Friday, October 23, 2015

Ecker named new chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Jeffrey Ecker, MD, director of Obstetrical Clinical Research and Quality Assurance, has been named chief of the MGH Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective Dec. 1.

Ecker has been an integral part of the department for the past 18 years. He has committed much of his career to understanding and optimizing pregnancy outcomes, often as part of collaborative research efforts, and studying metabolic complications of pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Ecker also has examined experiences and outcomes of pregnancies among women
with disabilities.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve as the chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the MGH,” says Ecker. “When I first arrived at our hospital 28 years ago as a medical student for a gynecology rotation, I had much to learn. This department and institution have taught me much and have remained at the center of my professional life nearly every moment since.”

After graduating from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, Ecker entered residency training in OB/GYN as part of the MGH/Brigham and Women’s Hospital combined program. At the time of his residency, the only deliveries at MGH were patients who presented to the Emergency Department in advanced labor, so the MGH portion of the program instead focused on gynecologic care and surgery. He later trained at the University of California, San Francisco where he completed fellowships in maternal fetal medicine and obstetric ultrasound.

Ecker is a founding member of the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative and is past president of the Obstetric Society of Boston. He currently serves as chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice and is a member of both the Publication Committee of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Obstetric Expert Panel for Leapfrog, a national quality measurement consortium. He also founded and has continued to serve as associate director of the MGH fellowship in Material Fetal Medicine.

Ecker succeeds Isaac Schiff, MD, who will remain active in the department, continuing to see patients and serving as a mentor.

“It is special to be asked to give back to a place and group of colleagues that have given me so much,” says Ecker. “My job as I see it going forward is to do all I can to help all in our department and at our hospital in our collaborative efforts to lead in the medicine, science and teaching of women’s health.”

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