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Our goal is to improve the medical care we provide to women with the knowledge gained from our research efforts. The department is committed to developing and maintaining a strong foundation of basic science, clinical, and translational research. 

Current Projects:

  • Effect of Laparoscopic Bilateral Salpingectomy in Premenopausal Women Undergoing Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy on Ovarian Reserve
    • Ossama Elsaccar, Gary Wu
  • Risk Factors for Post-Partum Hemorrhage after Low Transverse Cesarean Section in Post-Delivery West Virginian Women 
    • Robert Shapiro, Manuel Vallejo, Kourtnie McQuillen
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Gynecologic Surgery - Are we following the guidelines, and can it be modified?
    • Mahreen Hashmi, Caitlin Kowcheck
  • Inhaled Nitrous Oxide and Labor Analgesia 
    • Robert Shapiro, Manuel Vallejo, Kristin Hornsby
  • Loneliness, Depression, Social Support, and Quality of Life Among Pregnant Appalachian Women
    • Kelly Lemon
  • The Effect of Pregnancy on Heart Rate Variability in Physically Active Women
    • Shon Rowan
  • The Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism Among Patients Receiving Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy For Advanced Ovarian Cancer
    • Valerie Galvan Turner, Kourtnie McQuillen
  • Efficacy of Hospital Spiritual Care to Complement Graduate Medical Trainee Wellbeing
    • Robert Shapiro, Manuel Vallejo, Loren Custer
  • Correlation between self-reported use of narcotics, toxicology analysis and opioid state databases
    • Omar Duenas, Laura Tabor
  • Hysteropexy vs. Conventional Transvaginal Prolapse Repairs in Patients with Stage 2 Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Higher
    • Omar Duenas, Robert Shapiro
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise (PFME) Practice Pattern Survey      
    • Robert Shapiro, Omar Duenas, Kristen Phillips, Lekha Hota
  • Effect of Type of Insurance Coverage on Obstetric Outcomes
    • Robert Shapiro, Kirstie Cutlip
  • Retrospective Chart Review of Patients With Gestational Diabetes - Which Received Appropriate Post-Partum Follow-ups?
    • Melanie Clemmer, Caitlin Kowcheck, Melissa Carr, Michaela Lamonde
  • Patient Perspective on the HPV Vaccine and Its Recently Expanded Age Coverage
    • Mahreen Hashmi, Megan Stemple
  • HPV Vaccine Survey
    • Mahreen Hashmi, Madison Caja
  • ACE Project (formerly Drug Free Moms and Babies)
    • Kelly Lemon, Rawan El-Amin
  • Resident Surgical Experience Treating Stress Urinary Incontinence at an Academic Medical Center
    • Robert Shapiro, Edith Henderson

WV Healthy Start/HAPI Project

WV Healthy Start/HAPI (Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants) Project is a Healthy Start program federally funded through Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is one of the 96 healthy start programs in the nation. The department recently received a second four year cycle of funding. The goal of the project is to improve pregnancy/birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality by serving low income prenatal and post-partum/interconceptional women. Penny Womeldorff is the project director and several faculty members are part of this comprehensive project.

Resident Research Day / Annual Palladino Lecture

Every year we have Annual Resident Research Day in March/April, where our residents present the findings of their research projects. The presentations are evaluated by a panel of judges. We also invite an eminent physician scientist who acts as Guest Lecturer for the event and gives the Annual Palladino lecture. The names of the Guest Lecturer for the last ten years include:

  • 2009. Gerald Schatten, PhD
  • 2010. Charles Lockwood, MD
  • 2011. Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD
  • 2012. Jerome F. Strauss, III, MD, PhD
  • 2013. Errol Norwitz, MD, PhD
  • 2014. E. Keith Inskeep, PhD
  • 2015. Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, CPE, FACOG
  • 2016. Loretta P. Finnegan, MD, LLD
  • 2017. Haywood Brown, MD
  • 2018. Daniel Clarke-Pearson, MD
  • 2019. Philip Samuels, MD

See Current Program Year Brochure

For more information regarding current research projects or assistance with a research project, please contact our Research and Grants Analyst:

A photo of Todd Walters.
Todd Walters
West Virginia University
Research and Grants Analyst, Obstetrics & Gynecology