Research Awards Announced for ACOG 2016 Annual Meeting

May 13, 2016

Washington, DC – With more than 500 original research papers and posters being presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is pleased to announce this year’s research awards.

“The field of women’s health care continues to expand, growing ever more complex,” said Daniel M. Breitkopf, MD, Member of the Scientific Program Committee and General Annual Meeting Chair. “The depth and breadth of the topics addressed by this year’s presenters truly reflect the world of women’s health. Choosing the prize winners from among the hundreds of exceptional submissions was challenging, but we are proud to announce our selections, which we are confident will lead to exciting new conversations about how we can continue to improve obstetric and gynecologic care.”

“The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is ‘Take Charge of Health Care,’ and the research chosen to receive awards truly captures that,’ said Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, President of ACOG. “Groundbreaking work done by ACOG Fellows is what allows ob-gyns to be both leaders within health care and partners to the women we provide care for.”

Abstracts will be published in a special May 2016 supplement to Obstetrics & Gynecology (the Green Journal) and will be publicly available for six months. The prizes, titles, abstract numbers, first authors, and brief overview are listed below. Please email for embargoed copies of the abstracts.

Donald F. Richardson Prize Paper
A Multi-State Analysis of Postpartum Readmissions in the United States [26]
Mark A. Clapp, MD, MPH
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

How understanding the factors that can lead to postpartum readmission can lead to the development of quality metrics and strategies to address the increase in U.S. postpartum readmissions

Donald F. Richardson Prize Paper
Intrauterine Cleaning After Placental Delivery at Cesarean Section: A Randomized Controlled Trial [27]
Ahizechukwu C. Eke, MD, MPH
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Michigan State University/Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI

Evaluating whether or not omission of intrauterine cleaning after cesarean leads to an increase in complications

First Prize
Apgar Score of 0 and Seizure/Serious Neurologic Dysfunction in Home Births of Patients With Prior Cesarean Delivery [2]
Amos Grunebaum, MD
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

With home births on the rise, what should women with prior cesarean delivery know about potential risks to the neonate?

Second Prize
OB Nest – A Novel Approach to Prenatal Care [21]
Yvonne S. Butler Tobah, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Utilization of a novel prenatal care model to maintain patient satisfaction and obstetrical outcomes with fewer in-office visits

Third Prize
Monoamniotic Monochorionic Twins – Can They Be Delivered Safely Via Vaginal Route? [9]
Meena Khandelwal, MD
Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ

Despite previous recommendations for cesarean delivery, can vaginal delivery be a safe option for appropriately selected monoamniotic monochorionic twins?

Blue Ribbon
Patient Attitudes Toward Influenza and Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy [28F]
Emmie Strassberg, DO
Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA 

The role of the provider in encouraging vaccination for Tdap and influenza during pregnancy

Blue Ribbon
Patient Uptake and Outcomes: An Immediate Postpartum IUD and Implant Program [12N]
Jennifer Eggebroten, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Evaluating results of a postpartum LARC insertion program in order to predict risk of future expulsion

Blue Ribbon
A Simple and Fast Approach to Confirm Pregnancy Failure in First Trimester Bleeding [8Q]
Amir Mor, MD, PhD
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Can first-trimester pregnancy loss be confirmed through maternal vaginal bleeding?

To attend presentations of these and other posters representing the full range of research in women’s health, attend the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. To register, email


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.

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