June 16, 2005
Michael T. Mennuti, MD, Named
of the American College of Obstetricians
(Philadelphia, PA) Michael T. Mennuti, MD,
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been
named the 56th President of The American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), based in Washington,
DC. His inauguration took place during ACOG’s
Annual Clinical Meeting held recently in San Francisco.
During his acceptance speech, Mennuti addressed the
need for major changes within the OB/GYN specialty.
“The challenges we are facing are truly bringing
obstetrics and gynecology to a breaking point. Our traditional
ways of doing things may no longer be effective,”
Mennuti noted that the demands of improving patient
safety, ever-increasing regulations and the need to
keep pace with new scientific developments and clinical
guidelines, threaten to overwhelm today’s obstetrician-gynecologist.
“In practice, we already feel hammered on every
front,” he added. “The medical liability
insurance crisis extends to all areas of medicine but
has hit our specialty the hardest. Compounding our liability
risk is the pressure to see more and more patients in
less time. Something’s got to give. We need new
tools and creative solutions in both training and practice,”
He also discussed developments in genomic medicine and
information technology and how innovations in these
fields will significantly impact how OB-GYNs are trained
and how they practice medicine. Acknowledging that it
would, indeed, be challenging to make changes in the
training and practice models that are known and comfortable,
Mennuti remains optimistic. “Even in the face
of such daunting challenges, I have no doubt that we
will change and we will continue to provide the highest
quality of care to all women and we will continue to
find joy in our day-to-day care of patients.”
Board certified in maternal-fetal medicine, clinical
genetics, and clinical cytogenetics, Mennuti began his
career at PENN in 1969, and served as Chair of the Department
of Obstetric and Gynecology from 1987 to 2005. He is
also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Human
Genetics, and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine.
Mennuti is currently the Director of Reproductive Genetics
and the Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis Program at PENN.
His practice focuses on high-risk pregnancy consultation
and prenatal diagnosis of genetic diseases in the fetus.
His current research and clinical interests include
serum screening for Down syndrome, screening for cystic
fibrosis, and prevention of folic acid dependent neural
Mennuti currently serves as the Chairman of the Clinical
Practices Executive Committee of the University of Pennsylvania.
He also serves on the Trustee Board of the Hospital
of University of Pennsylvania (ex-officio), and the
Trustee Board of the Clinical Care Associates of the
University of Pennsylvania Health System.
A long active ACOG member, Mennuti has served as secretary
since May 2001, as past chair of ACOG District III (DE,
NJ, PA) and has chaired the Committee on Credentials,
the Cystic Fibrosis Steering Committee, and the Committee
on Obstetric Practice. He has also been a member of
several additional ACOG committees including the ACOG
Health Care Commission, Committee on Long-Range Planning,
and the Committee on Genetics.
A native of Trenton, NJ, Dr. Mennuti is a graduate of
Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences and
Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed
his obstetrics and gynecology residency and his fellowships
in maternal-fetal medicine and genetics at the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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