QA Womens HealthJuly is Cord Blood Awareness Month, and we asked Brian M. Casey, M.D., professor and division director for the UAB Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, some questions about umbilical cord blood, cord blood banking, how the UAB Department of OB/GYN is making a difference, and more.

Dunivan GenaGena Dunivan, M.D., FACOG, FACS, recently joined the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) as vice chair of Mentorship and Faculty Development and division director of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.

The role of vice chair of Mentorship and Faculty Development is new to the Department of OB/GYN and will be key to both the professional development and leadership development of our faculty.

QA Womens HealthFor Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month during June, we asked Gena Dunivan, M.D., FACOG, FACS, professor and division director for the UAB Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, some important questions about pelvic organ prolapse, the importance of awareness, what makes UAB’s Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery special in this area, and more.

QA Womens HealthFor National Women's Health Week in May, we asked Todd Jenkins, M.D., MSHA, FACOG, professor and division director for the UAB Division of Women's Reproductive Healthcare, some important questions about women's health care, common misconceptions, what makes UAB OB/GYN special, and more.

Dunivan GenaThe UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) is excited to welcome Gena Dunivan, M.D., as division director of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. Dunivan will also serve as vice chair of Mentorship and Faculty Development for the department.

Infertility is more common than people think and continues to be a growing problem among women. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 19% of women with no prior births between the ages of 15 and 49 struggle with infertility.

RS42765 Warner Huh 20210127 002 3942 scr 1Regardless of the increasing number of those struggling with fertility problems, many insurance companies do not provide coverage for fertility treatments. However, as of Jan. 2022, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), began including coverage of infertility care for employees and dependents in all of its medical plans.

The UAB Department of OB/GYN celebrates women every day. We focus on providing the best care to our women patients through research and education, while training our residents and fellows to do the same. Our goal is to continue to advance women’s health, and our female physicians play a key role in that.

During Women’s History Month, not only do we celebrate the women who came before us and helped shape the importance of women’s health, but we also celebrate the women who continue to make an impact.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Roy M. Pitkin Award.

Established in 1998, the Roy M. Pitkin Award recognizes academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology that promote and demonstrate excellence in research.

Cervical cancer is a common cancer that occurs when abnormal cells begin to grow in the cervix. Several factors can put women at risk, but the main cause of cervical cancer is a persistent infection by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). While about 90% of women clear the cervical HPV infection on their own, there is a small percentage of women in which the virus will persist and lead to pre-cancer and cancer.

isabel scarinciIsabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH, has been named vice chair for Global and Rural Health for the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN). Scarinci is a professor in the Department of OB/GYN, senior advisor and scientist at the UAB O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, and holds positions in over 11 UAB centers including the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), Center for Women’s Reproductive Health (CWRH), Center for AIDS Research, Minority Health and Research Center (MHRC), and the Sparkman Center for Global Health.

As vice chair, Scarinci will work to increase global visibility of the department and its bi-directional approach to global and rural health – making it a desired destination for residents and fellows to gain unmatched training, clinical experience, and research opportunities.

J Michael StraughnJ. Michael Straughn, Jr. M.D., has been appointed vice chair of Quality and Patient Safety for the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Straughn is a professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and a senior scientist in UAB’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Women’s Reproductive Health. He is also the fellowship director for the Gynecologic Oncology program and the Associate Chief Medical and Quality Officer for UAB’s Women and Infants Services.

In an effort to improve the quality and safety of patient care delivered at UAB, the Department of OB/GYN established a Section of Quality and Patient Safety. This section will be an important facilitator of efforts needed to achieve and maintain departmental and health system goals.