Tommy's Prof Lesley Regan elected first female RCOG president in 64 years.

Professor Lesley Regan is a clinician in the new Tommy's Miscarriage Research Centre and now the first female President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 64 years.

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Professor Regan is Director of the Recurrent Miscarriage Service at St Mary’s, a multidisciplinary team that she has developed to provide comprehensive investigations and treatment for couples with a history of recurrent early and late miscarriages.

This service is now recognised internationally, receiving some 800 new referrals per year and continuing to provide antenatal care for many thousands more couples during their subsequent high risk pregnancies. In 2005, she received a “Woman of Achievement Award” in recognition of her services to Reproductive Medicine.

Professor Regan has been Vice President for Strategic Development at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) since January 2014. She is Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Deputy Head of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. Professor Regan’s main clinical and research interests are in recurrent miscarriage and the development of non-invasive fertility sparing therapies for uterine fibroids.

As Vice-President for Strategic Development, Professor Regan has expanded the external affairs remit of the College, hosted three International Women’s Day events on child marriage, domestic violence and maternal mental health respectively, and secured new funding streams to undertake transformational projects, including the Leading Safe Choices programme which is helping to raise the standing of family planning professionals in South Africa and Tanzania. She has also published two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the public and presented a series of BBC Horizon documentaries.

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Lesley Regan, said: “It is a great honour to be elected President of our College and I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead my colleagues over the next three years. I look forward to working with the current President during the next few months before taking on this important role in September. With the wealth of expertise available within our membership, I am confident we will build on our work to improve safety and quality in women’s healthcare, provide excellence in training and education and be powerful advocates for women and their families, both in the UK and globally."

Welcoming the appointment, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Dr David Richmond, said: “I am delighted that Professor Regan has been elected as the next President. Her wide-ranging experience as a clinician and clinical leader will be invaluable in the role. Throughout her whole career, Lesley has demonstrated her commitment to improving women’s healthcare in the UK and worldwide, and her knowledge and experience will be immensely valuable as the College seeks to raise standards and advocate for women’s health in a time of unprecedented funding challenges for the NHS.”

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