Global Health Committee

The Global Health Committee is a joint Initiative between ISSHP and our sister organisation, The International Society for Obstetric Medicine (ISOM). The joint ISSHP/ISOM Global Health Committee will promote best clinical, research, and advocacy practices to partners in under-resourced settings internationally. It has been emphasised that our organisations need a global perspective to address maternal death, near-miss, and chronic disability, the vast majority of which occurs in under-resourced settings. Our ultimate goal is to build capacity and improve outcomes for women and their babies wherever they live.

The ISSHP/ISOM Global Health Committee consists of respective society members from all continents. They bring to the Committee the breadth of medical, general obstetric, and maternal-fetal medicine expertise, as well as strengths in clinical care and research, including discovery science.

Mission Statement

The joint ISSHP/ISOM Global Health Committee will promote best clinical, research, and advocacy practices by relevant stakeholders in under-resourced settings through their existing systems. Our ultimate goal is to build capacity and to improve outcomes for women and their babies wherever they live.

ISOM members can engage with the Global Health Committee by promoting and participating in the Committee’s activities to advance global obstetric medicine. Current activities include a needs assessment survey and the development of focused global obstetric medicine courses. ISOM members will also be critical in developing North-South collaborations to generate interest about global obstetric medicine, especially research and funding.


  1. Laura Magee, UK, President
  2. Mark Brown, Australia, Immediate Past President
  3. Ananth Karumanchi, North America, Vice-President
  4. Nelson Aguilar, Colombia
  5. Oier Ateka-Barrutia, Spain
  6. Mark Brown, Australia (ex officio)
  7. Tony Duan, China
  8. Thomas Easterling, United States
  9. Tabassum Firoz, Canada (co-chair)
  10. Annemarie Hennessey, Australia
  11. Louise Kenny, United Kingdom
  12. Sandra Lowe, Australia (ex officio)
  13. Shuchita Mundle, India
  14. Omondi Ogutu, Kenya
  15. Sunil T Pandaya, India
  16. Jim Roberts, Unites States
  17. Jose Antonio Rojas-Suarez, Colombia
  18. Eleni Tsigas, United States
  19. Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Sri Lanka
  20. Maria Escobar Vidarte, Colombia
  21. Peter von Dadelszen, United Kingdom (co-chair)

Read more about our committee members:

Laura Magee
Laura MageeUnited Kingdom
Laura Magee is a general obstetric internist (Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, Royal College of Canada). She has just joined St. George’s, University of London, UK as Professor of Maternal Medicine following consultant posts at the the Universities of Toronto (1996-2000) and British Columbia, Canada (2000-2015). Laura’s research is focused on pregnancy hypertension, particularly antihypertensive therapy. Her number one collaborator in life and research is Peter von Dadelszen, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, SGUL.
James M. Roberts
James M. RobertsUnited States
James M. Roberts, M.D. is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Epidemiology and in the Clinical and Translational Research Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and an Investigator in the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI). He is currently
principal investigator the Global Pregnancy Collaboration, a program to facilitate collaborations for the study of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Roberts received lifetime achievement awards from the Society for Gynecologic (now Reproductive) Investigation (SRI), International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) the Preeclampsia Foundation and the NICHD intramural branch. and is past president of the Perinatal Research Society, the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, the Society of Gynecological Investigation and the ISSHP.
Tabassum Firoz
Tabassum FirozCanada
Tabassum Firoz is an obstetric internist from Vancouver, Canada. She has a Master’s in Global Health Policy and her research focuses on global maternal health. She is a member of the WHO Maternal Morbidity Working Group and the UN Commission for Life Saving Commodities. Her current projects look at the applicability of maternal morbidity and mortality policies in low and middle income countries, measurement of maternal non-communicable diseases, and the use of mHealth and geography in maternal health.
Eleni Z. Tsigas
Eleni Z. TsigasUnited States
Eleni Z. Tsigas is the Executive Director of the Preeclampsia Foundation. As a preeclampsia survivor herself, Eleni is a relentless champion for the improvement of patient and provider education and practices, for the catalytic role that patients can have to advance the science and status of maternal-infant health, and for the progress that can be realized by building global partnerships to improve patient outcomes.
Shinchita Mundle
Shinchita MundleIndia
Dr. Shuchita Mundle, is working as Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Government Medical College, Nagpur. She has an experience in clinical and social sciences research on abortion, maternal medicine especially hypertensive pregnancy disorders. She is a member of the Technical Advisory Group for PRE-EMPT.
Louise Kenny
Louise KennyUnited Kingdom
Louise is Executive Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool; a founding Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT and was until December 2017 Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cork University Maternity Hospital where I worked as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from 2006-2018.She has pioneered the exploitation of metabolomic technology for patient benefit and has discovered and validated biomarkers for the prediction of pre-eclampsia. She has authored over 200 original articles, reviews and book chapters and has developed the first national guidelines in Ireland for the management of hypertension in pregnancy and severe pre-eclampsia.
Peter von Dadelszen
Peter von DadelszenUnited Kingdom
Peter von Dadelszen is a Senior Clinician Scientist, CFRI. He is Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre.