Professor of Medical Science


Katharine D. Wenstrom, MD serves as director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, as well as director of the Prenatal Diagnosis Centers in Providence, RI, New Bedford, MA, and Foxboro, MA. She is also professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. A geneticist and nationally recognized leader in the field of maternal-fetal medicine, Dr. Wenstrom works to ensure that both Women & Infants and Brown set the standard for the best care of high-risk pregnant women.
Dr. Wenstrom earned a bachelor's degree in biology cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, a master's degree in pathology from Columbia University, and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago Hospital, then a second fellowship in medical genetics at the University of Iowa Hospital. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, and medical genetics. Throughout her career, Dr. Wenstrom has been a leader in the field of maternal-fetal medicine, having served as president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a member of the executive board of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and head of the National Institutes of Health Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Biology Subcommittee.
Dr. Wenstrom has served as editor-in-chief for obstetrics of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey since 2005, and has been a member of the advisory board of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2002 and the editorial board of the American Journal of Perinatology since 2001. She is a co-author of the last two editions of the textbook "Williams Obstetrics". She has also published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers, as well as a variety of articles, commentaries, and book chapters on topics in maternal-fetal medicine and genetics.
Dr. Wenstrom has won multiple awards in her field, including the Society for Gynecologic Investigation President's Achievement Award and awards for best research from both the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is listed in the Academic Keys Who's Who in Medical Sciences Education and has been elected to The Best Doctors in America and The Best Doctors for Women annually from 2001 to the present. Good Housekeeping magazine named her one of the Best Doctors for Women in America.