay KM, Hartley J, Thompson D, Ratnasinghe D, Hudson L, Hulse E, Fellows G. Community acquired Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) positive Methicilin Resistant Staphylococcal aureus cerebral abscess in an 11-month old boy: a case study. BMC Res Notes. 2014 Dec 1;7:862. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-862.

Hudson L, Christie D, Viner RM. Long term sequelae of bacterial meningitis in children and young people. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2013 DOI : 10.1007/s11908-013-0332-6

Viner RM, Booy R, Johnson H, Edmunds WJ, Hudson L, Bedford H, Kaczmarski E, Rajput K, Ramsay M, Christie D. Outcomes of invasive meningococcal serogroup B disease in children and adolescents (MOSAIC): a case-control study. Lancet Neurol.2012 Sep;11(9):774-83.

Hudson L, Viner RM. Obesity in children and adolescents. BMJ 2012 Sep 25;345:e5457. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e5457

Hudson L, Christie D, Kessel A. Impact of health system reforms on primary care research. Br J Gen Pract. 2012 Jul;62(600):349.

Hudson L, Christie D. Tackling overweight and obesity in the school setting. British Journal of School Nursing. 2011. 6(7). 329-324.

Hudson L. A potent image from the past: The Doctor by Sir Luke Fildes (1891). J Paediatr Child Health. 2009 Oct;45 (11): 664.

Hudson L, Tickner N, Salt P. Which antibiotic first for meningococcal disease in children and infants? A National Survey. Arch Dis Child 2010 doi:10.1136/adc.2009.180398

Hudson L, White A, Roseby. R Tobacco smoke exposure in hospitalised Aboriginal children in Central Australia. J Paediatr Child Health. 2009 Apr;45(4):224-7.

Meningitis Research Foundation (2006). Lessons from research for doctors in training in the management of Meningococcal septicaemia: A Clinician’s Guide to Recognition and Early Management of Meningococcal Disease in Children (3rd edition). Meningitis Research Foundation, London. (provided case studies)

Mental Health related publications:

Hudson L, Christie D. Child mental and physical health: two sides of the same coin. Editorial and guest editor. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 10 (3). 160-161.

O'Connor G, Nicholls D, Hudson L, Singhal A. Refeeding Low Weight Hospitalized Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Nutr Clin Pract. 2016 Oct;31(5):681-9. doi: 10.1177/0884533615627267. Epub 2016 Feb 11.

Hudson L. Body fat% is also a potentially poor individual measure for health in children. J Am Coll Nutr. 2014;33(2):91. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2014.891906.

Hudson LD, Kennedy A, Chapman S. The trouble with z-scores: response to Faje et al.'s paper: "Fracture risk and areal bone mineral density in adolescent females with anorexia nervosa". Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Jul;47(5):562. doi: 10.1002/eat.22262. Epub 2014 Mar 20.

Hudson LD, Cumby C, Klaber RE, Nicholls DE, Winyard PJ, Viner RM. Low levels of knowledge on the assessment of underweight in children and adolescents among middle-grade doctors in England and Wales. Arch Dis Child. 2013 Apr;98(4):309-311. Epub 2013 Jan 31.

Hudson L, Nicholls D, Katzman D, Kennedy A. Eating disorders in children and adolescents - risky business? The Psychiatrist. 2012 Nov; 36:437.

Hudson LD, Nicholls DE, Lynn RM, Viner RM. Medical instability and growth of children and adolescents with early onset eating disorders. Arch Dis Child. 2012 Sep;97(9):779-84.

Hudson L, Court AJ. What paediatricians should know about eating disorders in children and young people. J Paediatr Child Health. 2012 Oct;48(10):869-75.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (2012). Junior MARSIPAN: Management of Really Sick Patients under 18 with Anorexia Nervosa (College Report CR168). Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. (co-author) http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/files/pdfversion/CR168.pdf

Butler G, Williams C, Hudson L, O’Riordan S. Evidence-based medicine in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes in Yearbook of Pediatric Endocrinology 2012. Ed. Ken Ong and Ze’ev Hochberg. Karger, Switzerland.

Nicholls D, Hudson L, Mahomed F. Managing anorexia nervosa. Arch Dis Child. 2011 Oct;96(10):977-82.

Adolescent Health-related publications:

Sawyer SM, Conn JJ, Reid KJ, Dodds AE, Hudson L, Yeo M, Proimos J. Working With Young People: Evaluation of an adolescent health training resource. J Paediatr Child Health 49 (11), 901-905. doi:10.1111/jpc.12429

Christie D, Hudson L, Mathiot A, Cole TJ, Karlsen S, Kessel A, Kinra S, Morris S, Nazareth I, Sovio U, Wong IC, Viner RM. Assessing the efficacy of the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme (HELP) compared with enhanced standard care of the obese adolescent in the community: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2011 Nov 16;12:242.

Hudson L, Kennedy A. Negative depiction of an adolescent patient. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Oct;47(10):758.

Hudson L, Stephenson T, Christie D, Viner R. Riots in the streets. Putting young people's behaviour in perspective. BMJ. 2011 Sep 20;343.

Book chapters:

Sargant N, Hudson L, McDonagh J. Adolescent Medicine in The Science of Paediatrics MRCPCH Mastercourse. Ed Lissauer T and Carroll W. Elsevier, 2017 RCPCH

Hudson L, O’Connor G. The Role of the Paediatric Team in the Management of Young People with Severe AN in Critical Care for Anorexia Nervosa. Ed Robinson P, Nicholls D. 2015, Springer.

Hudson L, Kennedy A, Stathis S. Important medical and mental health issues for incarcerated and homeless youths in A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine: A Guide for Health Professionals Who See Adolescents and Young Adults. Ed. Kate

Steinbeck and Michael Kohn. World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd (in press due February 2013)

Published reports (in group collaboration):

National Institute for Clinical Excellence, (NICE). Eating Disorders standard guideline, London, 2017.

Access to waiting times: the guide for commissioners Eating disorder care in children and young people in inpatients settings, DoH London (in press)

Access to waiting times: the guide for commissioners Eating disorder care in children and young people in outpatient settings, DoH London, 2016.

Junior MARSIPAN. Management of Really Sick Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London 2012.

Healthcare standards for children and young people in secure settings, RCPCH London 2013.

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