William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr. William M. Gilbert reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Gilbert is an obstetrician and gynecologist with additional training and certification in maternal-fetal medicine. He is the Regional Medical Director of Women's Services at Sutter Health and a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Davis.

In 1996 and 2004 Dr. Gilbert received the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award for Medical Student Teaching, and in 1995 and 2003 he received the CREOG Faculty Teaching Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching. Dr. Gilbert is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology—1990, 1999
Diplomate, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology—1991, 1999

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Rh Sensitization During Pregnancy
Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
Preterm Labor
Placenta Abruptio
Placenta Previa
Breech Position and Breech Birth


MD: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1978–1982
Residency: Georgetown University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington, DC, 1982–1986
Fellowship: Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship, King's College Hospital, London, England, 1986–1987
Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine: University of California, San Diego, CA, 1987–1989

Academic Appointments

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Davis, CA, 1999–Present

Hospital Affiliations

Women's Regional Medical Director, Sutter Health

Professional Affiliations

American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Gynecologic Investigation
Society for the Study of Fetal and Neonatal Physiology
Perinatal Research Society

Selected Publications

  1. Gilbert WM, Nesbitt NS, Danielsen B (1999). Associated factors in 1611 cases of brachial plexus injury. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 93(4): 536–540.
  2. Gilbert WM, Danielsen B (1999). Amniotic fluid embolism: Decreased mortality in a population based study. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 93(6): 973–977.
  3. Towner DT, Castro MA, Eby-Wilkins E, Gilbert WM (1999). Effect of mode of delivery in nulliparous women on neonatal intracranial injury. New England Journal of Medicine, 341(23): 1709–1714.
  4. Gilbert WM, Nesbitt NS, Danielsen B (2003). The cost of prematurity: Quantification by gestational age and birthweight. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 102(3): 488–492.
  5. Gilbert WM, Hicks SM, Boe NB, Danielsen B (2003). Vaginal versus cesarean delivery for breech presentation in California: A population based study. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 102(5, Part 1): 911–917.
  6. Gilbert WM, Jandial D, Field NT, Bigelow P, Danielsen B (2004). Birth outcomes in teenage pregnancies. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 16(3): 265–270.
  7. Gilbert WM, Young AL, Danielsen B. (2007). Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Chronic Hypertension: A Population-based Study. Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 52(11) 1046-51.

Selected Books/Textbooks

  1. Gilbert WM (1999). Assessment of fetal well-being. In BW Goetzman, RP Wennberg, eds., Neonatal Intensive Care Handbook, 3rd ed., pp. 7–15. St. Louis: Mosby.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

Last Updated: January 27, 2010

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