A member of the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center has been named president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. James Martin, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UMMC, was installed in Washington, D.C., as president of the 53,000-member organization that is the leading group of physicians providing health care for women.
Martin, a member of the UMMC faculty for 28 years, is the author of more than 500 scientific publications and communications, many of which address issues related to preeclampsia-eclampsia and atypical forms of this disease such as HELLP syndrome. The Preeclampsia Foundation presented Martin with its Hope Award in 2009 for lifetime achievement in preeclampsia research. He is a fellow of both the American Heart Association and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. He is a past president of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
During his presidency of ACOG, Martin’s focus will be on preeclampsia and hypertensive complications of pregnancy.