Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran's research and clinical interests are in understanding and improving the quality of life for women and newborn babies.
He has been in clinical practice for 37 years and in research and teaching for 25 years. He joined St George’s, University of London as a Professor and then became Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Previously, he held posts at a number of high-profile institutions including the National University of Singapore, the University of Nottingham, the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Among his key achievements is the development of a 'clinical dashboard' to provide clinicians with the relevant and timely information they need to inform decisions that improve the quality of patient care.
He obtained his MD and PhD by research. He gained membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) and fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons by examination. He is active with a number of professional organisations and was president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, of which he was president 2009-10.
Currently, he is President-elect of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – the global body dedicated to improving the quality of life of women and newborns.
Professor Arulkumaran has published 24 books as author or editor, 240 indexed articles and more than 150 book chapters, and has been Editor in Chief of Best Practice and Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 1998.
Honours and awards
Honorary Fellow of American, South African, Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistan, Australia & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
Dotor Honoris Causa from University of Athens, Greece.
Honorary Member of the German, South African, Malaysian and Canadian Societies of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Doria V, Papageorghiou AT, Gustaffson A, Ugwumadu A, Farrer K, Arulkumaran S. Review of the first 1502 cases of ECG-ST waveform analysis during labour in a teaching hospital. BJOG. 2007 Oct;114(10):1202-7.
Doumouchtsis S, Papageorghiou AT, Arulkumaran S. Systematic review of conservative management of postpartum hemorrhage: what to do when medical treatment fails. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2007 Aug;62(8):540-7.
Arulkumaran S, M Wells, R Boddington. Lessons learnt from the reorganization of maternity services. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2008 Feb;69(2):74-7.