Professor Donald Peebles is a graduate of Cambridge University and then Guys and St Thomas’s Medical School. He completed his obstetric training with Professor Charles Rodeck at University College London and was appointed to UCLH as a Consultant with sub-specialty accreditation in Maternal Fetal medicine in 1990. He co-leads a multidisciplinary clinical team including specialist midwives, haematologists, obstetric medicine, cardiologists and anaesthetists providing a tertiary level referral service for complex pregnancies in NCl London. In addition, he provides a range of diagnostic and therapeutic services on the Fetal Medicine unit with particular interests in the management of fetal growth restriction as well as the management of fetal rhesus disease. He is a faculty member of the Infection, Inflammation and Immunity Theme of the NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre.
He has been Head of the Research Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCL since 2008. He has a number of research interests that focus on improving the outcomes for women and their babies following complicated pregnancies. Particular research areas include: 1) maternal innate immunity, infection, inflammation and preterm labour 2) the role of hypoxia and inflammation in causation of perinatal brain injury 3) fetal physiology (especially fetal responses to acute and chronic substrate deprivation) and 4) the development of novel molecular and cellular methods for treatment of fetal disease.
He is the President of the Blair Bell Research Society, the showcase for British research in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a member of the Academic Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 2013 he was appointed as co clinical lead for the NHS England London Maternity Strategic Clinical Network. He is currently Divisional Clinical Director for Women’s Health.