International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
FIGO President, FIGO Secretariat
Started Term October 2012
Professor Arulkumaran obtained his MD and PhD from National University of Singapore and FRCOG from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG), London, and fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr Arulkumaran is active with a number of professional organisations including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, of which he was president 2007-10.
Dr Arulkumaran is currently president-elect of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – (FIGO) the global body dedicated to improving the quality of life of women and newborns. He has published 24 books as author or editor, 240 indexed articles and more than 150 book chapters and has been editor in chief of Best Practice and Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 1998.
Dr Arulkumaran’s research and clinical interests are in understanding and improving the quality of life for women and newborn babies. He has been in clinical practice for 37 years and in research and teaching for 25 years. He joined St George’s, University of London as a professor and then became head of obstetrics and gynaecology in 2001. Before this, Dr Arulkumaran held posts at a number of high-profile institutions including the National University of Singapore, the University of Nottingham, the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr Arulkumaran considers amongst his key achievements 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.