Laura Riley, M.D.

Title: Given Foundation Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine
Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Boston University Medical Center
Location: New York, NY

Laura E. Riley, M.D., is Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Given Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine. In this role, Dr. Riley leads the Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, which opened in August 2020. She also leads the obstetrics and gynecology enterprise at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine as well as at NewYork- Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. A particular clinical focus of the department is transforming women’s health care beginning with attention to maternal mortality and morbidity.


A maternal-fetal medicine specialist and internationally recognized expert on obstetric infectious diseases, Dr. Riley specializes in the treatment of expecting mothers whose pregnancies are high-risk because of chronic illness or infectious disease. She also works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to develop practice guidelines for the care of pregnant women with Group B Strep, Ebola, zika, influenza, and COVID-19, as well as, maternal immunization.


Dr. Riley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Harvard University and her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Riley remained at the University of Pittsburgh for her residency in obstetrics and gynecology before completing a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a fellowship in infectious disease at Boston University Medical Center.

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