WMU News

Perinatologist featured speaker at March 17 event

March 9, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Paula Mahone, one of the two perinatologists who delivered the McCaughey septuplets in 1997, will be the featured speaker for the Association of Minorities in the Biological Sciences banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center.

The primary sponsors for the banquet, which is open to the public for a fee, are WMU's student AMBS chapter and Division of Multicultural Affairs.

AMBS supports minority students who are planning on becoming doctors. The banquet is one of the ways the WMU chapter recognizes its members, brings students together with preeminent physicians from around the country, and interacts with the broader campus and local communities.

Mahone has been the medical director of perinatal services at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, since 1993. Her role in the McCaughey septuplets' delivery not only brought national attention to the quality of health care in her state, but to the role of women and African Americans in science and medicine as well.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, and an active community volunteer, Mahone is board certified in general obstetrics, gynecology and perinatal medicine. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio, and has conducted research on the effects of cocaine on fetal development.

Mahone serves as president of the Iowa Chapter of the National Medical Association and is a junior fellow of both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians.

For more information about the AMBS banquet or tickets, call Sherrie Fuller in WMU's Division of Multicultural Affairs at (616) 387-4785.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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