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.
Joseph Aquilina FRCOG MFFP is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Queen Mary University of London, UK. He is the lead clinician for Fetal Medicine and runs a one-stop Menstrual Disorders clinic at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK. Mr Aquilina obtained his primary medical degree in Malta and then moved to the UK for his basic postgraduate training in Bristol, and in London at King's College and Greenwich Hospitals. He subsequently undertook research and subspecialty training in feto-maternal medicine/gynaecological ultrasound as a lecturer at St. Bartholomew's and Royal London Medical School, Queen Mary Westfield College, based at Homerton Hospital, UK. He is recognised as a preceptor for training in gynaecological scanning by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His special interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, prediction of pre-eclampsia and the application of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of benign gynaecological conditions.
Dr Rebekah Gee directs the Birth Outcomes Initiative for the state of Louisiana. She is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Louisiana State University (LSU), USA. Dr Gee completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and there received a Master of Science in Health Policy Research. She studied history and obtained an M.P.H. at Columbia University, USA in Health Policy and Management, obtained her medical degree at Cornell, USA, and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard, USA at the Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals.
Since moving to Louisiana in 2009, she served as the medical director for the maternity program of Title V, the state's maternal health federal block grant program. In 2010, Dr Gee was named Director of the Birth Outcomes Initiative, an Assistant Secretary level position in Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals aimed at improving the health of Louisiana's women and children. In that role Dr Gee works directly with the Secretary of Health and Hospitals on initiatives to improve the quality of care for mothers and infants and to reduce the risk of poor pregnancy outcomes in high risk women.
Dr Gee has served at both state and national leadership roles in public health policy. She has advised the public health departments of several states including Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Massachusetts. She served in a leadership capacity developing health policy for the campaign of President Barack Obama and on his transition team at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She currently chairs or co-chairs national committees on maternity quality and prematurity reduction for both the Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).
Dr Gee has also held many leadership roles in organized medicine and women's health including local and national leadership roles in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Quality Forum, and the National Association of Public Hospitals. This year Dr Gee is serving as the expert for the first ever policy column for the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the nation’s leading journal in the field. Dr Gee is on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Board of Health Care Services and is the inaugural recipient of a two year Gant fellowship at the IOM. Dr Gee is clinically active and is caring for patients at LSU. Her life passion is to improve the health and health care for women at the patient, state and national level. She is a recent recipient of an Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs 2012 State Leadership in Maternal and Child Health award. She lives in New Orleans and is the parent of three energetic children Ben (8), Eloisa (8) and Nathan (5) and is married to David Patrón.