Incoming MFM fellow Jerome (Jeff) Federspiel, MD, PhD, has been awarded a grant from the Foundation for Women and Girls with Blood Disorders (FWGBD) to study the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) following cesarean delivery and model the benefits, risks and costs of implementing various existing guidelines.
“VTE is a significant cause of maternal morbidity and mortality following cesarean delivery and a number of guidelines have been promulgated by various professional organizations to guide prevention, but these guidelines are notable for marked differences in their recommendations. Despite the importance of the problem, data are limited,” notes MFM specialist Andra James, MD, MPH. Dr. James is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and consulting professor in the Department of Medicine, specializing in bleeding disorders in high risk pregnancy. She will be serve as Dr. Federspiel’s mentor on the project, which will advance knowledge of the optimal use of VTE prophylaxis following cesarean delivery. In addition to Dr. James, collaborators are Laura Talamo, MD (Hematology) and Evan Myers, MD, MPH (Reproductive Sciences).
“FWGBD awards grants to fellows and junior faculty in order to foster collaborations and to advance knowledge in the care of women and girls with blood disorders. Dr. Federspiel’s application was considered the top proposal this year in the category of general blood disorders,” James stated.