HOUSTON – (Dec. 9, 2011) – Baha M. Sibai, M.D., an internationally recognized researcher and clinician in maternal-fetal medicine, will be joining the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School as a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.
Sibai is a leading authority in the care and treatment of women with preeclampsia, eclampsia, rare syndromes and medical emergencies during pregnancy and childbirth. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and has an extensive history of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control.
Sibai has led several multi-center clinical trials and has previously served as the principal investigator of the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network (MFMU Network) at the University of Tennessee. UTHealth is one of only seven institutions in the United States that has both the NICHD MFMU Network and Neonatal Research Network.
Currently a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Sibai has also served as chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at University of Tennessee in Memphis and as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Sibai will join UTHealth early next year. His expertise will build on the innovative research by biochemists in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who have a $1.8 million grant from the NICHD to study preeclampsia.
“Recruiting Dr. Sibai is part of our strategic partnership with our teaching hospitals to have both a world-class fetal surgery program and a team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists who can provide expert care for both the mother and fetus,” said Sean Blackwell, M.D., interim chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UTHealth Medical School. “Baha brings a commitment for excellence and dedication to medical education that is unrivaled. I know our students, residents, fellows, faculty and referring physicians will all enjoy having him as part of our UTHeath Maternal-Fetal Medicine Team.”
Teaching hospitals of UTHealth include Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.
Deborah Mann Lake
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