Editor Profiles


Patrick Chien, MBChB MD MRCOG

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Special Interests: General obstetrics and gynaecology, case reports, minimal access surgery and systematic reviews

Currently working as a Consultant/ Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK. Patrick Chien’s special interests are in minimal access surgery dealing in menstrual dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain.

He is the RCOG College Tutor for Ninewells Hospital and also a co-opted member of the Scottish Committee of the RCOG. He also examines for the MRCOG examination and acts as an external examiner for the 3rd MBChB examination for the University of Aberdeen. Patrick Chien is involved in the development of standards setting for undergraduate medical examinations and is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Northern Obstetrical Society in Scotland.

He is the course convener and member of the teaching faculty for the Laparoscopic Surgical Course for Gynaecologists and RCOG Basic Surgical Skills Course at the Cushieri Skills Unit, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

His MD thesis was on maternal and fetal amino acid metabolism and protein turnover during normal pregnancy studied using stable isotopically labelled amino acids. His main research work is on systematic reviews on randomised controlled trials as well as diagnostic tests. He is also interested in the assessment of reliability and validity of diagnostic tests. He has also conducted and collaborated on several primary randomised controlled trials and observational studies.

Stephen Dobbs, MD FRCOG

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Special interests: Gynaecological oncology, colposcopy, minimal access surgery

Currently Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, at the Belfast City Hospital in Northern Ireland, UK. Undergraduate education was at Queen’s University of Belfast and Postgraduate education in Nottingham and Leicester, UK. He undertook subspecialist training in Gynaecological Oncology and commenced consultant grade in 1999.

Stephen Dobbs undertook his MD thesis on angiogenesis in precancerous/cancer of the cervix. He remains active in research and is a lead researcher for ovarian cancer screening trials (UKCTOCS and UKFOCS) in Belfast as well as supervising local research projects.

His main clinical interests are minimal access surgery in gynaecological oncology and maximal surgical debulking of ovarian cancer. Outside medicine, he has an active family and is a keen sailor.

Ellis G R Downes, MRCOG

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Special interests: General gynaecology, minimal access surgery, urogynaecology, endometrial ablation and new surgical techniques

Ellis Downes is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician with a special interest in endoscopic surgery and urogynaecology at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, North London, UK. He is a visiting Professor at Middlesex University, an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College Hospital and has published widely.

He is a Board member of both the British and International Societies of Gynaecological Endoscopy and a member of the International Continence Society. His research interests include new hysteroscopic and ablative surgical techniques, surgical management of prolapse and the National and International variations of hysterectomy rates for menorrhagia. Outside medicine, apart from his family, his passion is flying light aeroplanes.

Sig-Linda Jacobson, MD

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Special interests: Obstetrics, pre-eclampsia, medical complications of pregnancy

Sig-Linda Jacobson earned her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of Southern California. She then spent four years practicing general OB/GYN for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation. She subsequently undertook a two year fellowship in Oxford, UK, working in a special unit for hypertension in pregnancy. Her fellowship in Maternal-fetal Medicine was completed at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), USA in 1990. She was Board certified in 1984 and received subspecialty certification in maternal-fetal medicine in 1992. Her clinical interests include substance abuse in pregnancy, hypertension, preeclampsia and intrauterine growth retardation. Sig-Linda Jacobson also directs the substance abuse in pregnancy program, OHSU.

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