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Professional
Ashok Kumar is a Consultant at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Whittington Hospital, London .
 
Professional Bodies
Ashok Kumar is a member Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, The Medical Defence Union, the Association of hospital specialists, the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology & the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society as well as being an expert reviewer for the International Journal
of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, or BJOG.
 
Teaching
With twenty years of experience, Ashok Kumar, now teaches and examines fifth year Imperial College medical students the practical part of their obstetrics and gynaecology course as well as training hospital midwives.

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  • trains midwives in the suturing of episiotomies and the management of labour and delivery.
  • lecturers medical students and junior doctors on labour ward management and supervises junior doctors in assisted vaginal deliveries, Caesarean Sections and gynaecological operations.
  • gives lectures on the management of medical emergencies in labour ward, management of Anaemia & Preterm labour.
  • has been a examiner for the last ten years for MRCOG and DRCOG courses at the Royal Free Hospital, as well as for the University College London Hospital  undergraduate examinations and Imperial College medical  students.
  • has assisted in developing course material for the  MRCOG part-2 OSCE course.
 
Research
 
Diabetes
A national survey on the practice of management of diabetes in pregnancy and Obstetric Cholestasis.
 
Sickle Cell Disease
A project to study the hormonal and clinical effects of hormonal contraception on women with Sickle
Cell Disease.
 
Sickle Cell Disease
A survey of contraceptive use in women with sickle cell disease
 
Sickle Cell Disease
A survey of the outcome of pregnancies complicated by sickle cell disease in the UK, January
2000 - December 2005.There were only two such previous studies conducted in the UK in the past.
 
Induction
Prostaglandin E2 for Induction of Labour - a comparative study with Syntocin.
 
Pre-Term Labour
The Efficacy of Nifedipine and Isoxsuprine Hydrochloride on arrest of pre-term labour - a comparative
study. This study showed that both drugs are equally effective in arresting pre-term labour, However,
in terms of side effects, Nifedipine has an excellent safety profile.
 
Urinary Infection
Urine dip stick instead of MSU culture and sensitivity to exclude the urinary tract infection before
urodynamic studies.
 
Incontinence
Follow up of women who have undergone the operations for genuine stress incontinence during
1996- 1998.
 
Cervival Cerclage
Retrospective analysis of cervical cerclage during pregnancy: a five year study from 1998-2002 at the Royal Free Hospital.
 
Ectopic Pregnancies
Epidemiology of ectopic pregnancies in a north London hospital, 2004-2005. This study looked into the epidemiological factors and management of ectopic pregnancies.
 
Publications & Projects
 
Publications & Research

Granular cell tumour of the vulva: a case report.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Volume 24, Number 7; October 2004.
Authors: O Ashokkumar, A. Rodin

 

Primary Fallopian Tube Carcinoma - A review article.
Obstetrical and Gynaecological Survey, Volume 60, Number 4; April 2005,
Authors: A. AjithKumar, A. Minimole, O Ashokkumar

 

Cervical cerclage during pregnancy – five year study – A teaching hospital experience;
Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology , supplementary edition April 2005,
Authors: O Ashokkumar, A Mohan, S M Tuck

 

Hyperparathyroidism in pregnancy – an unusual presentation –
Italian Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Volume 17-No.1 ; Jan-March-2005.
Authors: O Ashokkumar, S M Tuck, N Campbell

 

Submitting for Publication – for BJOG

Presentation to the Learned Societies

 

Genital Tract Sarcoma in Childhood, A case report
Oral Presentation at Annual Conference of Trichur Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society meeting - June 1993

 

A Comparative study of efficacy of Nifedipine and Isoxsuprine hydrochloride on arrest of pre-term labour.
 
Poster presentation in the Annual Conference of Indian Medical Association U.K. branch held at the Alexandra Palace, London – September, 1999

 


Decision-Delivery Interval in Emergency Caesarean Sections, a DGH experience.
Poster presentation in “India Day” at RCOG, London in June 2003.

 

Outcome of pregnancies complicated by maternal sickle cell disease
Oral Presentation at Annual meeting of UK forum for Haemoglobinopathies, May 2004 , St: Thomas’ Hospital, London.

 

Cervical Cerclage during pregnancy: five year study (1998 to 2002) – A teaching hospital experience
Poster presentation in the 10th Annual British Feto- Maternal Society Conference, Nottingham, UK, April 2005

 

Outcome of pregnancies complicated by maternal sickle cell disease
Oral Presentation at Annual meeting of UK forum for Haemoglobinopathies, May 2004, St: Thomas' Hospital, London.

 
Guidelines Authored
Ashok Kumar has written several NHS hospital guidelines for junior doctors on the treatment of pregnancies complicated by diabetes, asthma and hypertension and he's researched the effect of maternal sickle cell disease on pregnancy in the UK. Mr Kumar is also a scientific reviewer of articles for the leading journal in his field, the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, or BJOG.
 
Qualifications
 
2005 : Special Skills Module in Urodynamics - RCOG, London
 
2004 : Special Skills Module in Maternal Medicine- RCOG, London
 
1997 : MRCOG- RCOG, London
 
1997 : Diploma of National Board of Examinations National Board of Examinations, Delhi
 
1996 : MD - Government Medical College, Trivandrum, India
 
1991 : MBBS - Government Medical College, Trichur, India
 

Gold medal for being the top postgraduate in the year in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Kerala University, 1996).

 
Personal
Ashok is married with one son. He loves animals, as well as children, and keeps pet chickens in his garden, sharing the free-range eggs with his colleagues and neighbours.

He's a keen gardener and is also surprisingly good at dry flower arranging having won a number of prizes in dry flower competitions.
Ashok is British but he originally comes from Kerala in southern India. He speaks Malayalam and Tamil.
 

 

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