Thomas J. Garite, MD
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Thomas J. Garite, M.D. is the retired Edward H, Quilligan Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California Irvine (2004), having served 18 years as this Department’s Chairman.  He is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is the former Editor In Chief and current Editor Emeritus, American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecology.


He currently holds two primary positions in addition to being Professor Emeritus.  These include:


  • Director of Research and Education for Obstetrix, Pediatrix Medical Group.
  • Chief Clinical Officer for Perigen Inc, A national patient safety company.


He has published over 250 articles and chapters including over 150 original journal articles, and is author or co-author of five textbooks.  He remains active in clinical research, primarily through coordinating multi-center trials with the Obstetrix Medical group and continues to focus on those areas where he has been active throughout his career.  These include intrapartum and antepartum fetal assessment through fetal heart rate monitoring, prematurity in general, but especially premature rupture of membranes and the infectious etiology of prematurity, and the management of labor.


Key past positions he has held include:

  1. President of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine
  2. Director of the Fellowship Affairs Committee and two six year terms on the Board of Directors of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine
  3. Member of the Board of Directors of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Oral Examinations for this Board
  4. Member of the Technical Bulletin and Course Coordination Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  5. Chairman, SMFM Foundation


He has received many awards from distinguished societies, many teaching awards and most notably the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the National Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology