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John E Jelovsek, MD

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Associate Professor 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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Gustilo-Ashby, A. M., J. E. Jelovsek, M. Barber, E. Yoo, M. Paraiso, and M. Walters. “The incidence of ureteral obstruction and the value of intraoperative cystoscopy during vaginal surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP).” In Neurourology and Urodynamics, 24:435–435. WILEY-LISS, 2005.


Jelovsek, John E., Charles Winans, Jennifer Brainard, and Tommaso Falcone. “Endometriosis of the liver containing mullerian adenosarcoma: case report..” Am J Obstet Gynecol 191, no. 5 (November 2004): 1725–27.

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Markland, Alayne D., J Eric Jelovsek, David D. Rahn, Lu Wang, Leah Merrin, Ashok Tuteja, Holly E. Richter, Susan Meikle, and Susan Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. “Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Quality of Life in Women With Fecal Incontinence..” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 23, no. 3 (n.d.): 179–83.

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Unger, Cecile A., Matthew D. Barber, Mark D. Walters, Marie Fidela R. Paraiso, Beri Ridgeway, and J Eric Jelovsek. “Long-Term Effectiveness of Uterosacral Colpopexy and Minimally Invasive Sacral Colpopexy for Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse..” Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 23, no. 3 (n.d.): 188–94.

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