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John E Jelovsek, MD

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Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: Box 3616 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 681-3864

Dr. Jelovsek is the Vice Chair of Education and the Director of Data Science for Women’s Health in Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN) at Duke University. He is Board Certified in OBGYN by the American Board of OBGYN and Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of OBGYN and American Board of Urology. He currently practices Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). He has expertise in the development and validation of “individualized” patient-centered prediction tools to improve patient and clinician decision-making around development and possible prevention of pelvic floor disorders after childbirth, predicting the risk of de novo stress urinary incontinence after surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, wound infection after Cesarean delivery, transfusion during gynecologic surgery and efficacy and risk of undergoing pelvic organ prolapse surgery. These tools, although established in other fields, are innovative in the field of FPMRS and part of efforts to “individualize” medicine to patients with pelvic floor disorders by providing estimates of their risk for the conditions. He spends a significant proportion of time devoted to one on one mentoring of learners who are interested in learning how to build, code and test prediction models. He has significant clinical research experience as an investigator in the NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network and most recently as part of the NIDDK Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN). 

Education and Training

  • M.D., East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine, 1999
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Jelovsek, JE, and Barber, MD. "Women seeking treatment for advanced pelvic organ prolapse have decreased body image and quality of life." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 194, no. 5 (May 2006): 1455-1461.

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Jelovsek, JE, Walters, MD, and Barber, MD. "Psychosocial Impact of Chronic Vulvovaginal Disorders." April 2006.

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Jelovsek, JE, Sokol, AI, Barber, MD, Paraiso, MFR, and Walters, MD. "Anatomic relationships of infracoccygeal sacropexy (posterior intravaginal slingplasty) trocar insertion." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 193, no. 6 (December 2005): 2099-2104.

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Jelovsek, JE, Barber, MD, Paraiso, MFR, and Walters, MD. "Functional bowel and anorectal disorders in patients with pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 193, no. 6 (December 2005): 2105-2111.

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Sokol, AI, Jelovsek, JE, Walters, MD, Paraiso, MFR, and Barber, MD. "Incidence and predictors of prolonged urinary retention after TVT with and without concurrent prolapse surgery." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 192, no. 5 (May 2005): 1537-1543.

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Gustilo-Ashby, AM, Jelovsek, JE, Barber, M, Yoo, E, Paraiso, M, and Walters, M. "The incidence of ureteral obstruction and the value of intraoperative cystoscopy during vaginal surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP)." 2005.


Jelovsek, JE, Winans, C, Brainard, J, and Falcone, T. "Endometriosis of the liver containing mullerian adenosarcoma: case report." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 191, no. 5 (November 2004): 1725-1727.

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