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Editorial introductions

Editor(s): Aquilina, Joseph; Alvero, Ruben

Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: October 2020 - Volume 32 - Issue 5 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000656
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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

Joseph Aquilina

Joseph Aquilina, FRCOG, MFFP, is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Barts Health NHS Trust based St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals, UK, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen Mary University of London, UK. He is the Lead Clinician for Fetal Medicine Clinical Academic Group and runs a one-stop menstrual disorders clinic at St Bartholomew's Hospital. 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, UK. 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, UK. 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.

Ruben Alvero

Ruben Alvero

Dr Ruben Alvero is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford Medical School, USA, and is the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, USA. He is Board Certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons.

Following undergraduate training at Harvard College, USA (BA, Economics, 1980), Dr Alvero received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, in 1986. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, USA (1990), and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health, USA (NIH, 1995).

Dr Alvero was the Division Director for Infertility Services at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, USA, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center and faculty in the NIH-sponsored fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr Alvero remained a reserve Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps until 2012, and during 27 years in the Army was mobilized several times for missions around the world, including service in Iraq, Kuwait, Mongolia, Germany and various locations in the United States.

Dr Alvero was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chair for Education at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, USA, and the Director of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and founding member of the Center for Surgical Innovation. Dr Alvero was Residency Program Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado, USA. He was subsequently Division and Fellowship Director at Brown University, USA.

The Council in Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology awarded him its National Faculty Award for Excellence three times. He has been NIH-funded, most recently as part of the Reproductive Medicine Network.

Dr Alvero is currently the Vice President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology, the national organization of fertility specialists and will take over as President in October 2020.

Dr Alvero's clinical interests include IVF, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and robotic surgery. Dr Alvero's research interests include non-invasive evaluation of embryo quality, cost-effectiveness analysis, and the role of critical thinking in medical education. A fluent Spanish-speaker, Dr Alvero is also dedicated to improving the health of the Latinx community.

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