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Olanrewaju Sorinola

Title: Bringing New Life into the World: The Urogynaecologist View

Please be advised, this seminar includes graphic images of medical procedures and conditions that some viewers may find upsetting.

Summary of Talk

Pregnancy can be a momentous point in women’s lives for many reasons. Depending on which part of the world women are, the care before, during and after pregnancy will vary. While all women who give birth in the UK are entitled to care from NHS midwives, clinicians, General Practitioners and others, the same cannot be said for women worldwide. However, even with care during labour and delivery, there remains a significant postnatal morbidity mostly from damage to the pelvic floor that is hidden. Majority of women are unaware of the possible impact on their future physical and mental health.

I therefore intend to shine some light on the pelvic floor and challenge the commonly held notion that we already know everything there is to know about the female pelvic floor and how it functions during pregnancy, labour and delivery. In my Leading Lights Lecture, I will demonstrate how my interest in Urogynaecology and the pelvic floor has led to thinking differently and challenging the norm. I will discuss how the Urogyanecology field has advanced to promote better pelvic floor care and improve the postnatal health of women.


Olanrewaju Sorinola is Professor at Warwick Medical School. He is also a Consultant Urogynaecologist and Obstetrician at Warwick hospital since 2003. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was Chair of the International Urogynaecological Association Public Relations Committee (2015-2020), a role that saw him educating people worldwide on pelvic floor problems. He has published extensively in urogynaecology and obstetrics and been invited speaker at various national and international conferences.

Professor Sorinola interests spans beyond his clinical role. His interest in medical education is well known. He did his PhD in medical education focusing on realist evaluation of faculty development aimed at improving faculty members training and learner outcomes. He is a member of the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) faculty development committee and a Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Fellow. He currently sits on the WIHEA Advisory Group. He has a passion for equality, diversity and achieving excellence for all learners. He is Chair of Warwick Medical School Attainment Gap Group exploring differential attainment between ethnic groups. He is a member of the University Social Inclusion Committee and the UK Medical Schools Council Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee focused on inclusivity and achieving excellence for all.

Wednesday 24 March

11.00am - 12.00pm

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