Mary D'Alton Elected to Institute of Medicine

October 21, 2013

Mary D’Alton, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Willard C. Rappleye Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and director of services, Sloane Hospital for Women of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the IOM announced today at its 43rd annual meeting.

Election to the IOM, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Seventy new members and 10 foreign associates were elected this year.

"It is an honor to welcome our highly distinguished colleagues to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg.  "These individuals have inspired us through their achievements in research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions to the medical field.  Their knowledge and skills will deeply enrich the IOM."

Dr. D'Alton specializes in high-risk maternal fetal medicine, performing prenatal diagnostic procedures and managing maternal health complications. She has implemented a multidisciplinary approach to treat highest-risk pregnancies and to diagnose and treat fetal complications. She was instrumental in setting up Columbia University Medical Center’s Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics, a regional coordinated-care center for the treatment of fetal complications, which opened in 2010.

Dr. D'Alton's work to advance research, policy development, and clinical practice has won national recognition. Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Dr. D’Alton has served as its president and has held key positions in other professional organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy Task Force and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society.

The newly elected members raise IOM's total active membership to 1,753 and the number of foreign associates to 120. Read the full announcement at the IOM.

More than 50 Columbia University Medical Center faculty are IOM members.