Catherine Y. Spong, M.D., is currently the Acting Director of NICHD. She serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute and as NICHD’s Deputy Ethics Counselor with responsibility for leading and directing the Institute’s ethics program. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the NICHD Deputy Director as well as the inaugural NICHD Associate Director for Extramural Research and Director of the Division of Extramural Research. For over a decade prior, she was Chief of the NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch. She received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, (UMKS) in 1991. After serving as Chief Resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Spong began her career at the NICHD as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow, including clinical work at Georgetown University. She then became a Clinical Associate and subsequently, Senior Staff Fellow in the intramural research program. Her research interests focus on maternal and child health, with an emphasis on prematurity, fetal complications and improving child outcomes. She is board certified in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. She is also an Editor of several textbooks including William’s Obstetrics, Management of High Risk Pregnancy, Protocols of High Risk Pregnancy and Stillbirth: Prediction, Prevention and Management. She is the maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the NIH’s Clinical Center and at INOVA Alexandria hospital. She is a fellow of ACOG and a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Perinatal Research Society. She has received numerous research awards, is in Who’s Who in America, received the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Achievement Award, the UMKC Alumnus of the Year award and a Surgeon General’s Certificate of Appreciation for her work on prematurity. She has published more than 270 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Spong has also been national television and radio including The Early Show, the Diane Rehm Show, NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN and Voice of America discussing women’s health and pregnancy topics.