MFM Leadership Announcements
The UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences is pleased to formally announce two important leadership appointments within our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division. Dr. Mary Norton will serve as Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and Dr. Juan Gonzalez will serve as Associate Director. Over recent years, each has stepped forward to lead this division, strengthening it with the addition of numerous faculty, and solidifying its positioning as one of the very few MFM divisions able to boast strong leadership in all three sectors: maternal medicine, prenatal genetics, and fetal therapy.
Dr. Norton is an internationally recognized leader in prenatal diagnosis and genetics, and is co-Director of the UCSF Center for Maternal-Fetal Precision Medicine. She first came to UCSF as a Fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics and has been a faculty member at UCSF for nearly 20 years. Her research is focused on clinical genetics and prenatal diagnosis, including obstetrical ultrasound, and application of emerging genetic technologies into prenatal care. She supervises genetic counselors at the Prenatal Diagnosis Center, manages many patients with complex genetic and fetal disorders, and has families referred to her care from across California.
As interim division director since 2016, Dr. Norton hired several outstanding new faculty members, a great number of whom have assumed leadership roles. The increase in faculty has allowed the division to grow in strategic directions, including new satellite locations in San Mateo and a number of new collaborations with our East Bay partners. Her vision for the MFM Division includes continuing to develop our integration with the Fetal Treatment Center, the hiring of a new Perinatal Director of the FTC and the creation of a new satellite site in Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She is also working to grow our research infrastructure and team, and is working closely with our outstanding midwifery team to achieve our goal of full-time, 24/7 CNM service.
Dr. Gonzalez came to UCSF in 2012. Since joining UCSF, he has won numerous teaching awards and was appointed as the ObGyn representative to the UCSF-wide “Physician Wellbeing Committee.” He has been instrumental in developing and restructuring the MFM fellowship program and transitioned the program to ACGME standards. Dr. Gonzalez’s national accomplishments include his membership in the Society for MFM Quilligan Scholarship Selection Committee.
Additional accomplishments by Dr. Gonzalez include the development and initiation of the Pregnancy and Cardiac Treatment program (PACT) which serves mothers with congenital and acquired heart disease in preconception, during pregnancy, and post-partum. He grew and developed the intrauterine transfusion program at UCSF under the FTC. As Associate Director, Dr. Gonzalez will assure the Division continues to provide state of the art care to mothers with high-risk pregnancies, focusing on maternal disease. He hopes to further strengthen and develop both in- and out-patient service for high risk mothers with pre-existing medical conditions.
Dr. Norton’s and Dr. Gonzalez’s accomplishments in leadership, education and research will position them well to lead Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UCSF. Together, they have the necessary skills and expertise to lead our nationally renowned Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division in clinical care, education and research. They are the MFM Dream Team!