Stuart Campbell (obstetrician)

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Professor Stuart Campbell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and graduated from the medical school of Glasgow University. During his training he worked with Ian Donald, who had published some of the first papers on the use of ultrasound in obstetrics.

Campbell went on to become one of the pioneers too, publishing papers on fetal biometry, and developing charts of fetal measurements such the biparietal diameter and head circumference, and formulae for estimating fetal weight using ultrasound.

He went on to work at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London, before being appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King's College Hospital, where he established a fetal medicine unit of international renown (now Harris-Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine), where other leading fetal medicine practitioners such as Professor Kypros Nicolaides, and Charles Rodeck would later train and work.

Campbell's work went on to describe the use of ultrasound to diagnose fetal anomalies, and then the use of Doppler ultrasound, in particular uteroplacental Doppler, in the assessment of 'high-risk' pregnancies.

Professor Campbell went on to become Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St George's Hospital Medical School before his retirement. He was founding President of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (ISUOG),[1] and the first editor of the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (The White Journal),[2] one of the leading peer-reviewed journals on imaging within obstetrics and gynaecology.

In 1992 he was awarded the Ian Donald Gold Medal of ISUOG in recognition of his contribution to ultrasound in obstetrics & gynecology, with over 400 peer-reviewed publications to his name at the time.

Since 2001 Professor Campbell has been a consultant at Create Health Clinics, which was set up to provide the latest techniques in Reproductive Medicine, Antenatal and Gynaecological scanning.

He has developed his interest in 3D and 4D (moving 3D) imaging and has published papers on a novel method of diagnosing cleft palate.[3] In this work he collaborated with two colleagues at Addenbrookes Hospital, Christoph Lees ( Director of Fetal Medicine) and Per Hall, oro-facial surgeon. The technique called the reverse face view provides detailed and reliable information on congenital defects of the fetal palate; hitherto only defects of the lips and alveolus could be visualised by existing techniques.

He was also the first to describe patterns of fetal behaviour such as blinking, smiling, crying and reflexes in early pregnancy. Many of his images and moving 3D sequences of fetal behaviour have been used in television documentaries such as “My Fetus”, “Life Before Birth” and “In The Womb”.

He has also continued to work as supervisor of the ultrasound arm of the UKCTOCS (Ovarian Cancer Screening) trial.


  • Presentation of the 1992 Ian Donald Gold Medal to Stuart Campbell. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2 (1992) 379-380

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  3. ^ Sommerlad M, Patel N, Vijayalakshmi B, et al. (November 2010). "Detection of lip, alveolar ridge and hard palate abnormalities using two-dimensional ultrasound enhanced with the three-dimensional reverse-face view". Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 36 (5): 596–600. doi:10.1002/uog.7739. PMID 20617510.