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Odibo named director of maternal-fetal & ultrasound division in OB-GYN

Physician-scientist studies prenatal diagnostic techniques, placental development

by Diane Duke WilliamsApril 13, 2021


Anthony Odibo, MD, an internationally respected maternal-fetal medicine expert, has been named director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He also has been appointed vice chair of obstetrics in the department.

Odibo previously served as a division director and vice chair in the department, but most recently comes from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medical director of the Fetal Care Center of Tampa Bay. He will begin in his new roles as division director, a professor of obstetrics & gynecology, and vice chair of obstetrics at Washington University on May 1.

“Dr. Odibo is best known for his clinical expertise in maternal-fetal medicine, with a specialized focus in fetal care,” said Dineo Khabele, MD, the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor and head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. “He is also known for his prolific research and for being an incredible mentor and role model for the next generation. We are delighted to welcome him back to the department.”

In his research, Odibo evaluates the effectiveness of fetal surgeries and diagnostic techniques before birth. His most recent research focuses on the use of microvascular imaging tools and biomarkers in the blood to determine whether smoking and abnormalities in the smallest blood vessels of the placenta cause fetal growth restriction. The ultimate goal of this research is to design a reliable method to predict poor fetal growth earlier in pregnancy so that physicians can intervene sooner to help prevent stillbirth, cesarean delivery, low oxygen levels and other adverse outcomes.

Odibo also has an active clinical practice with a focus on prenatal diagnosis and the treatment of abnormalities in utero, such as twin-twin transfusion and urinary tract obstruction.

“It is an honor returning to Washington University, an institution known for academic rigor,” Odibo said. “I hope to maintain the excellence fostered under the leadership of Dr. Khabele and to help the department continue to grow our division as a world leader in maternal and fetal care.”

Before joining the University of South Florida, Odibo served on the faculties of Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania. In his previous position at Washington University, Odibo served as director of the Division of Ultrasound & Genetics and vice chair for women’s and fetal imaging. As vice chair, Odibo oversaw the strategic activities relating to ultrasound in the maternal-fetal medicine and reproductive endocrinology and infertility divisions. In his new role as vice chair for obstetrics, he will focus on strategic initiatives for the department as they relate to obstetric services. These will include representing the department head as needed, for activities related to obstetrical services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Odibo is editor-in-chief for the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Previously, he served as deputy chief editor for Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica and as editor of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

He also is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Odibo earned his medical degree from the University of Benin in Nigeria. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England, and a research fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Kings College Hospital, London. He then completed a clinical fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, a second residency in OB-GYN at Thomas Jefferson University and a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 1,500 faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is a leader in medical research, teaching and patient care, consistently ranking among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.