Ronald J. Wapner, MD

Expertise in: 
Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Board Certifications: 
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD), Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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Overview

Dr. Ronald Wapner is the Vice Chair of Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology for Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Director of Reproductive Genetics. Prior to Columbia University, Dr. Wapner was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Drexel University College of Medicine and taught at Thomas Jefferson University for 22 years where he also served as the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Wapner is an internationally known physician and researcher specializing in reproductive genetics. He pioneered the development of chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and multi-fetal reduction. He has authored or co-authored over 450 publications and he has been an active investigator in the area of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM).

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Fetal Anomalies
  • Fetal Testing
  • Genetic Testing
  • Preterm Birth Prevention

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Reproductive Genetics
  • Vice Chair of Research

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Male

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Residency: 1977 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • The Dru Carlson Award for Best Research in Genetics and Ultrasound, Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (2017, 2012)
  • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award (2015)
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Research

Dr. Wapner has been an active investigator in the area of Maternal-Fetal Medicine throughout his career and has been, or is, either a principal or co-investigator for a number of NICHD sponsored multi-center studies. He currently serves as the center PI for the National Standards for Fetal Growth study as well as the PI for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. He recently led a multi-center study evaluating the accuracy, efficacy, and clinical advantages of prenatal diagnosis using microarray analysis.