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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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Rogers, R. G., T. L. Nolen, A. C. Weidner, H. E. Richter, J. E. Jelovsek, J. P. Shepherd, H. S. Harvie, et al. “Surgical outcomes after apical repair for vault compared with uterovaginal prolapse.” Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 73, no. 6 (June 1, 2018): 347–48.

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Jelovsek, J Eric, Matthew D. Barber, Linda Brubaker, Peggy Norton, Marie Gantz, Holly E. Richter, Alison Weidner, et al. “Effect of Uterosacral Ligament Suspension vs Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation With or Without Perioperative Behavioral Therapy for Pelvic Organ Vaginal Prolapse on Surgical Outcomes and Prolapse Symptoms at 5 Years in the OPTIMAL Randomized Clinical Trial..” Jama 319, no. 15 (April 17, 2018): 1554–65.

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Rogers, Rebecca G., Tracy L. Nolen, Alison C. Weidner, Holly E. Richter, J Eric Jelovsek, Jonathan P. Shepherd, Heidi S. Harvie, et al. “Surgical Outcomes After Apical Repair for Vault Compared With Uterovaginal Prolapse..” Obstet Gynecol 131, no. 3 (March 2018): 475–83.

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Arya, Lily A., Holly E. Richter, Eric Jelovsek, Marie Gantz, Sara Cichowski, Halina Zyczynski, Keisha Dyer, et al. “Metabolites and microbial composition of stool of women with fecal incontinence: Study design and methods..” Neurourol Urodyn 37, no. 2 (February 2018): 634–41.

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Jelovsek, J Eric, Kevin Chagin, Maria Gyhagen, Suzanne Hagen, Don Wilson, Michael W. Kattan, Andrew Elders, et al. “Predicting risk of pelvic floor disorders 12 and 20 years after delivery..” Am J Obstet Gynecol 218, no. 2 (February 2018): 222.e1-222.e19.

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Bretschneider, C. E., C. Unger, and J. Jelovsek. “Prediction model for conversion of minimally invasive hysterectomy to laparotomy for large uteri.” In American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 218:S930–S930. MOSBY-ELSEVIER, 2018.


Richter, H. E., C. L. Amundsen, S. W. Erickson, J. E. Jelovsek, Y. Komesu, C. Chermansky, H. S. Harvie, et al. “Characteristics Associated with Treatment Response and Satisfaction in Women Undergoing OnabotulinumtoxinA and Sacral Neuromodulation for Refractory Urgency Urinary Incontinence.” Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 72, no. 12 (December 1, 2017): 709–11.

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Weidner, Alison C., Matthew D. Barber, Alayne Markland, David D. Rahn, Yvonne Hsu, Elizabeth R. Mueller, Sharon Jakus-Waldman, et al. “Perioperative Behavioral Therapy and Pelvic Muscle Strengthening Do Not Enhance Quality of Life After Pelvic Surgery: Secondary Report of a Randomized Controlled Trial..” Phys Ther 97, no. 11 (November 1, 2017): 1075–83.

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