Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman Appointed President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman has been named president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine for the 2024-2025 term. The society, based in Washington, was established to optimize equitable health outcomes for all birthing people by serving as a professional voice for clinicians and researchers who study high-risk pregnancy care.

Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the Yen Endowed Chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Prior to her current appointment, she was the Ellen Jacobson Levine and Eugene Jacobson Professor and vice chair for faculty development in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University in New York, where she taught for 16 years.

When the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the United States, Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman’s team at Columbia University was one of the first to examine the infection in pregnant women. Her efforts led to her appointment as co-chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ COVID Task Force. Her academic accomplishments have won her numerous awards including the research award from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as recognition for Research Excellence from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“I appreciate the support I have received from my faculty and trainee colleagues here at UC San Diego along with colleagues from around the world,” said Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman. “Together we will work to advance our field and our reach, improving patient outcomes and eliminating health disparities.”

Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman received her bachelor’s degree in biology and her M.D. from the University of Miami in Florida. She holds a master’s degree in biostatistics from Columbia University.

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