Obstetrician/gynecologist George Macones, MD, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the organization is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine in the United States.
Macones is the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor and head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
He is among 70 regular members and 9 international members whose election to the National Academy of Medicine was announced Oct. 17. Current members of the organization elect new members based on their contributions advancing public health, health care and medical science. All members volunteer time to serve on committees examining a broad range of health policy issues.
Macones, also chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine. He has expertise in caring for pregnant women with complicated pregnancies and those at risk for preterm birth.
The author or co-author of more than 300 scientific articles, he is internationally renowned for his research on the safety of vaginal birth after cesarean sections and developing new guidelines on monitoring fetuses during labor. He directs the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis.
Macones earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1988 and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1992. He then completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1994 before earning a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
He joined the School of Medicine as head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Elaine and Mitchell Yanow Professor in 2005. Previously, he served as associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and as director of obstetrics and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.