Dr. Mary D'Alton to be honored at SMFM 40th annual meeting

January 15, 2020

Faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students from Columbia University and across the country will present their research at this year's Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting, taking place from February 3-8, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. The SMFM's Annual Pregnancy Meeting, now in its 40th year, brings together MFMs in training, practicing clinicians, and veterans in the field to share the latest innovations in research and clinical care.

This year's conference will feature a special tribute evening dedicated to Mary D'Alton, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYP/CUIMC. The tribute will celebrate the accomplishments of the Foundation for SMFM and honor Dr. D'Alton, who assumed leadership of the Foundation in 2013 and will be finishing her second term as Board Chair at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Under Dr. D'Alton's leadership, the Foundation expanded its award programs to include new opportunities for scholarships and grants to Society member, enhanced communication efforts, improved administrative processes, and increased its total assets. Dr. D'Alton has a history of leadership in SMFM, including serving as President. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

At this year's conference, Columbia faculty members will be presenting on various topics related to research and clinical care, including "Socioeconomic and racial disparities in intensive care level utilization in a national sample," "Risk-reducing potential of aspirin among low-risk nulliparous, obese women," and "Postpartum readmissions among women with adult congenital heart disease." See the list of oral and poster presentations and courses by Columbia-affiliated faculty and trainees.

Established in 1977, the Society for Maternal Fetal medicine is the premiere membership organization for maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Representing the interests in nearly 3,000 physicians and MFM practice professionals, the Society provides education and engages in advocacy efforts to support the work of MFMs and optimize the health of high-risk pregnant women and their babies.

Columbia faculty have long taken an active role in the Society. This year Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD serves as Poster Chair for the conference, and Dr. D'Alton and Whitney Booker, MD serve as Ex-Officio Representatives on the SMFM Board of Directors.