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Prof Mary Ann Lumsden, Senior Vice President, awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to women's health

News 31 December 2016

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is delighted that its Senior Vice President, Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list 2017 for services to women’s health.

In addition to her role as Vice President for Strategic Development at the RCOG and Chair of the National Guideline Alliance Consortium Board, also based at the RCOG, Mary Ann is a Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology and Clinical Lead of the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She is also an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Commenting on this honour, Mary Ann says: “I am delighted and surprised to have been awarded an OBE for services to women's health. I am very fortunate to have had many opportunities to further my commitment to this area through receiving the support of organisations working towards this goal, without whom it would not have been possible.

“I would like to thank all those who have helped me achieve this award and I will continue to use every opportunity I have of improving women's health around the world. Thank you.”

Born in Suffolk, Mary Ann was educated in Ipswich and attended St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (Imperial College) in London. After house jobs at St Mary's and King's College Hospital she moved to the MRC Reproductive Biology Unit in Edinburgh as a Clinical Research Fellow and did her doctorate with Prof David Baird. This was the start of an ongoing study of the aetiology and treatment of menstrual disorders, one of her current areas of clinical and research interest. Her clinical training was undertaken in Edinburgh where she worked part time having had three children. She was involved in starting the first menopause clinic in Edinburgh in 1989 and has also continued to work in this area after moving to Glasgow as a Senior Lecturer in 1993, where she became the first female consultant at the Queen Mother’s Hospital.

Mary Ann is currently President of the International Menopause Society (2016-2018) which has enabled her to develop strong links with gynaecologists and women throughout the world both developed and developing. Thus she was able to build on contacts made through travelling overseas on behalf of the University of Glasgow. She is Vice Chair of the Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group to the Medicine and Hormones Regulatory Authority (2004-current) and was Chair of the Guidelines Development Group for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on ‘Menopause: Investigation and Management’ which published in 2015. This was the third of three guidelines she chaired since 2005, the first two being on ‘Heavy Menstrual Bleeding’ and ‘Ectopic Pregnancy and Miscarriage’. She is also a trustee of Wellbeing of Women, a charity raising money for research into women’s health.

Her current research interests include: menopause and hormone replacement therapy, menstrual disorders and their treatment, the mechanisms of hot flushing as well as the impact of menopause in South Asian women. Mary Ann has published extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed journals. She is also keen on communication with and education of women in order that they can fully engage in discussions regarding their own care.

She has a clinical interest in menstrual disorders, particularly uterine fibroids, and also runs a weekly menopause clinic.