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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Archives

Fibroids and preterm birth

Sep. 30, 2021—In a large, prospective study, Vanderbilt researchers found no association between fibroids and any clinical subtype of preterm birth, supporting a reconsideration of the impression that fibroids increase preterm birth risk.

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Grant creates center for maternal, pediatric precision therapeutics

Sep. 17, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to serve as a center of excellence for Maternal and Pediatric Precision in Therapeutics.

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Alarming number of pregnant COVID-19 patients hospitalized in August

Sep. 1, 2021—Vanderbilt University Hospital treated 39 pregnant patients hospitalized with active COVID-19 infections in August, 10 of whom were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

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Alvarez named executive medical director for Performance Excellence

Aug. 30, 2021—Ronald Alvarez, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named executive medical director for Performance Excellence for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention (QSRP), serving as a physician leader for quality and safety measures.

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Fairbrother, Yunker to direct divisions in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Aug. 19, 2021—The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has named two new division directors — Erin Fairbrother, MD, will serve as director of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Amanda Yunker, DO, MSCR, will serve as director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

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VUMC sees increase of COVID-19 in pregnant patients

Aug. 2, 2021—Physicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have recently noticed an increase in pregnant patients ill with COVID-19. These cases are especially concerning due an increased risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, need for mechanical ventilation and ventilatory support, and increased risk of death in pregnant patients with COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant patients.

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Genetic ancestry and hypertension risk

Apr. 29, 2021—Racial disparities in hypertension risk are due in part to genetic differences between ancestries, Vanderbilt investigators find in a study of participants in the Million Veteran Program.

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Program using telehealth to treat Opioid Use Disorder

Feb. 11, 2021—The Vanderbilt Maternal Addiction Recovery Program (VMARP) is offering virtual appointments to help reach patients in Nashville’s outlying areas for treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

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Fibroids and birth outcomes

Sep. 8, 2020—Women with three or more uterine fibroids — non-cancerous growths — during pregnancy are more likely to have infants with reduced birthweight and may need additional surveillance.

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Vanderbilt women’s health clinic to debut in Lebanon

Sep. 2, 2020—Access to women’s health and midwifery services is now more convenient than ever for Lebanon and Wilson County residents with the opening of the new Center for Women’s Health Lebanon outpatient clinic, set to open Sept. 9.

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Baby+Co lands Best Practice designation from ACNM

Aug. 27, 2020—In recognition of its commitment to safe and quality patient care, Baby+Co, a Vanderbilt Health facility, has received a “Triple Aim” Best Practice designation from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

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Hartmann named first Vice President for Research Integration

Jul. 30, 2020—Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, has been named Vice President for Research Integration for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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