John Webster (doctor)
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John Webster (Doctor)
|Born||4 July 1936|
|Known for||Assisting Patrick Steptoe with the birth of the world's first IVF baby, Louise Brown|
|Institutions||Bourn Hall Clinic, Oldham General Hospital, CARE Fertility|
John Webster FRCOG (born 4 July 1936) is an English obstetrician and gynaecologist. Present at the world's first IVF birth, Louise Brown, Dr Webster has continued to develop and further research in the field of IVF (in vitro fertilisation).
Life and career
Webster graduated from Liverpool University in 1960, gaining an MB ChB. From 1960 - 1963, he was a House Officer at Clatterbridge Hospital in Liverpool. From 1963 - 1964, Webster was the Senior House Officer to Mr Patrick Steptoe. From 1964 - 1974, Dr Webster practised in Canada. From 1974 - 1980, he was a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology and infertility as registrar / consultant to Mr Patrick Steptoe at Oldham General Hospital. It was during this time that Webster was involved with early pioneering research into in vitro fertilisation with Patrick Steptoe and Bob Edwards. He was also awarded his MRCOG during this period.
In 1985 Webster established an IVF Unit (CARE Fertility) at the Park Hospital in Nottingham, the sixth unit in the UK, and the first in the Midlands. He served as Medical Director at the Park Hospital from 1985 - July 2006. He was also present at the opening of the new purpose built building which houses CARE Fertility in Nottingham, and is named after him, John Webster House.
In 1988 Webster was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
- David K Gardner; Ariel Weissman; Colin M Howles; Zeev Shoham. Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Laboratory and Clinical Perspectives. pp. 10–2.
- BBC NEWS | Health | 'I helped deliver Louise'
- David K Gardner; Ariel Weissman; Colin M Howles; Zeev Shoham. Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Laboratory and Clinical Perspectives. p. 12.
- CARE John Webster House
1. IN VITRO FERTILISATION - Past Present Future Edited by S. Fishel and E. M. Symonds (IRL Press 1986)