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Ronald J. Wapner, MD

  • Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at CUMC
  • Director of Reproductive Genetics
  • Vice Chair of Research

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 326-8951

Ronald J. Wapner, MD

Dr. Ronald Wapner is the Vice Chair of Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology for Columbia University Medical Center and Director of Reproductive Genetics. Prior to Columbia University, Dr. Wapner was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Drexel University College of Medicine and taught at Thomas Jefferson University for 22 years where he also served as the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Wapner is an internationally known physician and researcher specializing in reproductive genetics. He pioneered the development of chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and multi-fetal reduction. He has authored or co-authored over 450 publications and he has been an active investigator in the area of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Wapner has been an active investigator in the area of Maternal-Fetal Medicine throughout his career and has been, or is, either a principal or co-investigator for a number of NICHD sponsored multi-center studies. He currently serves as the center PI for the National Standards for Fetal Growth study as well as the PI for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. He recently led a multi-center study evaluating the accuracy, efficacy, and clinical advantages of prenatal diagnosis using microarray analysis.

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Areas of Expertise

  • Fetal Testing
  • Fetal Anomalies
  • Genetic Testing
  • Preterm Birth Prevention

Education & Training

  • Jefferson Medical College
  • Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019
    (212) 326-8951
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 326-8951
    (212) 326-5610
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

    3959 Broadway
    Floor: 12 (Central)
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-3151
    (212) 342-2802

Practices and Centers

  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Honors & Awards

  • The Dru Carlson Award for Best Research in Genetics and Ultrasound, Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (2017, 2012)
  • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award (2015)