Bob Sokol, MD
Supporting a future for your maternal-fetal medicine practice
“In the early 2000s, I was invited to be the first Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors at the invitation of Steve Gabbe and Haywood Brown and the SMFM Board. Having written the original bylaws and with the strong support of Mike Nageotte and Dan O’Keeffe, we created the Foundation as the non-profit organization that supported research training in maternal-fetal medicine for Society members. The SMFM Board provided generous initial funding for the endowment, betting on the future. We immediately developed a committee to set up the initial competition and then to select, monitor and mentor the scholarship recipients. We partnered with AGOS and their Foundation (AAOGF) to jointly administer and fund the research scholarships. This allowed us to increase the amount of funding available for each Scholar.
I believe that academic foundations are about creating the future – it’s all about what you do next. Your support for the Foundation will help improve clinical outcomes and help assure a future for your maternal-fetal medicine practice, taking what we learn and applying it in your practice.”