Catherine Y. Spong, MD, is Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary OB/GYN; Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Gillette Professorship of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
The impact of stillbirths on patients and providers
Stillbirths are one of the most tragic situations for obstetrician-gynecologists to encounter, making awareness vital.
Obstetrics and gynecology through the looking glass
The past few years have seen significant changes to the health care landscape, but how can physicians in obstetrics and gynecology adapt?
Managing chronic hypertension through impactful research
More evidence is needed to help clinicians manage chronic hypertension.
Learning to live with change
Underfunded and unacknowledged
Research shows social determinants of health arena.
The rise of maternal mortality in the United States
In the editorial featured in the March 2023 issue, Contemporary OB/GYN Editor-in-Chief Catherine Spong, MD, previews the issue's cover story on maternal mortality.
Identifying gestational age
Identifying the optimal gestational age with minimal complications for mother and baby has been a topic of long-standing interest.
2022: A year in review
Last year was a big one for obstetrics and gynecology.
Leadership in the new reality
Although leadership in our post-pandemic climate is probably no more challenging than at any other time, it certainly feels that way.
A rising interest: Why obstetrics and gynecology is seeing an increase in applicants
Why obstetrics and gynecology is seeing an increase in applicants
Beating the heat
The world of the pediatric adolescent patient
This month we focus on pediatric adolescent gynecologic topics, which are critical to our practices (and our families).
Ob-gyns: canaries in the coal mine for COVID-19
Obstetrics and gynecologists (ob-gyns) are tough.
Bringing awareness to endometriosis
National awareness months and days span a variety of topics, from celebrated foods (think National Ice Cream Day, National Bagel Day, National Pizza Day) to businesses (free Slurpee at 7-Eleven) to our terrain: health issues. March alone is a national health awareness month for over 10 conditions, one of which is endometriosis.
Vaccination: Protecting our most vulnerable
For more than 70 years, vaccination has been a public health strategy for disease mitigation. Even in populations often considered “vulnerable”—children and pregnant women—vaccination is strongly recommended and commonly embraced.
Addressing the health care system strain
The impact of hospitalization from COVID-19, especially severe disease, has greatly impacted our health care system—particularly the nursing staff.
2021: A year in review
Contemporary OB/GYN® has aimed to address prevalent topics for our readers, including not only areas related to the pandemic but ones we encounter day to day.
Policies, politics, and medicine – hard to mix
As physicians, our goal is to provide appropriate, expert medical care—the highest quality—to our patients. Increasingly, external policies and legislation encroach on our ability to provide this care.
As pandemic drags on, mental health must be monitored
As we move into yet another surge of COVID-19, the likelihood of remembering what was normal, and if we will “return” to normal, dims.
Breastfeeding and alcohol: Do they mix?
Even with these recommendations, women commonly ask questions about alcohol consumption and breastfeeding such as “Should I pump and dump if I have a glass of wine?” and “Do I just wait until it has passed through my system?” This month, experts Susan Crowe, MD, and Tricia Wright, MD, MS, provide the needed insight—with as much data as are available on this topic.
Steps to optimize maternal health
As practitioners, advocating for our patients and managing common conditions to facilitate optimal pregnancy outcomes through preventative measures such as vaccination and addressing anemia have the potential for major impact.
Moving Beyond Checking the Box
Attention and accountability are the 2 “A’s” that drive change. It’s true in medicine, business, even family. If it is not monitored, it is not regarded as important nor will change be affected.
Rarely a day goes by without a post, article, or email about physician burnout.
A Missed Opportunity
A major missed opportunity. Decades of effort including the development of guidance and implementation by individuals, groups, professional organizations, even the United States Congress, to address and facilitate inclusion of pregnant and lactating people in research and trials held no sway in the studies addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019) pandemic.
Contemporary OB/GYN and JAMA: COVID Vaccination in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Individuals
Contemporary OB/GYN’s Editor in Chief, Catherine Y. Spong, MD, recently joined Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH for a Q&A session to discuss COVID vaccination in pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Meet the Board: Catherine Y. Spong, MD
Introducing Contemporary OB/GYN®'s Editor-in-Chief, Catherine Y. Spong, MD.
Here's the View from my Knothole
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, in part due to recent holiday gatherings; new more contagious strains; and exhaustion with social distancing.
Vigilance is key: Syphilis spreads amidst pandemic
With the beginning of 2021, we are eager for a resolution to the pandemic.
Contemporary OB/GYN®: A look back to 2020
What a year 2020 has been! We hope to look back on it and recognize it as an outlier or anomaly—hoping life will at some point return to normal.
Mental health support is critical during pandemic
The very measures used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts: economic stress, social isolation, decreased access to community, barriers to mental health treatment, and illness.
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