Advances in Women's Health

Our Women’s Health program provides comprehensive gynecologic and obstetric health services for all women in every stage of life, with an emphasis on combating maternal mortality and morbidity and raising the standard of care in high-risk pregnancy patients.

NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to investing in and growing our Women’s Health services under the leadership of our nationally recognized physicians. Our program provides obstetrics care at every level and to all women. We deliver more babies than any other hospital in New York City and with the new Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, we have the opportunity to spread our world-class care to more moms. Concurrently, our high-risk capabilities continue to grow with the development of specialized programs for high-risk mothers, such as The Mothers Center. These state-of-the-art facilities exemplify the investment we are making to improve care for women. Similarly, our teams offer gynecologic care ranging from preventive care to treatment of disorders of the reproductive system, both cancerous and noncancerous.

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Neonatology, Women's Health

Launch of Transformative Repository of Mother-Infant Dyads to Expand Knowledge of Pregnancy-Related Diseases

Data generated by the Weill Cornell Medicine project will vastly expand knowledge of the mechanisms underlying pregnancy-related diseases and conditions in mothers and newborns.

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Psychiatry, Women's Health

Study Shows Need for Increased Research and Screening of Maladaptive Weight Control Methods in Postpartum Women

Weill Cornell Medicine mental health urge that research and screening occur in postpartum women for eating disorders, particularly around the use of breastfeeding and pumping as maladaptive weight control methods.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Takes a Multidisciplinary Approach to Address Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women

Weill Cornell Medicine urologist leads creation of the first comprehensive multidisciplinary center for female pelvic health in New York City.

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A New Technique to Generate More Natural Nipples After Breast Reconstruction

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery develops 3D-printed polymer scaffolds that help regenerate nipple tissue and resist flattening.

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Pilot Study Evaluates Weekly Pill to Slow Ovarian Aging, Delay Menopause

An ongoing clinical trial by Columbia physicians will evaluate the impact of the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin on the ovarian reserve of healthy premenopausal women.

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Psychiatry, Women's Health

Uncovering the Link to Between Perinatal Anxiety and Immunity

Weill Cornell Medicine reproductive psychiatrist uncovers differences in the immune system in pregnant women with anxiety from that of those without anxiety.

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Postpartum Psychosis: Study from NewYork-Presbyterian Affirms Increasing Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors

Columbia maternal-fetal medicine specialists provide comprehensive analysis related to the development of postpartum psychosis in patients following delivery.

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AI-Based Technology Emerges as New Tool for Embryo Evaluation and Selection

Weill Cornell Medicine faculty collaborated in the development and testing of STORK-A – a non-invasive and automated method of embryo evaluation that uses artificial intelligence to predict embryo ploidy status.

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Validating the Effectiveness of Cascade Genetic Testing and Cancer Surveillance

Weill Cornell Medicine gynecologic oncology faculty conduct update prior research to further confirm that cascade testing can lead to genetically targeted primary disease prevention through screening and risk‐reducing surgery.

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Integrated Women’s Health: Comprehensive Primary and Gynecologic Care

Columbia’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers an Integrated Women’s Health Program to provide a broad range of health services from routine gynecologic and primary care management to nutritional counseling and preventive health screenings.

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Heart Disease and Pregnancy: Orchestrating Care for Healthy Deliveries

Columbia maternal-fetal medicine specialists highlight the importance of establishing a formal multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics program.

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New Prenatal Test Reduces Time and Cost of Detecting Chromosomal Abnormalities

Columbia fertility specialists have developed the STORK test that can be used to rapidly assess chromosomal health across all reproductive tissue types.

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Cervical Cancer: How Web-Based Education is Addressing Healthcare Disparities

Weill Cornell Medicine gynecologic oncology faculty use a Patient Activated Learning System (PALS) to address barriers that may place certain patient populations at higher risk for cervical cancer.

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Labor Neuraxial Analgesia Lowers Risk for Severe Maternal Morbidity

A Columbia maternal-fetal medicine specialist and an anesthesiologist conduct an observational study to assess if labor neuralgia analgesia (i.e., epidural or combined spinal epidural analgesia) decreases the risk of severe maternal morbidity and postpartum hemorrhage.

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Deciphering the Molecular Profile of Recurring Endometrial Cancer

Weill Cornell Medicine gynecologic oncologists identify genomic differences between primary tumors and subsequent recurrences.

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A Novel Device Rapidly Controls Postpartum Hemorrhage

Columbia University maternal fetal medicine specialists lead pivotal study on vacuum-induced hemorrhage control system to address a major leading cause of maternal mortality.

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Facing COVID-19 in Pregnant Women and Newborns

As COVID-19 began to sweep through New York City in early March, the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital began to document their observations and prepare publications to share their knowledge.

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Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Health Care

The Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are at the forefront of research, education, and clinical initiatives to address significant gaps in maternal health care, including reducing ethnic and racial health disparities, eliminating care inequities, and improving maternal outcomes.

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A Commitment to Saving Mothers' Lives

NewYork-Presbyterian's ob/gyn departments have launched multidisciplinary initiatives to better understand, reduce, and prevent maternal mortality. Our maternal-fetal medicine teams are widely sought for their expertise in the management of placenta accreta, a cause of obstetric hemorrhage and premature birth.

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Endometriosis: Employing Minimally Invasive Surgery for Maximum Results

The Endometriosis Treatment Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, which is spearheaded by three-fellowship trained gynecologic surgeons, brings together surgical and infertility specialists to manage patients through the continuum of her reproductive years.

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Maternal Mental Health: Understanding the Impact on Fetal Development

There is increasing evidence that high levels of stress and depression can affect children long after birth. A psychologist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute is studying the effect of maternal mental health on the developmental trajectories of children and how to intervene.

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Improving Knowledge and Colposcopy Follow-Up for Underserved Women

In the United States, incidence rates for the disease dropped by more than half due in part to an increase in screening, except in Hispanic and black women. Gynecologists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center are trying to combat the gap with a patient education program.

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Open Surgery Safer than Minimally Invasive Approach for Early-Stage Cervical Cancer

Minimally invasive surgery is often seen as a safer approach for hysterectomy to treat early stage cervical cancer. However, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine turns the theory on its head.

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The Mothers Center: Multidisciplinary Care for Women with Maternal Risk

In May 2018, NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Irving Medical Center opened the Mothers Center, a new space that enables clinicians to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care before, during, and after a high-risk pregnancy.

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Important Perspectives on Pregnancy Loss

At least 60 percent of first and second miscarriages are due to aneuploidy, the presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes. Clinicians at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia are working with patients to look at all the factors that have to go right in order for a pregnancy to succeed.

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Following the Genes in Cancer Prevention

Dr. Melissa K. Frey, a gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell became interested in the role of genetics in cancer. That awareness became the genesis of her research as a resident and continues today as a practicing physician.

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