Macones to chair committee that will design trials to study preterm birth


George Macones, MD, head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named the new steering committee chair for the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network (MFMU) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The purpose of the MFMU is to design large clinical trials in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics, particularly focusing on the continuing problem of preterm birth.

Macones, also the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine with expertise in managing medically complicated pregnancies and those at risk for preterm birth. He is internationally renowned for his research on the safety of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and has published new guidelines on monitoring fetuses during labor.