Caterina (Katia) M. Bilardo was born in Savigliano (Piedmont), Italy. After completing cum laude in 1983 the Medical studies and the Specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Turin, she trained as Fellow in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine (1985- 1989) at King’s College Hospital, London, where she worked under the supervision of Prof. S. Campbell and Prof. K. N. Nicolaides.
Since 1989 she has relocated to the Netherlands where she has worked as Consultant and Head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Department at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam (1992-2010). From 2010 to 2017 she has worked as Head of the Fetal Medicine Department at the University Medical Center Groningen where, in 2011, she has been appointed Professor in Fetal Medicine. Since October 2017 she has moved with the same position to the Amsterdam UMC, location VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, where she has also been appointed as Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fetal Medicine. In the Netherlands she has been President of the Dutch Working Party for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is currently member of the Committee Prenatal Screening of the National Health Council.
Since 2007 she is in the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Since 2009 she is Board member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG). Between 2013-2017 she was Chair of the Education Committee within ISUOG. And in 2018-2020 she has been President of the same Society.
She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and supervised numerous PhD students.
• Doppler study of the utero-placental and fetal circulation (chief researcher Truffle study)
• Fetal dysmorphology ( 2D and 3D studies)
• First and second trimester ultrasound screening for aneuploidies
• First trimester ultrasound
• Psychological aspects of Screening
• Fetal cardiology