I am an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Obstetrical Services, and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety with appointments in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. I have developed a successful research program in Maternal Fetal Medicine that spans quality improvement and health services research as well as epidemiology/clinical trials. My current areas of research include: 1) evaluating innovative health care delivery strategies to improve outcomes and reduce disparities, 2) understanding the impact of practice changes (individual, system, state and federal levels) on outcomes and 3) understanding the etiology of racial/ethnic disparities in maternal outcomes. As an OBGYN and MFM specialist, I am deeply committed to improving health outcomes of women and children through leadership, research, advocacy and clinical work. I am an active member of ACOG and SMFM.
I have served on the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Health Policy and Advocacy committee for several years and am currently the Chair. I also serve on the SMFM publications committee. Most recently I joined SMFM’s reproductive health advisory group and co-led a postgraduate course, partnering with our family planning colleagues, focused on difficult counseling, manual vacuum aspiration training and discussing strategies to assist with implementing these practices in hospitals without these services. Finally, I am on the SMFM Board of Directors. I have a strong commitment to the mission of the SMFM and care deeply about ensuring equitable access to all types of reproductive services.