Jack Ludmir, M.D.

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Emeritus Professor CE of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Program Director, Residency exchange program between Peruvian Hospitals and Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Obstetrical Services, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Spruce Street, 2nd Floor Pine Building East
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Office: 215-829-3934
Fax: 215-829-3973
University of Pennsylvania, 1977.

APGO/Wyeth-Ayerst Academic Leadership Skills Program The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA, 1977.
Temple University School of Medicine, 1981.
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Description of Research Expertise

My area of interest has been cervical function in pregnancy and recurrent pregnancy loss.
In the 1980's, I was one of the first to describe the use of transvaginal ultrasound of the cervix to objectively assess the cervix in pregnancy.
I have developed different cerclage techniques and studied and published in the area of mangement of pregnancies complicated by cervical insufficiency and uterine anomalies.
My clinical group started to use pessaries for management of patients with short cervix in gestation, and currently we are involved in randomized studies to assess the value of the pessary in prematurity prevention.

Over the last five years I have established a network of researchers in Latin America to study hypertensive disease in pregnancy. This collaboration resulted in a major study to determine the best way of management of severe preeclampsia remote from term. This study was recently published in the Am J Obstet Gyencol Nov. 2013, receiving the editor's choice recognition accompanied by an editorial and discussion.

Description of Clinical Expertise

1) Management of patient with recurrent mid-trimester loss, history of cervical insufficiency and uterine anomalies.
2) Management of pregnancies with medical complications.
3) Prenatal care for vulnerable populations.
4) Improving the training of Ob/Gyn residents in the developing world.

Selected Publications

Abbasi S, Gerdes JS, Sehdev HM, Samimi SS, Ludmir J: Neonatal outcome after exposure to indomethacin in utero: A retrospective study. Am J Obstet Gynecol(189), 782-785, 2003.

Sehdev HM, Abbasi S, Robertson P, Fisher L, Marchiano D, Gerdes JS, Ludmir J: The effects of the time interval from antenatal corticosteroid exposure to delivery on neonatal outcome of very low birthweight infants. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004.

Airoldi J, Berghella V, Sehdev H, Ludmir J: Transvaginal ultrasonography of the cervix to predict preterm birth in women with uterine anomalies. Obstet Gynecol 106(3):553-56, 2005.

Debbs R, DeLaVega G, Pearson S, Marchiano D, Sehdev H, Ludmir J: Transabdominal cerclage after comprehensive evaluation of women with prior unsuccessful transvaginal cerclage. Am J Obstet Gynecol 19(3), 2007.

Abbasi S, Ludmir J.: Antenatal corticosteroids prior to 24 weeks gestation and neonatal outcome of extremely low birth weight infants. Am J Perinatol 2009.

Dharan VB, Ludmir J: Alternative treatment for a short cervix: The cervical pessary. Semin Perinatol 33: 338-342, 2009.

Macones G, Parry S, Nelson DB, Strauss JF, Ludmir J, Cohen AW, Stamilio DM, Appleby D, Clothier B, Sammel D, Jeffcoat M.: Treatment of localized periodontal disease in pregnancy does not reduce the occurrence of preterm birth: results from the Periodontal Infections and Prematurity Study (PIPS). Am J Obstet Gynecol 202(2): 147.el-8, 2010.

Friedman Alexander M, Schwartz Nadav, Ludmir Jack, Parry Samuel, Bastek Jamie A, Sehdev Harish M: Can transabdominal ultrasound identify women at high risk for short cervical length? Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 92(6): 637-41, Jun 2013.

Vigil-De Gracia Paulino, Reyes Tejada Osvaldo, Calle Miñaca Andrés, Tellez Gerardo, Chon Vicente Yuen, Herrarte Edgar, Villar Aurora, Ludmir Jack: Expectant management of severe preeclampsia remote from term: the MEXPRE Latin Study, a randomized, multicenter clinical trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol 209(5):425.e1-8, Nov 2013.

Levine LD, Gonzales GF, Tapia V, Gasco M, Sammel MD, Srinivas SK, Ludmir J: Preterm birth risk in Peru at high altitude. Am J Obstet Gynecol In press, 2014.

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