Medical Advisory Board

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Name Institution Field of Interest

*Thomas Easterling

University of Washington Medical Center Hemodynamics

Cindy Anderson

Ohio State University College of Nursing Nursing

Phyllis August

Weill Cornell Medical College Nephrology and Hypertension

Ira Bernstein

University of Vermont College of Medicine  

Peter von Dadelszen

Kings College, London Preeclampsia Therapies

Arun Jeyabalan

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine  

Ananth Karumanchi

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Nephrology and Hypertension

Marshall Lindheimer

University of Chicago Nephrology and Hypertension

James Martin Jr.

University of Mississippi Medical Center HELLP Syndrome

Suzanne Oparil

University of Alabama at Birmingham Hypertension and Cardiovascular disease

Michael J. Paidas

Yale University School of Medicine  

John T. Repke

Penn State College of Medicine Preeclampsia Prevention; Calcium metabolism

James M. Roberts

Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh Endothelial Cells

Roberto Romero

Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD, NIH Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Larry Shields

Dignity Health Perinatal Center at Marian Regional Medical Center Maternal Safety

Doug Woelkers

University of California, San Diego Medical Center Maternal Medical Disorders, Thrombophilia



Baha Sibai

University of Texas HELLP Syndrome

* Director


Dr. Thomas R. Easterling

Dr. Tom Easterling received his MD from University of North Carolina Medical School. He is a national expert in the field of hypertension in pregnancy. A professor at the University of Washington Medical School joining the staff in 1985, Easterling has received numerous awards including: the Young Investigator's Award of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, the Society Award for the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians for research on the hemodynamics of preeclampsia, and was honored by the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology for conducting one of the four most significant studies of 1999 regarding early antihypertensive treatment to prevent preeclampsia. He and his team at the University of Washington are members of the NIH-sponsored Obstetrical Pharmacological Research Unit network investigating the use of medications in pregnancy. Easterling continues an active clinical and research practice at the University of Washington and is a co-founder of the Preeclampsia Foundation.

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Dr. Cindy Anderson

Dr. Cindy Anderson is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educational Innovation at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Anderson has dedicated her career to the care of women with preeclampsia as a nurse and scientist. Her research is focused on strategies for early detection of preeclampsia and factors in the maternal pregnant environment that can be targeted to reduce the risk of preeclampsia in mothers and future development of hypertension in their children. Recent investigation is targeted towards gene-environment interactions that are associated with heritable risk for preeclampsia. Anderson received her degrees in nursing from Salem State University and the University of North Dakota where she also was awarded a PhD in physiology. She holds fellowship in the National Academies of Practice, American Heart Association and American Academy of Nursing and serves on the editorial boards of the Western Journal of Nursing Research and the Journal of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

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Dr. Phyllis August

Dr. Phyllis August is a board-certified Internist and Nephrologist and is the Ralph A Baer MD Professor of Research in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell. August graduated from Harvard College, Yale Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Weill-Cornell Hypertension Center and also directs the training program in Nephrology at New York Presbyterian-Cornell Campus. She is the Theresa Lang Director of the Lang Center for Research and Education at New York Hospital Queens.  August’s research has focused on blood pressure regulation in pregnancy and hypertension and kidney disease in pregnancy. Her clinical practice at Weill Cornell is largely devoted to obstetric hypertension and kidney disorders. In 2011, August received the Preeclampsia Foundation’s “Outstanding Physician for Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy” recognition award for her superlative clinical care of women with these complications of pregnancy.

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Dr. Ira Bernstein

Dr. Ira M. Bernstein is John Van Sicklen Maeck Professor and Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and medical director of Women’s services at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He has previously served UVM as director of both maternal fetal medicine and MFM fellowship training. Dr. Bernstein additionally served as Senior Associate Dean for Research at the University of Vermont COM for 5 years until early 2014. Dr. Bernstein’s primary research interest examines human integrative physiology and he has been funded from NIH for a series of projects examining pre-pregnancy determinants of preeclampsia. Dr. Bernstein has served on, or chaired, several study sections at NIH including 2 years as the chair of Pregnancy and Neonatology. Along with several current members of the Preeclampsia Foundation Medical Advisory Board Dr. Bernstein was a member of, and contributed to, the recent ACOG Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy report.

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Dr. Peter von Dadelszen

Dr. Peter von Dadelszen is Professor and Academic Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George's, University of London.  He previously was Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Maternal-Fetal Medicine) at the University of British Columbia and Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC. A New Zealander, he studied medicine at the University of Otago, Dunedin, completing a BMedSc (Anatomy, 1981), medical degree (MBChB, 1984), and DipObst (1987). He moved to the UK in 1990 to continue his specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology and completed a DPhil project with Professor Chris Redman in Oxford (MRCOG, 1991 [FRANZCOG, 1998; FRCOG, 2003], DPhil, 2001). In 1996, von Dadelszen moved to Toronto to undertake sub-specialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (1996-8) and an additional year of residency training (FRCSC, 1999). His appointment at UBC is that of a clinician-scientist focusing on pre-eclampsia, from basic science to clinical epidemiology and health services research. von Dadelszen is married to Laura Magee, an obstetric and general internist-scientist. They share the leadership of the pregnancy hypertension research group at UBC. He is currently investigating the mechanisms involved in the development of pre-eclampsia, outcome prediction, a possible disease-modifying therapy, and the impact of introducing standardised care for the hypertensive diseases of pregnancy in the Province of British Columbia.

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Dr. Arun Jeyabalan 

Dr. Arun Jeyabalan is an Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh. She completed her undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Michigan, followed by residency at the University of California, San Diego, and then Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a busy clinical practice and serves as the Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine outpatient services. She has built a strong reputation at the local, regional, and national levels based on her research and leadership in the field of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, including preeclampsia and has a number of peer-reviewed publications in this field. She is currently the Vice President of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and recently served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Hypertension in Pregnancy Task Force.

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Dr. Ananth Karumanchi 

Dr. S. Ananth Karumanchi is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in the Nephrology and Molecular and Vascular Medicine Divisions at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He holds a second appointment as a Senior Scientist with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his M.D. from the University of Madras, Chennai, India. He is a recipient of the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Award from the American Society of Nephrology, the Hope Award from the Preeclampsia Foundation, the Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Hypertension, and serves as an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Dr. Marshall Lindheimer

Dr. Marshall Lindheimer is a nephrologist and professor emeritus in the departments of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago. His clinical and research interests focus on kidney disease and hypertension in pregnancy. He is an external adviser to the World Health Organization for studies relating to preeclampsia. Lindheimer, a founding member, and previous secretary-treasurer and president of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, has produced 400+ publications including basic science observations, clinical studies, text chapters and author- or-editorship of seven texts. Lindheimer, a recipient of the Chesley Award for Research in Hypertension in Pregnancy, Lifetime Awards from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and the Preeclampsia Foundation, respectively, as well as the Belding Scribner Award from the American Society of Nephrology, and the Joseph Bolivar De Lee Humanitarian award from the Board of Directors of Chicago Lying in Hospital. He was further honored in 2009, by a personal congratulatory letter from President Obama citing Lindheimer’s work supporting the “health and well-being of mothers and infants,” and in 2011, by an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

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Dr. James N. Martin, Jr.

Dr. James N. Martin, Jr. is a professor of Ob/Gyn, Director of the Division of Maternal- Fetal Medicine, and Vice Chair of Research & Academic Development  for the Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His clinical expertise lies in the management of complicated pregnancies, particularly related to hypertensive disorders. Martin is the author of more than 600 scientific communications, many which address issues related to preeclampsia-eclampsia and atypical forms of this disease such as HELLP syndrome. He is one of the founders and a past president of The North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, is past president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and was President of ACOG for 2011-2012. Martin also represents ACOG internationally as its member of the executive board for FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics). His research in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy continues following his tenure as ACOG President, having begun  during his residency training at the University of North Carolina Hospitals and continued while completing a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Texas Southwestern/Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. In 2009, Martin received the Preeclampsia Foundation’s Hope Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Dr. Michael J. Paidas

Dr. Michael J. Paidas is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Interim Chief, Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine; Interim Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship; Interim Chief, Obstetrical Service, YNHH; Co-Director of the Yale Women and Children’s Center for Blood Disorders, and Co-Director of the National Hemophilia Foundation-Baxter Clinical Fellowship at Yale. Dr. Paidas received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1987 and completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1991 at Pennsylvania Hospital. In 1993, Dr. Paidas completed a Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In 2013, Dr. Paidas was awarded a Master of Arts, Honorary Degree, from Yale University. Dr. Paidas's career in medicine has focused on women’s health with special emphasis on blood disorders, reproduction, pregnancy complications and the latter’s impact on health and disease. His activities span direct patient care, translational research and clinical trials. Dr. Paidas’s research has been supported by federal and non- federal funding agencies. His notable contributions include: description of the regulatory factors of the Protein C system; clinical use of recombinant antithrombin in disease states; elucidation of the subsequent cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular health consequences of hypertensive disorders and preterm delivery in the largest population based studies published to date. Dr. Paidas is the lead Prinicipal Investigator of a multicenter preeclampsia treatment clinical trial, entitled Prospective Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled Evaluation of the Pharmacokinetics, Safety and Efficacy of Recombinant Antithrombin Versus Placebo in Preterm Preeclampsia (PRESERVE-1). Dr. Paidas has expertise in prenatal ultrasound, invasive fetal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. His academic profile includes over 500 published manuscripts, abstracts, books, chapters, presentations or courses.

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Dr. Suzanne Oparil

Dr. Suzanne Oparil is Professor of Medicine and of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, where she is also Director of the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program.  Oparil received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York, where she was first in her class. She completed her residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and a fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  She is the current President of the American Society of Hypertension, a past- President of the American Heart Association (and still an active volunteer at both the national and affiliate levels), and the first woman past-President of the American Federation for Medical Research. She also has leadership roles in the Association of American Physicians, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, American Physiological Society, Clinical Physiology Advisory Committee, and Inter-American Society of Hypertension. Oparil has a career interest in the fundamental mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and in using the information to develop novel treatments. Just one example is her research that led to the development of the ACE inhibitors, the most commonly used class of drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure.  Oparil is author and co-author of more than 1,000 abstracts, book chapters, and journal articles in Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine, and American Journal of Hypertension, among others.

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Dr. John T. Repke

Dr. John Repke is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Obstetrician- Gynecologist-In-Chief at the Penn State College of Medicine- Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  He is a national recognized expert in Maternal-Fetal medicine and is listed in “Best Doctors in America.”  His expertise is the study of prevention and management of hypertension in pregnancy and preeclampsia.  Repke holds full memberships in the Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, The Society of Gynecologic Investigation, The American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is Past-President of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy.  He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and serves as an examiner in both general Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Maternal-Fetal Medicine for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Repke is the author of over 200 publications and has edited a textbook of Obstetrics.  His principle clinical interests are in the areas of preeclampsia and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.  His internship, residency, fellowship and other professional positions have taken him to Johns Hopkins Hospital (1978-1992), Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Women's Hospital (1992-1998), the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he chaired the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1998-2002, and to Penn State, where he has chaired the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2002.

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Dr. James M. Roberts

Dr. James M. Roberts is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Epidemiology and Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Pittsburgh. His research includes fundamental, clinical and health services approaches to the understanding and management of adverse pregnancy outcomes. He led a NIH RCT (10,000 women) of antioxidant vitamins to prevent preeclampsia. He was the recipient of lifetime achievement awards by the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and the SGI and the 2008 Preeclampsia Foundation Hope Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has served or serves on the editorial boards of journals including, Placenta, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, Metabolism and Hypertension. He has been on scientific review boards of the NIH, the CIHR, the FDA and the March of Dimes. He was the chair of the NICHD Maternal Fetal Medicine Network from 1990 –1999 and is past president of the Perinatal Research Society, the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, the Society of Gynecological Investigation and the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy.  Roberts was formally admitted to fellowship ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in September of 2000. He has been elected to membership in Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  He has also received mentoring awards from the NICHD and the Society of Gynecological Investigation.

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Dr. Roberto Romero

Dr. Roberto Romero is Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch and Program Director for Perinatal Research and Obstetrics in the Division of Intramural Research of NICHD/NIH, Professor of Molecular Obstetrics and Genetics at Wayne State University and Professor of Epidemiology, Michigan State University.  Romero trained at Yale University in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub- specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, subsequently joining the faculty and becoming the Director of Perinatal Research. In 1992, he became Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University and Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch at NICHD/NIH.  Romero is widely regarded as one of the most prominent intellectual leaders in modern obstetrics. Over the last 25 years, his work has focused on the early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy, the prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies and the study of the mechanisms of disease responsible for pregnancy complications and fetal injury with a special emphasis in preterm labor. An author of over 750 peer reviewed publications and several books, including a medical best seller (Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Anomalies), Romero is the recipient of countless awards and recognitions by his peers.  Romero's work in premature labor has focused on the role of infection and inflammation in spontaneous preterm labor and delivery. His research team described the involvement of cytokines and chemokines in the initiation of human labor and the fetal inflammatory response syndrome, as well as the preterm parturition syndrome. The Perinatology Research Branch uses high-dimensional biology to understand the mechanisms of disease in preterm parturition and fetal injury of the preterm neonate.

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Larry Shields, MD

Larry Shields, MD, currently serves as Medical Director of Perinatal Safety at Dignity Health and Director of the Perinatal Center, Marian Regional Medical Center, in Santa Maria, California. Shields received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, and completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of California in San Diego, California. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and subspecialty-certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Shields has received numerous honors and awards, served on regional, state, and national committees, and authored dozens of publications including the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Preeclampsia Toolkit. Throughout his career, Shields has been a strong advocate for patient safety and holds multiple leadership roles with quality and safety committees, including the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Patient Safety and Quality Committee.

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Dr. Doug Woelkers

Dr. Doug Woelkers is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Perinatal Medicine at University of California, San Diego, and sees high-risk women at several hospitals and clinics in the area. He is the 2012-2014 President of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (NASSHP). Woelkers graduated from Stanford University, serving his internship and residency at UCSD and his fellowship at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC. He is a board-certified specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

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Dr. Baha M. Sibai

Dr. Baha Sibai is an internationally recognized researcher and clinician in maternal-fetal medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, serving as a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. and currently serves as the President of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension and Pregnancy.  His academic leadership and contributions to research, in the dissection of the hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and other basic problems associated with obstetrics and gynecology, has awarded him national and international recognition in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, particularly in the area of hypertension and preeclampsia.  His contributions have organized the treatment plans of many physicians all over the world. Sibai’s international notoriety in preeclampsia and eclampsia, preterm labor and preterm rupture of membranes, medical complications, and emergencies in obstetrics evolved as a result of his authorship and co-authorship of over 500 peer-reviewed publications in national and internationally circulated publications. In addition, he has edited several textbooks and contributed to over 200 textbook chapters. His research interests are in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, life-threatening maternal and obstetrics emergencies. He is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Perinatology and the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine and Infectious Disease in Obstetrics. He also serves as a consultant for more than 30 peer reviewed medical journals.

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