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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2521

Sri Lankan Professor knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

London, 06 July, ( Sri Lankan born Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, renowned for his work advancing women’s health and maternity care, was honored in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List announced recently in June 2009.

Professor Arulkumaran, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George’s, University of London and clinician at St George’s Hospital has been appointed a Knights Bachelor of England for services to medicine.

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Sri Lankan born Professor Arulkumaran was “delighted” at the knighthood, which recognizes his work in maternity care. He says: “I was completely overwhelmed when I received the letter informing me that I would be receiving such an honor.

“The area of medicine I work in brings huge rewards of its own. I began working in obstetrics and gynecology (which comprises the care of the pregnant woman, her unborn child and the management of diseases specific to women) because I was fascinated by the ‘magic of birth’ and the happy ending in the vast majority of cases for the couple, their family and the staff. After so many years in the same field, I continue to be passionate about this great service and making a difference to patient care and women’s health.

“I am lucky enough to come across inspiring obstetricians and gynecologists from all around the world and every one of them enjoy what they do and are also the champions of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women.”

Professor Arulkumaran (61) , is originally from Kantharmadam, Jaffna and had his early education at the Jaffna Central College until 1965 and he later he joined Mahajana College – 1966 to 67 and subsequently joined the Colombo Medical College and received his MBBS degree in 1972.

Since 1978 he was working in Sri Lanka and later left for London. In London he completed his postgraduate degrees - FRCS and MRCOG.

He left for Singapore in 1982 and joined the University Hospital in the beginning as a consultant and subsequently he joined the teaching staff of the University as a lecturer, later as professor and in 1994 he became the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In 1997 he accepted the professorship offer from the University of Nottinghamshire and again in 2001 he became the Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George’s, University of London.

Professor Arulkumaran’s career in obstetrics and gynecology clinical practice stretches almost four decades - over 25 years of which have included academic research and teaching.

His key achievements include 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 has been Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St George’s, University of London and a clinician at St George’s NHS Healthcare Trust since 2001. Previous to this he held posts at a number of high profile institutions including the National University of Singapore, the University of Nottingham, the Asia & Oceanic Federation, and the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Principal of St George’s, University of London, Peter Kopelman, congratulated Professor Arulkumaran on his award: “I am immensely proud of the work Sabaratnam does at St George’s and within his other professional roles. He is a truly inspirational clinician and a true professor to the students at this University.”

Professor Arulkumaran’s research interests are fetal monitoring, intrapartum care, high risk pregnancy, obstetric litigation and safety in maternity care. Throughout his career he has published 24 books as author or editor and 240 indexed articles and over 150 book chapters. He has also been Editor in Chief of Best Practice & Research in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 1998.

David Astley, Chief Executive of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This award is deserved recognition of the immense contribution that Professor Arulkumaran has made to maternity care both in his clinical work and through research.”

Professor Arulkumaran has been President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) since 2007. The RCOG aims to improve women’s health by encouraging the study and advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynecology. The RCOG International Office works with other international organizations to help lower maternal morbidity and mortality in under-resourced countries.

- Asian Tribune -

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