|Dr. Catherine Spong
Dr. Catherine Spong is the new deputy director at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, she has a commitment to the institute that spans two decades.
For the past 2 years, Spong served as the first NICHD associate director for extramural research and the first director of the Division of Extramural Research. During her tenure at NICHD, she has built an extensive research portfolio and administrative career that advanced scientific understanding of pregnancy and maternal and fetal health. In addition, throughout her career, she has contributed to changes in medical practice in numerous capacities as a member of the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch and later as chief of the branch. She has pioneered early research on the nature of Down syndrome and learning.
Spong serves as a maternal/fetal medicine specialist for the Clinical Center and for INOVA Alexandria Hospital. She works directly with expecting and new families, giving voice to the institute’s research developments and communicating vital advances to parents, educators and health care providers.
“As a physician-scientist, she has made seminal contributions both to our scientific understanding and to the health and well-being of countless individuals around the globe,” said NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher.