District IV congratulates M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH, recipient of a 2020 Outstanding District Service Award. This year's recipients were announced at the virtual Annual Business Meeting on April 25.

This award recognizes effective leaders and outstanding contributions performed by a Fellow on behalf of their particular district.

2020 Award Recipient

M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH 

Dr. M. Kathryn Menard is a distinguished professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. She serves as vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, director of the Center for Maternal and Infant Health, and director of the Division of Maternal–Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Menard completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship in maternal–fetal medicine at the University of North Carolina. During this fellowship, she also completed a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology, as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

After her fellowship training, she served on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Menard was an active clinician educator and shared her skill in epidemiology by developing a highly successful evidence-based medicine and research curriculum for Medical University of South Carolina residents. As a consultant to the South Carolina Department of Health, she was instrumental in strengthening the system for perinatal regionalization in the state to ensure risk-appropriate care for mothers and neonates. 

Dr. Menard served for four years as the Medical University of South Carolina’s chief medical officer and associate dean for faculty practice before to returning to the University of North Carolina in 2006.

In addition to her positions at the University of North Carolina, she serves as medical director of the Pregnancy Medical Home model through Community Care of North Carolina, which is designed to enhance and expand access to high-quality prenatal care and improve birth outcomes for pregnant women with Medicaid coverage.

Dr. Menard recently served as president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, where she worked to highlight the shared goals of clinical medicine and public health, bring together diverse perspectives, promote collaboration, and realize synergy. She continues to serve on the executive committee for Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health and on ACOG’s Committee on Patient Quality and Safety.