Biography - Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Name: Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
Position: Head of obstetrics and gynaecology

Research interests

Fetal monitoring, intrapartum care, high-risk pregnancy, obstetric litigation, safety in maternity care.


My research and clinical interests are in understanding and improving the quality of life for women and newborn babies. I have been in clinical practice for 37 years and in research and teaching for 25 years. I joined St George’s, University of London as a professor and then became head of obstetrics and gynaecology. Before this I 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 my 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.

I obtained my MD and PhD by research and Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (MRCOG) and fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons by examination. I am active with a number of professional organisations including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, of which I was president 2009-10.

I am also currently president-elect of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – the global body dedicated to improving the quality of life of women and newborns. I have published 24 books as author or editor, 240 indexed articles and more than 150 book chapters. I have 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.