Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology was launched in 1989. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of obstetrics and gynecology is divided into nine sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Gubby Ayida MA, MRCOG, DM is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. She is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford University and St Thomas's Medical School, London. Her higher training and clinical experience was gained principally in teaching hospitals which were also tertiary referral centres for high risk pregnancies and specialist gynaecology services. She spent almost three years as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Oxford. She was awarded a DM for her postgraduate thesis on ‘Special Applications of Ultrasound to Management of Sub-fertility’.
Miss Ayida was a Consultant Obstetrician at St Bartholomew and The Royal London Hospitals Trust (1999-2001), where she was the Associate Clinical Director for Obstetrics and Neonatology. She returned to the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in September 2001. She is a member of the hospital's High Risk Obstetric Team and Lead Clinician for the Labour Ward and Obstetric High Dependency Unit. She is actively involved in risk management and chairs the Maternity Services Risk Management Group.
Her interest in organisational management, risk assessment/reduction and clinical governance has led to regional and national contributions. These include membership of NHS Modernisation Think Tank Group and advice and facilitation with the National Clinical Governance Support Unit's Maternity Programme for hospitals. The impact of multidisciplinary team working on risk and clinical outcome is another area that Gubby Ayida has been focusing on. She is an accredited instructor in crisis resource management and a facilitator on the MOSES (Multidisciplinary Obstetric Simulated Emergency Scenarios) programme using medical simulations. She is also an instructor for the MOET (Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma) training programme.
From specialist gynaecology interests earlier in her career to a current predisposition towards high-risk obstetrics and organisational issues, Gubby Ayida feels well placed to edit the women's health issue of the journal. She seeks to invite reviews from experts in specialist areas that will appeal and inform an audience of non-specialists who are keen to keep themselves fully updated with clinical developments and research.
Joseph Aquilina MRCOG, MFFP
Joseph Aquilina is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals. He is the lead Clinician for Obstetric Ultrasound/Feto-maternal medicine and runs a one-stop Menstrual Disorders clinic at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Mr Aquilina obtained his primary medical degree in Malta and then moved to the UK for his basic postgraduate training in Bristol, Taunton and in London at King's College and Greenwich Hospitals. He subsequently undertook research and subspecialty training in feto-maternal medicine/gynaecological ultrasound as a lecturer at St. Bartholomew's and Royal London Medical School, Queen Mary Westfield College, based at Homerton Hospital. He is recognised as a preceptor for training in gynaecological scanning by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His research interests include prediction of pre-eclampsia and sonohysterography.