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Prof. Adam Balen

Consultant in Reproductive Medicine, CARE Fertility

Professor Adam Balen MB, BS, MD, DSc, FRCOG is a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. In recognition of his research, he was awarded a personal (honorary) chair in 2004 and a DSc in 2010, by the University of Leeds. Adam qualified as a doctor in 1983 and spent his first few years training in obstetrics and gynaecology in London, Oxford and even a spell in Africa. These were the early days of IVF and he worked with some of its pioneers (Bob Edwards, Howard Jacobs). He became a consultant in Leeds in 1996, helping to create one of the UK’s largest IVF units – CARE Fertility, of which he is the Lead Clinician. For many years Adam has had a particular interest in the causes and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). His research covers the full spectrum of the condition including its effects during adolescence and adult life on reproductive and metabolic health, fertility, cosmetic effects, quality of life and long-term health. Professor Balen is the only UK gynaecologist to have sat on the international consensus groups on the definition and management of PCOS, which have written major guidelines since 2003. He was Chair of the World Health Organisation (WHO) expert working group on the management of PCOS for the Global Taskforce on Infertility, which produced global guidelines that were published in 2016; he continues on the WHO Global Guideline Development Group. He is also part of the global guidelines group that published further guidelines in 2018. For many years Adam was on the Executive Committee of the British Fertility Society and was elected Chair in 2015-2018. He now sits on the Board of Trustees. He also sits on the Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, for which he is the spokesperson on all matters relating to Reproductive Medicine. He chairs the NHS England working group on funding for IVF, which aims to provide equitable funding for assisted conception throughout the UK.