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Prof. CHARLES SAVONA-VENTURA

M.D. (Melit.), D.Sc.Med. (Warsaw), F.R.C.O.G. (Lond.), Accr.C.O.G. (Leuven), F.R.C.P.I. (Ire.), Accr.C.O.G. - S.A.C. (Melit.)

  • Clinical Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
  • Resident Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and in Midwifery
  • Academic Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Director for Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Culture


Born: Cospicua, Malta 18/02/1955.

Educated: St. Aloysius College [Malta], Junior College [Royal University of Malta], University of Malta, Catholic University of Leuven [Belgium], National Research Institute for Mother and Child [Warsaw, Poland].
Furthered specialized medical training in the Cliniques Universitaires St. Raphael/Gasthuisberg [Leuven, Belgium] and the Royal Maternity Hospital [Belfast, N. Ireland].

Qualifications: Medical Doctorate [University of Malta, 1979], Accreditation Certificate in Obstetrics-Gynaecology [Leuven, Belgium, 1985], Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists [U.K., 1986], Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists [U.K., 2000], Doctor of Medical Sciences [Warsaw, Poland, 1997], Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland [Ireland, 2001], Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland [Ireland, 2012], Accreditation Certificate in Obstetrics-Gynaecology [S.A.C., Malta, 2003].

Current employment:

  • Consultant Obstetrician-Gynaecologist & Consultant i/c Diabetic Pregnancy Joint Clinic, Department of Health, Malta; Postgraduate Training Co-ordinator in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Health, Malta
  • Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery and Professor in Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta; Director of Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture, university of Malta
  • Specialist Obstetrician-Gynaecologist in Private Practice. 
  • Grand Prior to the Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands and Grand Archivist & Historian of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

Research Interests: Reproductive epidemiology and  diabetes & medical disorders in pregnancy. Maltese history with emphasis on medical history. Natural Sciences particularly in field of geology, herpetology and mammology.

Biographic Reference: "Dictionary of Maltese Biographies" (ed. Sciavone MJ) 2009, PIN:Malta, p.1415-1416

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 Recent Publications [2008-2016]:

 

bulletCuschieri, Sarah; Craus, Johann; Savona-Ventura, Charles. The role of untimed blood glucose in screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in a high prevalent diabetic population. Scientifica (Cairo), 2016; 2016:3984024 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

bulletVella AM; Savona Ventura C; Wolff K. Pregnancy outcomes in substance-misusing pregnant women: A 10-year retrospective study. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2015 Oct 14:1-5. [Peer Reviewed Journal]

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Vassallo J, Craus J, Anastasiou E, Jotic A, Lalic NM, Slama CB, Loscos AR, Napoli A, Roma G; MGSD-GDM Study Group. Biological and biochemical characteristics of a Mediterranean population with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. J Perinat Med. 2015 May 15. pii: /j/jpme.ahead-of-print/jpm-2015-0027/jpm-2015-0027.xml.[Peer Reviewed Journal]

bulletBenhalima, Katrien; Mathieu, Chantal; Damm, Peter; Assche, Andre; Devlieger, Roland; Desoye, Gernot; Corcoy, Rosa; Mahmood, Tahir; Nizard, Jacky; Savona-Ventura, Charles; Dunne, Fidelma. A proposal for the use of uniform diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes in Europe: an opinion paper by the European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG).(Report)  - Diabetologia, 2015, Vol.58(7), p.1422(8) [Peer Reviewed Journal] - ISSN: 0012-186X, Cengage Learning, Inc  

bulletNew Gestational Diabetes Study Findings Recently Were Reported by Researchers at University College [A proposal for the use of uniform diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes in Europe: an opinion paper by the European Board & College of ...].(Report) OBGYN & Reproduction Week, July 13, 2015, p.50 - ISSN: 1543-6691, Cengage Learning, Inc. https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/1626, OARatUoM

bulletCuschieri, Sarah; Craus, Johann ; Savona-Ventura, Charles. Guideline for screening and diagnosing gestational diabetes mellitus. Malta Medical Journal. 2015, Vol.27(2), p. 43-46 [Peer Reviewed Journal]; https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/4626, OARatUoM

bulletGrech, Victor E.; Savona-Ventura, Charles; Gatt, Miriam; Mamo, Julian. The male to female ratio at birth in different regions in Malta. Malta Medical Journal. 2015, Vol.27(1), p. 4-8 [Peer Reviewed Journal];  https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/4380, OARatUoM

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles; Savona-Ventura, Stephanie. The inheritance of obesity. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, April 2015, Vol.29(3), pp.300-308 [Peer Reviewed Journal] - ISSN: 1521-6934; DOI: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2014.07.023, ScienceDirect (Elsevier B.V.)

bullet Findings from Mater Dei Hospital Broaden Understanding of Obesity and Genetics (The inheritance of obesity). Genomics & Genetics Weekly, May 22, 2015, p.73 - ISSN: 1531-6467, Cengage Learning, Inc. 

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles. Reproductive issues in the Torah. Malta Medical Journal, 2015, Vol.27(2), p. 47-53 [Peer Reviewed Journal]; https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/4627, OARatUoM

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles. King George V Hospital in Malta : Sacra Infermeria for the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. Malta Medical Journal. 2015, Vol. 27(1), p. 53-56 [Peer Reviewed Journal]; https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/4402; OARatUoM

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles [editor]. The Order of Saint Lazarus Cartulary: Vol. 1 - 12th - 14th Centuries. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2014

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles [editor]. The Order of Saint Lazarus Cartulary: Vol. 2 Part 1 - 15th - 16th Centuries. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2014

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles [editor]. The Order of Saint Lazarus Cartulary: Vol. 2 Part 2 - 17th Century. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2014

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles [editor]. The Order of Saint Lazarus Cartulary: Vol. 3 Part 1 - 18th Century. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2014

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles. The Sigillography and Commemorative artifacts [medallions, medals, stamps, plates] of the Order of Saint Lazarus. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2014

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles. The Order of St. Lazarus in Southern Italy and Sicily. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2015

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles. The Order of St. Lazarus in Switzerland. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2015

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles. The Order of St. Lazarus in Hungary. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2015

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles [editor]. The Modern Order of Saint Lazarus - A history of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the last half century: Part 1 - General History of the Order. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2015 [will be updated as chapters come in ]

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles [editor]. The Modern Order of Saint Lazarus - A history of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the last half century: Part 2 - National Jurisdictions. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2015 

bulletSavona-Ventura, Charles [editor]. The Modern Order of Saint Lazarus - A history of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the last half century: Part 3 - Hereditary and Grand Commandery jurisdictions. Office of the Grand Archivist and Historian - MHOSLJ, Torri ta' Lanzun, Malta, 2015 

bulletKaramanos B, Thanopoulou A, Anastasiou E, Assaad-Khalil S, Albache N, Bachaoui M, Slama CB, El Ghomari H, Jotic A, Lalic N, Lapolla A, Saab C, Marre M, Vassallo J, Savona-Ventura C; MGSD-GDM Study Group. Relation of the Mediterranean diet with the incidence of gestational diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jan;68(1):8-13. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2013.177. Epub 2013 Oct 2. 

bulletAgius R, Savona-Ventura C, Vassallo J. Transgenerational metabolic determinants of fetal birth weight. Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes, 2013, DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0033-1345121

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Caring for Calypso's daughters - A History of Maternity Care in a Central Mediterranean Island. Malta University Press, Malta, 2013, +276p. {REVIEW}

bulletSavona-Ventura C. The medical aspects of the 1565 Great Siege of Malta. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 2014 Mar;160(1):79-80. 

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Ross, M. The Heraldry and Development of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. Double Tessure: The Journal of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, 2013, 36:2-28

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Savona-Ventura S. Endogenous physiological teratogenesis: The Maltese population - A Case study. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, 2013 [ISBN-13: 978-3-659-39978-7]

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Vassallo J, Marre M, Karamanos B, MGSD-GDM Study Group. A composite risk assessment model to screen for gestational diabetes in Mediterranean women. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2013, 120(3):240-244

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Vassallo J, Marre M, Karamanos B, MGSD-GDM Study Group. Comment on: Zhu et al. Fasting Plasma Glucose at 24-28 Weeks to Screen for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. New Evidence from China. Diabetes Care 2013, 36:2038-2040. Diabetes Care 2013, 36:e1, e-published

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Vassallo J, Marre M, Karamanos B, MGSD-GDM Study Group. Obstetric adiposity in the Mediterranean region. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2013, 2pg., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j/ijgo.2013.02.021, e-published

bulletSavona-Ventura S, Savona-Ventura C. Factors determining gender ratios in the Maltese population. Malta Medical Journal, 2013, 25(3):20-24.

bulletSavona-Ventura S, Scerri C, Savona-Ventura C. Contributory influences promoting childhood adiposity in a Mediterranean Island population. Childhood Obesity: Causes, Management and Challenges. Nova Science publ., NY, USA, in press

bulletFormosa C, Savona-Ventura C, Mandy A. Cultural contributors to the development of diabetes mellitus in Malta. International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism, 2012, 20:25-29.

bulletGissler M, Fronteira I, Jahn A, Karro H, Moreau C, Oliveira da Silva M, Olsen J, Savona-Ventura C, Temmerman M, Hemminki E. Terminations of pregnancy in the European Union. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2012, 119:324-332; E-pub: 2011, 30 Nov.

bulletGissler M, Fronteira I, Jahn A, Karro H, Moreau C, da Siva MO, Olsen J, Savona-Ventura C, Temmerman M, Hemminki E. Terminations of pregnancy in Europe: the East-West divide. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2012, 119:1020-1021.

bulletKaramanos B, Thanopoulou A, Anastasiou E, Benroubi M, Assaad-Khalil S, Bachaoui M, Ben Slama C, El Bache N, El Ghomari H, Lalic N, Lapolla A, Saab C, Savona-Ventura C, Vassallo J, Marre M, MGSD-GDM Study Group. Effect of the Mediterranean Diet and its components on the incidence of Gestational Diabetes in the Mediterranean region. Abstracts - International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition. 28 June - 1 July 2012, Athens, Greece.

bulletSapiano K, Savona-Ventura C, Calleja-Agius J, Serracino-Inglott A, Azzopardi L. Attitudes towards pre-conception care in Maltese women with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Gynecological Endocrinology, 2012 Jul 21. [Epub ahead of print]

bulletSavona-Ventura C. An accoucher looks at the Torah. Abstract Book. First Joint Meeting - HUmanities and the Medical Sciences, 27th January 2012, 2012, 5-6

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Maltese links to Medieval Monastic and Military Orders. Journal of the Monastic Military Orders, 2012, 4:35-46

bulletSavona-Ventura C. The Maltese vernacular in Medical education. In: Translational studies: An Anglo-Maltese scenario of reproductive health. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publ., Germany, 2012, 65-77

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Vassallo J, Marre M, Karamanos B, MGSD-GDM Study Group. Hyperglycaemia in pregnancy in Mediterranean women. Acta Diabetologica, 2012, 49:473-480 - Epublished 1st September 2012, DOI 10.1007/s00592-012-0427-9.

bulletAbou-Hussein S, Abela M, Savona-Ventura C. Body Mass Index adjustment for sitting height for better assessment of obesity risks in Maltese women. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 2012, 23:241-248

bulletAbou-Hussein S, Savona-Ventura C, Grima S, Felice A. Genetic factors in risk assessment for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus in a small case series. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 2011, 23:1-5

bulletAttard Montalto S, Savona-Ventura C. The William Hardy Shield for infant welfare rediscovered. Malta Medical Journal, 2011, 23(1):40-45

bulletFronteira I, Savona-Ventura C, Oliveira da Silva, M. Malta. In: Country Profiles:The Reproductive Health Report - The state of sexual and reproductive health within the European Union. EU Final Report, July 2011, 186-197.

bulletGrech V, Savona-Ventura C, Gatt M, Attard-Montalto S. Factors influencing the future of paediatric private practice in Malta. Pediatric Reports, June 2011; 3(2):39-41.

bulletOliveira da Silva, M et al [incl. Savona-Ventura C - EU country collaborator]. The Reproductive Health Report - The state of sexual and reproductive health within the European Union. EU Final Report, July 2011, +140p. Published also in The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, September 2011, 16[suppl.1]:+70p.

downloadSavona-Ventura C. Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of diabetes during pregnancy. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UMMS, Malta, 2011, +24p. [e-book publication]

downloadSavona-Ventura C. Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of labour and delivery. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UMMS, Malta, 2011, +20p. [e-book publication]

downloadSavona-Ventura C. Guidelines for Medical Students - Gynaecological & obstetric history taking and examination. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UMMS, Malta, 2011, +33p. [e-book publication]

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Unreliability of online survey methods to assess population preferences in contraceptive practices. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 2011, 16:147-148

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Universites Studiorum Melitensis – Medicinae Chirugiavque Facultate: Facultate Alumni. Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, Malta, 2011, +46p. [e-book publication]

bulletScerri C, Savona-Ventura C. Lifestyle risk factors for childhood obesity. Childhood Obesity, 2011, 7(1):25-29

bulletAbou-Hussein S, Savona-Ventura C, Grima S, Felice AE. Allele scoring of genetic risk in previous GDM. Abstracts - 42nd Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group Meeting, 2010, 35

bulletGrima S, Vella M, Savona-Ventura C. Hypertensive disorders during pregnancy in pre-Gestational diabetic women. Malta Medical Journal, 2010, 22(2):15-18

bulletSapiano K, Savona-Ventura C, Serracino-Inglott A, Azzopardi LM. Attitudes towards pre-conception care in Maltese women with Type 1 DM. Abstracts - 42nd Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group Meeting, 2010, 41

bulletSavona-Ventura C. History of Gynaecology in Malta. Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Malta, 2010, +47p.

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Maltese Medical Pauline traditions. Malta Medical Journal, 2010, 22(2):34-36

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Professional medical journal publications in Malta. Malta Medical Journal, 2010, 22(3):31-36

bulletSavona-Ventura C. The French Revolution's mark on the annals of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. Journal of the Monastic Military Orders, 2010, 3:51-70

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Craus J, Vella K, Grima S. Lowest threshold values for the 75g oral glucose tolerance test in pregnancy. Malta Medical Journal, 2010, 22(1):14-16

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Felice N, R.A. Gullaimier. The changing face of the Maltese population. Journal of population research, 2010, 27(4):315-322

bulletScerri C, Savona-Ventura C. Early metabolic imprinting as a determinant of childhood obesity. International journal of diabetes mellitus, 2010, 2:175-178.

bulletZammit V, Zammit P, Savona-Ventura C, Buhagiar A, Grech V. Maltese National Birth Weight for Gestational Age Centile Values. Malta Medical Journal, 2010, 22(2):19-24

bulletMifsud M, Buttigieg GG, Savona-Ventura C, Delicata S. Reproductive health in Malta. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 2009, 14(4):249-257

bulletSavona-Ventura C. The History of Midwifery Education in the Maltese Islands. Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Malta, 2009, +79p.

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Socio-biological determinants of reproductive health indicators. Social Transitions in Maltese Society [Cutajar J, Cassar G, eds.]. Agenda, Malta, 2009, 285-301

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Fenugreek - A natural prototype oral hypoglycaemic agent used in Malta. Malta Medical Journal, 2009, 21(2):42-44

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Cervical Cancer Screening. Synapse, 2009, 4:8-10

bulletSavona-Ventura C. World war II and population change in the Maltese context. Malta Medical Journal, 2009, 21(4):41-45

bulletSavona-Ventura C. The Papal Bull Cum solerti meditatione pensamus. Journal of the Monastic Military Orders, 2009, 2:21-38

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG. Kings, knights and lepers. History of Medicine on-line, Priory Lodge Education Ltd, 2009.

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG, Felice N, Gulliamier RA, Gatt M. Risk factors for prematurity in the Maltese Islands: 1999-2006. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 2009, 21(4):177-184

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG, Gatt M. Obstetric outcomes of immigrants of African Nationality. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 2009, 21(3):147-152

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG, Mifsud M. Maternal weight gain and fetal growth. Malta Medical Journal, 2009, 21(2):22-25

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Grima S, Buttigieg GG. Conjoint twinning in the Maltese Islands. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2009, 29(7):599-604.

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Mogensen CE. History of Diabetes Mellitus. Elsevier Masson, Cedex, 2009, +86p.

bulletButtigieg GG, Savona-Ventura C, Micallef Stafrace K. History of leprosy in Malta. Malta Medical Journal, 2008, 20(4):34-38

bulletButtigieg GG, Savona-Ventura C, Vella K, Cassar O. Cervical Carcinoma in the Maltese population. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 2008, 20(4):223-30

bulletInguanez J, Savona-Ventura C. Not a Euthanasia. DISCERN: Institute for Research on the Signs of the Times, Malta, 2008, +128p.

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Malta (Republic of). Pocket Guide to Cultural Health Assessment (eds: Erickson d'Avanzo C.) Mosby, USA, 4th edition, 2008, 465-9

bulletSavona-Ventura C. The Order of St Lazarus in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Journal of the Monastic Military Orders, 2008, 1:55-64

bulletSavona-Ventura C. Knight Templar remains in Gozo? The Gozo Observer, December 2008, 19:6-11

bulletSavona-Ventura C. The hospitaller activities of the Sisters of Charity of St Joan Antide in the Maltese Islands. Storja, 2008, 80-91

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG. Prematurity in the Maltese Islands. Report prepared for the European Parturition Group. Department of Obstetrics-Gynaecology, Malta, 2008, +12p.

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG, Grima S. Metabolic Carcinogenesis in the Maltese population. Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, 2008, 116:1-5

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG, Grima S. Outcomes of hypertensive obstetric patients in the Maltese Islands. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 2008, May; 101(2):189-91. [epub, Feb 19, 2008]

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Buttigieg GG, Grima S, Vella M. Anthropomorphic characteristics as obstetric risk determinants. International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 2008, 20(3):155-60

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Chircop M. Significant thresholds for the 75g oral glucose tolerance test in pregnancy. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 2008, 22(3):178-80

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Gatt M, Vella K, Grima S. Higher Order Multiple Pregnancy Outcomes in the Maltese Islands: 2000-2004. Malta Medical Journal, 2008, 20(1):19-23

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Grima S. Hypertensive disorders during pregnancy in Gestational Diabetic women. Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, 2008, 116:1-4

bulletSavona-Ventura C, Grima S, Vella K. Maternal BMI and antenatal weight gain as determinants of obstetric outcome. International Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism, 2008, 16:5-53

 

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