In 2016, Dr Ryan Hodges was appointed Program Director of the Women’s and Newborn Program and Director of Obstetric Services at Monash Health, Victoria’s largest women’s health service.
Dr Hodges is an obstetrician and gynaecologist by training and a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialist. He is a medical graduate of Monash, and completed his clinical training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Monash Medical Centre. In 2012 he completed a PhD at Monash, exploring the utility of amnion cells as a regenerative therapy for preterm lung disease.
With support from a National Health and Medical Research Center Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, Dr Hodges worked as a postdoctoral research and clinical MFM Fellow with Professor Jan Deprest in Leuven, Belgium, where he trained in fetal therapy and surgery. He was then accepted to undertake formal MFM subspecialty training at the University of Toronto at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the most highly competitive international fellowships.
Dr Hodges returned to Monash to lead Perinatal Services and join the Victorian Fetal Therapy Service, which provides fetal surgery for families in Victoria and Tasmania.
In his current roles, he is responsible for leading the clinical care and governance of mothers and the more than 10,000 babies born at Monash Health every year.
In addition to his clinical appointment, Dr Hodges is also an adjunct clinical associate professor in Monash’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He leads a perinatology research team at the University’s Ritchie Centre, with a focus on translational fetal therapy and surgery, cellular therapy for fetal lung disorders and intrapartum care. He recently graduated from Harvard University in healthcare leadership and innovation.