Dr Ben Ko is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician, with over 20 years’ experience as an NHS Consultant. After graduating from Edinburgh University with Distinction in Paediatrics, he continued his training in paediatrics in the UK, rotating through tertiary centres including Great Ormond Street Hospital. He was an Honorary Consultant to Great Ormond Street Hospital, prior to his current NHS appointment with Barts Health NHS Trust.
He has an extensive clinical portfolio in the field of neurodisability and child development, covering physical disabilities, learning difficulties, autism, developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia), and the full range of developmental disorders. He is recognised as a national expert on Special Education Needs and has written national advice and guidance on the subject.
Ben has gained national recognition for his contribution to paediatrics. He was awarded a Department of Health national level Clinical Excellence Award, which is bestowed to only the top 10% of UK Consultants. He was a former member of the Executive Committee and Council to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and was Convenor to the British Association for Community Child Health. He was a ministerial advisor to the Department of Work and Pensions on Disability Benefits and contributed to national policy on disability benefits for children. He is currently a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Invited Review Panel, providing advice to service planning and re-modelling to NHS child health services nationally. He is a member of the Executive Committee of British Academy of Childhood Disability, leading on governance issues for the Academy.