Kecia Gaither, MD

Kecia Gaither, MD

Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, is a double board-certified physician in OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is Director of Perinatal Services at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, New York, a member of NYC Health + Hospitals System. Since October 2015, Gaither has served as liaison to the Association of Black Cardiologists, in which she promotes critical perinatal initiatives and continues her work of ensuring exemplary prenatal care is available to all women.

In 2011, she served as an appointee of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the HIV Planning Council of New York. For multiple years, Gaither has been named America’s Top Obstetrician and Gynecologist by the Consumer Research Council. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Barnard College and her medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse and her Masters of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.

With more than 20 years of professional experience, driven by her mission to provide exemplary prenatal care to all women regardless of circumstance, Gaither positively impacts the lives of thousands of women by delivering valuable information on a spectrum of women’s health issues through media appearances, seminars and as a sought after contributor to The Huffington Post, Thrive Global and U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, she has been published by multiple scientific journals and is a reviewer for WebMD.

Gaither is based in New York and is a New York native.

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Puzzling Plight of Preterm Labor & the Role of Vitamin D

Preterm labor has remained one of the most enigmatic challenges in the field of perinatal medicine. 

Globally, preterm birth impacts approximately 1.3 million people. Within the United States, it complicates roughly nine percent of all births; in some urban demographics, this figure approaches 18 percent. 

While technological advances have improved outcomes in preterm infants, prematurity is still the most common underlying cause of perinatal and infant morbidity and mortality. Surviving neonates potentially experience lifelong consequences involving gastrointestinal, respiratory, neurodevelopmental and other co-morbidities. 

The preterm birth of an infant brings considerable emotional and economic issues for families; additionally there exists marked implications for public sector services, such as health insurance, educational and other social support systems. The annual societal economic burden associated with preterm birth in the United States runs in the billions of dollars.