Thousands of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician Specialists will Meet in Las Vegas Next Week

WASHINGTON (Jan. 18, 2017)—Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 23 to 28 “Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Week,” when more than 2,000 maternal-fetal medicine specialists (high-risk pregnancy physicians) will gather in Las Vegas for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™. In the proclamation, the Mayor asks the city and all citizens “to join me, a proud daughter of a pregnancy physician, in wishing the members of SMFM a wonderful annual meeting and stay in Las Vegas and to offer thanks for their charitable endeavors and for their amazing work in this most important field of high-risk pregnancy.”

At the SMFM meeting, researchers from around the world will present their findings on important topics such as the reduction of premature birth (the U.S. maintains a high premature birth rate globally), reduction of cesarean sections, using pregnancy as a window on future health, genetic testing and Zika Virus, as well as others.

The SMFM annual meeting has become known for its groundbreaking research presentations. This year, more than 2100 research applications were submitted with 117 of the research presentations and 875 of the posters being accepted. “This meeting has become an important place for the exchange of research, thought leadership, protocol and discussion,” stated Robert Silver, M.D., chief of the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Utah Health Care and the SMFM conference chair.

In addition, Rancho High School (Las Vegas) students interested in health care will attend the oral plenary sessions at the SMFM annual meeting Thursday a.m. (8 a.m. Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Palace, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas) and will be assigned to a physician mentor. They will be able to attend the abstract presentations and then meet with the physician following the sessions to get more information and ask questions. “We wanted to be able to inspire children in the area who are interested in pursuing the health care field,” explained Brian Iriye, M.D, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and managing partner of the High Risk Pregnancy Center in Las Vegas. “Maternal-fetal medicine is an exciting field and this is a great opportunity to educate high school students on the  opportunities and rewards of this profession,” Iriye added.

A special, no-cost session, The Latest on Critical Issue in Obstetric Care, will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Caesars Palace Milano IV room for area obstetricians, general and family practice physicians and nurses. The session will cover evaluation of the Zika virus in pregnant patients as well as counseling and care; optimal management of postpartum hemorrhage, identification of placenta accreta and appropriate care; understanding use of cell free DNA screening tests; which patients benefit from progesterone treatment and determining optimal treatment of preterm labor in multiple gestations. To attend, go to fill in the form or contact Vicki Bendure at

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Editor’s Note:  Media interested in attending the SMFM annual meeting should contact Vicki Bendure at 202-374-9259 or  Credential forms, abstracts and additional information can be found at

About the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (est. 1977) is the premiere membership organization for obstetricians/gynecologists who have additional formal education and training in maternal-fetal medicine.  The society is devoted to reducing high-risk pregnancy complications by sharing expertise through continuing education to its 2,000 members on the latest pregnancy assessment and treatment methods. It also serves as an advocate for improving public policy, and expanding research funding and opportunities for maternal-fetal medicine. The group hosts an annual meeting in which groundbreaking new ideas and research in the area of maternal-fetal medicine are shared and discussed.  For more information visit


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