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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Our mission at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to provide excellence in the areas of academia, research and patient care for the health care of women at all stages of their lives.

The KU Women's Health Specialty Centers, Center for Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine, proudly welcomes Dr. Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins, MD

Dr. Huggins is a native of Kansas City and attended the University of Kansas for both her undergraduate and medical school education. She is a board certified Obstetrician  and Gynecologist. She has been national recognized for her patient-centric care, and remains strongly motivated by her desire to maximally restore the quality of life to her patients.

She was a Felix Rutledge Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas in 2001. Following residency, her training continued under the direction of Donald Ostergard, MD, a pioneer in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. At the Ostergard Female Urology and Gynecology Partnership in Southern California she completed her three year Urogynecology Fellowship in 2005.

She has enjoyed aspects of both private and academic practice since completing her training 10 years ago. She has held academic appointments at the University of California, The University of Illinois and the University of Kansas, where she has been involved in fellowship, resident and medical student education and has received numerous teaching awards from Stanford Medical Center, as well as the University of Illinois.

She treats a broad range of pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, voiding and pelvic floor dysfunction, painful bladder syndromes, chronic cystitis, and bowel incontinence. Her training had an emphasis on traditional suture repairs without mesh. She offers these non-mesh options as part of her minimally invasive techniques for prolapse repair. She has incorporated mesh removal into her practice for patients suffering from chronic pain related to these repairs. Since 2011 she has incorporated Botox bladder injections into her office practice for refractory incontinence.

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Carl P. Weiner, M.D., M.B.A., K.E. Krantz Professor and Chair
Wins Prestigious Award from The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Carl P. Weiner for his presentation "5-year experience with PROMPT reveals sustained and progressive improvements in obstetric outcomes at a US hospital."

Dr. Weiner continues to lead the way in education, research and improved outcomes for mother and baby. We are proud to have him lead our team of dedicated professionals.

PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training), is a multi-professional training package aimed at reducing preventable harm to mothers and their babies. This training consists of interactive drills and workshops that provide "hands-on" experience for practical skills and decision making in simulated obstetric emergencies.

Chinese DelegatesDelegates from China Visit KU

A consortium of obstetrics and gynecology physicians representing Peking University and Hebei Medical University in China visited the University of Kansas Medical Center in late April. The delegation, hosted by the Clinical and Research Divisions of the KU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, visited the KU Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training Program (PROMPT) training site and hope to establish future research and clinical program collaboration between University of Kansas Medical Center and their home institutions.

In addition, Dr. Lihui Wei, the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor at Peking University People's Hospital, is working with Dr. Carl Weiner to establish the PROMPT program in China.

Patience in the Delivery Room - New Recommended Guidelines Aim to Avoid Cesareans

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Amid growing concerns that cesareans are overused, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) jointly published recommendations targeted at preventing women from having cesareans with their first birth and at decreasing the national cesarean rate.

According to the recommendations, Aaron B. Caughey, MD, a member of the College's Committee on Obstetrics Practice who helped develop the new recommendations said, "Most women who have had a cesarean with their first baby end up having repeat cesarean deliveries for subsequent babies, and this is what we're trying to avoid."

ACOG's analysis found that one of the main reasons for a first-time C-section is due to labor that's progressing too slowly. The recommendations state that because labor progresses slower than originally thought, allowing most women with low-risk pregnancies to spend time in the first stage of labor may avoid unnecessary cesareans. 

According to Vincenzo Berghella, MD, SMFM President, cesarean deliveries can be lifesaving for both mother and/or baby, but for most pregnancies that are low-risk, cesarean deliveries may pose a greater risk than vaginal delivery, especially risks related to future pregnancies.

Having incorporated most of the guidelines years ago, KU is leading the way by having reduced their cesarean rate from 31.8% to 21.6% in just 6 years.

To read the news release published by The American College of Obstetricians and  Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, please click here.

Changes to Cervical Cancer Screening On The Horizon

The Washington Post recently published an article on the Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve a DNA test as the first-choice option over the traditional Pap test, when screening for cervical cancer.

This decision has some women's groups concerned; however, others such as Dr. Kevin Ault, Professor and Division Head of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center view the change as positive. Dr. Kevin Ault, one of the developers of the HPV vaccine is quoted in The Washington Post as supporting the decision. He trusts that using the HPV test as the first-choice option will detect anyone who has a precancerous change or cervical cancer.

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Last modified: May 27, 2015
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