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Rodolfo Gomez Ponce de Leon

Latin American Perinatal, Women and Reproductive Health Center (CLAP/WRH), Montevideo, Uruguay

Rodolfo Gomez Ponce de Leon

Rodolfo Gomez Ponce de Leon, MD, ObGyn, MSPH, PhD
Regional Reproductive Health Advisor CLAP/WRH at PAHO/WHO

I am an Obstetrician and Gynecologist from Argentina, born on June 5th of 1964 in San Miguel de Tucuman. I did my PhD at the National University of Tucuman (Argentina) and my Master in Science of Public Health at University of North Carolina (USA).

I worked in the last 25 years in women health-related services delivery, as an expert in sexual and reproductive health, perinatal medicine, coordinating delivery room, obstetrics, and family planning as a provider. Now in the public health arena I am working on the same issues using a new background knowledge and expertise. As part of my duties in IPAS (an international NGO), I had developed a clinical record and tool for health care professionals that will help create a database to analyze and monitor abortion-related care: SIP -Abortion, translated to 4 languages and now applied in many countries of the LAC region as part of the official PAHO Perinatal Health Tools. That can be used for Abortion or Post abortion care, depending on the nature of the legislation, helping Ministries of Health and Health systems to monitor and evaluate abortion related quality of care and complications. I was selected for a position in PAHO Brazil office after a selection process, and I worked as a Coordinator of the Technical Unit: Women's health, Men's health, Gender and Cultural Diversity working with National Health System and States with partners. Developing Managerial experience in mother, child, reproductive health, family planning, administration responsibilities national first and progressively internationally responsibilities. I did arrive to CLAP WRH 2 years ago, after a global selection process, as a Regional Reproductive Health Advisor. Previously as a Senior Health System Advisor at IPAS I worked in Latin-American Countries evaluating, implementing, and designing reproductive health programs.

I speak 3 languages: Spanish, English, and Portuguese.

Publications indexed in PubMed

  • Ali M, Miller K, Gómez Ponce de Leon RF. Family planning and Zika virus: need for renewed and cohesive efforts to ensure availability of intrauterine contraception in Latin America and the Caribbean. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2017 Apr;22(2):102-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13625187.2017.1288902
  • Caffe S, Perez F, Kamb ML, Gomez Ponce de Leon R, Alonso M, Midy R, Newman L, Hayashi C, Ghidinelli M. Cuba Validated as the First Country to Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Congenital Syphilis: Lessons Learned from the Implementation of the Global Validation Methodology. Sex Transm Dis. 2016 Dec;43(12):733-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000528
  • Briozzo L, Gómez Ponce de León R, Tomasso G, Faúndes A. Overall and abortion-related maternal mortality rates in Uruguay over the past 25years and their association with policies and actions aimed at protecting women’s rights. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016 Aug;134 Suppl 1:S20-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.06.004
  • Gómez Ponce de León R, Wing DA. Misoprostol for termination of pregnancy with intrauterine fetal demise in the second and third trimester of pregnancy - a systematic review. Contraception. 2009 Apr;79(4):259-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2008.10.009
  • Ho PC, Blumenthal PD, Gemzell-Danielsson K, Gómez Ponce de León R, Mittal S, Tang OS. Misoprostol for the termination of pregnancy with a live fetus at 13 to 26 weeks. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Dec;99 Suppl 2:S178-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.09.007
  • Gómez Ponce de León R, Wing D, Fiala C. Misoprostol for intrauterine fetal death. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Dec;99 Suppl 2:S190-193. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.09.010
  • Gemzell-Danielsson K, Ho PC, Gómez Ponce de León R, Weeks A, Winikoff B. Misoprostol to treat missed abortion in the first trimester. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Dec;99 Suppl 2:S182-185. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.09.008
  • Gómez Ponce de León R, Billings DL, Barrionuevo K. Woman-centered post-abortion care in public hospitals in Tucumán, Argentina: assessing quality of care and its link to human rights. Health Hum Rights. 2006;9(1):174-201.
  • Gómez Ponce de León R, Gómez Ponce de León L, Coviello A, De Vito E. Vascular maternal reactivity and neonatal size in normal pregnancy. Hypertens Pregnancy. 2001;20(3):243-56. http://dx.doi.org/10.1081/PRG-100107827