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Sally L. Collins

Sally L. Collins


I am a Consultant Obstetrician subspecialising in Fetal Medicine and abnormally adherent and invasive placenta (placenta accreta spectrum disorder). I graduated in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford and trained within the Oxford Deanery. During my training I completed a Doctorate in Obstetric Ultrasound here in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

I have a weekly high risk obstetrics ante-natal clinic at the Horton Hospital in Banbury and also lead the FMU Placenta Clinic which provides a tertiary referral service to the Thames Valley region and beyond.

I co-authored both national (RCOG) and international (FIGO) guidelines for the classification, diagnosis and management of AIP and am the lead author on the IS-AIP evidence based guideline for intra-partum management of AIP. I am also working with NHS England to develop a national network for the improved management of AIP. I represent the UK to and am elected Vice Chair of the International Society for AIP (IS-AIP) and an elected representative to the European Placenta Group planning committee.

Research Colleagues

International Collaborators

University College London

Prof Eric Jauniaux 

University of Cambridge

Prof Graham Burton

University of Auckland

Dr Alys Clark & Dr Jo James

University of New South Wales

Prof Alec Welsh & Dr Gordon Stevenson

Hackensack University Medical Center

Dr Stacy Zamudio & Dr Abdulla Al-Khan

Sally L. Collins


Associate Professor

  • Consultant Obstetrician and Sub-specialist in Feto-Maternal Medicine
  • Chief Investigator NIHR AI in health and care award 2020
  • Principal Investigator NIH Human Placenta Project (U01HD087209)
  • Clinical Lead FMU Placenta Clinic
  • UK representative and Vice Chairman to the International Society for Abnormally Invasive placenta (IS-AIP)
  • Elected member of the European Placenta Group planning committee

Research groups


Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2nd & 3rd Editions). Editors: Collins S, Arulkumaran S, Jackson S, Impey L. Oxford University Press.

Oxford Specialist Handbook of Maternal Medicine. Editors: Frise C & Collins S. 2020, Oxford University Press.

Oxford Subspecialty Handbooks in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Series Editor. Oxford University Press. Published so far:

  • Maternal Medicine
  • Urogynaecology

International Fellowships and Research Awards

Andree Gruslin Award 2018

International Federation of Placental Associations (IFPA), Tokyo, Japan

Seelye Fellowship 2016

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Best platform poster - Pregnancy Outcome 2015

17th Annual Meeting British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, London

Highly Commended British Medical Association Book Awards 2014

Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2nd Edition), London

Best short oral presentation - Maternal-Fetal Doppler 2012

22nd World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Copenhagen, Denmark

Trophoblast Research Award 2011

International Federation of Placental Associations (IFPA), Geilo, Norway

Other roles

  • Associate Editor Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
  • Internal Speciality Advisor (examiner) for Obstetrics and Gynaecology Finals, Oxford University Clinical Medical School
  • Lecturer and practical demonstrator on Placental Anatomy (Pre-clinical and Graduate entry courses, Oxford University)
  • MOET and POET course instructor

Recent publications

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