Pat O’Brien is a Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He is President of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Royal Society of Medicine, and immediate past Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. At UCLH he spent time as Divisional Clinical Director for Women’s Health and Governance Lead.
An RCOG Council member since 2014, he has sat on a wide range of committees and working parties at the RCOG and Department of Health, and is a media spokesperson for the RCOG. He has been chair of the International Section of the Institute for Women’s Health in London, and chair of the Clinical Research Hubs Network Portfolio Board, UCLH. He has been chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Portland Hospital and chair of the Women’s Health Division of HCA in the UK. He is a patron of the charity SafeHands for Mothers which works to promote women’s health in low-income countries. He lectures widely, both nationally and internationally, and is an ad hoc medical advisor for various TV shows and film.
Pat qualified as a doctor in Ireland, but his postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology was in London. In the NHS, he specialises in Maternal Medicine, ‘high risk’ obstetrics and Caesarean section, but his private practice embraces all types of birth, from pool birth to Caesarean.