ISPD Presidents


Current President (2016-2018)

Ignatia B. Van den Veyver, MD

Houston, Texas, United States


Dr. Van den Veyver is professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and Director of Clinical Prenatal Genetics at Baylor college of Medicine and Texas Children’s hospital where she oversees a busy prenatal genetics service with 12 genetic counselors. She is also a faculty member of the Texas Children’s Hospital Fetal Center. Her clinical translational research focuses on exploring novel genetic and genomic methods of prenatal genetic testing and the complexities of their integration into prenatal care with a specific interest in application of prenatal exomes, counseling for various new technologies and development of cell-based non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. She also has a research laboratory in the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute where she performs translational and basic research on the molecular genetics and epigenetics of human developmental disorders and reproductive epigenetics. 

Past Presidents

2014 - 2016 - Lucas Otaño, MD, PhD
2012 - 2014 - Jan M. M. van Lith, MD, PhD
2010 - 2012 - Howard S. Cuckle, DPhil
2006 - 2010 - Diana W. Bianchi, MD
2002 - 2006 - Charles H. Rodeck, DSc
1998 - 2002 - Malcolm A. Ferguson-Smith, MD, FR

1994 - 1998 - Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, FACOG, FACMG