Robert Abrams, MD, is the director of obstetrics for the South Central Illinois Perinatal Center. He is also executive director and associate professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at SIU School of Medicine. He has been director of obstetrical ultrasound for SIU since his arrival in 2007. Because of his interest in academics, he is an active member on the admissions committee for SIU School of Medicine and has received the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award.
Abrams earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and obtained his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center and served as administrative chief resident in his final year of residency. Following this, Abrams was in private practice in general OB-GYN for two years. He then pursued a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center. Abrams has been at SIU Maternal-Fetal Medicine since 2007.
Abrams is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is double board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. He has published numerous articles in the field of high-risk obstetrics, and has been a speaker both nationally and internationally on obstetrical ultrasound. Abrams earned his certified physician executive degree in 2019.
Education & training
Abrams R and MMRC members. Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report. October 2018.
Ghareeb A, Pratt K, Aguirre F, Raw A, Diaz P, Groesch K, Wilson T, Delfino K, Nelson, E, Abrams, R. “Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI) vs. Maximum Vertical Pocket (MVP) for the Assessment of Oligohydramnios.” Central Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. 2018.
Ghawi H, Radel L, Stark C, Cuppini C, Durbin A, Abrams R. “Prevalence of Intracardiac Echogenic Foci in Fetuses Exposed to THC.” Fetal Cardiac Symposium. July 2018.
Team STEPPS Leader, 2017
Editor of Special Preeclampsia Issue - Current Womens' Health Review, 2015
Directed the OB Ultrasound Unit to Accredidation in Obstetrical Ultrasound, Gynecological Ultrasound, and Fetal Echocardiography by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Most Professional SIU faculty member award, 2010, 2011, 2012
APGO Teaching Award, 2010
CREOG Outstanding Teaching Award, 2010
Illinois Patients' Choice Five-Year Honoree
Administrative Chief Resident, 2001-2002
Excellence in Medical Student Education Award, 1999-00, 2001-2002
Excellence in Research Award - Senior Research, 2002
Clinical anatomy instructor of medical students, 1999-2002