Drucilla Roberts, MD
Drucilla Roberts, MD
Subspecialty Head, Obstetric and Perinatal Pathology
Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
- Brigham and Women's Hospital
- MD, Harvard Medical School
- Harvard Medical School Training Program in Medical Genetics
- MD, Harvard Medical School/ BWH
- Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Pathology, American Board of Pathology
- Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology
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My clinical interests are focused on perinatal pathology and the biology of histopathologic findings. I aim to understand the influences of maternal and fetal pathology on the placenta in order to predict neonatal outcome. I am investigating stillbirth, as the cause of death in up to 80% of third trimester stillbirths is not understood.
I am involved in providing pathology services and education to the developing world, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Current studies include looking at placental sequestration of malaria, effects of biomass on placental development via cooking fuels, alcohol exposure effects on the placenta, and causes of stillbirth. I am involved with humanitarian efforts that include building, equipping, and sustaining a clinical laboratory with fine needle aspiration services in Adua, Ethiopia. In 2011, I directed the first Harvard CME Pathology course in Sub-Saharan Africa titled "The contribution of anatomic pathology to the health of women and children", and hope to offer more in African countries. Another goal is to offer satellite availability for African pathologists to attend courses from our department in the United States. For more information about research concepts, co-authors, and to see a timeline, visit Dr. Robert's profile at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.
Salafia DM, Shah RG, Misra DP, Straughen JK, Roberts DJ, Troxler L, Morgan SP, Eucker B, Thorp JM. Chorionic vascular "fit" in the human placenta: Relationship to gestational age and birth weight. Placenta 2017 (under review).
Luo J, Abaci Turk E, Bibbo C, Gagoski G, Roberts DJ, Vangel M, Tempany-Afdhal CM, Estroff J, Palanisamy A, Barth WH, Zera C, Malpica N, Golland P, Adalsteinsson E, Robinson JN, Grant PE. In Vivo quantification of placental insufficiency by BOLD MRI: A human study, Scientific Reports (in press).
Salafia D, Dygulska B, Perez-Avilan G, Schmitt R, Roberts DJ, Ma S, Misra D, Dunn AD, Ngu S, Inany H, Khawar N, Shah G, Narula P, Lederman S. The relationship between birth and placental weights changes with placental size. Early Human Development (in press).
McPherson E, Nestoridi E, Heinke D, Roberts DJ, Fretts, R, Yazdy M, Lin AE. Alternatives to autopsy for fetal and early neonatal (perinatal) deaths: Insights from the Wisconsin stillbirth service program. Birth Defects Research (submitted).
Wilson ML, Sayed S, Ayers S, Berney D, Eslan A, Guarner J, Lester S, Masia R, Moloo Z, Mutuku A, Roberts DJ, Stall J. Improving anatomic pathology in sub-Saharan Africa to support cancer care. AJCP (submitted)
Chen AL, Goldfarb IT, Scourtas AO, Roberts DJ. The histologic evolution of revealed acute abruptions. Human Pathology (under review).
Redline RW, Roberts DJ, Boyd, T. Diagnostic pathology of the placenta, gravid uterus and products of conception, Cambridge University Press. Expected 2018.