Michael A. Belfort, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Michael A. Belfort is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Belfort is an internationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine and fetal intervention. His appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2011.
Prior to this appointment, Belfort served as director of Perinatal Research, Fetal Therapy and Obstetric Telemedicine at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, Tenn., and as a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He previously served in Houston from 1994-1997 as director of labor and delivery and as director of obstetric intensive care at Ben Taub Hospital, as well as an associate professor in the divisions of maternal-fetal medicine, hypertension and anesthesiology at Baylor. His teaching experience also includes serving as an adjunct clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked with Yale faculty in the development of their Fetal Intervention Program.
Belfort received his medical degree (MBBCH) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He completed two residencies in obstetrics and gynecology (one in Cape Town and one at Baylor), trained in anesthesiology in South Africa, and did his fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Baylor.
Belfort is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also holds obstetrics and gynecology specialist qualifications in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. He has received numerous professional awards for his contributions to research, teaching and medical practice. Belfort has been an active member of professional societies all over the world and has written more than 175 scientific articles and textbook chapters, as well as presented more than 350 abstracts and poster presentations. He is an author/editor of several textbooks, including "Hypertension in Pregnancy," "Obstetric Clinical Algorithms, Preeclampsia" and "Critical Care Obstetrics."