District VII Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award winner

Dr. Nelson C. Echebiri
Dr. Nelson C.

Nelson C. Echebiri, MD, a recent ob-gyn resident at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, is one of two Junior Fellow winners of the 2013–14 Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award. He will present his paper titled “Placental Alpha-Microglobulin-1 and Combined Traditional Diagnostic Test: A Cost-Benefit Analysis” at the Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago in April. His co-authors are M. Maya McDoom, PhD, MPH; Jessica Pullen, MD; and Nora M Doyle, MD, MPH.

Dr. Echebiri was drawn to his research subject after an experience with a patient who ruptured membranes at 32 weeks’ gestation. This particular patient had negative traditional testing of vaginal pooling, ferning of fluid, and ultrasound evaluation of amniotic fluid. However, Placental Alpha-Microglobulin-1 (PAMG-1) was positive. This finding led Dr. Echebiri to study PAMG-1 in comparison to traditional testing. The findings of this study were particularly surprising as PAMG-1 was discovered to be the best first test used over traditional testing.

Dr. Echebiri matriculated to America from Nigeria in 2002. He received his undergraduate education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, and completed his medical degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He currently resides in Buffalo, NY, with his wife, Dr. McDoom, where he is completing an ob-gyn residency at the University of Buffalo. Dr. McDoom has a joint post-doctoral position between the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University and the department of global health and population at Harvard School of Public Health.