About this event

  • Date and time Fri 3 Jul 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Obstetrics and Gynaecology

This webinar provides a unique opportunity to learn from top experts in the field about pathophysiology of abnormal placentation. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the proportion deliveries by Caesarean section. This has in turn led to a sharp rise in the incidence of abnormally adherent placenta which is a significant cause of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality.

At the start of the webinar participants will get the opportunity to hear the winning essay of the Josephine Barnes' Prize. The title of this year's essay was: 'Surgical treatment of chronic pelvic pain'.  

The learning objectives are as follows:

  • To learn about more about the causes of abnormal placentation
  • To understand causes of abnormal placentation and learn about possible prevention strategies
  • To hear top experts discussing optimal organisation of surgical care for women with abnormally adherent placenta 

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with CPD credit(s) will be issued to those joining the webinar live. Certificates of attendance for CPD will be automatically issued after 7 days, but only where a delegate watches the webinar live in its entirety. 

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*We would like to thank our sponsors GE Healthcare for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.


Key speakers

Mr Joseph Yazbek

Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon

Speaker's biography

Joseph Yazbek is a consultant gynaecological oncology surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust and an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London.

He is an experienced practitioner of complex open and minimally invasive surgery for malignant and benign gynaecological conditions. He has a special interest in fertility sparing surgery and in the use of intraoperative ultrasound guidance for optimal fertility preservation. He is the lead surgeon for complex Caesarean sections including abnormal placentation and previous complicated pelvic surgery at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital.

His primary research interest is in revolutionising the pathways of managing women with suspected gynaecological cancers. He is also interested in the preoperative differentiation between benign, borderline and invasive ovarian tumours. He continues to investigate the use of intraoperative ultrasound in various areas of gynaecological malignancies, including recurrent borderline ovarian tumours and gestational trophoblastic disease.

Miss Jackie Ross

Consultant Gynaecologist, King’s College Hospital London

Speaker's biography

Jackie Ross is clinical lead for the Early Pregnancy & Gynaecology Assessment Unit at King’s College Hospital London. She is the vice chair of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units and an Gynaecology ultrasound lead for RCOG and South London post graduate deanery for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

A list of her publications can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1XG0e6MY0SdAd/bibliography/public/


Professor Eric Jauniaux

Professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine EGA Institute for Women's Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London

Speaker's biography

Eric Jauniaux has worked for over 30 years on placental and fetal development and on the diagnosis and management of placental related-complications of pregnancy. He is the author/co-author of over 400 peer-reviewed research clinical and basic science original articles and reviews and editor/co-editor of 13 books and texbooks. He was awarded the international prize for research in placentology by the International Placental Federations Association (IPFA) and a personal chair at UCL in 2002. He has been the lead developer for the 2018 FIGO guidelines on the diagnosis and management of placenta accreta spectrum disorders and the 2019 RCOG GTG27 (Placenta praevia, placenta accreta and vasa praevia).

Dr. Amarnath Bhide

Consultant in Obstetrics & Fetal Medicine

St. George’s University Hospital Foundation Trust, London

Speaker's biography

Amar Bhide is currently Consultant in Obstetrics and fetal Medicine at the St. George’s Hospital in London, United Kingdom. He is a lead clinician for the Day Assessment Unit and honorary Senior Lecturer at St. George’s University of London. He is the co-director of the MFM sub-speciality program. He is the deputy Chief Editor of Acta Obstetricia Gynecologica Scandinavica. He has previously been a member of the editorial board for two other journals  and scientific editor of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 10 years.

He received basic training in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Mumbai, India, and subspeciality training in the UK. He Obtained a PhD from a UiT: The Arctic University of Norway.

His research interests are in placental physiology and pathology, hypoxaemia and fetal cardiac function. His clinical interests are in invasive prenatal diagnosis and therapy, multiple pregnancy and problems with fetal growth. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters. He has co-authored six books.  He holds research collaborations with Karolinska University (Sweden), University of Oulu (Finland) and University of Tromso (Norway). He receives grant funding from UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).


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Welcome and introduction

Mr Davor Jurkovic, President, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Winner of the Dame Josephine Barnes prize presentation

Surgical treatment of chronic pelvic pain

Miss Yasmin Zolfaghari, Medical Student, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Early abnormally invasive placenta: Insidious journey towards calamity

Ms Jackie Ross, Consultant Gynaecologist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

What is the best way to diagnose placenta accreta spectrum?

Professor Eric Jauniaux, Professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, EGA Institute for Women’s Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London


Motion: This house believes that surgery for placenta accreta should be done by a gynaecological oncologist

For: Mr Joseph Yazbek, Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London

Against: Mr Amarnath Bhide, Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust





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