Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology was launched in 1989. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of obstetrics and gynecology is divided into nine sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Paula J. Adams Hillard
Paula J. Adams Hillard, M.D. is currently Professor and Vice Chair for Medical Student Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Stanford University School of Medicine, USA. She attended the University of North Carolina, USA from 1970–73, earning a B.S. in Zoology, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. She obtained her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977, and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1981. She then joined the faculty of the University of Virginia, USA as director of Ambulatory Ob-Gyn. She became a member of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of Cincinnati, USA in 1984, and was the director of Women's Health for the College of Medicine. She was director of gynecology for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA where she founded and directed a fellowship program in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She joined the faculty in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2007.
Dr Hillard has been active on a number of national medical committees, including chair of the American College Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Committees on Patient Education, Adolescent Health, and Guidelines for Women's Health; she is a past member of the Gynecologic Practice Committee. She has been an examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists since 1991. She is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She is an active contributor to the literature in adolescent gynecology and contraception with over 100 journal articles and abstracts published. She has served as an editorial board member for a number of professional publications and is an ad hoc reviewer for a number of other professional journals. She speaks frequently at national and international meetings and postgraduate courses on topics in ambulatory obstetrics and gynecology as well as pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She is the Editor of The 5-Minute Obstetrics and Gynecology Consult, a major textbook published in 2008; the Editor of Practical Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, a textbook for primary clinicians published in 2013; and is the author of over 90 book chapters on women's health. She has been a consultant and a member of task forces and committees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the American Medical Association, American Cancer Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition to her work with professional publications, Dr Hillard has extensive experience with the consumer press. She was a contributing editor to Parents magazine from 1982–1990, writing a monthly column on pregnancy and birth--and currently acts as an editorial consultant to women's publications such as Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Glamour, YM, and Seventeen. Her clinical work has earned the designation as one of the “Best Doctors for Women” from Good Housekeeping Magazine.
Dr Bhatia is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, USA and the Chief of the Division of Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, University of California at Los Angeles, California, USA. Dr Bhatia earned his undergraduate and medical degrees with honors at Punjab University in India, completed his residency at Albany Medical center of Union University, Albany, New York, USA, and earned his fellowship in gynecologic urology, urodynamics and neurology at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, University of California, Irvine, USA.
Dr Bhatia has been the Director of the fellowship program in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery since 1982. He is well known for his excellence as a pelvic surgeon, urogynecologist, teacher and researcher. He has published over 170 research papers, monographs, abstracts and book chapters.
Dr Bhatia's special areas of research interest include uroneurology of micturition disorders; the effects of aging, hormonal manipulation and pelvic surgery upon bladder, urethral and pelvic floor functions; and stem cell research and its applications in the management of urinary incontinence. Over the years, he has been actively involved in designing various prosthetic devices and surgical instruments for the management of pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence.
Besides maintaining an active consulting practice in advanced gynecologic pelvic surgery and urogynecology, Dr Bhatia participates in various national and international societies, committees and lecture series. He serves on the editorial boards of various medical journals and also acts as a reviewer for numerous scientific publications. Dr Bhatia has written and obtained numerous grants over the years and serves as a principal investigator for many research projects.