Rosemary Reiss, MD directs the Center for Fetal Medicine and Prenatal Genetics, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and is Assistant Professor at HMS. After residency at Yale, she completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Ohio State University, staying on their faculty until moving to Boston in 2000. Her training in the US was punctuated by extended visits to British NHS hospitals, opportunities to observe a different model of health care provision. Seventeen years of work in prenatal diagnosis, including service on medical ethics committees, has provided constant exposure to ethical dilemmas faced both by anxious couples making decisions about fetal problems, and by the professionals who provide them with information and support. She was stimulated to more formal study of biomedical ethics by the recent development of new molecular genetic techniques that markedly expand the scope of prenatal diagnoses and preconception testing, and will require new paradigms for policy-making and genetic counseling in light of their potential to disclose mild, variable or adult-onset disorders.
Fellowship Year: 2014-2015