The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) is pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy C. Chescheir, professor and director of prenatal diagnosis at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been selected as the new editor-in-chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Chescheir will serve as Editor-Elect starting January 1, 2013, and assume the Editor-in-Chief position on July 1, 2013.
Dr. Chescheir has served on several of the College's national committees and the Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Board. She was one of the principal editorial task force members for the fifth edition of the College's Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month for patients. She is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and a past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Currently, Dr. Chescheir serves as the local principal investigator with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the development of a perinatal safety implementation program. She has authored more than 75 journal articles and book chapters related to her primary research interests in prenatal diagnosis, maternal-fetal surgery, patient safety and quality, and international health.
In 2001–2002, Dr. Chescheir participated in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women. She served as the chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Chescheir spent half of her time as the chief of staff and head of obstetrics and gynecology at Bokamoso Private Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana.
Dr. Chescheir graduated with an undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and went on to obtain her medical degree and complete her obstetrics and gynecology residency and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the same institution.
Asked to comment on this new role, Dr. Chescheir stated: “I am so honored to have the opportunity and challenge to follow Dr. Scott in the role of Editor-in-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology. My largest focus will be on continuing the journal as the premier peer-reviewed journal in women's health. In addition, our editorial team will work with the excellent journal staff and publisher to find ways to make the content easier to access for the readers and the publication process easier for the authors. The journal should work to translate discovery into utility—to connect researchers and readers for the benefit of our patients and our specialty. I hope that each of you will provide me feedback on how we're doing.”