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Name  Catherine Calderwood

Role  Medical Doctor
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Catherine Calderwood MA Cantab FRCOG MBChB FRCP (Edin) (born 26 December 1968) is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.


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Early and personal life

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Calderwood was born in Belfast on 26 December 1968 to Lesley and James Calderwood, and attended school at Methodist College, Belfast. She studied a BA at Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating in 1990. She went on to gain her medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1993.

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Calderwood has two daughters and one son.


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After working in hospital clinical medicine, Calderwood undertook obstetrics and gynaecology training in South East Scotland from 2001, and then further specialist clinical training at St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 2003-2004. Since appointment in 2006, she has worked as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with an interest in obstetric medicine in NHS Lothian. She has a special interests in maternal medicine, obstetric ultrasonography and high risk pregnancy.

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Calderwood is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.


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Calderwood was an expert panel member on the Morecambe Bay Investigation, commissioned by the Department of Health to look into the maternity and neonatal services at Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust between January 2004 and June 2013.

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Calderwood was NHS England's national clinical director for maternity and women’s health and in this role promoted the first friends and family test in 2014.

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In March 2013, as the Scottish Government’s senior medical officer for women’s and children’s health, she helped launch Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaborative.

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Calderwood was Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Scotland, supporting Dr Aileen Keil who had been Acting Chief Medical Officer of Scotland from April 2014 following the retirement of Sir Harry Burns from the post in April 2014. In February 2015, Calderwood was announced as the new Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, succeeding Sir Harry Burns.


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