Gary Mires

Emeritus Professor


Gary Mires is the former Dean of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Dundee. He is an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee.

He obtained his MBChB and MD from the University of Dundee, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His clinical interest is high risk pregnancy particularly the management of multiple pregnancy and pregnancy complicated by diabetes. His research interest is ‘the small baby’ particularly pre-term delivery, antecedent factors for intrauterine growth restriction, assessment of fetal growth and wellbeing and the consequences for long- term health of being born ‘small’.

He sits on the UK Medical Schools Council, Scottish Board for Academic Medicine (BfAM), Scottish Government Professionalism and Excellence Group, NES Medical Advisory Working Group and the NES Strategy for Recruiting and Retaining Trainees in Scotland Group. He was chair of the Scottish Deans Medical Education Group and is currently chair NHS Education Scotland (NES) Regional ACT Group and Vice Chair of the International Medical University (IMU) Academic Council. He was the Medical Schools Council representative on the Selecting for Excellence Executive Group which published its report on widening participation in Medicine in 2014 and is currently the Medical Schools Council representative on the Academy of Medical Royal College Foundation Programme Committee.

He has held several positions at the RCOG including Honorary Director of E-Learning and Editor in Chief of the RCOG online distance learning programme which is now the key educational on-line training resource for all UK trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He contributed to several education initiatives at the RCOG including curriculum development and assessment as a Member of the RCOG Education and Curriculum Committees.


As Dean of the medical school I oversaw all teaching and research activity within the school. I am the strategic lead for the undergraduate medical course and responsible for ensuring the curriculum development meets the requirements of students. I have overall responsibility for: monitoring current curriculum and in leading reviews and discussions of future changes to it, including changes required in response to external developments (e.g. GMC) or internal quality assurance to ensure that graduates are fit for practice: quality assuring the medical course as part of internal and external review processes (ELIR, GMC QABME, NES Governance): examination and assessment process, overseeing their development and implementation: with the NHS Tayside Director of Education ensuring accountability for the ACT spend, and the quality management of clinical teaching within the NES Teaching Governance framework: overseeing the undergraduate admissions programme: student discipline and student support within the Medical School: leading resource allocation for undergraduate teaching in the School financial planning/ budgeting rounds: the core educational budget, including allocation and monitoring of financial resources for undergraduate teaching: representing the Medical School on appropriate College, University and external committees relating to medical undergraduate education. I also have a teaching load within I also have a teaching load within the curriculum and particularly within the reproductive system and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

As Director of E-Learning at the RCOG I lead on the development and ongoing review of content and advise on and oversee the general development of e-learning projects within the School.

I am currently external examiner for Glasgow Medical School.


Peer reviewed publications from 2006:

  • Ellaway R, Evans P, McKillop J, Cameron H, Morrison J, McKenzie H, Mires G et al Cross referencing the ‘Scottish Doctor’ and ‘Tomorrows Doctor’ learning outcomes framework. Medical Teacher 2007:29;630-635
  • Myers JE, Hart S, Armstrong S, Mires GJ, Benyon R, Gaskell SJ, Baker PN. Evidence for multiple circulating factors in preeclampsia. Am J Obstet Gtynecol. 2007; 196 (3): 266-268
  • Chesser A, Cameron H, Evans P, Cleland J, Boursicot K, Mires G Sources of variation in performance on a shared OSCE station across four UK medical schools. Med Ed 2009:43;526-532
  • Ker J, Phillips G, Mires GJ Challenges of transferring hand hygiene skills to clinical practice – medical students’ perceptions of the impact of a self directed programme. Intl J Clinical Skills 2009:3;26-29
  • A randomised, double blind, placebo controlled STudy Of Progesterone for the Prevention of Preterm Birth In Twins (STOPPIT ), and a meta- analysis of the use of progesterone for preterm birth prevention in twin pregnancy. Jane E Norman, Fiona Mackenzie,Philip Owen, Helen Mactier, Kevin Hanretty, Sarah Cooper, Andrew Calder, Gary Mires, Peter Danielian, Steven Sturgiss, Graeme MacLennan, Graham Tydeman, Steven Thornton, Bill Martin, James G Thornton, James P Neilson, John Norrie Lancet 2009: 373;2034-40
  • Inkster M, Fahey T, Donnan P, Leese G, Mires G, Murphy D The role of modifiable pre-pregnancy risk factors in preventing adverse fetal outcomes among women with type 1 and 2 diabetes Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 2009: 99999; 1-5
  • Rebekah A. Samangaya, Gary Mires, Andrew Shennan, Laurence Skillern, David Howe, Alison McLeod, Philip N. Baker. A Randomised, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Study of the Phosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibitor Sildenafil for the Treatment of Preeclampsia Hypertension in Pregnancy 2009: 28:4,369 — 382
  • Saunders H, Hundal K, Mires GJ. the RCOG’s online learning resource to support curriculum delivery and postgraduate training. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2010;12:193–198
  • Khan F, Mires G, Mcleod M, Belch J Relationship between maternal arterial wave reflection, microvascular function and fetal growth in normal pregnancy. Microcirculation 2010;17:608-614
  • Barber R, Mires G, McLeod M, Anderson A Uptake of folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy: focus group analysis of women's views and experiences. J Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2011 In Press

Book Chapters:

  • Mires GJ. (2006) Normal fetal growth and development. In: Obstetrics by Ten Teachers. 18th Edition Eds: Baker P and Monga A. Pub: Arnold pp 63-71
  • Mires GJ. (2006) Antenatal Imaging and Assessment of Fetal Wellbeing In: Obstetrics by Ten Teachers. 18th Edition Eds: Baker P and Monga A. Pub: Arnold pp 84-103.
  • Mires GJ. (2006) Prenatal Diagnosis In: Obstetrics by Ten Teachers. 18th Edition Eds: Baker P and Monga A. Pub: Arnold pp 104-115.
  • Magowan B, Mires GJ Monitoring of the fetus in labour In: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2nd Edition Eds: Macgowan B, Owen P and Drife J Pub: Saunders, Elsevier 2009 pp 331-340
  • Jones O, Saunders H, Mires GJ The E-learning Revolution in Obstetrics and Gynaecology IN: Best Practice & Research clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology Eds: Murphy M and Arulkumaran S Pub: Elselvier 2010;1-16
  • Mires GJ. Normal fetal growth and development. In: Obstetrics by Ten Teachers. 19th Edition Eds: Baker P andKenny L. Pub: Arnold 2011
  • Mires GJ. Antenatal Imaging and Assessment of Fetal Wellbeing In: Obstetrics by Ten Teachers. 19th Edition Eds: Baker P and LKenny . Pub: Arnold 2011


  • Mires GJ, Khan K, Gupta J (2011) Clinical Cases in Obstetrics And Gynaecology: A Problem Solving Approach. Pub: Arnold, London (third edition)