Joaquin Santolaya-Forgas, MD, PhD

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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Dr. Santolaya attended medical school at the Autónoma University of Madrid (UAM), Spain. He then completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Fundación Jimėnez Diaz, UAM and a PhD program in fetal physiology at the University of London (UK) and UAM.  He attended the University of Illinois, Chicago and received his Master’s degree in Bio Ethics.  He completed the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School, Boston.

Since Dr. Santolaya relocated to the United States in 1989 he completed three fellowship programs: maternal-fetal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia; medical genetics at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and clinical and molecular genetics at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Santolaya took his first academic post at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994 as Director of the Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Genetics Unit. He then became a tenured Professor at Texas Tech University and Director of the Fetal Medicine, Genetics and Ultrasound Unit in 2010. At Texas Tech, he became the Director of the Laura Bush Women’s Health Research Institute and established a Stem Cell Research Laboratory and animal model for cell-based therapy in pre-immune embryos. In 2004, Dr. Santolaya became a Professor at Wayne State University and the Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD where he contributed to the understanding of biological processes of pregnancy. In 2006, he joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University as Director of Reproductive Genetics. Professor Santolaya then joined Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2010 becoming the Chair of the Center for OBGYN Research and Mentorship. In April 2017, Professor Santolaya was invited to join the University of Florida as Director of Perinatal Research.

Dr. Santolaya has a distinct clinical interest and research experience in reproductive sciences, including fetal medicine, reproductive genetics and investigating new antenatal treatments for genetic conditions using stem-cells.  Dr. Santolaya has authored more than 130 articles in peer-viewed journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lancet, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Sciences, Prenatal Diagnosis, Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, Journal of Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine, Journal of Perinatology, Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and contributed chapters to numerous books. He is a frequent presenter at international, national and local conferences, and has received many honors and awards, such as being an elected member of the Academy of Science in Europe.