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Extraordinary Educator

Robert Resnik, MD


This month one of the giants in the field of OB/Gyn is retiring after 44 years in our department. Robert Resnik earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1965 and followed with a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University in 1970. Dr. Resnik completed an NIH Research Fellowship in Perinatal Medicine at the University of Colorado in 1974, before coming to the relatively young medical school at UCSD in 1974 as an Assistant Professor and Director of Obstetrics. He served as Chair of the Department from 1983-1995. It is no understatement to say that in the 1970's thru the 1990's he was the national face of this department. Afterwards he served as Associate Dean for Admissions and Dean for Clinical Affairs.

In 2007 he became Professor Emeritus, yet he has continued to be an active clinician and teacher at Director's Place and the High Risk Obstetrics clinic. In 2017 Dr. Resnik was elected to the physician board of the American Health Council.

Dr. Resnik is an Elected Fellow ad eundem to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, United Kingdom and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Within the department, Bob is a 3 time winner of our resident teaching award, and 4 time winner of the medical student teaching award. At the university level, he has been honored as the UCSD Faculty Mentor of the Year across all disciplines. Testament to his involvement in the education of our medical trainees, the invited speaker at the Annual Departmental Research Day now holds the title of Resnik Invited Speaker.

Dr. Resnik's scholarly accomplishments in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine are remarkable. His landmark textbook, Creasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice is now on its 8th edition and is the reference standard in the field.

His national prominence includes being President of American Gynecologic and Obstetric Society (2009-2010), the American Gynecological Club (2002), and the Perinatal Research Society (1985). His awards include the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine lifetime Achievement Award. His achievements are recognized internationally and he is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

In this issue of the Fimbria we acknowledge and thank this man for everything he has done to elevate our department and to place us on the short list of training centers for MFM nationwide.

The entire department thanks you, Dr. Robert Resnik.