Obstetrics chief joins preventive services panel

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and an assistant dean at Brown University's medical school has been named to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The hospital announced the appointment of Maureen Phipps on Tuesday. The task force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts that makes recommendations on clinical preventive services, including screenings.

Phipps is chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department and assistant dean for teaching and research in women's health at Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School. Her research focuses on improving health for vulnerable populations, improving pregnancy outcomes, and reducing health disparities and adolescent pregnancies.

Phipps previously directed the Brown/Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and led the Rhode Island Task Force on Preterm Birth.

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