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Marcus Setchell
British gynaecologist

Marcus Setchell

Marcus Setchell
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Intro British gynaecologist
Is Physician Gynaecologist
From United Kingdom
Field Healthcare
Gender male
Birth 4 October 1943
Age 78 years
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Sir Marcus Edward Setchell, KCVO FRCS FRCOG (born 4 October 1943) is a leading British obstetrician and gynaecologist and the former Surgeon-Gynaecologist to Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Household.


Educated at Felsted School and Cambridge University. After training at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge University and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, Setchell specialised in obstetrics and gynaeocology.

In 1975 he became the consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and also at Homerton Hospital following its opening in 1986, holding both positions until 2000. He was a consultant at: Whittington Hospital (2000–2008); King Edward VII Hospital for Officers; director of the Fertility Unit at the Portland Hospital (1987–94): med director of the Homerton Hospital (1994–1997). His last position before retirement from the National Health Service (NHS) in 2008 was as consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Whittington Hospital, London.

Setchell was a council member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from 1994 to 2000. A council Member of King Edward VII Hospital, and a trustee of the charity Wellbeing of Women, he was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2005.

Surgeon-Gynaecologist to the Royal Household

Having replaced Sir George Pinker in 1990, Setchell serves as Surgeon-Gynaecologist to Queen Elizabeth II. Setchell delivered Lady Louise Windsor at Frimley Park Hospital, the first royal child to be delivered at an NHS hospital, and Viscount Severn. He also cared for their mother, the Countess of Wessex, after her ectopic pregnancy in 2001 and assisted with the Duchess of Cornwall's hysterectomy. In December 2012, he attended Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in her pregnancy. He delivered her son, Prince George of Cambridge, in July 2013 at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

During his time as Surgeon-Gynaecologist to the Royal Household, Setchell attended Cherie Booth to deliver her and Tony Blair's fourth child, Leo Blair. Leo was the first legitimate child born to a serving Prime Minister in over 150 years – since Francis Russell was born to Lord John Russell on 11 July 1849.

In 2008 Alan Farthing was appointed to assist and to succeed Setchell as the Queen's Surgeon-Gynaecologist, a position he retired from at the end of 2013. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Setchell, who had by then retired, was not present for the also much-awaited birth in May 2015 of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George's younger sibling, who was delivered by Drs. Farthing and Thorpe-Beeston, and who will, due to the passage of remodeled primogeniture and succession laws, be fourth in line to the throne after him even if a future boy is born.


  • Progress in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1987)
  • Scientific Foundations of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ed, 1991)
  • Reconstructive Urology (1993)
  • Ten Teachers Gynaecology (1995)
  • Ten Teachers Obstetrics (1995)
  • MCQ's in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1996)
  • Shaw's Textbook of Operative Gynaecology (2001)
  • Self-Assessment in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (2001)
  • General Surgical Operations (2006)
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