Dr. Trofatter trained at Duke University (B.S. Zoology, '73) and Duke University Medical Center (MD, PhD, '79) between 1969 and 1985, completing a residency in OB/GYN and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He remained on faculty there for a couple of years and then assumed the positions of director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and medical director of the East Tennessee Regional Perinatal Program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (1987-96). Within 5 years there, he advanced to full professor (with tenure), but still foolishly left for brief interludes in chillier climes (chairman of OB/GYN at Mt. Sinai Hospital and professor of OB/GYN at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and then director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and consultant to 3M Pharmaceuticals at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St. Paul), before he returned to his senses and the Southeast in 2002.
His PhD degree is in pathology with a research focus in herpes simplex virus immunology. Primary clinical interests include high risk obstetrics (e.g., diabetes, hypertensive disorders, autoimmune diseases, and thrombophilias in pregnancy), preconceptual counseling, obstetrical ultrasound, Doppler flow velocimetry, recurrent pregnancy loss, virus infections in pregnancy, and screening for aneuploidy in pregnancy. Currently, he is director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and professor of Clinical Obstetrics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of South Carolina, a part of the University Medical Group at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina. Outside interests include stamp collecting, soccer, exercise, and outings on his Harley. He is married and has 6 children ranging between 8 and 24 years of age.