Organizing Committee Member / Dr. Kecia Gaither
Dr. Kecia Gaither
Columbia University,Newyork

Dr Gaither is a double board-certified physician in Ob/Gyn and Maternal Fetal Medicine , and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health.  A perinatal consultant and womens’ health expert, Gaither’s expertise is grounded in both research and her professional experience in caring for women with multiple medical/surgical/fetal conditions in pregnancy.  In her current role, Dr Gaither serves as the Director of Perinatal Services/Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine for NYC Health+ Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx.  Dr Gaither, additionally  is an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology with Cornell Weill Medicine.

A Harlem native, Gaither’s mission as a medical professional is to offer exemplary prenatal care to all women, regardless of circumstance.  Dr Gaither regularly lends her commentary and expertise on issues pertaining to womens’ health, pregnancy, and environmental/ population health policy, to leading national consumer health and lifestyle outlets across print, radio, TV, film and on-line, including CNN, FOX NEWS, Prevention Magazine, Parents Magazine, Womens Health Magazine, Doctor Radio, NBC TV, NY 1, and FORBES Health . With her foray into social media, Dr Gaithers’ combined perspective as a maternal child specialist and public health proponent has allowed her to reach millions via her Twitter feed-- @KeciaGaitherMD and her website: Dr Gaither has co-authored “The Confident Woman”, a must read book for women who desire increased confidence, self-esteem and empowerment.

She is a reviewer for, and has been published by, multiple scientific journals.  She additionally serves as a reviewer for WebMD, and as a requested contributor to The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and US News and World Report.   She currently lends her expertise to the March of Dimes as an editorial consultant for health equity content.   Dr Gaither was an appointee of NYC Mayor Bloomberg to the HIV Planning Council of NY.  Dr Gaither is on the medical advisory board of NATERA, PWN Health, and Organic and Natural Association.  Dr Gaither additionally serves as a liaison to The Association of Black Cardiologists, addressing cardiac disease in pregnancy.

Dr Gaither received her BA in Biology from Barnard College, and her MD from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse.  She completed her Ob/Gyn residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center, a subsidiary of The Medical College of Virginia and completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at The University of Medicine and Dentistry-Rutgers in Newark NJ.   Dr Gaither earned her MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.   She is currently completing her dual MS/MBA degree in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell SC Johnson School of Business

When not caring for her patients or conducting research, Dr Gaither enjoys time spent with her family and traveling.

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