GOLD Speakers


Evita Fernandez, FRCOG

  • Speaker Type: 2020 Main Presentations
  • Country: India

Dr. Evita took over the reins of the Fernandez Hospital in 1985, which was started by her parents over seven decades ago. Under her mentorship, the Fernandez Hospital grew into one of the most respected names in maternal healthcare.

In 2018, to align the Fernandez institutions more closely with their value-based ethical legacy, Dr. Evita spearheaded their transformation into not-for-profit entities by bringing them all under the aegis of the newly established Fernandez Foundation.

The Fernandez Foundation’s activities expanded beyond maternity and neonatal care to encompass holistic healthcare for women and children, medical education and research, advocacy and retail.

A passionate advocate of normal birthing, Dr. Evita believes in the need to empower women to make choices with regard to issues surrounding birth. She is a strong proponent of midwifery as a means that can help increase access to high-quality maternity care for more women.It was this belief that motivated her to launch the two-year in-house Professional Midwifery Education and Training (PMET) Programme in August 2011.

Dr. Evita is a prolific speaker and has presented numerous scientific papers at national and international conferences. She has contributed chapters in textbooks. She is also the recipient of several awards.

Dr. Evita completed her MBBS from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore in 1976 and secured her DGO from Osmania University in 1980. She obtained her membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London in 1983 and was conferred a Fellowship in 2001.

She is the Managing Trustee of the Dr. Leslie J. Fernandez Memorial Charitable Trust and the Fernandez Hospital Educational and Research Foundation.

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