A summer optimizing obstetrics health care

Second-year student Antoilyn Nguyen spent their summer as a researcher analyzing labor and delivery charts as part of a long-term cohort study to standardize labor induction for better and more equitable results.

Tina Rodia

A mental health specialist is helping underserved moms find their way

Lissette “Mitzy” Liriano, Chester County Hospital’s maternal mental health specialist, leads a support group called Moms Supporting Moms, in addition to dividing her time between the hospital and the mental health clinic, where she monitors a largely Hispanic population for mental health needs.

From Penn Medicine News

Key to detecting ovarian cancer early may be in the fallopian tubes

A lack of early detection or prevention strategies for ovarian cancer is a major cause of poor outcomes for patients, and most do not have a family history or inherited genetic risk, so there is a pressing need for the development of earlier detection methods.

Caren Begun

In the News

U.S. News & World Report

For pregnant women and their newborns, COVID vaccine offers better protection than prior infection

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that COVID vaccinations provide more robust protection for pregnant mothers than COVID infection, with a quote from CHOP’s Dustin Flannery.


MedPage Today

Revoke approval of preterm birth drug, FDA advisors say

Susan Ellenberg of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the FDA rejection of preterm birth drug 17-OHPC represents a return to square one.


The Atlantic

Don’t pay for cord-blood banking

Steve Joffe of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the rarity of cord blood use doesn’t lend itself to a successful business model for private cord blood banks.


The New York Times

What to know before getting an IUD

Sarita Sonalkar of the Perelman School of Medicine says that IUDs are safe and effective.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine’s first living-donor uterus transplant leads to new life and new friendship

Penn Medicine personnel performed a successful live-donor uterus transplant. “How you define success is not if the organ is surviving transplant, like other transplants,” said Nawar Latif. “The outcome we need is to have a healthy baby at the end.”



Uterus transplant enables woman to have a baby after doctors said she couldn’t

Kathleen O’Neill of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a Penn Medicine uterus transplant trial. “These women have ovaries, they have eggs, they just don’t have the uterus to gestate the pregnancy,” said O’Neill. “So once we are able to give them that uterus, the vast majority get pregnant and have babies.”