This page provies short biographies of the TOG Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, International Advisory Board and in-house team.
Mark Roberts MD MRCOG
Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Mark Roberts is a gynaecological surgeon who has been based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne for 14 years. His research interests are clinical, with publications linked as an investigator for NHS Portfolio trials in benign gynaecology and local research into emerging clinical care. International experience includes placements and/or training courses delivered in Singapore, Kenya, Ghana, Sudan, Egypt and Nepal.
Mark’s special interests include gynaecological imaging, laparoscopic and robotic surgery (benign and oncology), outpatient gynaecology (‘office’), colposcopy and education. He was the national lead for RCOG Basic Practical Skills training, establishing the new course and curriculum, and is the current deanery lead for benign surgery. Other previous roles include MRCOG Exam Subcommittee and Deanery Training Programme Director. Mark was as Associate Editor and CPD Editor for TOG, before becoming Editor-in-Chief in October 2015. His society memberships include the British Society for Gynaecological Imaging and the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy.
Jason Waugh BSc MBBS DA MRCOG
Royal Victoria Infirmary, UK
Jason Waugh is a consultant in obstetric medicine and high-risk obstetrics. He represents obstetric medicine interests on several national and international committees, and closest to home he sit on the Executive Committee of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society.
His current research interests are hypertension in pregnancy and renal disease in pregnancy and he has published extensively in these fields. In addition, Jason has produced national guidelines for the management of preeclampsia and renal disease. He is currently leading an HTA-funded study into proteinuria in pregnancy, and is also a past president of the Macdonald UK Obstetric Medicine Society.
Jason has had an interest in medical publishing for many years and has served terms on the editorial boards of four journals (including TOG) for 8 years, before becoming Editor-in-Chief from 2009 to 2016. He has always believed that TOG is an invaluable resource to RCOG Members, Fellows and Trainees, and looks forward to his continued involvement with the journal as Emeritus Editor.
Mohamed Abdel-Fattah MRCOG
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
George Attilakos is a consultant in fetal medicine and obstetrics at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He undertook subspecialty training in fetal and maternal medicine at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, before moving to London. He has a special interest in multiple pregnancies and fetal endoscopic procedures. He is the clinical lead for the UCLH Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit.
He has a special interest in Postgraduate Medical Education and is the RCOG college tutor for UCLH. He co-developed the RCOG ROBuST course for teaching operative birth skills to trainees and is the current ROBuST Convenor. Recently he served on the StratOG editorial board. His research interests include operative vaginal delivery, noninvasive prenatal diagnosis, postpartum haemorrhage and vasa praevia.
Philippa Corson MRCOG
North Middlesex Hospital, London
Philippa Corson, currently an ST6 at the North Middlesex Hospital in North London, has been appointed to the new post of Trainee Representative on the TOG Editorial Board. She attends both the Trainees’ Committee meetings and the TOG Editorial Board meetings and puts forward the views and opinions of trainees.
Philippa graduated from St George’s, University of London, in 2005 and started her specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology in 2008. She did medicine as a graduate; her first degree was in English Literature, and she had a career in public relations before starting at medical school. When she’s not on labour ward, she is a keen triathlete and amateur tango dancer.
Being a Trainee Representative on the TOG Editorial Board gives Philippa the opportunity to blend aspects of both of her careers to date, and to provide trainees with a voice on one of the most influential journals that they have. Every trainee in the UK and overseas relies on TOG for their training needs, and it is a rich resource for all obstetrics and gynaecology doctors as they continue with their professional development.
She looks forward to new articles coming in, and hearing from trainees what they would most like to read about.
Kate Harding FRCOG
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Kate Harding is a consultant obstetrician at Guys’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust in London.
She was appointed in 1997. As a high-risk obstetrician she takes a particular interest in critical care, women with HIV, women with renal disease and those with malignancy. Kate is a preceptor for ATSMs in labour ward leadership and advanced antenatal care. Her other interests include guidelines, audit and standards of maternity care. She has taken her unit to level three maternity CNST accreditation and has both written and lectured on audit and clinical governance.
As president of the MacDonald UK Obstetric Medicine Society, Kate is able to keep abreast of new developments in the field of obstetric medicine and help educate the next generation of obstetricians in the art and science of obstetrics and obstetric medicine.
Euan Kevelighan FRCOG
Singleton Hospital, Swansea
Bid Kumar MD FRCOG Diploma Adv Obst US PG Cert Med Educ PG Cert Risk Manage
Wrexham Maelor Hospital, UK
Bid Kumar has been a consultant obstetrician and Gynaecologist since 2001 and currently works at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, North Wales, UK. He has had received broad based training and provides services in both obstetrics and gynaecology. His special interests are maternal-fetal medicine and minimally invasive surgical procedures, including laparoscopic surgery for benign pathology. He is the editor/author of two books: Early Pregnancy Issues for the MRCOG and Beyond, and Fetal Medicine, part of the Advance Skills series published by Cambridge University Press.
Bid is also interested in medical education, has been an RCOG tutor for 9 years and was part of the Faculty for the ‘How to be a College Tutor’ course run by the College. He has been an MRCOG examiner since 2009 and an active member of the Faculty for the RCOG’s MRCOG Part 2 Course. He is a deputy editor of Ultrasound, the official journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society, and is due to take over as Editor from January 2017. Bid is a member of the RCOG’s Guideline Committee and the NICE Guideline Committee for intrapartum care for high-risk women. He is a member of the British Maternal Fetal Medicine Society, the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and the British Medical Ultrasound Society.
Justin Konje FMCOG (Nig) FWACS MRCOG
University of Leicester, Leicester
Kate Langford MA MD FRCOG
Kate Langford is Deputy Medical Director and a consultant obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Her clinical expertise is in high-risk obstetrics with a particular focus on pregnancy in women with heart disease. Kate has a strong track record in health service management and development of medical leadership and is the Medical Director of the Centre for Workforce Intelligence. She is the principal author of the RCOG Green-top Guideline on sepsis in pregnancy.
Kate’s special interests include obstetrics, maternal and fetal medicine, labour ward leadership, medical leadership and health service management.
Jo Morrison BM BCh MA MRCOG DPhil (Oxon)
Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
Jo Morrison is the Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Gynae, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancer Group and a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist in Taunton, where she specialises in the surgical treatment of gynaecological cancers. She studied medicine in Oxford and was awarded a First Class BA Honours degree (1992) and BM BCh in 1995. She was awarded the prize medal for the MRCOG exam (1999), prior to sub-specialist training in gynaecological oncology in Oxford. Jo was a Wellbeing of Women Research Training Fellow, completed a DPhil, and then was an NIHR Clinical Lecturer leading a research group studying the use of viruses for ovarian cancer treatment. The Cochrane Gynae Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancer Group, which Jo leads, works internationally to promote evidence-based medicine in gynaecological cancer and is passionate about promoting public engagement with research. She also represents the South West on the board of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society and has previously been a member of the Wellbeing of Women Research Advisory Committee.
Nicola Mullin MFFP FRCOG
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chester
Surabhi Nanda MRCOG
Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Dr Surabhi Nanda is a consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, appointed in 2014. She completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Diploma in Fetal Medicine in London prior to moving to Liverpool.
She takes a keen interest in both maternal and fetal medicine, and is the lead for Multiple Pregnancy for the North West Merseyside and Cheshire Fetal Medicine Network. She has a particular interest in women with haematological, rheumatological and inflammatory bowel disorders in pregnancy and runs specialist clinics for multidisciplinary antenatal care. She has an additional interest in finances and coding in Maternity and has worked as a clinical lead for improving maternity coding at booking for Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust.
Her MD thesis was based on metabolic syndrome in pregnancy, and she is well published in the area. Surabhi has lectured and published on various topics in high-risk obstetrics, in particular on multiple pregnancies, thromboembolic disease in pregnancy, and medical disorders on the delivery suite. She is a reviewer for Cochrane, BMJ case reports, Metabolism and Blood. She has recently been appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in University of Liverpool.
Thomas Tang MD MRCOG
Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast
(Website Reviews Editor)
Ephia Yasmin MRCOG
University College London Hospital, London
Ephia Yasmin is a consultant obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the University College London Hospital. She is s sub specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. Her work includes Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology.
Her research interest is in fertility preservation and reproductive endocrinology.
International Editorial Advisory Board
Richard Brown is an associate professor in obstetrics and gynaecology and maternal and fetal medicine at McGill University, Montreal, and Director of obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound and the fetal diagnostic and treatment programme at the McGill University Health Centre. He trained in London, UK, completed a fellowship in fetal medicine at the Harris Birthright Research Centre at King’s College Hospital, and practised as a consultant in London before moving to Montreal in 2006. He has a particular interest in prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. He is a member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada maternal and fetal medicine and genetics specialist committees, and has contributed to the North American Fetal Therapy Network since 2006.
Amr El-Shalakany MSc MD FRCOG
Ain Shams University Maternity Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
Amr El-Shalakany is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, subspecialising in gynecological oncology, at Ain Shams University in Cairo.
Amr graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University in Cairo in December 1983. He spent his residency in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Ain Shams University Maternity Hospital between 1985 and 1988. His masters degree was on the practical training of hypogastric artery ligation in pelvic surgery using cadavers. Further training was pursued in the UK in the early 1990s, leading to the MRCOG. His MD was obtained in 1993, studying the role of CA125 in the diagnosis and follow-up of ovarian cancer. Between 1995 and 1998 he trained in gynaecological oncology in Cairo and Gateshead (UK).
From 1999 he started representing the RCOG in Egypt and became the Chair of its International Representative Committee between 2007 and 2012. During that period he was involved in running training courses in endoscopy, colposcopy, basic practical skills, advanced pelvic surgery and MRCOG preparatory courses in both Egypt and the Arab world. He is a founding member of the Egyptian Gynecological Cancer Society (EGCS) and the Egyptian Urogynaecology Society. He is currently the treasurer of the EGCS and the secretary general of the Egyptian Fertility Sterility Society. His publications are dedicated to screening of cervical cancer in low resource settings a well as markers of ovarian malignancy.
Henry Murray MRCOG
Dimitrios Koleskas MRCOG
Euroclinic, Athens, Greece
Carman Lai MRCOG FHKCOG FHKAM (O&G) Cert RCOG (Maternal and Fetal Medicine)
Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Carman Lai is an associate consultant and honorary clinical assistant professor in obstetrics and gynaecology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong.
N Rajamaheswari MD DGO MCh
Urogynaecology Research Center Pvt Ltd, India
N Rajamaheswari is the first Gynecologist to qualify in Urology in India. She established the Urogynaecology specialty in India and rendered her clinical and academic services through Government Kasthurbha Gandhi Hospital, Madras Medical College, Chennai from 1982 until 2012.
An exclusive Fistula ward was founded by N Rajamaheswari in 1993, and thousands of fistula victims were provided with specialised care and treatment.
She has trained OBGYN and Urology specialist in Urogynaecology through a fellowship program from 2007, which enabled the availability of specialised urogynecological services through the trained specialists to almost all states in India. Her special area of interest is management of urinary incontinence particularly fistula and reconstruction of pelvic floor for pelvic organ prolapse.
Duru Shah MD FCPS FICS FICOG DGO DFP FICMCH
Jasklok Hospital, Sir Hurkinsondas Hospital and Breach Candy Research Centers, India
Duru Shah is a past Professor of Women’s Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Grant Medical College University of Mumbai, India. Her expertise is in clinical management of women’s health, patient-oriented health research and postgraduate medical education.
Duru has more than 100 publications to her credit, including 83 chapters contributed to postgraduate books. She is a peer reviewer for many journals, including the The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India, and is on the Editorial Board of Climacteric of the International Menopause Society and Menopause International of the British Menopause Society. Duru has delivered more than 500 invited lectures at various national and international conferences.
She was honoured by the International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics (FIGO) in October 2012 with the FIGO Distinguished Merit Award and is the first Indian recipient of this award, which was initiated in 1993 by FIGO. She has also been conferred an Honorary Fellow of the RCOG.
Duru is a Member of the Ethics Committee of FIGO, the Executive Board of the International Menopause Society (IMS), the Technical Advisory Committee of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) to the Government of India for maternal mortality, a member of the Guideline Critique Advisory Group of The Foundation for Medical Research (FRCH) UK, and a member of the Ethics Committee of Majlis, an NGO in Mumbai, India.
Her current research is in the field of polycystic ovary disease and her special interests include reproductive endocrinology, assisted reproduction, premature menopause, polycystic ovary disease and recurrent miscarriage.
David Shaker FRCSEd FRCOG FRANZCOG MFSTEd
University of Queensland, Rockhampton Base Hospital and Mater Private Hospital, Australia
David Shaker is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Rockhampton Hospital and Mater Private Hospital at Rockhampton, Australia.
He is also an Associate Professor and Director of the Rockhampton Rural Clinical School of Medicine, University of Queensland Australia.
David is a member of the Board of Examiners for the MRANZCOG and Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams. He is also a member of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Board and the educational subcommittee of the UroGynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA).
His research interests include outcomes of surgical management of pelvic floor disorders, management of complications of surgery and the impact of obesity on women’s health. His special interests include gynaecological surgery, urogynaecology and pelvic floor reconstruction, endoscopic gynaecology and medical education.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hay BSc (Hons)
Managing Editor, RCOG Journals
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 the RCOG as the Assistant Editor for BJOG. In July 2012, Lizzy started in her current role as Managing Editor, RCOG Journals.
Contact Lizzy for: Advertising, TOG development, interest in joining the team, contacting the Editor-in-Chief – firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Watson BA (Joint Hons), MA
Assistant Editor, RCOG Journals
Liz is Assistant Editor for TOG and BJOG, 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 – email@example.com
Jessica Webster BSc (Hons)
Content Development Editor, TOG
Jessica is Assistant Editor for TOG, coordinating and facilitating the submission, peer review and publication of articles.
After graduating from Kingston University with a biology degree in 2006, Jessica began her career in medical publishing as Editorial Assistant supporting the Commissioning Editor at Artech House Books. She moved to SB Communications Group in 2008, where she managed the peer-review process, copy-edited and typeset articles for Diabetes & Primary Care, a diabetes journal for primary care practitioners. In this role, she implemented a 3-year CPD curriculum consisting of one article per issue with 10 single-best answer questions, including short case-based questions. She joined the RCOG in summer 2012.
Contact Jessica for: manuscript status queries, peer-review queries, help with ScholarOne (Manuscript Central), subscription queries – firstname.lastname@example.org