Scholars

Current Scholars

Nathan Blue, MD

Project Title: Confined placental mosaicism (CPM) and placental epigenetic modifications in Fetal Growth Restriction (FGR).

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology – Maternal-Fetal Medicine

School of Medicine

WRHR Appointment: July 1, 2018 - Present

Mentor Team:

  • Robert Silver, MD  |  Obstretrics & Gynecology
  • Michael Varner, MD  |  Obstretrics & Gynecology
  • Lisa Joss-Moore, PhD  |  Pediatrics
  • Ronald Wapner, MD  |  Obstretrics & Gynecology  | Reproductive Genetics

Marcela Smid, MD, MS, MA

Project Title: Maternal and neonatal effects of maternal initiation and maintenance of opioid medication treatment.

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology – Maternal-Fetal Medicine

School of Medicine

WRHR Appointment: July 1, 2018 - Present

Mentor Team:

  • Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, CMRO  |  Addiction Medicine
  • Michael Varner, MD  |  Obstretrics & Gynecology
  • Karen Buchi, MD, FAAP  |  Pediatrics

Past Scholars

Lori Gawron, MD, MPH

Project Title: Development of Novel Biomedical Informatics Interventions to Address Contraceptive Utilization in High-Risk, Chronic Disease Populations.

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology – Family Planning

School of Medicine

WRHR Appointment: November 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

Mentor Team:

  • David Turok, MD, MPH  |  Obstretrics & Gynecology
  • Adi Gundlapalli, MD, PhD  |  Internal Medicine
  • Kathy Sward, PhD, RN  |  College of Nursing

Publications and Presentations associated with WRHR award:

Gawron LM, Suo Y, Carter M, Redd A, Turok DK, Gundlapalli AV. (2016) Uptake of long acting reversible contraception among homeless versus housed women Veterans. Accepted presented. The North American Forum on Family Planning. Denver, CO. [Abstract]. Contraception, 94(4), 411.

Gawron LM, Sanders JN, Sward K, Turok DK. (2016) Uptake of long acting reversible contraception in women with chronic medical diseases in a tertiary referral center. Accepted presented. The North American Forum on Family Planning. Denver, CO. [Abstract]. Contraception, 94(4), 404-5.

Gawron LM, Sanders JN, Bullock H, Turok DK, Sward K. Leveraging the electronic medical record to assess pregnancy risk assessment. Abstract presented. University of Hawaii 2016 Family Planning Conference, Honolulu, HI. Dec 2016.

Karen Gibbins, MD

Project Title: Defining the Inflammatory Profile in Placental Insufficiency and Stillbirth

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology | Maternal Fetal Medicine

School of Medicine

WRHR Appointment:  November 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018

Mentor Team:

  • Robert Silver, MD  |  Chair, Obstretrics & Gynecology
  • Michael Varner, MD  |  Obstetrics and Gynecology  |  Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Yoel Sadovsky, MD  |  Obstetrics and Gynecology  |  Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Publications associated with WRHR award:

Gibbins KJ, Mumford SL, Sjaarda LA, Branch DW, Perkins NJ, Ye A, Schisterman EF, Silver RM. Preconception antiphospholipid antibodies and risk of subsequent early pregnancy loss. Lupus. 2018 Jan 1:961203318776089. Doi: 10.1177/0961203318776089. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 29771194.

Gibbins KJ, Gibson-Corley KN, Brown AS, Wieben M, Law RC, Fung CM. Effects of excess thromboxane A2 on placental development and nutrient transportors in a Mus musculus model of fetal growth restriction. Biol Reprod 2018;98:695-704. PMID: 29351577.

Heuser CC, Gibbins KJ, Herrera CA, Theilen LH, Holmgren CM. Moms in medicine: Job satisfaction among physician-mothers in obstetrics and gynecology. Work 2018 May 28. Doi: 10.3233/WOR-182734. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29865100.

Gibbins KJ, Einerson BD, Varner MW, Silver RM. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2018;31:494-499. PMID: 28140723.

Becker NV, Gibbins KJ, Perrone J, Maughan BC. Geographic variation in postpartum prescription opioid use: Opportunities to improve maternal safety. Drug Alcohol Dependence 2018;188:288-294. PMID: 29807216.

Gibbins KJ, Reddy UM, Saade GR, Goldenberg RL, Dudley DJ, Parker CB, Thorsten V, Pinar H, Bukowski R, Hogue CJ, Silver RM. Smith-Lemli-Opitz mutations in unexplained stillbirths. Am J Perinatol 2018 Feb 12. Doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1626705. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29433144.

Heuser CC, Gibbins KJ, Smid MC, Branch DW. Reproductive rights advocacy: not just for the family-planning community. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2017;217:322.e1-433.e4. PMID: 28610899.

Page JM, Christiansen-Lindquist L, Thorsten V, Parker CB, Reddy UM, Dudley DJ, Saade GR, Coustan D, Rowland Hogue CJ, Conway D, Bukowski R, Pinar H, Heuser CC, Gibbins KJ, Goldenberg RL, Silver RM. Diagnostic tests for evaluation of stillbirth: Results from the Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network. Obstet Gynecol 2017;129:699-706. PMID: 28333795.

CONTACT US

Michael Varner
Program Director

Robert Silver
Principal Investigator

For questions about the WRHR program, please contact

Leanne Johnston
Administrative Coordinator
Email: Leanne.Johnston@hsc.utah.edu