John Webster (doctor)

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John Webster
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John Webster (Doctor)
Born (1936-07-04)4 July 1936
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields Doctor
Institutions Bourn Hall Clinic, Oldham General Hospital, CARE Fertility
Known for Assisting Patrick Steptoe with the birth of the world's first IVF baby, Louise Brown

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[edit]

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.[1]

Webster was present at the birth of Louise Brown (world's first IVF baby, born 25 July 1978) and assisted Patrick Steptoe with the delivery.[2]

In 1980, Webster was invited by Steptoe and Edwards to establish with them the world's first IVF clinic at Bourn Hall. Webster served as Deputy Medical Director at Bourn Hall from 1980 - 1985.[3]

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.[4]

In 1988 Webster was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ David K Gardner; Ariel Weissman; Colin M Howles; Zeev Shoham. Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Laboratory and Clinical Perspectives. pp. 10–2. 
  2. ^ BBC NEWS | Health | 'I helped deliver Louise'
  3. ^ David K Gardner; Ariel Weissman; Colin M Howles; Zeev Shoham. Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Laboratory and Clinical Perspectives. p. 12. 
  4. ^ CARE John Webster House

Publications[edit]

1. IN VITRO FERTILISATION - Past Present Future Edited by S. Fishel and E. M. Symonds (IRL Press 1986)

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