Elizabeth Ramsey Unal, MD, is an Associate Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Dr. Unal is a graduate of SIU School of Medicine. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she served as administrative chief resident during her final year of residency. After completion of her residency, she joined the SIU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a general OB/GYN for two years. She then completed her Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship and masters in Clinical Research at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, rejoining SIU in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in September 2012.
Her clinical interests include critical care obstetrics, maternal medical disorders complicating pregnancy, as well as improving care through medical simulations and standardizing protocols to help reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Unal is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
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Education & training
Adekola H, Unal E, Thompson G, Sondgeroth K, Abrams R. “Spontaneous Septostomy in a Monochorionic-Diamniotic Twin Gestation: A Pictorial Essay.” J Clinic Ultrasound. 2020.
Newman RB, Unal ER. Chapter on Multiple Gestations for Gabbe Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 7th Ed.
Unal ER. Fetal Surveillance and Timing of Delivery for Multiples. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology 2015; 58:676-689.
Rhee KY, Goetzl, Unal R, Cierny J, Flood P. The Relationship Between Plasma Inflammatory Cytokines and Labor Pain. Anesth Analg. 2018 Sep;121(3):748-51.
Burgess JL, Unal ER, Nietert PJ, Newman RB. Risk of late-preterm stillbirth and neonatal morbidity for monochorionic and dichorionic twins. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014; 210.e1-9.
Lazenby GB, Unal ER, Andrews AL, Simpson K. Cost-effectiveness analysis of annual Trichomonas vaginalis screening and treatment in HIV-positive women to prevent HIV transmission. Sex Transm Dis. 2014 Jun;41(6):353-8.
Cierny JT, Unal ER, Flood P, Rhee KY, Praktish A, Olson TH, Goetzl L. Maternal Inflammatory Markers and Term Labor Performance. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014; 210: 447.e1-6.
Andrews AL, Lazenby GB, Unal ER, Simpson KN. The Cost of Medicaid Savings: the potential detrimental public health impact of neonatal circumcision defunding. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2012; 2012: 540295.
Newman RB, Unal ER. Chapter on Multiple Gestations for Gabbe Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 6th Ed.
Unal ER, Lynn T, Neidich J, Salazar D, Goetzl L, Baatz JE, Hulsey TC, Van Dolah R, Guillette Jr LJ, Newman R. Racial Disparity in Maternal and Fetal Cord Bisphenol A Concentrations. J Perinatology 2012, epub 8 March 2012.
Lazenby GB, Unal ER, Andrews AL, Simpson K. A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Anal Cancer Screening in HIV-Positive Women. J Low Genit Tract Dis 2012 Jan 5.
Newman R, Unal ER. Multiple Gestations: Timing of Indicated Late Preterm and Early-Term Births in Uncomplicated Dichorionic, Monochorionic and Monoamniotic Twins. Seminars Perinatol 2011; 5:277-285.
Unal ER, Lazenby GB, Lintzenich AE, Simpson K, Newman R, Goetzl L. Cost-Effectiveness of Maternal Treatment to Prevent Perinatal Hepatitis B Virus Transmission. Obstet Gynecol 2011; 118:655-662.
Unal ER, Cierny J, Roedner C, Newman R, Goetzl L. Maternal Inflammation in Spontaneous Term Labor. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011; 204: 223e1-5.
Unal, ER, Robinson, CJ, Johnson, DD, Chang, EY. Second Trimester Angiogenic Factors as Biomarkers for Future Onset Preeclampsia. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Aug; 197(2):211.e1-4.
CREOG National Faculty Teaching Award, Southern Illinois University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012-2015
APGO Teaching Award, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 2009
CREOG National Faculty Award, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 2008
J. Marion Sims Award for Surgical Excellence, Medical University of South Carolina, 2007
Oliver Williamson Award for Excellence in Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, 2007
Stork Reproductive Endocrinology Award, Medical University of South Carolina, 2007
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Research Award, Medical University of South Carolina, 2006
First Place Presenation: South Carolina Obstetrics and Gynecology Society Meeting, 2006
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident Teaching Award, Medical University of South Carolina 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Faculty Excellence Teaching Award (awarded annually to one resident throughout the entire institution, by the 3rd and 4th year medical students), Medical University of South Carolina, 2003-2004, 2006-2007
Alpha Omega Alpha, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 2002