Clinical Advisory Board
At Verinata Health, we have built an outstanding team of advisors who, we are confident, will enable us to achieve our goal of delivering non-invasive prenatal diagnostics that address the current unmet needs of prenatal patients.
Alfred Z. Abuhamad, M.D.
Dr. Abuhamad is the Mason C. Andrews Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and vice dean for clinical affairs at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Abuhamad is known internationally for his expertise in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrical ultrasound, and for his innovative clinical research particularly in the diagnosis of fetal cardiovascular problems in early pregnancy. He is a member of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Foundation, is active on the editorial boards of several journals, and is the current president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Abuhamad completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, and a clinical fellowship in ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis at Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and holds his subspecialty certification from the American Board of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.
Dr. Bianchi is the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and vice-chair for research and academic affairs, Department of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center. She is recognized internationally for her multidisciplinary research in prenatal diagnosis and particularly for her stewardship of the field of non-invasive, cell-based prenatal testing. She is past president of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, past president of the Perinatal Research Society, and editor-in-chief of the international journal Prenatal Diagnosis. Dr. Bianchi has received numerous honors and awards for her innovative research and has authored more than 213 peer-reviewed publications. She is one of four co-authors of the award-winning textbook, Fetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient. Dr. Bianchi graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, received her M.D. from Stanford University, and fulfilled her residency training in pediatrics at The Children's Hospital, Boston. She completed clinical fellowships in the Harvard training programs in medical genetics and newborn medicine and is board certified in all three specialties.
Lawrence D. Platt, M.D.
Dr. Platt is professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the Center for Fetal Medicine and Women's Ultrasound in Los Angeles. He is past president of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) and recipient of its highest honor, the Ian Donald Gold Medal Award. Dr. Platt has been elected to numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. He is past president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the Los Angeles OB-GYN Society, treasurer of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Foundation, and board member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Platt has published extensively. He serves on the Board of Directors of InSightec and Diagnostic Technologies. Dr. Platt received his M.D. from Wayne State University and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.
Holly S. Puritz, M.D.
Dr. Puritz is President and a Managing Partner of The Group for Women and serves as Medical Director of OB/GYN Services for Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the first female physician to join The Group for Women, quickly rising through the ranks to become a Managing Partner and President of the practice today. She received her B.S. and M.D. from Tufts University and completed a special internship at the Medical College of Hampton Roads. Dr. Puritz served as Chief Resident during her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was appointed to the Government Affairs Committee for the 2011-2012 period. Dr. Puritz is a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Task Force for Infant Mortality, is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her superior clinical practice, and in June 2011, was appointed as Clinical Faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.