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Ronald J. Wapner, MD

  • Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at CUMC

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 326-8951

Ronald J. Wapner, MD

Wapner was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Drexel University College of Medicine. Prior to Drexel, he taught at Thomas Jefferson University for 22 years where he also served as the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Wapner is a nationally known clinician specializing in first trimester screening and invasive procedures, such as Chorionic Villi Sampling (CVS), Percutaneous umbilical cord blood sampling (PUBS) and amniocentesis. He was instrumental in developing CVS and multi-fetal reduction procedures. He has also authored or co-authored over 120 publications.

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 Investigator (PI)or Co-Investigator for a number of multi-center studies including much of the original work on chorionic villus sampling and multi-fetal pregnancy reductions. Dr. Wapner has played a significant role in the development of multidisciplinary research studies and clinical research centers for MFM throughout his career. He continues to practice clinical MFM, reserving approximately 25% of his time for research activities. He served as the PI for the Philadelphia Center in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network from more than 8 years and has continued that work at Columbia. He also served as Co- PI of the National Institutes of Child Health and Development (NICHD)-sponsored NIFTY trial investigating the retrieval of fetal cells from maternal circulation. He served as Co-PI of the EATA trial in which 13 centers in the US and Europe performed a randomized comparison of amniocentesis and CVS in weeks 13 and 14 of gestation. This study also evaluated the efficacy of first trimester screening for fetal aneuploidy in a multi-centered fashion, for which Dr. Wapner served as PI.

Board Certifications

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Preterm Birth Prevention
  • Consultation
  • Fetal Assessment

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 [Access (Exchange), 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 2012