February 2011 - Highlights & Honors

Honors & Awards

Six UNC OB/GYN physicians named among "America's Top Doctors"Dr. Daniel Clarke-PearsonDr. Wesley Fowler,  Dr. Marc Fritz, Dr. John Soper, Dr. John Steege and Dr. John Thorp.

UNC Hospitals ranked Top North Carolina hospital by Leapfrog for the least rate of elective deliveries at 39 weeks.

Dr. Victoria Bae-Jump was selected by the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) Awards Committee to receive the 2010-2011 GCF/Florence & Marshall Schwid Ovarian Cancer Research Grant in the amount of $50,000 for her research entitled “Cross-species investigation of the impact of obesity on ovarian cancer pathogenesis”.

Dr.  Daniel Clarke-Pearson has been appointed to a 3-year tem as a member of the Executive Board of the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

At the annual meeting for the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, the following appointments were made:

  • Dr. Kim Boggess was elected to the Board of Directors
  • Dr. William Goodnight was elected Vice Chair of the Informatics Committee
  • Dr. Kathryn Menard elected President
  • Dr. Alison Stuebe was elected to Chair the Communications Committee

Dr. Denniz Zolnoun

  • Has been selected as an expert reviewer for the AHRQ report entitled "Comparative Effectiveness of Treatments for Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women".
  • Received a pilot grant for $29,000 on "Sensory information processing and VVS" and written in collaboration with Dr Mark Tommerdahl in biomedical engineering has been funded via a foundation mechanism

From Our Blog

UNC's Dr. Thorp quoted in article RT @USATODAY FDA flags risks on popular drug used during pregnancy

Nora Dennis shares her experience with UNC Midwives

Putting breastfeeding on the research agenda

UNC_Health_Care Blog: The MOMS Trial: Encouraging results for babies with spina bifida.

Does Viet D help periodontal health during pregnancy? UNC Study answers that question

UNC Case Report: 28 weeks pregnant woman with obstructing urethral mass making voiding difficult.

Addicted to diet soda? We understand! UNC's Dr. Patterson talks about the heart & stroke risks #womenheart

UNC's Dr. Munoz talks about 9 post-baby body changes no one tells you about
via @BabyCenter

FERTILE POSSIBILITIES: UNC Fertility featured in article about fertility preservation
http://bit.ly/fgQJ1K http://bit.ly/f1rHd5

UNC Research RT @greenjrnl: New Article: Resident Experience on Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Rot… (cont) http://deck.ly/~0U2th

Feb is American Heart month. UNC's Dr. Miller tells us what women need to know about heart disease

How to talk to your doctor about hot flashes. UNC's Dr. Stuart give us a simple guide for this very common dilemma.

UNC_Health_Care Blog: Why the timing of C-sections is important.

Top Docs: 6 UNCOBGYN MDs chosen by peers in latest "America's Top Doctors" list

Is restrictive activity good for pregnant women? UNC's Dr. Thorp helps answer in new ACOG guidelines

UNC Fertility offers Weight Loss & Fertility Support Group. For more information

How much weight can I gain during pregnancy? UNC's Dr. Stuebe researches the answer.

UNC OB/GYN's Dr. Thorp talks about efforts in Malawi

UNC Hospitals ranked TOP NC HOSPITAL by Leapfrog for the least rate of elective deliveries at 39 wks

UNC OBGYN Conference: Optimizing Women's Health from Adolescence to Menopause. Register today!

Are you and your partner having trouble getting pregnant and consideringIVF (in vitro fertilization)?

Does elevated CRH during pregnancy increase risk of PPD (postpartum depression)? UNC Study answers that question

Study lead by UNC examines resident experience on repro endo & infertility rotations

UNC's Dr. Thorp co author RT @greenjrnl: New Article: The Relationship Between Maternal Glycemia and Perinatal Outcome

UNC's Dr. Clarke-Pearson talking about 42nd annual #SGO meeting

Breast cancer has a pink ribbon; gyn cancer has a ROCK BAND. UNC's Drs. Soper & Boggess featured

ARE WE THERE YET? UNC's Dr. Thorp talks about how important those last weeks of pregnancy are

REGISTER TODAY! 7th UNC OBGYN Horizon's conf - New Challenges in Women's Teatment

Another awesome concert by N.E.D. the Band!
http://bit.ly/f7bIv9 http://www.nedtheband.com/


Dr. Alison Stuebe participated in the NICHD Scientific Vision Workshop on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease held in Bethesda, MD, February 14-15, 2011.

On February 1, Dr. Denniz Zolnoun joined a chat session entitled "Evening with the Experts” sponsored by UNC Functional GI.

Below are from the annual meeting for the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, February 7-12 in San Francisco, CA

Postgraduate Course Presentations:

  • Dr. Kathryn MenardClinical data and human tissue repositories for Ressearch and Quality Monitoring.
  • Dr. Alision Stuebe:   Postnatal Nutrition: breastfeeding.
  • Dr. Nancy Chescheir: Panel participant  - Perspectives on establishing OB/GYN global health programs and partnerships: education, service, research.

Abstract Presentations:
Dr. Padmashree 'Champa' Woodham in Fellow Plenary Oral Presentation (one of eight selected to present)
Maternal 25(OH)D levels and sFLT-1/PlGF ratio improves predictability of severe preeclampsia in early pregnancy.

Poster Presentations:
Dr. Arthur Baker:

  • First trimester maternal vitamin D status and the risk for spontaneous preterm birth.
  • First trimester maternal vitamin D status and the risk for gestational diabetes mellitus.

Dr. Erica Berggren

  • Perinatal outcomes associated with changing diagnostic criteria for gestational diabetes: National Diabetes Data Group versus Carpenter-Coustan.
  • Racial disparities in perinatal outcomes: the Hispanic paradox persists in treated gestational diabetes.

Dr. Kacey Eichelberger

  • PAPPA and adverse outcome in euploid twin pregnancies.
  • Robotic versus laparoscopic treatment of adnexal masses during pregnancy.

Dr. William Goodnight

  • Maternal vitamin D status and twin pregnancy outcome.

Dr. Sina Haeri:

  • Do pregnant women with depression have a pro-inflammatory profile?

Dr. Nell Johnson:

  • Depression in pregnancy: is there an association with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) reactivation?

Dr. Alison Stuebe

  • Maternal genotype and postpartum weight retention.
  • Does maternal genotype modify the effect of exclusive breastfeeding on postpartum weight retention?


Carey ET, El-Nashar SA, Hopkins MR, Creedon DJ, Cliby WA, Famuyide AO.
Pathologic characteristics of hysterectomy specimens in women undergoing hysterectomy after global endometrial ablation.
J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2011 Jan-Feb;18(1):96-9.

Cooksey, CMJL, Berggren EK, Lee J.
Chlamydia trachomatis infection in minority adolescent women: a public health challenge.
Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 2011 Vol 65, No 11

Dunivan GC, Parnell BA, Connolly A, Jannelli ML, Horton BJ, Geller EJ.
Bupivacaine injection during midurethral sling and postoperative pain: a randomized controlled trial.
Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2011 Feb 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Geller EJ, Schuler KM, Boggess JF.
Robotic Surgical Training Program in Gynecology: How to Train Residents and Fellows.
J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2011 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Hanna, RK and Boggess, JF.
Book chapter: Applications of Surgical Robotics in Gynecologic Surgery.
Surgical Robotics - System Applications and Visions. Jacob Rosen, Blake Hannaford, and Richard M. Satava, editors. 2011. Springer.

Mills LS, Steiner AZ, Rodman AM, Donnnell CL, Steiner MJ.
Trainee participation in an annual research day is associated with future publications.
Teaching and Learning in Medicine 2011;23(1):62-7.

Mumford SL, Schisterman EF, Siega-Riz AM, Gaskins AJ, Steiner AZ, Daniels JL, Olshan AF, Hediger ML, Hovey K, Wactawski-Wende J, Trevisan M, Bloom MS.
Cholesterol, endocrine, and metabolic disturbances in sporadic anovulatory women with regular menstruation.
Human Reproduction 2011;26(2):423-30.

Nicholson W, Baptiste-Roberts K.
Oral hypoglycaemic agents during pregnancy: The evidence for effectiveness and safety.
Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2011 Feb;25(1):51-63. Epub 2011 Jan 19.

Parnell BA, Dunivan GC, Connolly A, Jannelli ML, Wells EC, Geller EJ.
Validation of web-based administration of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Function Questionnaire (PISQ-12).
Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2011 Mar;22(3):357-61.

Parnell BA, Dunivan GC, Geller EJ, Connolly A.
A novel approach to teaching the pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POP-Q) exam.
Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2011 Mar;22(3):367-70.

Scriver J, Baker VL, Young SL, Behr B, Pastore LM.
Inter-laboratory validation of the measurement of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) after various lengths of frozen storage.
Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2010 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2010, 8:145.

Steiner AZ, Fritz MA, Sites CK, Coutifaris C, Carr BR, Barnhart K.
Resident experience on reproductive endocrinology and infertility rotations affects perceived knowledge.
Obstet Gynecol 2011;117:324-30.

Young S

Evaluation of: [ Biol Reprod. 2010 Nov; 83(5):866-73; doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.110.084392].
Faculty of 1000, 21 Dec 2010.

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