Active Research

Research Spotlight

Cresta Jones, MD
Cresta Jones, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Dr. Jones is taking part in a multi-site research initiative comparing opioid prescribing practices at discharge after vaginal or cesarean delivery. She hopes this work will shed light on regional differences in prescribing patterns, allowing best practices regarding opioid prescribing to be implemented.
Dr. Hoffman
Samantha Hoffman, MD
Assistant Professor, OB/GYN
Dr. Hoffman is currently leading a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of Vitamin D supplementation in the prevention of gestational diabetes. The results of this work could guide physicians to better care for patients who are at high risk for developing this pregnancy complication.
Katherine Jacobs, DO
Assistant Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Dr. Jacobs has joined a research study led by the University of Colorado that is investigating if SSA/SSB positive mothers can detect abnormal heart rates and rhythms in their babies before they are born. The hope is that if caught early, a complete AV heart block may be halted.


Every faculty member in our Department is actively engaged in a research project aimed at improving women’s health. Our research efforts cover a wide variety of topics ranging from basic science research in the laboratory to treating patients directly in the clinical setting. 


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