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Kathyrn Menard, M.D., MPH, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC Health at Chapel Hill, hasDr. M. Kathryn Menard been selected to join the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM).

Membership in the NCIOM is intended to honor the work of leaders in health care and public health across North Carolina, and to connect members with colleagues also working to advance the health of North Carolinians. Members of the NCIOM serve the state as health care providers, community health leaders, researchers, educators, policymakers, and business leaders working to positively change how health care is delivered.

Dr. Menard looks forward to representing women’s health during her time as a member of the NCIOM. “I feel honored to be selected as a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine,” said Dr. Menard. “I am very grateful for the opportunity that academic medicine has afforded over many years that has allowed me to work in the space between clinical care, medical education, and public health.”

Dr. Menard is the Upjohn Distinguished Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UNC Health. She previously served as the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Department Vice Chair for Obstetrics. In collaboration with the NC Department of Public Health and the NC Medicaid and Community Care of North Carolina, she also served as the clinical lead for the NC Pregnancy Medical Home Program. Her research interests include improvement in maternal and newborn outcomes through quality improvement, bettering systems to advance risk appropriate care, and achieving health equity.

The NCIOM was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to serve as a non-political source of information and analysis on major health issues facing the state. The NCIOM informs and shapes health policy by identifying evidence-based solutions to North Carolina’s health challenges and working collaboratively with stakeholders from across the state to identify and build consensus around actionable solutions.