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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. read more...