Professor Naomi Low-Beer is Vice-Dean (Education), with responsibility for development, delivery and evaluation of the MBBS programme, as well as for the activities of the LKCMedicine Medical Education Research and Scholarship Unit (MERSU). She is also Director of Academic Development (LKCMedicine) at Imperial College London, where she oversees the sharing of good educational practice between both Schools. Since January 2011, she has had a lead role in designing LKCMedicine’s innovative education programme, initially as Curriculum Development Lead at Imperial, and since April 2013 as Vice-Dean Education. Professor Low-Beer is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Having been granted a three-year break from clinical service in the UK, she relocated to Singapore in December 2014 to focus on LKCMedicine in its early operational phase.
Professor Low-Beer combined her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with academic medicine and was awarded her Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 2004 by Imperial. In 2008 she became the first National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) trainee in Medical Education in the UK and in 2011 she completed her Masters in Surgical Education (MEd) at Imperial. To read more about her, click here
Research and Education
Professor Low-Beer’s MD research project, sponsored by the Medical Research Council, involved a series of studies to investigate the safety and efficacy of vaginally-administered dextrin sulphate gel as a microbicide to prevent HIV transmission. She has also studied the impact of HIV and its treatment on obstetric and neonatal outcomes, and she has co-authored guidelines on HIV management in pregnancy for the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) and for the British HIV Association.
Professor Low-Beer has published on a number of areas of medical education, including curriculum development, assessment, and task analysis in simulator design. In 2008 she represented Imperial as a member of the National Undergraduate Curriculum Working Group for RCOG, which devised the UK’s first specialty undergraduate curriculum, and in conjunction with this she was responsible for a number of curriculum projects at Imperial.
Professor Low-Beer has been at the forefront of initiatives to deliver gynaecology services in primary care settings, and has a particular interest in patient engagement projects. She is a BSCCP-certified colposcopist and specialist in menopause management. She developed the UK’s first menopause service for HIV positive women.
In 2011 she set up an innovative service for women with female genital mutilation (female circumcision, or FGM). She led this service until October 2014, receiving 2 national awards from the prestigious All Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity in 2012, for ‘most marked improvement in services to address health inequalities’ and ‘best example of a service for women with complex medical needs in pregnancy’. She is a member of the RCOG Task Force on FGM and is currently writing a national UK guideline on FGM management for the RCOG.