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Release Date: 01/06/2015

James A. O’Brien, MD, director of inpatient obstetrics at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been selected to lead the physician subcommittee of the Council of Women’s and Infant’s Specialty Hospitals (CWISH).

CWISH is a national organization that includes 13 member hospitals, all with obstetrical volumes of more than 5,000 deliveries per year. Collectively CWISH hospitals represent more than 120,000 births per year. The physician subcommittee includes medical directors and obstetrical leaders from these hospitals, many of which are prestigious academic institutions from across the country.

“The physician sub-group serves as a sounding board to share best practices and review innovative clinical programs throughout the country. Most recently, this subcommittee has also begun to develop collaborative research on significant obstetrical questions, such as early term delivery and trial of labor after cesarean,” said Dr. O’Brien. “I am honored to lead such an esteemed group of my colleagues.”

Dr. O’Brien has been named a Best Doctor in America for the past seven years. In 2014, he received the Edward J. Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence from the Hospital Association of Rhode Island on behalf of his team for their work on "Elimination of Elective Delivery at Less than 39 Weeks Gestation."

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dr. O’Brien completed a residency at Women & Infants Hospital/Brown University. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Providence Medical Society and the Rhode Island Medical Society.

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 11th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with approximately 8,400 deliveries per year. A 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 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 by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; 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.

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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