Professor S. Arulkumaran created history
recently when he was elected Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
at St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London.
He thus became the first president of the Institute to be
elected from outside the United Kingdom.
Professor Arulkumaran, who was born in 1948, is
the son of the late K. Sabaratnam and Gnambikai. He was educated
at Jaffna Central College and
later joined Mahajana College Telippalai. He
entered the University of Ceylon and passed his MBBS with
honours in 1972. He later went on to add a number degrees to his
tally such as DCH (Cey), FRCOG, FRCS Ed + MD and PhD (Sing) by
He is also an Honorary Fellow of FSOGC (Canada),
FACOG (America), FSCOG (Sri Lanka), FAMS (Singapore), FCPS
(Pakistan), FICOG (India) and FCMSA (South Africa).
Professor Arulkumaran is also the Editor in
Chief of ‘Best Practice & Research in Clinical Obstetrics &
Associate Editor of ‘Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Survey (USA)’, ‘Current Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UK)’, ‘JHK
Academy of Medicine Med. Journal Obstetrics & Gynaecology (EU)’
and ‘Current opinion in O&G (USA/UK)’.
Add to all that he has to his credit over 240
International indexed articles, 125 Chapters in books and has
edited/ authored 18 books.
He had earlier been Professor of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology University of Nottingham from 1997 to 2001,
Non-Executive Director of Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospital NHS
Trust from 1997 to 2001, Professor 1993 to 1997 and Head 1995 to
1997 of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, National
University of Singapore. FIGO Secretary General 2003-2006 and
Professor Arulkumaran is also the Vice Presidenct of
Education at Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,