Dr Colin Walsh
Clinical Senior Lecturer
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Northern Clinical School
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I am an Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist at Royal North Shore, North Shore Private and the Mater Hospitals. In addition to specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, I have completed formal sub-specialty training fellowships in both Maternal-Fetal Medicine / High-risk Obstetrics (2011-2013) and Gynaecology (2008-2011). I am Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and hold a PhD from the University of New South Wales.
I graduated MB BCh BAO with honours from University College Dublin in 2002. Between 2003 and 2005, I undertook basic training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Dublin and completed a Higher Diploma in Child Heath (DCH).
From 2005-2008, I completed specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology, initially at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and subsequently at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK. During this time I obtained both membership of both the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK (MRCOG).
From 2008-2011, I undertook 3 years combined clinical-research training at the Pelvic Floor Unit, St George Hospital, Sydney under Professor Kate Moore. This large multidisciplinary unit (www.pelvicfloorunit.com.au) provides tertiary-level care to women with complex urogynaecological problems. During this period, I was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales.
Between 2011 and 2013, I completed an RCOG-accredited fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. This maternity unit is one of the oldest in the world and also one of the busiest, delivering almost 10,000 babies per annum in recent years. The MFM department is extremely busy, caring for a wide range of complex maternal and fetal problems. In July 2013, I was awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training by the RCOG in London, with a subspecialty qualification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (CCT-MFM). This is the UK equivalent to the Australian FRANZCOG and CMFM qualifications.
In August 2013, I commenced work at the MFM Department at Royal North Shore Hospital and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG).
My clinical interests lie primarily in high-risk pregnancy / maternal-fetal medicine, inculding:
-Medical disorders in pregnancy and women with previous pregnancy complications
-Advanced obstetric ultrasound and fetal medicine, including care of pregnancies complicated by structural fetal abnormalities, a small baby, a short cervix or congenital infection
-Prenatal screening and diagnosis, including nuchal translucency (NT) scans, amniocentesis and CVS procedures
-Management of complex multiple pregnancy, including monochorionic twins and triplets
My principal research interests relate tohigh-risk obstetrics. Areas of published research include:
-Obstetric complications, including gestational diabetes mellitus, fetal growth restriction and stillbirth
-Monochorionic twins, TTTS and monoamniotic twins
-Evidence-based surgical technique, particularly caesarean section and operative vaginal delivery
-Congenital heart disorders and fetal echocardiography
-Alloimmunisation (maternal antibodies) and intrauterine transfusion
I also have an interest in the medical and surgical management of female urinary incontinence, incorporating oveactive bladder and stress incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse and have published extensively on this subject, including a chapter in a leading postgraduate gynaecology textbook.
Teaching and supervision
-RANZCOG-approved obstetric ultrasound trainer for registrars and fellows in fetal medicine
-Clinical teaching of ITP registrars in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
-I have also supervised a number of medical students and residents during clinical research projects, many of whom have succesfully published papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals.
Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Member, International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Member, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Member, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK)
Member, International Urogynecological Association
Awards and honours
Recipient, University of Sydney Recognition Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 2014
Winner, RCOG Harold Malkin Prize for Best Original Scientific Publication, 2013
Recipient, UNSW International Research Scholarship for PhD studies, 2009-2011
Recipient,International Urogynecological AssociationInternational Research Grant, 2010
Recipient, UNSW Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship, 2010
Winner, St George Hospital Foundation Scientific Symposium Award, 2009
Recipient, RCOG Ethicon Travelling Fellowship, 2008
Winner, International Journal of Surgery Harold Ellis Prize for Best Scientific Paper, 2008
Winner, Cambridge University Hospitals Prize for Best Original ResearchWork, 2008
Winner, British Maternal-Fetal Medicine Society Prize for Best Poster Presentation, 2006
In the media
Obstetrics and Gynaecology