International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
President, British Medical Association (BMA), FIGO President, FIGO Secretariat
Started term: October 2012

Sir Sabaratnam ARULKUMARAN

Professor Arulkumaran obtained his MBBS (Hons) from Sri Lanka in 1972 followed by MD and PhD from National University of Singapore. He obtained his FRCOG from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG), London, and fellowship from 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. In 2013 the University of London conferred a Hon DSc.

Dr Arulkumaran is currently president of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – (FIGO) the global body dedicated to improving the quality of life of women and newborns and is also President of the British Medical Association for ’13-‘14. He has published 32 books as author or editor, 260 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 and of the Global Library of Women’s medicine ( from 2013.

Dr Arulkumaran’s research and clinical interests are in 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 Professor and head of obstetrics and gynaecology in 2001 and is Emeritus Professor at St George’s from 2013. He is also adjunct Professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London. Dr Arulkumaran held posts at a number of high-profile institutions as Professor including the National University of Singapore and the University of Nottingham.

Dr Arulkumaran was appointed as Knight Bachelor in June 2009 by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of services to Medicine and Health Care. On that occasion the London Gazette had this citation ‘The most forward thinking medical leader in this country’.