Irwin R. Merkatz, MD, The Chella and Moise Safra Professor and University Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, has served as Chairman since 1982. He is now the Chairman with the longest tenure at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Merkatz is also the Corporate Vice President for Affiliations for the Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Merkatz graduated from Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College. His internship was at the New York Hospital, and his residency training at The New York Lying-In Hospital. Dr. Merkatz has published over 125 articles, including the seminal research on the use of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening for detection of risk for Down Syndrome, and his expertise in multiple arenas spans regionalization of perinatal care, care of the diabetic pregnant woman, the use of uniform record keeping in the provision of comprehensive perinatal care, and preconceptional health.
In addition to serving for more than 25 years as Chairman, Dr. Merkatz's distinguished career has included appointment as a Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine, Special Advisor for Infant Mortality for the National Institute of Child Health Development, membership on the United States Public Health Service's Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care, and being chosen to serve as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Dr. Merkatz is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a member of many professional societies, including The New York Obstetrical Society, the Perinatal Research Society, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the American Fertility Society, and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists. In 2004, Dr. Merkatz served as the President of the Council of University Chairs in Ob/Gyn. In 2006, Dr. Merkatz was named the Chella and Moise Safra Professor and University Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, and was honored at a Gala event celebrating the naming of his endowed chair and his tenure at the medical college.
Among his many accomplishments as the Chairman, Dr. Merkatz's service to the Department has included the expansion of all areas of the teaching and clinical services, including the addtion of all the subspecialties in Obstetrics and Gynecology, while continuing the focus on clinical service to the Bronx. He has overseen the development of the DEW point program to provide mentorship and equity for researchers, developed a network of ambulatory care sites in both Bronx and Westchester, presided over the expansion of the residency program to now inlcude 9 residents/year (making it one of the 10 largest programs in the US), increased the subspecialty training to include all of the approved subspecialties in the field (now educating 21 fellows/year), enhanced the Department's capabilities in genetics/genomics research and clinical care, supervised the addition of multiple faculty in both basic and translational research, become a leader in the active movements toward improved quality and safety in care and in teaching through an innovative simulation program for every faculty member and trainee involved in clinical care, and initiated the Department's Global Initiatives.