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Academic Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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The Academic Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, based in St. Michael's and Southmead Hospitals, has a long tradition of academic excellence and endeavour. The Unit has a strong track record in both research and teaching:

  • Research under the headings Reproductive Health, Parturition and Health Care improvement following on simulation training
  • Teaching under Undergraduate teaching and a Postgraduate taught MSc course.

Professor David Cahill is Head of the Unit and Reader in Reproductive Medicine and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at St Michael’s Hospital. He has previously worked in aspects of the fertility problems associated with endometriosis, and is currently involved in collaborative projects with Dr Paddy Horner in Sexual Health.

Professor Andres Lopez Bernal is heading basic research in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as non-clinical Professor in Human Reproductive Biology and has current interests in the endocrinology of parturition and preterm labour.

Dr Kate Whittington leads on research in regulating proliferation and apoptosis in the prostate.

Dr Rachna Bahl is the acting lead on the Undergraduate teaching in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with support from Prof Cahill (Gynaecology), Dr Paddy Horner (Sexual Health) and Dr Karen Luyt (Care of the Newborn). Dr Whittington leads Postgraduate taught courses in Reproduction and Development and Stem Cells and Regeneration. As well as contributing to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynaecology teaching, Prof Cahill is the Programme Director for the MB ChB programme

Dr Jo Crofts, Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, working in Southmead Hospital (North Bristol NHS Trust) with Prof Tim Draycott and Mr Dimitris Siassakos have together developed new and exciting measures to improve health care in the field of obstetrics and parturition, recognised internationally.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology is based at:

  • St. Michael's Hospital on Southwell Street, part of the Bristol Royal Infirmary complex of Teaching Hospitals within the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. It is adjacent to the Schools of Medical Sciences (which includes the Medical Library) and Veterinary Sciences, and is also close to the main university campus. Find us on a map
  • The Cotswold Centre, Southmead Hospital. Find us on a map

Contact for Undergraduate queries:

Wendy Hammonds

(0117) 342 5292

w.m.hammonds@bristol.ac.uk

Contact for Postgraduate queries:

Gemma Ford

(0117) 331 3151

gemma.ford@bristol.ac.uk