Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health

Michal A. Elovitz

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Hilarie L. Morgan and Mitchell L. Morgan President's Distinguished Professor in Women's Health
Attending, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Member, Center for Research in Reproduction and Women's Health, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Director, Maternal and Child Health Research Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Maternal and Child Heath Research Center, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Research Director, Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Award (K12), University of Pennsylvania
Creator & Lead Mentor, Women for Women’s Health (W4W) Mentoring group, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Executive Research Group, University of Pennsylvania, Department of OBGYN
Vice Chair, Translational Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Center for Research in Reproduction and Women's Health
421 Curie Blvd., 1354 BRB II/III
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-0859
Fax: 215-573-5408
BA (History/Pre-med)
University of Texas at Austin, Texas (with honors), 1990.
MD (Medicine)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, New York, 1994.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cornell University, New York Hospital, New York, New York, 1994-1998.
Fellow/Clinical Instructor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1998-2001.
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Description of Research Expertise

Inflammation-induced preterm preterm; in vivo mouse model; mice survival surgery

Description of Clinical Expertise

High-risk obstetrics; medical complications of pregnancy (maternal cardiac disease);

Selected Publications

Levine LD, Downes KL, Romero JA, Pappas H, Elovitz MA: Quantitative fetal fibronectin and cervical length in symptomatic women: results from a prospective blinded cohort study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 32(22):3792-3800. , Nov 2019.

Tulina NM, Brown AG, Barila GO, Elovitz MA.: The Absence of TLR4 Prevents Fetal Brain Injury in the Setting of Intrauterine Inflammation. Reprod Sci 26(8):1082-1093., Aug 2019.

Burris HH, Wright CJ, Kirpalani H, Collins JW, Lorch SA, Elovitz MA, Hwang SS: The promise and pitfalls of precision medicine to resolve black-white racial disparities in preterm birth. Pediatric Research (In press)., Aug 2019.

Anton L, DeVine A, Polyak E, Olarerin-George A, Brown AG, Falk MJ, Elovitz MA.: HIF-1α Stabilization Increases miR-210 Eliciting First Trimester Extravillous Trophoblast Mitochondrial Dysfunction. Front Physiology 10(699), June 2019.

Russell MW, Moldenhauer JS, Rychik J, Burnham NB, Zullo E, Parry SI, Simmons RA, Elovitz MA, Nicolson SC, Linn RL, Johnson MP, Yu S, Sampson MG, Hakonarson H, Gaynor JW.: Damaging Variants in Proangiogenic Genes Impair Growth in Fetuses with Cardiac Defects. Journal Pediatrics Epub ahead of print, June 2019.

Elovitz, MA, Gajer P, Riis V, Brown A, Humphrys M, Holm J, Ravel J : Cervicovaginal microbiota and local immune response modulate the risk of spontaneous preterm delivery. Nature Communications 10:1305 , Mar 2019.

Burris HH, Lorch SA, Kirpalani H, Pursley DM, Elovitz MA, Clougherty JE.: Racial disparities in preterm birth in USA: a biosensor of physical and social environmental exposures. Arch Dis Child. [Epub ahead of print], Mar 2019.

Heather H. Burris, Amy G. Brown, Valerie Riis, Michal A. Elovitz: Spontaneous preterm birth risk and cervicovaginal immune response vary by residential neighborhood among African Americans. Poster presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Las Vegas, NV Feb 2019.

Monteagudo-Sánchez A, Sánchez-Delgado M, Mora JRH, Santamaría NT, Gratacós E, Esteller M, de Heredia ML, Nunes V, Choux C, Fauque P, de Nanclares GP, Anton L, Elovitz MA, Iglesias-Platas I, Monk D.: Differences in expression rather than methylation at placenta-specific imprinted loci is associated with intrauterine growth restriction. Clin Epigenetics 11(1):35, Feb 2019.

Kristin D. Gerson, Michal A. Elovitz, Jacques Ravel, Anna Modest, Heather H. Burris: Are cervicovaginal microbial communities early in pregnancy associated with a mid-trimester short cervix? Poster presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Las Vegas, NV Feb 2019.

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Last updated: 11/06/2019
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