News BMJ Group Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Wendy Savage

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5549 (Published 30 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5549

Wendy Savage is an inspirational leader in women’s health. As an obstetrician and gynaecologist, a campaigner, and an academic, she has a lifetime of contributions and achievements in women centred care and continues to be a champion of women’s rights in childbirth and fertility.

Currently honorary visiting professor at Middlesex University, Professor Savage qualified in 1960 and was the first woman consultant to be appointed in obstetrics and gynaecology at The London Hospital.

She has held many posts during her career, including senior lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the London Hospital Medical College and honorary consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Royal London Hospital.

Various hospital and academic posts took Professor Savage around the world, and she has worked in the United States, Nigeria, Kenya, and New Zealand, where she set up an abortion service before the law was liberalised.

Professor Savage’s reputation grew after a high profile inquiry in 1985. After being accused of incompetence in the management of obstetric cases and suspended from her post at the London Hospital Medical College, she was cleared of all charges and reinstated in 1986.

She was an elected member of the General Medical Council for more than 16 years, serving on several committees. In addition to extensive clinical, teaching, and research experience in the UK she has written several books and published many papers.

Professor Savage has coordinated Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion—a campaigning pressure group—for many years and supported women’s right to safe, legal abortion in the UK.

She is a longstanding member and former president of the Medical Women’s Federation. A former member of the Council of the BMA, she remains an active member.

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