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Allison Bryant Mantha, MD, MPH, is the Senior Medical Director for Health Equity at Mass General Brigham, working to eliminate longstanding inequities in patient care and outcomes. She is a maternal fetal medicine subspecialist, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Harvard Medical School and is the Frederic D. Frigoletto, MD Endowed Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received degrees in biology, public health and medicine from Harvard University, where she also completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowships in maternal/fetal medicine and the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. She previously served as the vice chair for quality, equity and safety for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mass General.
She currently serves as a member of several regional and national women’s health and equity improvement efforts such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee, which she chairs, the Massachusetts Maternal Mortality and Racial Inequity Legislative Commission; the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine’s Board of Directors; and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Committees on Obstetric Practice, and its COVID-19 workgroup. She was the lead author on the revision of ACOG’s Committee Opinion on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obstetrics and Gynecology, was a co-author on the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health’s Reducing Peripartum Disparities Safety Bundle and worked to add an assessment of the contributions of racism, bias and discrimination to maternal deaths as part of a Centers for Disease Control effort. Her research, quality improvement and policy work has explored inequities in obstetric care and outcomes for Black pregnant people, including those in unintended pregnancy, interconception care and birth spacing, cesarean delivery and maternal morbidity and mortality, among others.