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Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Irwin R. Merkatz, M.D.

Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Einstein and Montefiore

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Chairman Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

High-risk pregnancyPrenatal testing

An expert in high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Merkatz is recognized for his landmark discovery of the link between low alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels and Down syndrome, which revolutionized prenatal testing.  The longest serving department chair in obstetrics and gynecology in the U.S., he established community programs to prevent preterm birth and eliminate racial and gender disparities in health outcomes.

Dr. Merkatz belongs to the U.S. Public Health Service’s Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care and contributed to the report Caring for Our Future, an influential roadmap for obstetrical healthcare providers. He has served on the scientific advisory committee for the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, as Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine, and as special advisor for infant mortality for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. In addition, he is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Past President of the New York Obstetrical Society. 


Additional Areas of Expertise

Gestational diabetes, Infant mortality, Preconception care, Premature delivery, Prematurity, Preterm labor, Racial and gender disparities


Highlighted Media Coverage

USA Today


Professional Links

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health