September 30, 2015

SIU Med School, Wash U Partner to Explore Rural Cancer Health Disparities

A new National Institutes of Health grant will support a research partnership at the medical schools of Southern Illinois University and Washington University in St. Louis to further investigate the cancer health disparities in the rural central, southern and Delta regions on Illinois.

“With this grant, we can greatly enhance seed funding, education and the training of our researchers and increase the scope of rural cancer research. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health of patients in southern and central Illinois,” said Laurent Brard, MD, PhD, associate professor and chief of the gynecological oncology division.

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September 10, 2015

The Illinois Department of Public Health performed site visits for both St. John's Hospital (Level III hospital) and South Central Illinois Perinatal Center (for our Administrative Perinatal Center status).

Both St. John's Hospital and the Administrative Perinatal Center received a full 3-year reaccreditation. IDPH was very complementary of our program and the outstanding service we provide to the women and their newborns in our network. In all, we received 12 IDPH commendations!

The Perinatal Center is proud of the work all of our staff do to help take care of our high-risk population.

September, 2015

B. Rock Oh Passes Away
It is with deep sadness and sorrow that the Department of Ob/Gyn at SIU-SOM announces the passing on September 7 of B. Rock Oh, MD, FACOG, and Emeritus Clinical Professor of Ob/Gyn, who served in the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2000 until his retirement in 2013.

Dr. Oh earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea (1963), and completed his Ob/Gyn residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT (1971) and a one-year fellowship in Endocrinology at Harlem Hospital in New York City (1972). He became board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Ob/Gyn (ACOG) in 1974.

He came to Springfield, IL after completing his training and started Private Practice with the Physicians Group Clinic from 1972 until 1987, after which he went to solo private practice from 1987-2000 when he joined Southern Illinois University (SIU) as a full time faculty. However, his association with SIU started in 1972 as a Clinical Associate. He maintained Clinical Privileges since 1972 at both Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital.

Dr. Oh was a role model and a master educator; he received many awards for teaching by Medical Students and Residents at SIU including the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education (CREOG) in 2004, the Excellence in Teaching Award in Undergraduate Medical Education (APGO) in 2006, culminating with the highest honor SIU Medical School bestows its teaching faculty, the Golden Apple Award in 2008. After retirement, his commitment to medical education was so strong, that he remained in our teaching staff and maintained an active schedule with our medical students until his passing.

Dr. Oh is survived by his wife Kyung Oh and two children, Andrew and Jimmy. His wake and funeral will be held this Saturday September 12, 2015 at the Cherry Hills Baptist Church, 2125 Woodside Rd. Springfield, IL 62711 (9-11am wake, 11am funeral).

August, 2015

You're invited!

SIU Fertility & IVF Center's 5th Annual Birthday Party. Click here or on the image to the left for more information.

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May, 2015

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will present the John V. Standard Endowed Distinguished Lectureship. The inaugural presentation will be held at 8:30 a.m., Friday, May 22 at Bunn Auditorium, St. John’s Hospital, 415 N. Ninth St. For more information, click here.

Congratulations go out to two of our sonographers, Amanda Durbin and Christine Fasick! They have successfully passed the fetal echocardiography examination. They are now certified in fetal echocardiography, along with the rest of our sonography team: Becky Clinton, Jill Cox, Nicki Nattier, Jacki Patterson and Jessica Orum. The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the only academic center in Illinois with American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Fetal Echocardiography Certification. We are so proud to have such an expert team of sonographers!

April, 2015

The SIU School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is thrilled to announce the results of the 2015 residency match and welcome our soon-to-be PGY1s! The new class of residents begins their training with us on June 26, 2015. Our new residents are:

March, 2015

The SIU School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology opened a second outpatient clinic on March 17, 2015 at 1100 Lincolnshire Blvd on the south side of Springfield, near the intersection of I-55 and I-72. Patients will be able to make an appointment at either the Carol Jo Vecchie or Lincolnshire location by calling one number, 217-545-8000. The hours of the clinic are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All eight SIU Obstetrics and Gynecology Generalists will have some presence at the new location. The new SIU clinic features eight exam rooms, a procedure room, a full service lab, ultrasound and fetal monitoring. Patients will be able to schedule their mammograms and bone density screens through St. John’s Hospital, to be done in this building.

The eight General SIU OB-GYNs that will be seeing patients in this location are Drs. Kristina Ericsson, Arturo Garza, Kathryn Hild-Mosley, Chad Huston, Erica Nelson, Gilberto Rodrigo, Casey Younkin and Yahia Zeino.

November, 2014

The SIU School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has initiated a new study that may decrease the risk of fetal death in high-risk pregnancies by using a portable non-invasive smart device. Dr. Robert Abrams, division chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine is presently collaborating with Dr. Nazeih Botros, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in developing a system that monitors, records, and analyzes fetal movement in real-time.

The device being tested by Drs. Abrams and Botros is named AmmSensor™ and is placed around the mother’s abdomen. The patient may take the device home and data will be transmitted wirelessly to the physician. Should a problem arise she will be advised to see her physician for further testing. The benefits of this system are to decrease the number of visits a high-risk patient has and provides objective data for the doctor to see in a timely manner. Also, because the system utilizes motion-based sensors, there is no risk to the fetus.

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