Renowned expert in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Paul Lanier Ogburn, has joined Sidra Medical and Research Center as its inaugural Clinical Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is a vital appointment for the groundbreaking hospital, research and education institution in Doha, Qatar which will specialize in the care of women and children. Dr. Ogburn will also take up the position of Chair of Obstetrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), Sidra’s partner for medical education and research.
Commenting on this latest appointment to Sidra’s rapidly expanding senior team, Chief Medical Officer Edward S. Ogata, MD, MBA said, “Obstetrics and Gynecology is a core clinical program for Sidra, so we sought the very best leader for this complex specialty. In Dr Ogburn, we have found an exceptional physician, teacher, researcher, and thought leader to assure that Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sidra will be outstanding. In addition to the thirty years of experience at top U.S. institutions, he brings with him the passion and commitment to make Sidra a true hub for care, learning, and innovation in women’s health.”
In addition to leading the clinical and educational aspects of Sidra’s obstetrics and gynecology division, Dr. Ogburn will collaborate with Sidra’s Chief Research Officer, Francesco M. Marincola, MD, FACS, to deliver research programs. In collaboration with Qatar’s Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and WCMC-Q, research at Sidra will focus on medical conditions, epidemiology and issues that primarily afflict the women and children of the Arab world, including diabetes, cancer and fetal-maternal health. As the first specialist research facility focusing on women’s and children’s health in the region, Sidra will develop clinical, translational and basic research programs to advance obstetrics and feto-maternal medicine and child health care.
“The opportunity to join both Sidra and WCMC-Q is unique, and the focus that the organizations are placing on advancing fetal and maternal health is truly inspiring,” said Dr. Ogburn. “With the unprecedented facilities that we will have at Sidra and the collaboration with WCMC-Q and other institutions, I believe that we have a rare opportunity to transform the care of women in Qatar and the region and make clinical and medical advances that will benefit mothers and babies around the world.”
Dr. Ogburn joins Sidra from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, U.S. where he held the positions of Professor and Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship. Prior to joining Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2001, he was Head of Obstetrics at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and a Professor at the Mayo Medical School. He has also held positions at Brown University, the Women and Infants’ Hospital of Rhode Island, the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina.
After studying medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Ogburn completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the same institution. His research interests include diabetes and pregnancy, preeclampsia, preterm labor and cord blood stem cell research among others. His research has resulted in the publication of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles.