Dr. M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH is a Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine where she served for fourteen Director of the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Director of the Center for Maternal and Infant Health. In addition to her duties at UNC, she serves as Medical Director of the North Carolina’s Pregnancy Medical Home through Community Care of North Carolina, a statewide program that supports Medicaid beneficiaries and their care providers in access to high quality maternity care. She also serves on NC’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Maternal Health Task Force.
Throughout her career in academic medicine Dr. Menard has worked to highlight the shared goals of clinical medicine and public health, thus bringing diverse perspectives together, promoting collaboration and realizing synergy. She worked to elevate attention to maternal health needs by advancing two important initiatives: 1) Strengthening regional systems by defining Levels of Maternal Care, and 2) Providing foundational leadership for the broad dissemination and implementation of maternal safety bundles through the HRSA funded Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM). Current work includes engagement with the HRSA sponsored Maternal Health Learning and Innovations Center based at the UNC School of Public Health.
Dr. Menard completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship training was at the University of North Carolina as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.