Title: Obstetrician, Geneticist
Location: New York, New York, United States
Mark I. Evans, Obstetrician and Geneticist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in prenatal diagnosis, genetics, obstetrics and gynecology, and fetal therapy.
Dr. Evans’ interested in genetics was piqued in high school. He later concluded that the “action in genetics” was going to be in prenatal not postnatal medicine. This informed his decision become an obstetrician. He first embarked on this path at Tufts University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1973 and later earning an MD from the State University of New York, Brooklyn in 1978. He continued with an ob-gyn residency at the University of Chicago 1978-1982 and with a genetics fellowship at the National Institutes of Health from 1982 to 1984. In 1984, he became the director of reproductive genetics at Hutzel Hospital and Wayne State University. Furthermore, at Wayne State, he was the Director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy and the Human Genetics Program.
In 1991, Dr. Evans at age 39 was promoted to Professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology, as well as Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics and Professor of Pathology. He was awarded an Endowed Chair – the Charlotte B Failing Professorship – in 1996. He was also elected to the University’s “Academy of Scholars” – as one of the top 50 faculty in the history of the University. He was recognized as a University Distinguished Professor in 2000. From 1998 to 2000, he served as chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Wayne State and chief of the Obstetrics & Gynecology service for the Detroit Medical Center. In 2000, he was recruited to MCP Hahnemann University as Professor and chairman of ob/gyn, human genetics and fetal therapy. His current academic position is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. He is Director of Comprehensive Genetics, PLLC which provides hi tech prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy services to pregnant women from all over the USA and abroad. He also serves as the president of the International Fetal Medicine and Society Foundation since 2006, and as president of the Fetal Medicine Foundation of America since 2001.
In his career, Dr. Evans has been at the forefront of medical advancements in prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. He developed the method for the first pharmacologic prevention of a fetal birth defect and was the first to successfully carry out in utero stem cell transplantation for X-SCIDS (“bubble baby” with no immunity). Dr. Evans was part of the team to perform the first open fetal surgery for diaphragmatic hernia, and he did the first fetal reductions of high order multiples in USA. Furthermore, he performed the first in utero fetal muscle biopsy for Duchenne’s Muscular dystrophy diagnosis. For his work, Dr. Evans has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the President’s Award for Achievement from the Society for Reproductive Investigation, and the Visionary Award from the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was an organizer for a Nobel Foundation Symposium in 1998 and has received numerous awards from Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women for defending women’s reproductive rights.
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