Dr Deborah Zeitlin

General Paediatrician


Dr Deborah Zeitlin is a leading Senior Consultant Paediatrician working at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the NHS and the International and Private Care sectors, as well as at several top London clinics. She sees patients from infancy to 18 years old.  


Dr Zeitlin manages cases of children with simple illnesses of childhood to those with complex and multiple conditions. She provides overarching coordination of care, holistic management, and parental support and guidance. 


She has a child-centred approach to consultations and supports the whole family in understanding and managing more complex medical conditions. 


Dr Zeitlin specialises in assessing and managing childhood feeding concerns; children’s physical and psychological development; parental/child bonding; critical care; and the after-effects of serious childhood illness. Her special area of expertise is children who have Complex Care medical needs, including rare or difficult-to-treat conditions, chronic conditions, and multiple conditions. She also sees patients with all common illnesses of childhood. Dr Zeitlin provides tailored support for patients and families to navigate through the UK health system. 

  • Infant and child nutrition and feeding (including weaning, reflux and diet management) 


  • Physical assessments (including those required for residential camps) 


  • Infant and child sleep management and disorders 


  • Neonatology and newborn physical examination 


  • Development and faltering growth 


  • Constipation and bowel disorders and abdominal pain 


  • Childhood acute infections (including respiratory, urinary and skin) 


  • Enuresis (including daytime bladder control and bed wetting) 


  • Respiratory and throat conditions (including chest infections and tonsillitis) 


  • Skin conditions  


  • Atopic conditions (Hay fever, eczema and asthma) 


  • School concerns (behavioral, academic regression and socialisation) 


  • Complex Medical Conditions (Rare, difficult to treat, chronic or multiple conditions) 


  • Congenital Conditions (those a child is born with) 


  • Cleft palate and Lip (support in addition to national services) 

Dr Zeitlin graduated from Birmingham University Medical School in 2001 with an additional degree in psychiatry (MBChB and BMedSc). She initially trained in Adult Medicine (gaining Membership to the Royal College of Physicians [MRCP]), before training in Paediatrics (Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health [FRCPCH]) with sub-specialty qualification in Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine. 


She has been at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2018 as a Consultant General Paediatrician and the Named Doctor for Safeguarding (since 2020). 

In addition to her clinical work, Dr Zeitlin sat on the European Paediatric Life Support Committee from 2015 to 2022, and is a resuscitation instructor for children’s life support. She has written various publications (chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals and media publications) in the fields of child development, maternal foetal bonding, paediatric resuscitation, Kaposi’s sarcoma in children (an HIV-related condition), childhood anaesthesia, and depression. 

News & Publications

International consensus statement on the radiological screening of contact children in the context of suspected abusive head trauma 

Mankad, K et al. inc Zeitlin, D. 2023. International consensus statement on the radiological 2 screening of contact children in the context of suspected 3 child physical abuse. JAMA Pediatrics, March 6, 2023. 


Incidence of Severe Critical Events in Paediatric Anaesthesia (APRICOT): A prospective multicenter observational study in 261 hospitals in Europe. Study Contributor.  Lancet Respir Med 2017 5:412-25. 


European Paediatric Life Support, Fourth Edition. Resuscitation Council, 2017. Content Contributor / Author.  


Paediatric Immediate Life Support, Third Edition. Resuscitation Council, 2016. Content Contributor / Author. 


Zeitlin, D. Pantanowitz, L. 2009. Chapter 17: Kaposi Sarcoma in the Pediatric Population. In Kaposi Sarcoma: A Model of Oncogenesis. Published by Research Signpost. ISBN: 978-81-308-0380-7. 


Zeitlin, D. Ashman, N. Mallinder, S. Fan, SL-S 2007. Ceftazidime vs Gentamicin in non-Gram positive Peritoneal Dialysis-related Peritonitis: An Observational Study. Renal Association Autumn Meeting. 


Zeitlin, D. Akanale, O. Jawad, ASM. 2006. Case History: Melorheostosis. Osteoporosis Review, Vol 14, No 2. 


Zeitlin, D.  (2000). Lichen Sclerosis: Accessible Patient Information. Women’s Hospital and Good Hope Hospital, Birmingham, Hospital Press.    


Zeitlin, D. Dhanjal, T. Colmsee, M. 1999. The impact of  domestic violence on the bonding process between a mother and  her  child. Archives  of  Women’s  Mental Health, 2:183-189.  


Zeitlin, D. Katona, C. D’Ath, P. Katona, P. 1997. Attitudes  to depression   in  primary   care   attenders: effects of age and depressive symptoms. Primary Care Psychiatry, 3:17-20.   

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