Dr Samina M Dornan MD, FRCOG, is an attending high-risk obstetrician and sub specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital London, UAE. She is also the Head of the said department.
Her areas of expertise include: prenatal counseling, Fetal Growth Restriction, prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy, fetal genetic disorders, including trisomies and fetal structural abnormalities including congenital diaphragmatic hernia. She also specializes and has extensively published in Complex twin pregnancies, especially monochorionic, with the fetal and placental biochemical responses involved in twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Her expertise also includes general obstetrics and gynaecology, along with managing high risk mothers, their pregnancies and fetuses.
Dr. Dornan became interested in fetal medicine during her residency and training program and was drawn to the idea of specialising in fetal diagnosis and treatment because of its multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to problem solving.
“When patients arrive at King’s, we care for them from pre-pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis through the postpartum period and beyond. Our hope and goal is to normalize and individualise the experience for each patient and their family, knowing that although their unborn baby may have a potential birth defect, expertise is at hand,”she says. “It’s the best experience I have had, observing how our patients and their families personify grace, with how they cope at what is often one of the most difficult times of their lives.”
Dr. Dornan has an MD degree from Queen’s University Belfast, UK, where she completed her five year training program. This included a period at St. George’s Hospital London, where she subsequently obtained her first consultant position in 2009.
Prior to joining us at King’s College, Dr. Dornan served as a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist and was a lead clinician on multiple pregnancies at the Royal Maternity Hospital Belfast, Belfast Trust, UK. She also served as the Sub speciality Trainer for MFM in the RCOG Northern Ireland Training program.
Dr. Dornan is the first female Maternal Fetal Medicine sub Specialist, from the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, London to be here in Dubai. In 2017 she received a Fellowship from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, London.
As a young ambitious person she worked with Afghan refugees, especially women, in Pakistan border areas. She has and still is involved in delivering training sessions on safe deliveries, nationally and internationally. The most recent one has been in Egypt, Cairo, which was in conjunction with the RCOG. Dr. Dornan has also helped to establish Part 1, MRCOG Exam programs, in Pakistan, Islamabad. Currently she is focusing her efforts on establishing patient centred care in King’s College Hospital London, UAE. Dr. Dornan and her team’s ambitions are also to create a training program for junior doctors, midwives and sonographers that incorporates imaging as well as clinical and operative obstetrics.
Dr. Dornan has a special commitment to Global maternal and fetal health and brings the benefits of her extensive international experience to be a renowned women’s champion and she is a national and international speaker on many maternal issues. Her extensive efforts have brought her membership of the internationally prestigious women’s organisation, the Belizean Grove (https://belizeangrove.org/)