Dr. Anthony D. Falconer is the President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Before he was President, he was the RCOG Senior Vice President and International Officer. During this time, the RCOG raised its profile in international advocacy. Senior political ties were established with the Department of International Development (DFID), and the work with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine flourished with the award of a large grant from DFID.
Dr. Falconer received his medical degree from the University of Bristol, and began training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He worked as a general medical officer in Kalalushi, Zambia, and was appointed registrar and later a lecturer in physiology and pharmacology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. While at Nottingham, Dr. Falconer submitted a paper for his DM degree investigating sympatho-adrenal responses in the fetus. His final year of training was at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. He was appointed consultant to the Plymouth Hospitals in 1986. He made a major contribution, within the region, to the development of cancer services and hysteroscopy, by being a co-author in the first paper supporting the use of this technique in an outpatient setting.
Dr. Falconer was Clinical Director and Divisional Director in this hospital, where he maintained a major interest in training young doctors.
Dr. Falconer has assisted British and European parliamentarians, governmental Select Committees, non-governmental organizations, and many other groups in addressing global issues related to women's health care. He has mentored a Safe Motherhood project in Kenya under the auspices of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Falconer has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and delivered many lectures internationally.
In July 2012, Dr. Falconer was elected Vice Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. During this time he has also been the lead for the Revalidation work.
Since 2010, as President of the RCOG, Dr Falconer has led the institution through a period of significant change in structure and function. He has been involved in producing three fundamental pieces of work; the Governance Review, High Quality Women’s Health Care, and Tomorrow’s Specialist. These works will impact profoundly on the profession and on women’s services within the United Kingdom.