Professor Basky Thilaganathan

Consultant and Director, Fetal Medicine Unit, St George’s University of London

Research interests

Preeclampsia, uteroplacental function, fetal growth and maternal cardiac adaptation in pregnancy


Basky Thilaganathan was appointed Professor of Fetal Medicine at St George’s, University of London in 2008. Before that, he was appointed Director of Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital in 1999. His research interests are focused on Maternal-Fetal medicine, with a particular interest on fetal growth, placental function, preeclampsia and cardiac function (TED talk:
He completed his postgraduate training at King’s College London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals, culminating in his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) (1995), MD in Fetal Medicine (1996) and Certificate of Completion of Training (1998). He undertook his undergraduate training at King’s College London, where he obtained a BSc in Genetic Engineering (1995) and MBBS (1988). He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and an Honorary Doctorate (PhD) from Uppsala University in 2007.
He has authored two undergraduate and five postgraduate text books in obstetrics and fetal medicine. He is the lead trainer for the Maternal-Fetal medicine sub-speciality training programme at St George’s Hospital and Editor-in Chief of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the medical journal affiliated to ISUOG. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications in indexed journals. He is a Council Member on the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), member of the National screening Committee and also the Clinical Lead for the the first dedicated high-throughput NIPT lab in the UK NHS to undertake cfDNA aneuploidy screening in pregnancy (