Biography

Catherine Y. Spong, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

She previously served as Vice Chair for the Department and Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Spong specializes in prematurity, fetal complications, and improving outcomes in children. Her clinical responsibilities are in the Parkland Health and Hospital System.

Dr. Spong received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 1991. After serving as Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, she began her career at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow, which also included clinical work at Georgetown University. Then, she became a Clinical Associate and Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NICHD's intramural research program. There, she directed a lab, the Unit on Perinatal and Developmental Neurobiology, that focused on neuroprotective peptides and fetal development utilizing models of fetal alcohol syndrome and Down syndrome. In 2000, she joined NICHD's extramural program.

Over a career that spanned 23 years, Dr. Spong served in many capacities at NIH, including as NICHD's Deputy Director, Acting Director, Associate Director for Extramural Research and Director of the Division of Extramural Research, and Chief of the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch. She was the Chair of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Federal Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women. In 2018, she joined the faculty at UT Southwestern as Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

We must recognize that inclusion is better than absence of data on treatment.”

Among Dr. Spong's areas of expertise are maternal and child health, emphasizing prematurity, fetal complications, and improving child outcomes. One of her major research interests has been the developing fetus. She holds several patents for neuroprotective agents that help prevent fetal injury. Other research interests include improving the understanding of stillbirth, fetal surgery for myelomeningocele, zika in pregnancy, and the human placenta. During her tenure at NICHD, she launched the Human Placenta Project. She is a passionate advocate for inclusion in research for under represented groups.

Dr. Spong is board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. She is an Editor of William's Obstetrics, Management of High Risk Pregnancy, Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, and Stillbirth: Prediction, Prevention and Management. She has received numerous research awards, including the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Achievement Award, the UMKC Alumnus of the Year Award, several NIH director's Awards, and a Surgeon General's Certificate of Appreciation for work on prematurity. She has published more than 270 peer-reviewed papers and been featured on national television and radio, including The CBS Early Show, the Diane Rehm Show, NPR's All Things Considered, CNN, and Voice of America, where she discussed women's health and pregnancy topics.

Education

Medical School
University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine (1991)
Residency
Harbor UCLA Medical Center (1995), Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellowship
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1998), Maternal Fetal Medicine

Research Interest

  • Improving child outcomes
  • Inclusion of under represented groups in evidence-based research

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Introduction. Cesarean delivery.
Saade GR, Spong CY Semin. Perinatol. 2012 Oct 36 5 307
Association of polymorphisms in neuroprotection and oxidative stress genes and neurodevelopmental outcomes after preterm birth.
Costantine MM, Clark EA, Lai Y, Rouse DJ, Spong CY, Mercer BM, Sorokin Y, Thorp JM, Ramin SM, Malone FD, Carpenter M, Miodovnik M, O'Sullivan MJ, Peaceman AM, Caritis SN Obstet Gynecol 2012 Sep 120 3 542-50
Maternal BMI, glucose tolerance, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Stuebe AM, Landon MB, Lai Y, Spong CY, Carpenter MW, Ramin SM, Casey B, Wapner RJ, Varner MW, Rouse DJ, Sciscione A, Catalano P, Harper M, Saade G, Sorokin Y, Peaceman AM, Tolosa JE Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 2012 Jul 207 1 62.e1-7
First-trimester prediction of preeclampsia in nulliparous women at low risk.
Myatt L, Clifton RG, Roberts JM, Spong CY, Hauth JC, Varner MW, Thorp JM, Mercer BM, Peaceman AM, Ramin SM, Carpenter MW, Iams JD, Sciscione A, Harper M, Tolosa JE, Saade G, Sorokin Y, Anderson GD Obstet Gynecol 2012 Jun 119 6 1234-42
Excessive early gestational weight gain and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus in nulliparous women.
Carreno CA, Clifton RG, Hauth JC, Myatt L, Roberts JM, Spong CY, Varner MW, Thorp JM, Mercer BM, Peaceman AM, Ramin SM, Carpenter MW, Sciscione A, Tolosa JE, Saade GR, Sorokin Y Obstet Gynecol 2012 Jun 119 6 1227-33
Elective repeat cesarean delivery compared with spontaneous trial of labor after a prior cesarean delivery: a propensity score analysis.
Gilbert SA, Grobman WA, Landon MB, Spong CY, Rouse DJ, Leveno KJ, Varner MW, Caritis SN, Meis PJ, Sorokin Y, Carpenter M, O'Sullivan MJ, Sibai BM, Thorp JM, Ramin SM, Mercer BM Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 2012 Apr 206 4 311.e1-9
Association of cord blood magnesium concentration and neonatal resuscitation.
Johnson LH, Mapp DC, Rouse DJ, Spong CY, Mercer BM, Leveno KJ, Varner MW, Iams JD, Sorokin Y, Ramin SM, Miodovnik M, O'Sullivan MJ, Peaceman AM, Caritis SN J. Pediatr. 2012 Apr 160 4 573-577.e1
Progestogens to prevent preterm birth in twin pregnancies: an individual participant data meta-analysis of randomized trials.
Schuit E, Stock S, Groenwold RH, Maurel K, Combs CA, Garite T, Spong CY, Thom EA, Rouse DJ, Caritis SN, Saade GR, Zachary JM, Norman JE, Rode L, Klein K, Tabor A, Cetingöz E, Morrison JC, Magann EF, Briery CM, Serra V, Perales A, Meseguer J, Nassar AH, Lim AC, Moons KG, Kwee A, Mol BW BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2012 Mar 12 13
Timing of delivery and pregnancy outcomes among laboring nulliparous women.
Tita AT, Lai Y, Bloom SL, Spong CY, Varner MW, Ramin SM, Caritis SN, Grobman WA, Sorokin Y, Sciscione A, Carpenter MW, Mercer BM, Thorp JM, Malone FD, Harper M, Iams JD Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 2012 Mar 206 3 239.e1-8
Impact of smoking during pregnancy on functional coagulation testing.
Dizon-Townson D, Miller C, Momirova V, Sibai B, Spong CY, Wendel G, Wenstrom K, Samuels P, Caritis S, Sorokin Y, Miodovnik M, O'Sullivan MJ, Conway D, Wapner RJ, Gabbe SG Am J Perinatol 2012 Mar 29 3 225-30

Books

Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Williams Obstetrics, 23rd ediition

Cunningham FG, Leveno KJ, Bloom SL, Hauth JC, Rouse DJ, Spong CY (Ed.) (2010). New York, McGraw Hill

Williams Obstetrics, 24th edition

Cunningham FG, Leveno KJ, Bloom SL, Spong CY, Dashe JS, Hoffman BL, Casey BM, Sheffield JS (Ed.) (2014). New York, McGraw Hill

Protocols for Hight-Risk Pregnancies, 6th edition

Queenan JT, Spong CY, Lockwood CJ (Ed.) (2015). West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, 5th edition

Queenan JT, Hobbins JC, Spong, CY (Ed.) (2010). West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell

Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy, 6th edition

Queenan JT, Spong CY, Lockwood CJ (Ed.) (2012). West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell

Management of High-Risk Pregnancy

Queenan JT, Spong CY, Lockwood CJ (Ed.) (2007). Oxford, England, Blackwell

Stillbirth: Prediction, Prevention and Management, 1st edition

Spong CY (Ed.) (2011). West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Bellevue Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (2013)
  • American Gynecologic and Obstetric Society (2005)
  • Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (2002)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (2001)
  • Perinatal Research Society (2001)
  • Society for Gynecologic Investigation (1998)
  • Society for Neuroscience (1997)
  • American Medical Association (1987)