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Joaquin Santolaya, MD, and Kolawole
Olayinka Oyelese, MD, Join
the College of Medicine
The University of Tennessee Health
Memphis, Tenn. (May 5,
2009) – Giancarlo Mari, MD, chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) and director
of the Maternal Fetal Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, and Veronica T. Mallett, MD, chairman,
Department of OB/GYN in the College of Medicine at UTHSC, are excited to welcome
two nationally known maternal fetal health experts to the faculty: Joaquin Santolaya,
MD, and Kolawole Olayinka Oyelese, MD.
Both faculty members are expected to arrive on campus by July to assume
their new roles.
“We are enthusiastic about the additions of Drs.
Santolaya and Oyelese to the Maternal Fetal Medicine faculty. This division has experienced notable growth
in the last two years, which has significantly impacted our capacity to service
the staggering number of high-risk pregnancies seen in Memphis and the surrounding region,” stated
Santolaya is currently the director of the Center for Fetal Medicine and
Prenatal Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard
University, Boston, Mass. He is board certified in clinical genetics
with expertise in prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy and reproductive
genetics. Dr. Santolaya received his medical
degree from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid Medical
School in 1980. He completed his residency in OB/GYN as well
as his doctoral degree in fetal physiology and medicine at the University of
London, UK. Dr. Santolaya completed a
fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at Yale
University and then an additional
fellowship in bioethics in Chicago.
Mari noted, “The expertise of both Dr. Santolaya and Dr. Oyelese in the area of
prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy and obstetrical critical care will help us
reduce the perinatal and infant mortality rate in Memphis
and improve the overall quality of Perinatal Medicine in the state of Tennessee. Dr. Santolaya’s rigorous methods for
processing scientific information will also be of great significance to the
Maternal Fetal Medicine team.”
Dr. Oyelese will join the MFM Division and the Tennessee
Institute of Fetal-Maternal and Infant Health as associate professor of OB/GYN
at UTHSC. He will serve as the director
of Ultrasound at the Regional
Dr. Oyelese is an internationally
renowned physician in prenatal diagnosis and obstetrical critical care. He completed his residency in OB/GYN at St. George’s Hospital,
and at Georgetown University Medical
Center, Washington, D.C.
He completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) – Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick,
NJ. Dr. Oyelese is currently the interim
director of Maternal Fetal Medicine for UMDNJ.
As the flagship
statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science
Center is focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, clinical care
and public service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the health of
Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of
postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in Memphis
and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health
Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine
and College of Pharmacy
campuses in Knoxville, and a College of Medicine
campus in Chattanooga.
For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.