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NIH Development Conference:
Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

March 4–6, 2013
Bethesda, Maryland

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Panel Biographies

James Peter VanDorsten, M.D.
Panel and Conference Chairperson
Dr. VanDorsten is the Lawrence L. Hester, Jr. Professor and immediate past Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1976. Following a 3-year stint in the U.S. Army in Berlin, Germany, and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Southern California, he returned to the Medical University of South Carolina in 1981.

Dr. VanDorsten has a number of special appointments including the chairmanship of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network steering committee for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He is also past president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the South Carolina Obstetric and Gynecologic Society, and the American Gynecological Club. Recently, the governor of South Carolina presented him with the highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, for his contributions to women and children’s health.

William C. Dodson, M.D.
Dr. Dodson is the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility, and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine. He specializes in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology. He received his medical degree from Temple University, School of Medicine, and did his residency in OB/GYN and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Dodson’s patient services focus on assisted reproductive technology, superovulation, ovulation induction, and infertility.

Mark A. Espeland, Ph.D., FASA, FSCT
Dr. Espeland is Professor of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Division of Public Health Sciences, in the Wake Forest School of Medicine. His primary research interest has been the analysis of data from clinical trials and cohort studies. Dr. Espeland has held leadership positions in dozens of major multi-center studies, including the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) and the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS). He is a frequent consultant to the National Institutes of Health and has authored/coauthored more than 220 articles on methodological and biomedical research. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Society for Clinical Trials and has received research awards from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

William A. Grobman, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Grobman is a Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Health Care Studies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Grobman is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and has completed an M.B.A. with a major in health services administration and decision sciences. Dr. Grobman has used his clinical and educational background to examine health policy, patient safety, and perform clinical outcomes research. In addition, he has assessed and published on the cost effectiveness of multiple obstetric treatments and interventions.

Jeanne Marie Guise, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Guise is the Director, State Obstetric and Pediatric Research Collaborative (STORC); Director, Health Services and Outcomes Research, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) National Center of Excellence in Women's Health; and Director, Center for Clinical Research, Safety, and Innovation. Her clinical interests include inpatient obstetrics, improving birth processes and outcomes for women and children, and obstetric quality. She has a wide range of research interests that include interventions to improve outcomes and safety for women and children in childbirth, evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness, perinatal epidemiology, and medical ethics (particularly relating to obstetric decision making).

Brian M. Mercer, M.D.
Dr. Mercer is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MetroHealth Medical Center, and Professor of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. A sub-specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, his focus of research and clinical care is directed towards predication and prevention of complications related to preterm birth, care of multiple gestations, and obstetric ultrasound. He is President Elect of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Vice-president of the Central Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and serves on the Executive Board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Mercer has been principle investigator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network at CASE-MetroHealth Medical Center since 2001, and co-Principal investigator of the Ohio Collaborative site of the NuMom2b research network since 2010. Dr. Mercer obtained his medical degree and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He completed his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, in 1990. Dr. Mercer has been with Case Western Reserve University- MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1999.

Howard L. Minkoff, M.D.
Dr. Minkoff is the Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maimonides Medical Center. His research work focuses on perinatal transmission of HIV and the natural history of HIV in women. Dr. Minkoff is also currently the principle investigator for the Women's Interagency HIV Study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He obtained his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and did his postdoctoral training in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where is currently a Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Brenda Poindexter, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Poindexter is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Research for the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, and a Clinical Neonatologist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. After completing her residency in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, she went to IU for fellowship training and also to obtain a master’s degree in clinical research. Her primary areas of interest include neonatal nutrition and metabolism, particularly the effect of early parenteral nutrition on growth and neurodevelopment. Dr. Poindexter serves as the vice chair for one of the biomedical institutional review boards at IU. She serves as the Principal Investigator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network (NRN) and the multicenter Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program (PROP) study.

Lisa A. Prosser, Ph.D.
Dr. Prosser is the Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan Health System. She also holds adjunct faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Prosser’s research focuses on comparative and cost-effectiveness of children's health interventions. Her current research focuses on policy-relevant topics concerning the cost-effectiveness of childhood interventions, including influenza vaccination and newborn screening. Her research on the economic impact of influenza vaccination has been used in setting national vaccine policy for children and for prioritizing subgroups in vaccination shortage years. She is a member of the evidence review group for the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. Dr. Prosser obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

George F. Sawaya, M.D.
Dr. Sawaya is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a Professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His main research interest is in cervical cancer screening with particular interest in screening older women, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility as well as new approaches to population-based screening. He is the director San Francisco General Hospital's Colposcopy and Cervical Dysplasia Clinic. Dr. Sawaya earned a medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, his internship and residency at UCSF and a fellowship in UCSF's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is a lecturer and author or coauthor of articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

James R. Scott, M.D.
Dr. Scott is Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. Since 2001, he has been Editor-In-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa where he also completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology. He then completed a Fellowship in reproductive immunology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Scott has received numerous clinical, teaching and research awards and is an international authority on recurrent miscarriage, transplant and immunologic problems in pregnancy, clinical obstetrics and gynecology and evidence-based medicine. He has published eight books and over 200 scientific papers. He has been active in many national societies and has been President of the University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society for Reproductive Immunology and the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Society.

Robert M. Silver, M.D.
Dr. Silver is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (UUHSC) and joined the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division after completing his fellowship there in 1994. He is serving as the Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and as Co-Director of Labor and Delivery at the UUHSC. Dr. Silver's clinical and research interests include recurrent pregnancy loss and stillbirth, cesarean delivery, placenta accreta, vaginal birth after cesarean delivery, immunologic diseases in pregnancy, and medical disorders in pregnancy.

Lisa Smith, M.A.
Ms. Smith was a Board member on the National Advocacy Committee for the American Diabetes Association from 2008-2012. She is currently the Director of Development at The University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. She is the primary fundraiser securing financial gifts, stewarding donors, coordinating fundraising events and managing the relationships between the College and its constituents.

Alyce Thomas, R.D.
Ms. Thomas is the Perinatal Nutrition Consultant at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. Her interest in how medical nutrition therapy affects the outcome of pregnancies complicated by diabetes has resulted in the author or co-authorship of several publications in this area. These publications include chapters in peer-reviewed journals and educational handouts for women with preexisting and gestational diabetes mellitus. She has also presented on diabetes and pregnancy and other aspects of maternal nutrition at numerous conferences. She received her B. Sc in Home Economics from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and completed her dietetic internship at the Montreal Diet Dispensary in Montreal, Quebec.

Alan T.N. Tita, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Tita is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Center for Women’s Reproductive Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His clinical interests are in clinical and operative obstetrics, preterm birth, obstetric infections, International/Minority Women’s Health, and Clinical Trials. Dr. Tita received his medical degree from the University of Yaounde and did his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and fellowship at UAB. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of OB/GYN.

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