South Asian Journal Of Obstetrics And Gynaecology Dissertations

Iterim Editor-in-Chief 

Mike Marsh, MD FRCOG

Special interests: Obstetrics (diabetes, neurology, psychiatric disease, maternal medicine), menopause, osteoporosis, gynaecological neuroendocrinology, survivorship management in women with breast cancer.

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at King's College Hospital, London, UK. Honorary Senior Lecturer, King's College School of Medicine, London, UK. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

Clinical and research interests in high risk pregnancy, psychiatric disease in pregnancy, neurological disease in pregnancy, diabetes in pregnancy, gynaecological neuroendocrinology and survivorship management in women with breast cancer. Other responsibilities and publications in the field of medical ethics, undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and examination.

Recent books: HRT and Cardiovascular Disease 1996, Protocols in Labour 2002, Current issues in HRT 2002, Psychiatric disease and pregnancy 2006, An Atlas of Osteoporosis 2007.

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Deputy Editors-in-Chief

Patrick Chien, MBChB MD FRCOG

Special Interests: General obstetrics and gynaecology, case reports, minimal access surgery and systematic reviews

Currently working as a Consultant/ Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK. Patrick Chien's special interests are in minimal access surgery dealing in menstrual dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain.He is a co-opted member of the Scottish Committee of the RCOG. He also examines for the MRCOG examination. Patrick Chien is involved in the development of standards setting for undergraduate medical examinations and is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Northern Obstetrical Society in Scotland.He is the course convener and member of the teaching faculty for the Laparoscopic Surgical Course for Gynaecologists and the Medical Director of the Scottish Hydatiform Mole Follow-up service.His MD thesis was on maternal and fetal amino acid metabolism and protein turnover during normal pregnancy studied using stable isotopically labelled amino acids. His main research work is on systematic reviews on randomised controlled trials as well as diagnostic tests. He is also interested in the assessment of reliability and validity of diagnostic tests. He has also conducted and collaborated on several primary randomised controlled trials and observational studies.

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John M Thorp, MD (BJOG Inspired Lead)

Special Interests: Obstetrics, epidemiology

John Thorp is the Interim Director of the University of North Carolina Center for Women's Health Research. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director for Women's Primary Healthcare. He is also a Professor of Maternal and Child Health in the School of Public Health and a Senior Fellow at both the Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Carolina Population Center. He serves as the Medical Director for the Horizons Perinatal Substance Abuse Program, and is a Principal Investigator for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network grant. He is a consultant to the NC sites in the National Children's Study.

Research endeavours by John Thorp have included more than 50 grants on which he has served a principal role. These grants range in topics, to include hormone replacement, treatment for vaginitis, substance abuse among pregnant women, smoking cessation in pregnancy, preterm labour and delivery, oral contraceptive development, the study of cervicofetal fibronectin, the use of antibiotic prophylaxis, perinatal HIV infection and others.

John Thorp is widely published in the obstetric and medical literature and is considered an expert on obstetrical practice in general. He has particular research interests in substance abuse issues surrounding women's health, the epidemiology of preterm birth and pelvic floor disorders. Methodologically, John Thorp has considerable expertise in the development and management of clinical trials.

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Emeritus Editor

Philip J Steer, BSc MD FRCOG (BJOG on the Case Lead)

Special interests: Obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine

Phil Steer is currently Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK and consultant obstetrician at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in West London. His research interests are in the (patho)physiology of pregnancy and labour, and so far 18 of his research fellows have been awarded higher degrees. His clinical interests are in high risk pregnancy, maternal heart disease, and recurrent mid-trimester loss. He was President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine 1996-9, Convener of meetings for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2004-6 (he organised the scientific programme for the 2007 British International Congress of O&G), and President of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Royal Society of Medicine 2007-8. He is a member of the Society of Authors and has published 112 original papers, 64 reviews and editorials and 56 book chapters; and co-edited three major textbooks (including High Risk Pregnancy- Management Options, now in its fourth edition). He joined the editorial board of BJOG in 1987, was an editor 1992-4, and was on the Journal Management Committee 1994-5 and 1998-2003. He was editor-in-chief from 2005 to 2012.

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Scientific Editors

Sherif Abdel-Fattah, MSc, MD, FRCOG

Special Interests:Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Prenatal diagnosis, Fetal therapy, Obstetrics ultrasound, Fetal anaemia, Fetal infections

Sherif Abdel-Fattah is a consultant in Obstetrics & Fetal Medicine at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol. His research interests are in fetal medicine with focus on fetal anaemia, fetal infections, prenatal diagnosis and free fetal DNA. His clinical interests include obstetrics ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy and management of high risk pregnancies. He is an active member of several national and international societies in the field of ultrasound and fetal medicine and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences.
Sherif Abdel-Fattah is also regularly involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. He contributes extensively to the MSc in Reproduction and Development run by the University of Bristol, through which he supervised several theses and research projects and has been one of six module leaders from 2003 to 2008. He is regularly invited to participate in international MRCOG part 2 courses and is a member of the DRCOG sub-committee. He is also College Tutor and member of the Severn Deanery Specialist Training Committee.

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Matthew D. Barber MD MHS

Special interests: Pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulas, management of pelvic mesh complications, surgical trials and patient-reported outcome measures
Matthew D. Barber, MD, MHS, is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland OH. He is also the Program Director for the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Barber is currently the Immediate Past-President of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and has served on the AUGS Board of Directors since 2008. He is also the Chair of the Steering Committee for the AUGS Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry. His clinical practice focuses on urogyncology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. His current research focuses on performing randomized surgical trials for the treatment of gynecologic conditions, predominantly urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and developing and assessing research outcomes in pelvic floor disorders, particularly health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Since 2006 he has been the Principal Investigator for Cleveland Clinic Clinical Site of the NICHD’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Dr. Barber has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters on gynecology and urogynecology topics.

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Erica K. Berggren, MD MSCR

Special interests: Maternal-fetal medicine, diabetes of pregnancy, gestational weight gain, perinatal outcomes, Epidemiology, patient-centered outcome research

Erica Berggren will complete her subspecialty fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA in June 2014. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. She earned a Masters’ of Science in Clinical Research in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while conducting research and working as an Ob/Gyn under and NIH-sponsored T32 grant. Her clinical focus is Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Her research and peer-reviewed publications have focused on diabetes and weight gain during pregnancy, including work towards identifying early pregnancy risk factors of later perinatal diagnoses and morbidity.

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Amar Bhide, MD MRCOG

Special interests: Obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine

Amar Bhide is currently Consultant in Obstetrics and feto-maternal Medicine at the St. George's Hospital in South London, UK. He is a lead clinician for the Day Assessment Unit and honorary Senior Lecturer at St. George's University of London, UK. His research interests are in placenta previa, prolonged pregnancy and pre-eclampsia. His clinical interests are in invasive prenatal diagnosis and therapy, high risk pregnancy and medical problems in pregnancy. He had his basic training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in India, and his sub-speciality training in the United Kingdom. He has published 31 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters. He has co-edited three books.

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Dr Nynke van den Broek, FRCOG, PhD, DTM&H

Special interests: Maternal and newborn health, international health, obstetrics and gynaecology in developing countries

Dr Nynke van den Broek has been leading research in the area of Maternal and Newborn Health for over 20 years and is currently the Head of the Maternal and Newborn Health Unit at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom where she leads a team of 25 international academic staff, currently active in 15 countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The four strategic areas of the MNH Unit are Skilled Birth Attendance, Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care, Quality of Care and Pregnancy Outcome. Nynke herself has worked in ten African and six Asian countries as clinician, researcher and technical advisor.

Dr van den Broek is a Director of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists International Partnership, Member of several WHO Working Groups (including Cause of Maternal Mortality, Monitoring and Evaluation of MNH, 10 year Strategic Review of MNH in Sri Lanka), Member of the Gates Maternal Health Task Group and a Senior Technical Advisor on several large country Programmes (Nigeria Northern States DFID - Norwegian Aid Programme, Kenya Essential Health Services Programme and Zimbabwe Impact of Maternal Newborn Health Programme).

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Rufus Cartwright, MA  MD (Res) MRCOG

Special Interests: Classical and genetic epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders, pelvic floor imaging, overactive bladder, nocturia and obstetric anal sphincter injury.
Rufus Cartwright currently holds an MRC Research Training Fellowship based jointly at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at the Hammersmith Hospital, and the Department of Urogynaecology at St Mary’s Hospital. He studied medicine at Trinity College Cambridge and at University College London, graduating in 2001. He commenced his research training at King’s College Hospital, submitting his MD thesis on lower urinary tract symptom assessment in overactive bladder. The main focus of his post-doctoral work is the genetic epidemiology of stress and urgency urinary incontinence, collaborating with researchers from the UK Twin cohort, the ALSPAC birth cohort, and the Finnish population-based FINNO cohort. He is the trainee representative on the British Society of Urogynaecology scientific committee, and the International Urogynecological Association education committee.
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Suneet P Chauhan

Special interests: aberration in amniotic fluid, abnormal fetal growth, intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring, neonatal brachial plexus palsy.

Suneet P. Chauhan is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UT Health Science Center Houston, Texas. He has published over 280 peer reviewed articles and over 30 book chapters. His clinical research interests include comparisons of national guidelines, aberration in amniotic fluid, abnormal fetal growth, intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring, and neonatal brachial plexus palsy. Dr. Chauhan is consultant to Clinical Innovation.

Justin Clark MRCOG

Special interests: General gynaecology, minimal access surgery

Justin Clark is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. His clinical and research interests lie in the management of general gynaecological conditions, especially the diagnosis and treatment of menstrual disorders, fibroids, pelvic pain and endometriosis. He is a minimal access surgeon and has been at the forefront in pioneering outpatient interventions for the diagnosis and treatment of menstrual disorders utilising hysteroscopy and ultrasound. His strong research background and clinical experience enabled him to publish a novel book in 2005 about the modern management of common gynaecological problems utilising ambulatory, minimally invasive approaches.

He maintains close links with the University of Birmingham, both in research and teaching, where he is an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Clinical Subdean. He teaches postgraduates regularly and has published a successful MRCOG part II OSCE preparation book.
He holds over £1 million in research funding. He lectures nationally and internationally and has published over 70 research papers, two books and guidelines for evidence-based gynaecological practice.

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Elena Contro (Trainee)

Special interests: Obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, fetal ultrasound, fetal neurosonography.

Elena Contro is currently Consultant under contract in Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at S. Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital of Bologna, Italy, where she also leads her research projects.
Her research interests are in advanced sonography of the fetal central nervous system; fetal anomalies, Doppler and placental abnormalities. Her clinical interests are in fetal ultrasound, high-risk pregnancy and twins.

She graduated in 2004 and completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2009 at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2009 she spent 9 months in London, UK, for a Fellowship in Fetal Medicine at St George’s University Hospital. In 2013 she completed a PhD in fetal neurosonography (early ultrasound diagnosis of fetal posterior fossa abnormalities) at the University of Bologna, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Gianluigi Pilu. She has until now published 24 peer-reviewed articles and 4 book chapters.

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Jane Daniels, BSc, MMedSci, MSc, PhD

Jane Daniels is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Deputy Director of the Birmingham Clinical Trial Unit, where she leads an extensive portfolio of clinical trials in women’s health. Her research focussed on establishing the best treatments and accurate tests across a wide range of conditions, currently including menstrual disorder and pelvic pain, miscarriage, incontinence, and pre-eclampsia. Her collaborative work has led to many high impact publications, and has directly influenced guidelines and screening programmes. Her methodological expertise also encompasses systematic reviews, including individual patient data meta-analysis and diagnostic test reviews. She serves on the RCOG clinical studies group for gynaecological surgery and menstrual disorders and is a NIHR expert reviewer.

Jane is also committed to global women’s health research, including a MRC/ Wellcome/ DfID trial in low income countries and is a member of the Ammalife charity scientific committee, which prioritises research towards reducing maternal mortality.
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William Dodson, MD

Special interests: infertility, assisted reproductive technology, ovulation induction, and disorders of Mullerian development

Dr Dodson is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr Dodson has published in a variety of areas of reproductive endocrinology, including the treatment of idiopathic infertility, adjunctive GnRH agonist therapy in ovulation induction, polycystic ovary syndrome, and optimising human embryo management in vitro.
Clinically, Dr Dodson has special interest and expertise in infertility, assisted reproductive technology, and ovulation induction.
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Disclosure of Interest statement:
Dr Dodson has received honoraria and travel/accommodation expenses covered for speaking at various colleges and universities. In addition, his research effort has been partially funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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James M N Duffy, MBChB, MRes BSc (Hons) PG HCL (Trainee Editor)

Special interests: meta-analysis, randomised controlled trials, core outcome sets, endometriosis, pregnancy loss

Dr James Duffy is training to be an obstetrician and gynaecologist and his clinical interests include endometriosis, subfertility, and early pregnancy loss. James cares passionately about evidence based medicine and is an advocate of genuine patient involvement to enhance the reach and relevance of research. As an undergraduate James secured several competitive research scholarships, gaining first-hand experience in internationally collaborative systematic reviews. He graduated from the University of Manchester and has worked in various specialties across central London. Working within teams of researchers based all over the world, he has published over 35 research papers (>1500 citations; h-index 13), presented at many national and international conferences, and won several awards for audit, teaching, and research. He is a founding member of the Core Outcomes in Women’s Health (CROWN) initiative and has established several consortiums developing and implementing core outcome sets. James tweets as @jamesmnduffy.

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Stergios Doumouchtsis, MSc, MPH, PhD, MRCOG

Special interests: Urogynaecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery, pelvic floor anatomy and imaging, operative obstetrics, systematic reviews.

Stergios (Stelios) Doumouchtsis is currently a Consultant Obstetrician – Gynaecologist and RCOG accredited subspecialist Urogynaecologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, and a Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s University of London, UK. He is the Lead Consultant for Childbirth Injury and Pelvic Health after Childbirth Services.

His clinical interests are in urogynaecology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, prevention and management of childbirth injury, operative obstetrics and management of obstetric emergencies.

His research interests include pelvic floor anatomy and imaging, pathoanatomy of pelvic floor disorders, surgery for incontinence and prolapse, evaluation of tests, treatments, surgical techniques and outcomes in urogynaecology, obstetrics and general gynaecology. He has obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health/ Epidemiology and a PhD in Experimental Surgery and Surgical Research. Following the completion of his subspecialty training in Urogynaecology at St George’s Hospital, London, he was awarded an Ethicon Travel Award by the RCOG and worked as a visiting Scholar in the University of Michigan, where he participated in research projects with the Pelvic Floor Research Group.

He is a Consultant Editor for the Global Library of Women’s Medicine and a peer reviewer for several scientific journals. He was a member of the RCOG National Trainees’ Committee (2006-2010), RCOG Subspecialty Training Committee (2008-2010), London/KSS Deanery Specialty Training Committee (2006-2010), RCOG Congress Committee (2007-2010).

He is currently a member of the RCOG Council (London Members’ representative), the FIGO Working Group on Pelvic Floor Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Committee 3: “Pelvic Organ Surgery In Women” (2009-). He is also a member of several national and international scientific and professional committees.

He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and authored over 20 book chapters. He has participated as an invited speaker in several national and international conferences.

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Donald Dudley, MD

Special interests: Immunology of normal and abnormal pregnancy, pathophysiology of preterm birth, recurrent pregnancy loss, patient navigation

Donald Dudley completed a B.A. degree in microbiology at the University of Texas in 1976 and then his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1984. Dr. Dudley completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa in 1988 followed by a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Utah from 1988-1991. He joined the faculty at the University of Utah, where he remained until 1999. While in Utah, he became known as an expert investigator in the immunologic aspects of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth, preeclampsia, and recurrent pregnancy loss. Donald Dudley was actively involved in the NICHD-sponsored Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, serving as alternate P.I. for the University of Utah (1996-1999), and for UTHSCSA (1999-2001). Dr. Dudley is the PI for the San Antonio Center for the Study of Stillbirth, the UTHSCSA component of the NICHD-sponsored Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network. He is now the co-principal investigator for the San Antonio academic site for the National Children's Study. Dr. Dudley is also the principal investigator for the San Antonio site in the Patient Navigation Research Project funded by the National Cancer Institute, with a primary goal to improve breast and cervical cancer outcomes in a disadvantaged population.

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Linda Duska

Special interests: Gynecologic cancers (ovarian, uterine, cervical), cancer clinical trials, hospice and palliative care.

Dr Linda Duska is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Gynecology Oncology Fellowship Director at the University of Virginia (UVA). She also serves as the Associate Dean of Clinical Research for the UVA School of Medicine. She received her BA degree in chemistry at Swarthmore College in 1987 and then her medical degree at New York University in New York City in 1991. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellowship in gynaecologic oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, USA, from 1995 to 1998. She then joined the faculty at Harvard/MGH, where she remained until 2008. In 2008, Dr Duska relocated to UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia, to become Gynaecologic Oncology Fellowship Director. While at UVA Dr Duska became board-certified in hospice and palliative care medicine (in addition to obstetrics and gynaecology and gynaecologic oncology), and received her Masters of Public Health in 2015 from the UVA Public Health School.

Dr Duska has served in leadership positions in multiple societies, including on the Board of Directors for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the Board of the Foundation for Women’s’ cancers, and as Chair of the gynaecology education track for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is currently the Co-Chair for the SGO Education committee. She has served the Gynecology Oncology Group (now NRG Oncology) on the Phase I, developmental therapeutics, and corpus committees, and has been the overall Principal Investigator (PI) for a GOG protocol. Dr Duska is active in clinical research and is the PI for multiple studies at UVA, including two investigator-initiated multisite trials.

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Kacey Eichelberger, MD

Special interests: Maternal-Fetal Medicine, prenatal diagnosis, global health, health disparities research.

Kacey Eichelberger is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, South Carolina. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, she completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her active research and peer-review publications involve prenatal diagnosis, global health training, and medical complications of pregnancy.

Kacey Eichelberger has no disclosures of interest.
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Tarek El-Toukhy, MD MRCOG

Special interests: Reproductive medicine

Tarek El-Toukhy is currently a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Reproductive medicine and Surgery at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London, UK and is based clinically at the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy's Hospital in London. He is also an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cairo University, Egypt. His research interests are in the fields of reproductive medicine and minimal access surgery. His clinical interests are in the fields of in-vitro fertilisation techniques, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and endoscopic surgery. He has published over 80 original articles, reviews and opinion papers. He peer-reviews for a number of journals including the BMJ.

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Jason M. Franasiak, M.D., FACOG (Trainee Editor)

Special Interests: infertility, in vitro fertilization, embryonic competence, reproductive laboratory science

Dr. Franasiak is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and Lead Physician at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey’s South Jersey Marlton Office, affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. He graduated from the College of William and Mary summa cum laude and was invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. He went on to complete his residency training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and fellowship training at Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His active research and publications include embryonic aneuploidy, the microbiome as it pertains to the reproductive tract, and reproductive laboratory science.

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Alex Friedman, MD MPH (Trainee Editor)

Special interests: Maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics
Alex Friedman is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University. His clinical and research interests include obstetric quality, maternal safety, population-based research and uptake of evidence-based recommendations into clinical care. He has participated in local, regional, and national clinical efforts to improve obstetric venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, and also published extensively on this subject. He is currently supported by a career development grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, focusing on obstetric quality outcomes research.

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Rui Wang, MBBS MD

Special interests: reproductive medicine, meta-analysis, randomised controlled trials, and prognostic tests.

Rui Wang studied medicine at Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He obtained his MD (8-year programme) in 2012 and undertook clinical training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Tongji Hospital. He joined the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia, as a researcher in 2015 and was subsequently awarded an Australian government research training programme scholarship to undertake doctorate training at the University of Adelaide.
His current research focuses on evidence-based women’s health care, specifically on the methodology of evidence synthesis. He has established networks internationally and collaborates with researches from the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia on individual participant data meta-analyses and randomised controlled trials in women’s health.

Vanessa Harry, MD MRCOG 

Special interests:Gynaecological oncology, Oncological imaging, particularly functional imaging

Vanessa Harry completed a gynaecological oncology surgical fellowship at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2012 and has been appointed to a consultant post in gynaecological oncology at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Her principal research interest is in the field of oncological imaging, particularly the use of novel functional imaging techniques in gynaecological cancers. This work has been presented at national, regional and international level and aims to encourage significant collaboration between the disciplines of gynaecological oncology and radiology.

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Bill Helm, MBBChir, FRCS, MRCOG

Special Interests: gynaecological oncology, intraperitoneal chemotherapy and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, both open and minimal access surgery for gynaecological cancers, surgical education.

Bill is currently locum consultant in the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre, Gateshead. He graduated from Cambridge University and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School and after training posts in the UK pursued his interest in gynaecological oncology in the USA initially at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama. He subsequently spent most of his professional career in the USA working in the Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology at Temple University in Philadelphia, the Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville, Kentucky and at Saint Louis University, Missouri. He has published over 50 journal articles including surgical videos and 18 book chapters both in hard copy and online and has been a reviewer for many journals. His interests include a focus on intraperitoneal chemotherapy and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for the treatment of ovarian cancer and collaborative translational research. Bill has a special commitment to the development of gynaecological cancer surgery courses.

Bill Helm has no disclosures of interest.

Emily S Jungheim, MD MSCI

Special interests: Assisted reproduction, Endocrinology, Infertility, IVF, Obesity, Recurrent pregnancy loss, Reproductive medicine, Menopause, Polycystic ovary syndrome, HRT

Emily Jungheim is an associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine where she is the Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a health services researcher focused on the impact of lifestyle on reproductive health outcomes. She has published extensively in this area. Clinically she is an expert in the treatment of infertility, reproductive endocrinopathies, polycystic ovary syndrome, and endometriosis.

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Special interests: shoulder dystocia, external cephalic version, twin pregnancy, preterm delivery, fetal growth restriction, prenatal ultrasound and genetic diagnosis, fetal therapy.

Tak Yeung Leung is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as the Director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit of the same department. His clinical and research expertise are prenatal genetic diagnosis using array comparative genomic hybridization and non-invasive prenatal testing, shoulder dystocia, external cephalic version, twin pregnancy and preterm delivery. He has published more than 230 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and his H-index is 28. He is currently the Vice President of the Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a member of the expert panel for the revision of the FIGO intrapartum fetal monitoring guidelines, and a member of the FIGO preterm working group. He was Chairman of the Prenatal Maternal Screening Special Interest Group of International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (2009–2013), and a Foundation Board member of Global Obstetric Network. He has been running the annual Asia Pacific Congress in Maternal Fetal Medicine since 2005, and initiated the annual Asia Pacific Congress on Fetal Therapy in 2015.

Pierre Martin-Hirsch, MBChB MRCOG

Special interests: Gynaecological oncology, general gynaecology, meta-analysis of dichotomous outcomes, diagnostic test methodologies and meta-analysis

Pierre Martin-Hirsch is currently a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust. He is the lead clinician for the region's reproductive and childbirth research network. He has over forty original papers and book chapters. His current interests are evidenced based practice in cervical screening, epigenetics of gynaecological cancers and spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool. He was one of the editors of the Gynaecological Oncology Cochrane Group. He has contributed to NHS/European cervical screening guidelines.

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Raj Naik

Special Interests: Gynaecological Oncology, Minimal Access Surgery, Colposcopy and Cervical Screening

Raj Naik is a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Clinical Lead of the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre in Gateshead. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications/reviews/chapters in the field of gynaecological oncology and co-authored the 10th and 11th Editions of Bonney’s Gynaecological Surgery. His current research and clinical interests include the surgical management of ovarian and cervical cancer, use of surgical training simulators, cervical screening and cervical vaccination programmes. Raj is also President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society.

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Aris Papageorghiou, MRCOG

Special interests: Normal and abnormal early human growth and development; ways to improve fetal and maternal outcomes in low and middle income countries; pregnancy risk assessment, including using automated ultrasound for untrained health workers; fetal diagnosis and in-utero therapy; and pre-eclampsia.

Aris is a Professor in Fetal Medicine at St George’s St George's Healthcare NHS Trust in London, and divides his time between there and the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Oxford where he is Clinical Research Director of the Oxford Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute. At Oxford he leads a number of collaborative global projects focussing on ultrasound and clinical methods for assessment of fetal and newborn growth and development including INTERGROWTH-21st and  INTERBIO-21st projects where he coordinated all ultrasound elements.  He studied medicine at the University of Sheffield and undertook his obstetric training in London; he was also a Research Fellow at the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine at King’s College, from where he obtained his MD thesis on large scale population screening for the prediction of pre-eclampsia. He completed specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Subspecialist training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine whilst a lecturer at St George's, University of London. He is a board member for Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology n and an Executive Scientific Editor for BJOG.

For Aris Papageorghiou's ICMJE disclosure of interest form please click here [PDF].

Sharon Cameron MD MFSRH FRCOG

Special interests: Sexual health, family planning, genital tract.

Sharon Cameron is a consultant in Gynaecology and Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Chalmers Centre Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She is also part-time senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. 
She did an MD on the effects of progesterone receptor modulators on the endometrium and menstrual cycle and undertook subspeciality training in reproductive medicine. Her research interests include contraception, prevention and management of unintended pregnancy and genital tract infection. She lectures nationally and internationally on these topics. Her research involves a mixture of clinical trials, biomedical studies and health services research. She is currently a member of the Steering committee, expert group WHO evidence based- guidelines in family planning and has been a specialist panel member on social science and operations research on sexual and reproductive health.

For Sharon Cameron's ICMJE disclosure of interest form please click here [PDF].

Federico Prefumo, MD PhD

Special interests: Obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, placental function, screening in pregnancy, fetal therapy

Federico Prefumo is currently working as a Consultant Obstetrician at the University Hospital in Brescia, Italy. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Genoa, Italy, where he also completed specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He undertook his PhD thesis on uterine Doppler and trophoblast biology in the first trimester of pregnancy at St George's, University of London.

His clinical and research interests include Doppler and biochemical screening of pregnancy complications (pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction), ultrasonographic and biochemical screening of aneuploidies, maternal cardiovascular function in pregnancy and management of complicated twin pregnancies.

For Federico Prefumo's disclosure of interests click here.
For Federico Prefumo's ICMJE disclosure of interest form please click here [PDF].

Makrina Savvidou

Special interests: High risk pregnancy and feto-maternal medicine

Mina Savvidou is currently a Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and King’s College Hospital in London, UK. She has completed her subspecialty training in feto-maternal medicine at King’s College Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include maternal physiology, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes fetal growth and multiple pregnancies.

Dimitrios Siassakos, MSc MRCOG (Journal Club and CPD Editor)

Clinical Expertise: High-risk pregnancy starting from early pregnancy loss and continuing into antenatal care (maternal medicine, obesity), advanced intrapartum care and leadership, obstetric emergencies, stillbirth, and beyond (interprofessional team training, medicolegal implications).?
Methodological Interests: Health economic evaluation, stepped-wedge cluster RCTs, service user involvement in research, systematic reviews, mixed-methods research, qualitative meta-analysis, triangulation, improvement science, patient reported outcomes and experience.??

Dimitrios is a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics in the Centre for Academic Women’s Health at the University of Bristol and Southmead Hospital. He has an MD (Research) by publications in Obstetric Team Training with the University of Bristol, an MSc in Health Systems Management with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (TLHP) with the University of Bristol.

Dimitrios directs several training and train-the-trainers courses; including the national RCOG Operative Birth course (ROBUST), and the regional SMASH (Saving Mothers with Advanced Simulation of High-risk situations) and Basic Practical Skills courses. He regularly coordinates invited workshops worldwide. He has helped establish and disseminate obstetric training courses in several countries. He is an executive member of a Department of Health Task Group, and several other regional, national, and international initiatives, to reduce stillbirths and improve bereavement care.

Dimitrios has conducted many research projects, and has won several national and international awards as leader of multiprofessional teams. He has authored several original papers, invited editorials, national guidelines (RCOG), and book chapters. He is a peer reviewer for Cochrane, most NIHR streams, Wellbeing of Women, overseas Funders, RCOG, IHI, and several journals, conferences, and publishing groups. ??He aims to improve the management of high-risk obstetric situations, in collaboration with other disciplines, professions, and women themselves, and to develop advanced scientific methods for the evaluation and implementation of complex health care interventions.

For Dimitrios Siassakos' disclosure of interests click here.
For Dimitrios Siassakos' ICMJE disclosure of interests form click here[PDF].

Robert Silver, MD

Special interests: Maternal fetal medicine

Robert Silver is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

His clinical interests and research focus includes recurrent pregnancy loss, stillbirth, immunology of pregnancy, complications of cesarean delivery, placenta accreta, and thromboembolism.

Robert Silver has no 'disclosures of interest' to report.
For Robert Silver's ICMJE disclosure of interest form please click here [PDF].

Anne Z. Steiner, MD, MPH

Special interests: infertility, in vitro fertilization, reproductive aging, hysteroscopy, and amenorrhea

Anne Z. Steiner, MD, MPH is a tenured Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina. She is nationally known for her research on biomarkers of ovarian aging as predictors of reproductive potential and has had funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health since 2006. She is also the Principal Investigator for the UNC site of the NICHD Reproductive Medicine Network. Dr. Steiner has published extensively in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her research focuses on reproductive aging, antimüllerian hormone, and predictors of fertility and infertility. Methodologically, she has considerable expertise in reproductive epidemiology, specifically the design and implementation of time-to-pregnancy cohort studies.

Clinically, Dr. Steiner has special interest and expertise in infertility, in vitro fertilization, reproductive aging, hysteroscopy, and amenorrhea.

For Dr Steiner's disclosures of interest, click here.

Evelyn Verheijen, MRCOG, MSc

Special interests: Reproductive and maternal health in developing countries, labour ward obstetrics, and influences of ethnicity and other demographic factors on maternal health. General Gynaecology.
Evelyn Verheijen is Chef-de-Clinique Obstetrics and Gynaecology in ZGT Almelo, a general hospital in the Eastern part of Holland.
She graduated in the Netherlands, then trained for a few years in Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynaecology in preparation for a post as a ‘Tropical Doctor’, and subsequently worked in a rural hospital in Malawi for three years. Thereafter she moved to the UK to start the speciality training of O&G, which she has recently completed. Also in the UK, her Masters in International Public Health at the Liverpool Tropical School of Medicine focussed on Maternal and Neonatal Health in Developing Countries. The topic of her thesis was antimalarial profylaxis in pregnancy.
Amongst her publications is the successful book ‘Mastering Short Answer Questions for the MRCOG’.
Her research and clinical interests include General Gynaecology, Labour Ward Obstetrics, Reproductive and Maternal Health in developing countries and Perinatal epidemiology.
Evelyn Verheijen has no 'disclosures of interest' to report.

Jeffrey Wilkinson

Special interests: obstetric fistula, safe motherhood and women's health ethics in low resource settings

Jeff Wilkinson is a professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine. He has lived and worked in Malawi in southern Africa since 2011. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1993 and completed an ObGyn residency and Urogynecology fellowship at the University of North Carolina in 1997 and 1999 respectively. His primary interests include obstetric fistula, safe motherhood and women's health ethics in low resource settings.

Steven Witkin, PhD

Special Interests: genetic, immune and infectious aspects of preterm birth, vulvodynia, gestational diabetes and gynecologic infections including recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis and Chlamydia trachomatis; innate immunity in the female genital tract

Dr. Witkin received his undergraduate degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, a master of science in bacteriology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received two years of post-doctoral training in retrovirology and human cancer under Dr. Sol Spiegelman at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and spent eight years at the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research , first in the biochemistry laboratory of Dr. Aaron Bendich and then in the immunology laboratories of Drs. Noorbibi Day and Robert Good. Since 1981 he has been at Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he is currently the William J. Ledger Distinguished Professor of Infection and Immunology in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director, Division of Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Over the years his laboratory has concentrated on diverse aspects of women’s health research, including immune mechanisms of infertility, biomarkers of gynecologic malignancies, genetic polymorphisms and susceptibility to obstetrical and gynecological disorders, immune consequences of gynecologic infections and pregnancy-specific immune regulatory mechanisms. He has trained and collaborated with numerous fellows from Europe, Asia and South America who have become leaders in their respective countries in ob/gyn research.

For Steven Witkin's disclosure of interests click here.
For Steven Witkin's ICMJE disclosure of interests form click here[PDF].

Jim Zhang

Special interests: reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, labor and delivery, fetal growth, preeclampsia, birth cohort, effects of environmental exposure on maternal and child health.

Dr. Zhang is currently a Chair Professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. He is the Director of Ministry of Education - Shanghai Key Laboratory of Children’s Environmental Health at Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. He obtained a medical degree from Shanghai Medical University, China, and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He was an Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (1995 – 1997); an Investigator and, then, a Senior Investigator with tenure at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, USA (1997 – 2011). He has conducted a number of clinical epidemiologic studies on perinatal and reproductive health. Currently, his main research focuses on a large birth cohort study, examining the effects of environmental exposure on reproductive health and child growth and development. He has published over 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and serves as a consultant to Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization.

Jim Zhang has no conflict of interest to declare.

BJOG Editorial Office

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hay, BSc (Managing Editor)

Lizzy graduated from the University of Birmingham, School of Biosciences, UK with a degree in Biological Sciences in 2008.

After graduating she joined the Royal Society for Public Health as an Editorial Officer within the marketing and communications department. Here she worked and contributed to two journals, Public Health and Perspectives in Public Health, as well as being a key member of the team assisting in marketing, conferences and exhibiting.

In October 2010 she joined BJOG as Assistant Editor. In October 2011, Lizzy started in her current role as Managing Editor.

Contact to give your feedback regarding the print or online journal and the BJOG Podcasts and Videos:

Louisa Waite, BA (Hons) (Content Development Editor)

Louisa graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a degree in History, predominately focusing on women’s history. After graduating she taught English for a short period in Cambodia, before coming back to the UK to work for the Royal Society for Public Health. As an Editorial Assistant she coordinated and contributed to the content of two Public Health journals, as well as being an active member of the marketing and communications team involved in conferences, marketing and exhibiting. In July 2012 she joined BJOG as Assistant Editor, and is now Editor for BJOG.

Contact Louisa to give your feedback regarding the print or online journal:

Liz Watson BA (Joint Hons), MA

Assistant Editor, RCOG Journals

Liz is Assistant Editor for BJOG and TOG, facilitating the submission, peer review and publication of articles for both journals.

After receiving midwifery training and a degree in languages from Cardiff University, Liz graduated from the University of Westminster in 2014 with an MA in Specialised and Technical Translation for Spanish, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. Combining her interest in women’s health wherever possible, she focused her thesis on role of traditional midwives in promoting gender equality in rural Mexico, and the linguistic difficulties in emphasising this role from the point of view of a different healthcare system. She gained a position in London as an in-house translator specialising in medical and technical texts, before moving to Mark Allen Group in 2015 to become Editor of Gastrointestinal Nursing, a peer-reviewed journal for secondary care practitioners specialising in digestive disorders, cancer and hepatology. Liz joined the RCOG in May 2016.

Contact Liz for: manuscript submission and status queries, peer-review queries, help with ScholarOne (Manuscript Central), subscription queries –

Dave Atha (Editorial Assistant, Editorial Office)

Dave Atha worked as the U.S. Office Editorial Manager for the Journal of Human Molecular Genetics before moving on to work for BJOG in January 2007.

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