Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Women & Newborn Center


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Clinical Research

Latest Advancements in Clinical Research Benefits Patients at the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Women & Newborn Center

Clinical Research - Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Women & Newborn Center

Board-certified doctors at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital’s Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Women & Newborn Center are involved in leading-edge research, covering many areas of women’s health, including:

  • General obstetrics
  • Gynecology
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Infertility
  • Maternal fetal medicine
  • Reproductive endocrinology

Innovation in Prenatal Science

Through Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, our scientific research and clinical trials are developing innovative ways of uncovering specific medical problems without disturbing the fetus.

UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital is a member of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network. This network is comprised of 14 specialized centers selected by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Together, these esteemed centers conduct ongoing clinical research and scientific trials that yield new treatment methods for women with high-risk pregnancies.

Extensive and Innovative Scientific Research

Our scientific research is extensive and allows for outstanding and compassionate patient care in a highly supervised setting. In addition, highly skilled physicians at the Ruhlman Women & Newborn Center encourage patients to get involved in these clinical studies, if possible.

Clincial Research

Some of our recent peer-reviewed studies include the following:

Do placental histologic findings of chorion-decidual hemorrhage or inflammation in spontaneous preterm birth influence outcomes in the subsequent pregnancy? Hackney DN, Tirumala R, Salamone LJ; Miller RK, Katzman PJ. Placenta. 2014; 35: 58-63.

Does increased peripheral C-reactive protein predate the occurrence of a short cervical length? Olson-Chen C, Thornburg LL, Hackney DN. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print]

What do we know about the natural outcomes of preterm labour? A systematic review and meta-analysis of women without tocolysis in preterm labor. Hackney DN, Olson-Chen C, Thornburg LL. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 2013; 27: 452-60

Germline mosaicism in Cornelia de Lange syndrome. American Journal Of Medical Genetics Part A, 158A:1481–1485. Slavin T.P., Lazebnik N., Clark D.M., Vengoechea B.J., Cohen L., Kaur M, Konczal L, Crowe C.A., Corteville J.E., Nowaczyk M.J., Byrne J.L., Jackson L.G., Krantz I.D. (2012).

Monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancy: Timing and duration of sonographic surveillance for detection of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, 30 (3), 297-301. Carver, A., Haeri, S., Moldenhauer, J., Wolfe, H. M. & Goodnight, W. (2011).

Placenta previa in the second trimester: Sonographic and clinical factors associated with its resolution. American Journal of Perinatology, 28 (9), 735-739. Eichelberger, K. Y., Haeri, S., Kessler, D. C., Swartz, A., Herring, A., & Wolfe, H. M. (2011).

What's an obstetrician-gynecologist to do? Obstetrics and Gynecology, 117 (6), 1266-1267. Wolfe, H. M. (2011).

McKusick-Kaufman syndrome: The difficulty of establishing a prenatal diagnosis of an uncommon disorder. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, 38:151-155. Slavin T.P., McCandless S.E., Lazebnik N. (2010).

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Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Women & Newborn Center

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UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Women’s Outpatient Health Center, Suite 1200
2101 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

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