James Roberts, MD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh and Clinical and Translational Research



Dr Roberts’ research is interdisciplinary and involves fundamental, clinical, behavioral and epidemiological studies. He has been involved in several seminal studies of preeclampsia including the recognition of preeclampsia as involving endothelial dysfunction and being more than hypertension in pregnancy. He currently is involved in global health research and is on the Management Committee of the Bill and Melinda Gates funded, Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia monitoring prevention and treatment (PRE-EMPT)┬ástudy. He also heads the Global Pregnancy Collaboration a consortium of 34 centers world wide that facilitates collaborative research. He is a Co-Investigator on studies in Brazil and South Africa.

Selected Publications

  • Roberts JM, Taylor RN, Musci TJ, Rodgers GM, Hubel CA, McLaughlin MK: Preeclampsia: An endothelial cell disorder? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1989;161(5):1200-1204.
  • Roberts JM, Myatt L, Spong C, Thom E, Hauth J, Leveno K, Pearson G, Wapner R, Varner M, Thorp J, Mercer B, Peaceman A, Ramin S, Carpenter M, Samuels P, Sciscione A, Harper M, Smith W, Saade G, Sorokin Y, Anderson G, for the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network. Vitamins C and E to prevent adverse outcomes with pregnancy-associated hypertension. N Engl J Med. 2010; 362(14):1282-91.
  • Myatt L, Redman CW, Staff AC, Hansson S, Wilson ML, Laivuori H, Poston L, Roberts JM, Global Pregnancy C. Strategy for standardization of preeclampsia research study design. Hypertension. 2014;63(6):1293-301.
  • Myatt L, Roberts JM. Preeclampsia: Syndrome or Disease? Curr Hypertens Rep. 2015;17(11):83.

For additional publications, see: (Pubmed or other online collection) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/james.roberts.1/bibliograpahy/40477803/public/?s ort=date&direction=descending


Clinical Trials

  • NICHD MFMU Network CAPPS trial of Vitamin C an E to prevent preeclampsia, (2003-
    2007), Protocol Subcommittee Chair
  • Prematurity reduction by Pre-eclampsia care (PREPARE) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Brazilian Ministry of Health, (2006-2010)