Michael T. Mennuti, MD, Named President of the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
(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,” said Mennuti.
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 said.
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 tube defects.
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.
PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated
to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and
high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s
first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News &
World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School
of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training
of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic
Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital, the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s
“Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian Medical Center; a
faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.