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Alison G. Cahill, M.D., M.S.C.I. (RWJ)
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine
2009-2012 Cohort
Project Title:  “Prediction of Fetal Acidemia with Intrapartum Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring”

About the Project:

This project examined features of Category II EFM recordings and their ability to predict outcomes. 


Alison G. Cahill, M.D., M.S.C.I. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Cahill earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University, and her medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.  She completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Washington University. During her fellowship, Dr. Cahill also earned a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation as part of the NIH-sponsored K30 program in clinical research training at Washington University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Cahill’s clinical interests include maternal medical complications in pregnancy, specifically maternal congenital heart disease as well as diabetes in pregnancy, critical care obstetrics, fetal alloimmunization, and operative vaginal delivery.

Dr. Cahill’s research interests are best described as clinical epidemiology in obstetrics, applying a broad array of research design and analytic techniques such as regression analyses, decision science, economic analysis, and time-dependent techniques to some of the challenging questions in clinical obstetrics. These have included patient selection and intrapartum management of patients attempting vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), measures of glycemic control which can predict adverse neonatal outcomes in diabetic pregnancies, and diagnostic algorithms for pulmonary embolism in pregnant women.

Recently, her focus has been on electronic fetal heart rate monitoring, and its association with adverse neonatal outcomes. Her RWJF Physician Faculty Scholars Program project was titled “Prediction of Fetal Acidemia with Intrapartum Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring.”  She aims to incorporate these findings into improving the use of the most commonly utilized instrument, EFM, in all of obstetrics.

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