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Release Date: 07/18/2017

Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, has been elected vice president of the Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Health. Dr. Phipps is chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research in Women’s Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England Health System.

The Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Health was originally founded by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in 2004 to improve women's health through innovation in education, research, and technology. Today, the Foundation brings information and resources to ob/gyn physicians that they can use to impact care, through helping women stay healthy and strengthening and supporting families and communities.

“Women & Infants Hospital is proud to congratulate Dr. Phipps on this prestigious new appointment,” said Mark Marcantano, president and chief operating officer of Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital. “We are confident that her dedication to women’s health will serve the Foundation, health care professionals, patients, and the nation well.”

Dr. Phipps’ research focuses on improving the health of vulnerable populations. Her research interests include adolescent pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, postpartum depression, prenatal care, contraception, and reducing disparities. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and past chair of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women.

Dr. Phipps previously directed the Brown/Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, led the Rhode Island Task Force on Preterm Birth, and was co-principal investigator for the Brown University National Children’s Study Center. In addition, Dr. Phipps has been the principal investigator or co-investigator in numerous projects and programs, including: the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholars Program; the Children’s Environmental Health Formative Center; Fit for Delivery; Project REACH (Relax, Encourage, Appreciate, Communicate, Help), a study to prevent postpartum depression in adolescent mothers; and several other projects related to women’s health and obstetric outcomes.

Dr. Phipps received a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Boston College. She earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She completed her master’s in public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program.

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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