Ian MacKenzie

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


Having qualified in medicine at Bristol University and completing various junior hospital posts, he commenced a career in obstetrics and gynaecology working in Bristol, Newcastle upon Tyne and Oxford. Having worked as a clinical research fellow in prostaglandins under the mentorship of Mostyn Embrey, he was appointed lecturer and subsequently Reader in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Oxford, Professorial Fellow at St Hugh's College and honorary consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital , Oxford where he remained until his retirement at the end of 2009. Apart from a full commitment to clinical duties, he was actively involved in teaching medical students and trainees and was an undergraduate and postgraduate examiner in the United Kingdom and abroad. Throughout his career, he maintained an active clinical research program. His initial primary areas of research involved developing prostaglandin protocols for therapeutic abortion and exploring, designing and establishing the concept of vaginal prostaglandins for cervical ripening and labour induction, an approach adopted worldwide. His other major area of study over 30 years was investigating and promoting routine antenatal Rhesus D prophylaxis. During the past two decades he has reported on clinical performance in many clinical areas including response times for assisted vaginal delivery, caesarean section and cord prolapse, the role of diagnostic uterine curettage and surgical evacuation, male and female sterilisation and many other areas. His MD (1981) and DSc (1994) were awarded for his researches into the physiological roles and clinical applications of prostaglandins in induced abortion and labour induction and management. He is on the Council of the Medical Defence Union and is actively involved in medico-legal issues. He is and has been on the editorial board of a small number of specialist medical journals.

Biography Updated on 28 April 2011

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