September 2010 - Highlights & Honors

Honors & Awards

UNC Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Clinic was named in the latest listing of the Top 5 Clinics at UNC Health Care.

Dr. Vickie Bae-Jump was awarded a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award grant entitled "Metformin as a Novel Chemotherapeutic Strategy for the Treatment of Endometrial Cancer".  The grant award is $792,104 over 5 years.

Dr. Barbara Robinson has been selected as one of two Lead Fellows for the American Urogynecologic Society Fellows Interest Group.

In the News

  • Dr. Dan Clarke-Pearson is featured in the popular Brazilian magazine Veja talking about cancer care in the United States.
    Issue number 2174, date 27/07/2010, pages 94 to 102.
  • Dr. Linda Van Le was featured on YOUR HEALTH Radio to talk about the women and cancer. 
    To hear the broadcast click here.
  • The UNC Maternal and Infant Health Center was recently praised by the March of Dimes for its role in North Carolina hospitals showing a 44% decrease in early elective deliveries.
    • News and Observer
    • "Helping Babies Arrive at the Right Time" featured on North Carolina Public Radio WUNC. 
  • Check out this video documentary about N.E.D. the band.

From Our Blog

  • UNC's Dr. Howell talks about the top 5 breast cancer myths. Do you know what they are?
  • UNC's Dr. Goodnight explains ACOG's recent guidelines for use of antibiotics before c-sections.
  • Check out UNC Staff sporting their teal for gyn cancer awareness!
  • UNC's Dr. John Soper sheds light about over treating and under treating dysplasias.
  • Menopause : The Natural Way. UNC's Susan Nickel shares great advice for women.
  • Look at our pictures from this month's Gratitude Concert in the NC Children's Lobby.


Dr. Dan Clarke-Pearson and Dr. John Soper were local hosts of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons in Durham, NC.  September 15-18, 2010. 
UNC presenters included:

  • John Boggess, MD
    Robotic Surgery in Gynecology.
  • Catherine Matthews, MD
    Prospective evaluation of Surgical Outcomes of Robotic-Assisted Colpo and Cervicosacropexy. 

Dr. AnnaMarie Connolly
Featured Speaker at the "Annual Surgeons As Educators Conference”
UNC Department of Surgery, September 11, 2010

Dr. David Grimes had the following presentations:

  • The Perlmutter Lecturer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Boston, MA.  September 8, 2010
  • "Unsafe Abortion: The Preventable Pandemic” at Global Health in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard.  Boston, MA  September 10, 2010

Dr. Catherine Matthews had the following presentations at:

The 3rd Annual World Robotic Symposium Latin America in Brazil, August 19 - 20, 2010.

  • Applications of robotic surgery in urogynecology.
  • Optimize the placement of trocars and the connection of robot.

and The Joint Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society and International Urogynecological Association in Toronto, Canada, August 23-26, 2010.

  • Poster Presentations
    • Prospective evaluation of surgical outcomes of robotic-assisted colpo- and cervicosacropexy for the management of apical pelvic support defects
      Woodward A, Matthews C, Hill A, Ramakrishnan V, Gill E
    • Surgical management of apical pelvic support defects: Evaluation of the introduction of robotic technology
      Woodward A, Matthews C, Lamb E, Gill E
  • Oral Presentation
    Robotic-assisted sacrocolpopexy for the management of vaginal vault prolapse

UNC Women's Health Lecture Series

  • "Urinary Incontinence: NOT an Acceptable Consequence of Aging"
    Dr. Catherine Matthews
    August 31, 2010
  • "Overview of Gynecological Cancers"
    Dr. Wesley Fowler
    September 8, 2010
  • "Screening Tests and Women's Health"
    Dr. Michael Evers
    September 15, 2010


Baker AM, Haeri S, Camargo CA Jr, Espinola JA, Stuebe AM.
A Nested Case-Control Study of Midgestation Vitamin D Deficiency and Risk of Severe Preeclampsia.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Baker AM, Haeri S, Klein RL, Boggess K.
Association of midgestation paraoxonase 1 activity and pregnancies complicated by preterm birth.
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Sep;203(3):246.e1-4

Boggess KA, Espinola JA, Moss K, Beck J, Offenbacher S, Camargo CA.
Vitamin D Status and Periodontal Disease Among Pregnant Women.
J Periodontol. 2010 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Bottsford-Miller J, Haeri S, Baker AM, Boles J, Brown M.
B cell acute lymphocytic leukemia in pregnancy.
Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2010 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Haeri S, Devers PL, Kaiser-Rogers KA, Moylan VJ Jr, Torchia BS, Horton AL, Wolfe HM, Aylsworth AS.
Deletion of hepatocyte nuclear factor-1-beta in an infant with prune belly syndrome.
Am J Perinatol
. 2010 Aug;27(7):559-63.

Stuebe AM, Lyon H, Herring AH, Ghosh J, Wise A, North KE, Siega-Riz AM.
Obesity and diabetes genetic variants associated with gestational weight gain.
Am J Obstet Gynecol
. 2010 Sep;203(3):283.e1-17.

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