About this event

  • Date and time Sat 13 May 2023 from 8:30am to 13 May 2023 at 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Attend this event, run in association with the Royal Society of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section, to receive an update on the latest developments and discoveries in maternal and fetal medicine. 

During the meeting, there will be a mixture of talks and panel discussions surrounding current trends and focusing on the multidisciplinary aspects of maternal and fetal medicine.

In the afternoon, there will be an option of five workshops to attend, including basic biometry, kiwi station, impacted fetal head and breech presentation. 

Attendees will learn about: 

  • Best practices in managing high risk pregnancies
  • The latest guidance for fetal ultrasound surveillance
  • The potential of prenatal therapy and its current applications


This event is available to attend in person only and will not be recorded.

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Key speakers

Professor Catherine Williamson

Professor Catherine Williamson

Women's Health, King's College London, Honorary Consultant, Obstetric Medicine, St Thomas' and King's College Hospitals

Speaker's biography

Professor Catherine Williamson is Professor of Women’s Health at Kings College London and Honorary Consultant in Obstetric Medicine at St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a NIHR Senior Investigator. In her clinical practice she manages women with medical disorders in pregnancy. Her research focuses on maternal and fetal aetiology, outcomes and management of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, gestational diabetes mellitus, severe hyperemesis gravidarum and endocrine disorders of pregnancy.

Professor Asma Khalil

Professor Asma Khalil

Fetal Medicine, St George’s Hospital, University of London, Director of Fetal Medicine Unit, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Vice-President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Speaker's biography

Asma Khalil is a Professor of Fetal Medicine and the Obstetric Lead at the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA). She gained her MD at the University of London in 2008. More recently, she has been elected as the Vice-President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Professor Khalil has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, and many published review articles and chapters. She had been awarded many research prizes, both at national and international meetings, for example, the 2021 FIGO Women's Awards: Recognising Female Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Her research interests include twin pregnancy, congenital infections, fetal growth restriction and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.


Professor Khalil held a fellowship with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and is committed to the implementation of clinical guidelines in practice. She is the Lead author of the ISUOG guideline on the role of ultrasound in twins and congenital infections. She also led the guideline team developing the FIGO guideline on twin pregnancies. She was a member of the NICE Guideline Committee updating the Twin and Multiple Pregnancy guidance. 

Panicos and Pat

Dr Pat O'Brien and Dr Panicos Shangaris

Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, President, the Royal Society of Medicine's Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section


Clinical Senior Lecturer, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, King's College London, President, the Royal Society of Medicine's Maternity & Newborn Forum 

Dr Shawn Walker

Dr Shawn Walker

Consultant Midwife, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, NIHR Advanced Fellow, Chief Investigator, OptiBreech Trial, Midwife Researcher in Residence, Imperial

Speaker's biography

Dr Shawn Walker is a Consultant Midwife and NIHR Advanced Fellow. She is the Chief Investigator of the OptiBreech Trial, an on-going cohort of women planning a vaginal breech birth on an innovative care pathway, OptiBreech care, within which small randomised trials are nested to refine the care pathway. She currently co-ordinates the breech clinic at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, where her team has supported over 25 planned vaginal breech over the past 10 months. She is also a midwife Researcher in Residence at Imperial, with a remit to help other midwives develop clinical academic careers. 

Dr Abdul Sultan

Dr Abdul Sultan

Consultant Obstetrician and UroGynaecologist, Croydon University Hospital, Honorary Reader, St George’s University of London

Speaker's biography

Mr Abdul Sultan is a Consultant Obstetrician and UroGynaecologist with a special interest in  Pelvic Floor and Anal Sphincter Dysfunction at Croydon University Hospital, London and is Honorary Reader at the St George’s University of London. He trained and worked in South Africa, conducted training workshops in India and operated in fistula camps in Uganda, He completed his postgraduate training at St George’s Hospital with Professor Stuart Stanton. His research at St Mark’s and the Homerton Hospitals involved studying the effects of childbirth on the anal sphincters. This led to a landmark paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine and to a Doctorate. His pioneering work highlighted the deficiencies in training of doctors and midwives in detecting and repairing obstetric injuries to the anal sphincter.


He is the co-director of a tertiary referral urogynaecology Unit at Croydon University Hospital with subspecialty training and has an active research programme. He has over 250 publications in journals and textbook chapters. He has co-produced the first comprehensive textbook on perineal and anal sphincter trauma and just published the textbook on Pelvic Floor Disorders (2021). He is the co-director of the popular Perineal Trauma and Pelvic Floor Ultrasound courses since 2000. He has been awarded the prestigious overall “UK Hospital Doctor of the Year” award and is the recipient of the Croydon Medical Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Society of Urogynaecology Lifetime Achievement Award, and the RCOG Travelling Sims Black Professorship. In recognition of the education and training done in Ireland, he was awarded the Hon FRCPI degree.

Dr Daniel Stott

Dr Daniel Stott

Consultant, Obstetrics, Sub-Specialist, Maternal and Fetal medicine, UCLH

Dr Fionnuala Mone

Dr Fionnuala Mone

Dr Fionnuala Mone, Consultant and Clinical Lecturer in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast 

Speaker's biography

Dr Fionnuala Mone is dual trained in fetal maternal medicine and prenatal genomics and is a Clinical Academic at Queen’s University Belfast. She is editor for Genetics in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, elected co-chair for the ISPD SIG on fetal imaging and phenotyping as well as board member for the British Maternal Fetal Medicine Society and  RCOG Scientific Impact Group.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Patrick O'Brien, President, Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The Royal Society of Medicine

Maternal medicine

Gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnancy

Dr Anita Banerjee, Obstetric Physician, Diabetes and Endocrinology Consultant, Internal Medicine Honorary Reader in Obstetric Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Liver disease in pregnancy

Professor Catherine Williamson, Professor of Women’s Health, King's College London and Honorary Consultant in Obstetric Medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Breech birth at term

Dr Shawn Walker, Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London, Researcher and Residence, Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Midwife, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital

Case discussion

Dr Surabhi Nanda, Consultant Obstetrician and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break

Obstetrics and fetal medicine

Chair: Professor Asma Khalil, Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Fetal intervention in multiple pregnancies

Professor Asma Khalil, Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Advances in prenatal genomics

Dr Fionnuala Mone, Consultant and Clinical Lecturer in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast

Third and fourth degree tears

Mr Abdul Sultan, Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist, Croydon University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Lunch break

Prize presentation and workshops

Wendy Savage Travel Bursary Prize winner presentation
Basic biometry hands-on

Professor Asma Khalil

Kiwi station

Dr Daniel Stott, Consultant, Obstetrics, Sub-Specialist, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, University College London Hospitals

Impacted fetal head

Professor Timothy Draycott, Consultant Obstetrician, North Bristol NHS Trust, and Team 

Breech presentation hands-on

Dr RM Shawn Walker and Ms RM Gemma Botterill 

Tea and coffee break
Panel discussion
Closing remarks

Dr Panicos Shangaris, President, Section of Maternity & the Newborn ForumThe Royal Society of Medicine

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 11 May 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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