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Release Date: 06/28/2016

Donald R. Coustan, MD, of Jamestown, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Diabetes in Pregnancy Program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been appointed to serve a two-year term of the Professional Practice Committee of the American Diabetes Association.

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 address diabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and is fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Since 1940, our mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org.

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. A major 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 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

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, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first 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 Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); 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 Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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