Professor Roberto Romero, MD is professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wayne State University and Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health in Bethseda, Maryland.
Romero received his undergraduate degree in 1967 from San Vincente de Paul in Maracaibo Venezuela and his medical degree, magna cum laude, in 1974 from the University del Zulia, also in Maracaibo. He did his residency at Yale University, Connecticut and was chief resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology between 1978 and 1979. In 1979 he did a Fellowship in Gynecological oncology at Yale and in 1982 jointed the Yale faculty as assistant professor. At the same time he also finished another fellowship training in maternal-fetal medicine, under the supervision of Professor John C. Hobbins. In 1992 he became director of the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Romero has been an outstanding researcher and teacher and has made substantial contributions to the world literature in areas of diagnosis of ectopic pregnancies, prenatal diagnosis, amniocentesis, fetal growth restriction, prematurity and in infection as a cause of pre-term birth and cerebral palsy, and prenatal molecular biology. He is the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including ISUOG Service Award presented by the International Society for Ultrasound Gynecologists from 1995 - 2000; the CAOG Young Investigator's Award presented in 1999; the Best Paper Award Oral Session E and I presented in 1999 by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and many more. Widely published himself with his most recent book "Pre-term Labor" published in 1997, Romero participates as editor and a member of the editorial board for such publications as "Prenatal and Neonatal Medicine," "Journal of Perinatal Medicine," "Journal of Maternal Fetal Medicine" and "Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation" among others. He also participates on numerous national committees as well, such as the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Future Sites Committee; Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network steering committee of the National Institutes of Health; and International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology executive committee.
More recently Romero was receipient of the 2004 Ian Donald Gold Medal. The award, granted by the International Society of Ultrasound of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recognizes Dr. Romero's long-standing contribution to the field of ultrasound.
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