Lesley Regan

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Lesley Regan

Medical career
InstitutionsImperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dame Lesley Regan DBE (born 1956) is a British gynaecologist, Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at St Mary's Hospital, and Deputy Head of the Division of Surgery, Oncology, Reproductive Biology and Anaesthetics at Imperial College London.[1][2] She was elected the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2016, the second woman and the first in 64 years to hold this position.[3] In her first presidential address, she discussed the importance of a healthy lifestyle for a safe pregnancy, and the risks of obesity.[2]

Regan graduated from the Royal Free Hospital, London in 1980 before becoming a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She was awarded an MD thesis after a secondment to the Medical Research Council’s Embryo and Gamete Research Group before moving to London to be consultant and senior lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at St Mary’s Hospital, where she is now chair and head of the department.[4]

In March 2007, she featured in the BBC's Prof Regan's Beauty Parlour.[5]

She was one of the first women to hold a chair in obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK,[citation needed] the first being Margaret Fairlie (1891-1963) who was appointed Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Dundee in 1940.[6]

She is also co-director of the UK’s Baby Bio Bank (BBB); a pregnancy tissue archive which aims to underpin future translational research into the major complications of pregnancy.[7] The Baby Bio Bank was established on 1 November 2013, by two London Universities, University College London and Imperial College London, with funding by Wellbeing of Women. They collect samples from the three key members of the family: the mother, father and baby, allowing hereditary factors from both parents to be tracked. They require a sample of blood from the mother and father and a piece of term placenta which is routinely discarded. [8]

Regan was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to women's healthcare.[9] In the same year, she became the chair of Wellbeing of Women.[10]


She has written several books on pregnancy and miscarriage including Your Pregnancy Week by Week.[2] Her book, Miscarriage: What Every Woman Needs to Know[11], written in 2018, explores how one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage and how it is the most common complication of pregnancy and also one of the least understood. Professor Regan is the first woman to hold a chair on obstetrics and gynaecology in the country and for the past decade she has worked to establish the biggest miscarriage clinic in the world. This book gives up-to-date information on the many causes of miscarriage and the latest treatments available. It covers the chances of a successful pregnancy, how to prepare for and cope with the next pregnancy, infertility, and gives answers to the most commonly asked questions on the subject of miscarriage.[citation needed]

Personal and family[edit]

She lives in London, and is the mother of twin girls, aged 24 in 2016.[2]


  1. ^ Anonymous. "Professor Lesley Regan". www.imperial.ac.uk. Imperial College London. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Boseley, Sarah (6 December 2016). "Lesley Regan: 'I have a responsibility to tell pregnant women the truth'". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  3. ^ Anonymous (21 May 2016). "RCOG statement: Professor Lesley Regan has been elected President of the RCOG". Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ "BMJ Careers - Helping women help themselves". careers.bmj.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ Anonymous. "Horizon – Prof Regan's Beauty Parlour". www.bbc.co.uk. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Maws & Bairns: Maternal & Child Health in Tayside: Local Heroes". Museum. University of Dundee. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Lesley Regan | The Fertility Show". www.fertilityshow.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Baby Biobank". www.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  9. ^ "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N8.
  10. ^ "Professor Dame Lesley Regan becomes new Chair". Wellbeing Of Women. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  11. ^ Regan, Lesley (2001). Miscarriage: What Every Woman Needs to Know : a Positive New Approach. Orion. ISBN 9780752837574.