Donald R. Coustan, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine's Diabetes in Pregnancy Program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been named president-elect of the American Gynecological and Obstetrics Society (AGOS). He assumes leadership of the professional organization on September 20, 2013.
Dr. Coustan was chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants and the Alpert Medical School from 1991 to 2008. He is a past president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, past board member of the American Diabetes Association, and has held numerous other national positions. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. Dr. Coustan is an internationally recognized expert on the management of diabetes in pregnancy, and is the author of more than 200 research papers and scholarly publications, many of which deal with diabetes.
The American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society advances the health of women by providing dedicated leadership and promoting excellence in research, education and medical practice. The AGOS is an organization composed of individuals attaining national prominence in scholarship in the discipline of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns.The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women's medicine, Women & Infants is the eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year.In 2009, Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country's largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
New England's premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, breast disease, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.It is home to the nation's only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation's only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; a National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers through the American College of Surgeons; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence.It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute's Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health's Pelvic Floor Disorders Network and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network.