Kate Menard, M.D., M.P.H.

Kate Menard, M.D., M.P.H.Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine and Center for Maternal and Infant Health, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina 

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M. Kathryn Menard, M.D., M.P.H., is UpJohn Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Chair for Obstetrics and Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine, appointed in 2006.

Dr. Menard completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before pursuing fellowship at the University of North Carolina (UNC). She was the first ObGyn at UNC to be selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. While a fellow and RWJ Clinical Scholar she completed a Master's degree in public health, focusing on clinical epidemiology, preconception health and fetal and infant mortality review.

After completing fellowship training, she served on faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Menard was an active clinician educator and shared her skill in epidemiology by developing a highly successful evidence based medicine and research curriculum for the MUSC residents. She was also a consultant to the SC Department of Health and was instrumental in strengthening the system for perinatal regionalization in the state, to ensure risk appropriate care for mothers and neonates. Dr. Menard's interest in health systems and service efficiency led her to serve for four years as MUSC's Chief Medical Officer and Associate Dean for faculty practice prior to returning to UNC in 2006.

Dr. Menard is recognized as for her inclusive leadership style with an unusual ability to bring diverse perspectives together, promote collaboration and find synergy. She recently served as President of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (2012). She provides the clinical leadership for development and implementation of North Carolina's Pregnancy Medical Home initiative, a program designed to provide comprehensive, coordinated maternity care for pregnant Medicaid recipients. She is a co-lead for Maternal Child Health Bureau's Collaborative Innovation Network (COIN) to reduce infant mortality through strengthening regionalization, including an emphasis on risk appropriate maternal care. She is also co–chair of the ACOG 's ReVITALize initiative to develop and help gain adoption of standardized clinical data definitions in obstetrics. She serves an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).

In her free time, Dr. Menard enjoys spending time with family. She is married to Steve Scanga and has three daughters, Rosemary (21), Molly (20) and Claire (17).

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