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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Caesarean delivery techniques, particularly wound closure and the prevention of wound complications
  • Cervical cancer screening and prevention
  • Women’s preventive services

Professional Highlights


  • Board of Directors, American Board of OB/GYN
  • Inaugural President, Society for Academic Specialists in General OB/GYN
  • Residency Review Committee in OB/GYN
  • Board of Directors, Council of University Chairs in OB/GYN
  • Board of Directors, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology


  • Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics National Faculty Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education
  • Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education
  • J. Bay Jacobs Travel Award, American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation
  • Philip J. McGovern Teaching Award
  • Best Doctors in America, 2003-2014


  • Editor-in-chief, Medscape Reference OB/GYN online textbook
  • Editor- in-chief, SASGOG/Foundation for Exxcellence in Women’s Healthcare, Pearls of Exxcellence

Education and Training

  • M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
  • Undergraduate, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
  • Residency in obstetrics and gynecology, University of California, San Francisco, Calif.

Selected Publications

Brady MA, Carroll AW, Cheang KI, Straight C, Chelmow D. Sequential compression device compliance in postoperative obstetrics and gynecology patients. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jan;125(1):19-25. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000554. PMID:25560099

Huh WK, Ault KA, Chelmow D, Davey DD, Goulart RA, Garcia FA, Kinney WK, Massad LS, Mayeaux EJ, Saslow D, Schiffman M, Wentzensen N, Lawson HW, Einstein MH. Use of primary high-risk human papillomavirus testing for cervical cancer screening: interim clinical guidance. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb;125(2):330-7 PMID:25569009

Khan MJ, Massad LS, Kinney W, Gold MA, Mayeaux EJ Jr, Darragh TM, Castle PE, Chelmow D, Lawson HW, Huh WK. A Common Clinical Dilemma: Management of Abnormal Vaginal Cytology and Human Papillomavirus Test Results. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2016 Apr;20(2):119-25.

Chelmow D. Cervical cancer screening and prevention. Practice Bulletin No. 157.  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Obstet Gynecol 2016;127:e1-20.

Frayne D, Verbiest S, Bernstein PS, Chelmow D, Clarke H, Conry JA, Dunlop AL, Hosmer J, Gavin L, Menard MK, Moos MK, Ramos DE, Stuebe A, Woodson SA, Zephyrin L. Measuring Preconception Wellness: Health Systems Clinical Guidelines for Accelerating Improvements in Women’s, Maternal, and Infant Health Consensus Recommendations of the Clinical Workgroup of the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative.  Obstetrics and Gynecology, forthcoming, 2016.

Chang JJ, Strauss JF,3rd, Deshazo JP, Rigby FB, Chelmow DP, Macones GA. Reassessing the impact of smoking on preeclampsia/eclampsia: Are there age and racial differences? PLoS One. 2014 Oct 22;9(10):e106446. PMCID: PMC4206265

Waxman AG, Chelmow D, Darragh TM, Lawson H, Moscicki B. Revised terminology for cervical histopathology and its implications for management of high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions of the cervix.  Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Dec;120(6):1465-71. PMID: 23168774

Chelmow D.  Screening for cervical cancer. ACOG Practice Bulletin Number 131.  Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Nov;120(5):1222-38.

Chelmow D, Waxman A, Cain JM, Lawrence, HC 3rd. The evolution of cervical screening and the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology.  Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Apr;119(4):695-9. PMID: 22433332

Saslow D, Solomon D, Lawson HW, Killackey M, Kulasingam SL, Cain JM, Garcia FA, Moriarty AT, Waxman AG, Wilbur DC, Wentzensen N, Downs LS Jr, Spitzer M, Moscicki AB, Franco EL, Stoler MH, Schiffman M, Castle PE, Myers ER, Chelmow D, Herzig A, Kim JJ, Kinney W, Herschel WL, Waldman J. American cancer society, american society for colposcopy and cervical pathology, and american society for clinical pathology screening guidelines for the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2012 Jul;16(3):175-204. PMCID: PMC3915715

Viney R, Isaacs C, Chelmow D. Intra-abdominal irrigation at cesarean delivery: A randomized controlled trial.  Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jun;119(6):1106-11. PMID:  22617574

Chelmow D. Postpartum haemorrhage: Prevention. BMJ Clin Evid. 2011 Apr 4;20111410. PMCID: PMC3275142

Lerner D, Parsons SK, Justicia-Linde F, Chelmow D, Chang H, Rogers WH, Greenhill A,  Perch K,  The impact of pre-cancerous cervical lesions on functioning at work and work productivity. J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Sep;52(9):926-33. PMID: 20798642

Strohsnitter WC, Savarese TM, Low HP, Chelmow DP, Lagiou P, Lambe M, Edmiston K, Liu Q, Baik I, Noller KL, Adami HO, Trichopoulos D, Hsieh CC. Correlation of umbilical cord blood haematopoietic stem and progenitor cell levels with birth weight: Implications for a prenatal influence on cancer risk. Br J Cancer. 2008 Feb 12;98(3):660-663. PMCID: PMC2243150

Savarese TM, Strohsnitter WC, Low HP, Liu Q, Baik I, Okulicz W, Chelmow DP, Lagiou P, Quesenberry PJ, Noller KL, Hsieh CC. Correlation of umbilical cord blood hormones and growth factors with stem cell potential: Implications for the prenatal origin of breast cancer hypothesis. Breast Cancer Res. 2007 9(3):R29. PMCID: PMC1929091