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Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD/NIH

Detroit Medical Center Physician and Chief of Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD/NIH at Wayne State University Dr. Roberto Romero Named Editor in Chief of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Excerpts of an interview with Dr Roberto Romero EIC AJOG from
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(Detroit, Mich.) September 19, 2013 - Roberto Romero, M.D., D.Med.Sci, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) physician and chief of the National Institutes of Health’s Perinatology Research Branch at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been appointed an editor in chief for Obstetrics of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG), a preeminent forum in the discipline, publisher Elsevier Health Sciences announced today.


AJOG is the oldest journal in obstetrics and gynecology, first published in 1869. The AJOG has published almost 50 percent of the ‘citation classics’ in the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology in the last 50 years, as well as many groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the practice of medicine and the lives of women and their families. Examples include:

• The method currently used for the detection of early pregnancy (pregnancy test), used worldwide

• The description of the vaginal pap smear by Papanicolaou in 1941 – the basis for the Pap test to screen for cervical cancer

• Polycystic ovarian disease, which affects 5-10 percent- of women of reproductive age

• The first description of the labor curve, which is utilized to assess progress in labor

• The importance of progesterone in pregnancy maintenance

• The non-stress test used daily in the evaluation of fetal well-being

• The biophysical profile used to assess fetal health

• The estimation of fetal weight using ultrasound and implemented worldwide to monitor fetal growth


“Since I began this journey in obstetrics and gynecology, I have been privileged to be part of and witness many of the groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the lives of women and their families by improving pregnancy outcomes,” said Dr. Romero. “We are looking forward to transforming our journal to connect physicians, scientists and patients and improve healthcare for women and families, as well as drive progress in the field worldwide. We are proud that the Editorship will be housed at the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University and the Perinatology Research Branch.”


Much of the work conducted by the Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD in Detroit has been published on the pages of the AJOG. Among the discoveries are methods for prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies, the evidence that progesterone could reduce the rate of preterm birth and neonatal complications in women with a short cervix by 45 percent, and the importance of intra-amniotic infection as a cause of preterm labor and delivery.


Dr. Romero is one of the world’s foremost authorities in the study of pregnancy and its complications. At the Perinatology Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Romero leads a research team that has made seminal discoveries related to premature birth and congenital anomalies, the two leading causes of infant mortality in the United States.


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Roberto Romero, M.D.
is Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch and Head of the Program for Perinatal Research and Obstetrics in the Division of Intramural Research of NICHD/NIH.

Dr. Romero trained at Yale University in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Subsequently, he joined the Yale faculty and became the Director of Perinatal Research. In 1992, he became Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University and Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD/NIH. Click here for more information

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