Dr Mary Hepburn
Mary Hepburn is an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Glasgow and Scotland’s leading specialist in substance use in pregnancy.
She established, and for more than 25 years has led, a city-wide multidisciplinary reproductive health service for women with social problems including problem substance use which is now known as Greater Glasgow and Clyde Special Needs In Pregnancy Service (SNIPS). She has contributed to the development of guidelines and protocols for management of problem drug and alcohol use in pregnancy and to the development of similar services nationally and internationally.
Dr Hepburn has published work on these topics in a number of textbooks and scientific journals and her career has seen her working as a consultant with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation in Kosovo, Moldova and Ukraine. She also co-chairs an annual seminar in Austria providing training for health professionals from Eastern Europe, Asia and former Soviet countries in the management of drug use in pregnancy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. She has also worked to improve medical education in Bangladesh and has worked with Amnesty International on domestic abuse.
Dr Hepburn was named Glasgow Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year in January 2012.