Dr. Michael A. Belfort Named Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and Obstetrician/Gynecologist-In-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital

HOUSTON - (Oct. 06,2010) - Michael A. Belfort, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally recognized expertin maternal-fetal medicine and fetal intervention, has been named Chair of theDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) andObstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital. Belfort'sappointment is effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Belfort will be instrumental in shaping a newera at Texas Children's as it enters the final year of construction on its $575million maternity facility and expands into obstetrical and gynecological careto establish one of the nation's premier centers for women's, fetal and newbornhealth. With nearly three decades of practice focused on obstetrics, gynecologyand maternal-fetal medicine, Belfort most recently served as director ofPerinatal Research, Fetal Therapy and Obstetric Telemedicine at HCA Healthcarein Nashville, TN and as a professor in the department of Obstetrics andGynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. An accomplishedresearcher and educator, Belfort will continue his focus on maternal and fetalmedicine research at BCM, as well as expand the College's current researchinitiatives. He will direct the College's well-established medical educationprogram and grow the areas of specialty training.

"Dr. Belfort's outstanding medical achievementsand his passion for the care of mothers and their unborn children make him anexemplary choice to help Texas Children's achieve its vision of offering a fullcontinuum of care to women and babies," said Mark A. Wallace, president and CEOof Texas Children's.

At BCM, Belfort will lead a distinguishedacademic department encompassing the full range of obstetric and gynecologicpractice, an active research enterprise and growing medical education programwith 55 faculty, 48 residents, three medical board approved fellowships andmore than $2 million in National Institutes of Health funding. He will overseeand expand the College's programs at Ben Taub General Hospital and the MichaelE. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in addition to the Texas Children'sprogram. Belfort succeeds Dr. Dale Brown, Jr., who served as interim Chair atBCM and as Texas Children's first Obstetrician-in-Chief since 2006.

This appointment marks Belfort's return to theCollege and to Houston. From 1994 through 1997 he served as director of laborand delivery and as director of obstetric intensive care at Ben Taub GeneralHospital, as well as an associate professor in the divisions of maternal-fetalmedicine, hypertension and anesthesiology at BCM. His teaching experience alsoincludes serving as an adjunct clinical professor at Yale University School ofMedicine where he worked with Yale faculty in the development of their FetalIntervention Program.

"Dr. Belfort will play an important role inexpanding our research efforts and our medical training program in obstetricsand gynecology," said Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM. "He iswell-known as an exceptional educator and will be an outstanding leader for ourtrainees."

A native of South Africa, Belfort received hismedical degree (MBBCH) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,South Africa, a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at the University of Cape Town,South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.He completed two residencies in obstetrics and gynecology (one in Cape Town andone at BCM), trained in anesthesiology in South Africa, and did his fellowshipin maternal fetal medicine at BCM.

Belfort is board certified in obstetrics andgynecology and maternal-fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics andGynecology. He also holds obstetrics and gynecology specialist qualificationsin South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. He has received numerousprofessional awards for his contributions to research, teaching and medicalpractice. Belfort has been an active member of professional societies all overthe world and has written more than 175 scientific articles and textbookchapters, as well as presented more than 350 abstracts and poster presentations.He is an author/editor of several textbooks, including "Hypertension inPregnancy," "Obstetric Clinical Algorithms, Preeclampsia" and "Critical CareObstetrics."

"I look forward to being part of this excitingnew era at Texas Children's and to working with so many distinguishedcolleagues at Baylor College of Medicine and throughout the Houston community.It is a privilege to be part of this visionary program for women, fetal andnewborn healthcare," said Belfort. "I am honored to follow Dr. Dale Brown, whowas integral in placing us on this bold path to the future."

Upon opening in 2011, the Texas Children's newfacility will offer women a complete range of obstetric and gynecologicservices, focusing on family-centered maternity care, beginning beforeconception and continuing after delivery, and on high-risk births. Within abeautiful and soothing setting, the facility will have a 90-bed capacity and beable to accommodate more than 5,000 births per year. The building will includethe advanced care of Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units(NICU) with private rooms, Texas Children's Fetal Center, a state-of-the-artfamily fertility program offering assisted reproduction services, as well asBCM and private practice medical offices. It will connect to the hospital'scurrent pediatric care facilities, West Tower and Clinical Care Center, via aniconic circular sky bridge. For more information: http://www.vision.texaschildrens.org/maternity_center.html.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.