Ipek Gurol


Assistant Professor
of Health Services Research

TP 127

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2152

My training is in Economics (PhD, Boston University, 2004), with specialisation in health and development economics. Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the Centre for Health Management, Imperial College Business School (2005-2008).

My current post at the LSHTM is a joint appointment with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and I work closely with the Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


In the current academic year, I am the module organiser for DL Health Services  and a seminar leader for the Health Care Evaluation module. 


My research focuses on performance measurement; large-scale programme and service evaluations; and the assessment of patterns and determinants of practice to inform quality improvement. Most of my work to date has been on women’s health care, and in middle- and high- income countries.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health systems
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Quality improvement
Systematic reviews
Health services

Selected Publications

Impact of Caesarean section on subsequent fertility: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Gurol-Urganci, I.; Bou-Antoun, S.; Lim, C.P.; Cromwell, D.A.; Mahmood, T.A.; Templeton, A.; van der Meulen, J.H.;
Hum Reprod
Rates of subsequent surgery following endometrial ablation among English women with menorrhagia: population-based cohort study.
Bansi-Matharu, L.; Gurol-Urganci, I.; Mahmood, T.; Templeton, A.; van der Meulen, J.; Cromwell, D.;
Universal health coverage in Turkey: enhancement of equity
Atun, R.; Aydin, S.; Chakraborty, S.; Sumer, S.; Aran, M.; Gurol, I.; Nazlioglu, S.; Ozgulcu, S.; Aydogan, U.; Ayar, B.; Dilmen, U.; Akdag, R.
Third- and fourth-degree perineal tears among primiparous women in England between 2000 and 2012: time trends and risk factors.
Gurol-Urganci, I. ; Cromwell, D. ; Edozien, L. ; Mahmood, T. ; Adams, E. ; Richmond, D. ; Templeton, A. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
Vaginal birth after caesarean section: a cohort study investigating factors associated with its uptake and success.
Knight, H.E.; Gurol-Urganci, I.; van der Meulen, J.H.; Mahmood, T.A.; Richmond, D.H.; Dougall, A.; Cromwell, D.A.;
Mobile phone messaging reminders for attendance at healthcare appointments.
Gurol-Urganci, I. ; de Jongh, T. ; Vodopivec-Jamsek, V. ; Atun, R. ; Car, J. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
The timing of elective caesarean delivery between 2000 and 2009 in England.
Gurol-Urganci, I. ; Cromwell, D.A. ; Edozien, L.C. ; Onwere, C. ; Mahmood, T.A. ; van der Meulen, J.H. ;
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth
Variation in rates of caesarean section among English NHS trusts after accounting for maternal and clinical risk: cross sectional study.
Bragg, F.; Cromwell, D.A.; Edozien, L.C.; Gurol-Urganci, I.; Mahmood, T.A.; Templeton, A.; van der Meulen, J.H.;
See all Ipek Gurol's Publications