Geeta Nargund (MBBS FRCOG London) is a visiting professor, medical doctor, trainer, health writer, commentator, and pioneer in the field of natural and mild IVF and Advanced Technology in Reproductive Medicine.
Education and early career
Nargund studied medicine at Karnataka Medical College (now Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences) Hubli, India and at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.
Nargund is the medical director of CREATE Fertility and a visiting professor at Hasselt University Medical Faculty (working at Genk University Hospital), Belgium, at National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and SDM Medical College in India. She is an accredited trainer for infertility and gynaecological ultrasound modules at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) London and the British Fertility Society (BFS). Additionally, she is senior consultant gynaecologist and lead consultant for reproductive medicine services at St George's Hospital. She has pioneered the use of follicular Doppler in assessing egg quality in humans. She has also published the first scientific paper on 'Cumulative conception and live birth rates in natural (unstimulated) IVF cycles'. As co-author, she won the 'Robert Edwards Prize' for best paper of the year 2014 for a paper on the innovative 'Simplified Culture System', which allows IVF to be performed without a conventional laboratory.
Nargund is the president of the International Society for Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction (ISMAAR), and is a member of the Steering Committee of the ESHRE Task Force on infertility in developing countries, previously holding the position of Chair of ESHRE Special Task Force on 'Mild ART'. She has been a member of the expert group in terminology for the World Health Organisation expert group in terminology in infertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Nargund is the founder and chief executive of Create Health Foundation, a UK national charity which is devoted to the promotion of an evidence-based, holistic and supportive approach to women's reproductive health through education and research. She sits on the medical advisory panel for Chana, a charity supporting infertility in the British Jewish community. She is passionate about prevention of infertility, and protecting women’s health and safety during assisted conception treatment and has pioneered UK's first fertility education initiative in secondary schools.
In the press, Nargund is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has appeared on Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4. Among the many UK and international newspapers and magazines, she has commented and given opinion in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, BBC, The Sun, ITV, Cosmopolitan, and the International Business Times UK. She is also an associate member of the Guild of Health Writers UK and is Co-Editor-in-Chief for a European scientific journal - Facts, Views and Vision in OBGYN. She is on the international editorial board of the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences and is a member of the Tiffany Circle and Tiffany Circle International Council, British Red Cross - a group of influential women leaders and philanthropists.
- Medical Director at CREATE Fertility
- Elected as a trustee to the Board of British Red Cross in September 2017
- Trustee on the board of the London Emergency Trust
- London Vice President for British Red Cross
- President of the International Scientific Society for Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction, a UK registered charity
- Director of The Walking Egg Foundation, a charity dedicated to global access to fertility care through innovation, education, and training
- Accredited trainer for Infertility and Gynaecological Ultrasound special skills modules at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) London and the British Fertility Society (BFS)
- Special consultant on the medical advisory panel for Chana, a charity supporting infertility in the British Jewish community
- Member of the Sterling Committee of the ESHRE Task Force on "Infertility in developing countries"
- Full member of the Guild of Health Writers UK
Honours and awards
- 2017 Special Award - Doctor of the Year - British Association for Physicians of Indian Origin
- 2016 Top ten most influential Asian women in Britain - Asian Sunday Newspaper
- 2015 Daily Telegraph UK STEM Awards Hero
- 2015 Winner at annual Inspiration Awards for Women
- 2014 Winner of RBS Chairman’s Award for most outstanding candidate at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2014 for her work in advancing safer, more accessible fertility treatments in the UK and across the world
- 2013 Winner of Red Magazines Hot Women Award for charity work
- Fauser, B. C. J. M.; Nargund, G.; Andersen, A. N.; Norman, R.; Tarlatzis, B.; Boivin, J.; Ledger, W. (2010). "Mild ovarian stimulation for IVF: 10 years later". Human Reproduction. 25 (11): 2678–84. doi:10.1093/humrep/deq247. PMID 20858698.
- Nargund, Geeta; Frydman, René (2007). "Towards a more physiological approach to IVF". Reproductive BioMedicine Online. 14 (5): 550–2. doi:10.1016/S1472-6483(10)61043-7. PMID 17509190.
- Nargund, G.; Fauser, B.C.J.M.; MacKlon, N.S.; Ombelet, W.; Nygren, K.; Frydman, R.; Rotterdam ISMAAR Consensus Group on Terminology for Ovarian Stimulation for IVF (2007). "The ISMAAR proposal on terminology for ovarian stimulation for IVF". Human Reproduction. 22 (11): 2801–4. doi:10.1093/humrep/dem285. PMID 17855409.
- Nargund, Geeta (2009). "Natural/mild assisted reproductive technologies: reducing cost and increasing safety". Women's Health. 5 (4): 359–60. doi:10.2217/whe.09.32. PMID 19586428.
- Nargund, Geeta (2008). "Natural-cycle/mild IVF: a science-based and patient-centered approach for the future". Women's Health. 4 (4): 327–8. doi:10.2217/17455057.4.4.327. PMID 19072497.
- Verberg, M.F.G.; MacKlon, N.S.; Nargund, G.; Frydman, R.; Devroey, P.; Broekmans, F.J.; Fauser, B.C.J.M. (2008). "Mild ovarian stimulation for IVF". Human Reproduction Update. 15 (1): 13–29. doi:10.1093/humupd/dmn056. PMID 19091755.
- Habbema, J. D. F.; Eijkemans, M. J.C.; Nargund, G.; Beets, G.; Leridon, H.; Te Velde, E. R. (2009). "The effect of in vitro fertilization on birth rates in western countries". Human Reproduction. 24 (6): 1414–9. doi:10.1093/humrep/dep004. PMID 19233869.
- Nargund, G.; Waterstone, J; Bland, J; Philips, Z; Parsons, J; Campbell, S (2001). "Cumulative conception and live birth rates in natural (unstimulated) IVF cycles". Human Reproduction. 16 (2): 259–62. doi:10.1093/humrep/16.2.259. PMID 11157816.
- Nargund, Geeta (February 2009). "One-Stop Fertility Test". Private Healthcare UK.
- Nargund G. "Scientific evidence shows the need for a fresh approach to IVF" Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2015 Jan;11(1):11-3. doi: 10.2217/whe.14.75.
- Frydman R, Nargund G. "Mild approaches in assisted reproduction--better for the future?" Fertil Steril. 2014 Dec;102(6):1540-1. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.10.018.
- Van Blerkom J, Ombelet W, Klerkx E, Janssen M, Dhont N, Nargund G, Campo R "First births with a simplified culture system for clinical IVF and embryo transfer" Reprod Biomed Online 2014 (3) 310-20
- Nargund G. "Helping Woman with their Fertility should be part of the Agenda for Gender Equality." Facts Views Vis Obgyn. 2014;6(1):50.
- Ombelet W, Van Blerkom J, Klerkx E, Janssen M, Dhont N, Mestdagh G, Nargund G, Campo R. "The (t)WE lab Simplified IVF Procedure: First Births after freezing/thawing." Facts Views Vis Obgyn. 2014;6(1):45-9.
- "Mrs Geeta Nargund | St George's Healthcare clinicians". www.stgeorges.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
- Nargund, G.; Waterstone, J.; Bland, J.; Philips, Z.; Parsons, J.; Campbell, S. (2001-02-01). "Cumulative conception and live birth rates in natural (unstimulated) IVF cycles". Human Reproduction (Oxford, England). 16 (2): 259–262. doi:10.1093/humrep/16.2.259. ISSN 0268-1161. PMID 11157816.
- Robert Edwards Prize 2014: First births with a simplified culture system for clinical IVF and embryo transfer
- "ISMAAR". ismaar.org. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
- "Health Education Research (HER) Trust". www.createhealthfoundation.org. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
- Weale, Sally (2016-05-17). "The doctor warning 15-year-olds about their declining fertility". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
- "Souad Massi, What do we tell our young people about fertility?, Women and Buddhism, Woman's Hour - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "How much time is really left on your biological clock?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "Top doctor claims NHS is falling for IVF 'rip off'". Mail Online. November 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "Thinking of using IVF? Try this first". The Independent. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- Letters (2015-06-03). "The 'choices' facing women who want children". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "'Revolution' in egg freezing science | The Times". The Times. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "IVF costs to NHS 'must be capped', says fertility expert". 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "Gamechangers: 'Stressful and dangerous' conventional IVF should be abandoned, says Dr Geeta Nargund". International Business Times UK. 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "Trustees | The London Emergencies Trust". londonemergenciestrust.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
- "BAPIO | British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin".
- Bellamy, Alison. "Our Top 10 Most Influential Asian Women in Britain". Asian Sunday.
- Bray, Paul (2016-08-13). "A creative approach to IVF treatment - UK STEM Awards 2015". The Telegraph.
- "Professor is honoured for developing safer IVF treatment". South London Press. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "AWA 2014: The winners | Page 1 - Real Business". realbusiness.co.uk. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "red women". www.redonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- Boseley, Sarah (July 4, 2007). "Taking on the baby gods". The Guardian.
- Freeman, Hilary (December 16, 2006). "Natural IVF is on the way". The Times.
- Stephens, Anastasia (May 17, 2010). "A softly, softly approach to IVF offers women fresh hope". The Daily Telegraph.