Dr. William Sappenfield contributes to award winning research on 39-weeks initiative

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The 2014 Roy M. Pitkin Award is presented to a team of maternal and child health researchers committed to decreasing elective deliveries. The USF College of Public Health’s William M. Sappenfield, MD, MPH, is a contributing author to their award winning research, “A multistate quality improvement program to decrease elective deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation.”

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Established in 1998 by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “the Roy M. Pitkin Award honors departments of obstetrics and gynecology that promote and demonstrate excellence in research.”  A distinguished panel of former Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial board members selects the top articles published in the preceding year. For their winning article, the team receives a $5,000 award presented at the ACOG’s 62nd Annual Clinical Meeting, April 26-30 in Chicago.

“Although the recognition was made to our department, it is well understood that we did it together as a Big 5 team,” said Bryan T. Oshiro, MD, medical director of the Perinatal Institute at Loma Linda University Medical Center and lead author on the publication.  “It is a privilege working with all of our great partners who participated on the project and made it such a success.”

This isn’t the first time Drs. Sappenfield and Oshiro were noted for their work on the 39-weeks initiative. In 2012, the March of Dimes named them co-recipients of the Elaine Whitelaw Service Award.


Drs. Bryan Oshiro and William Sappenfield, co-recipients of the 2012 Elaine Whitelaw Service Award

Drs. Bryan Oshiro and William Sappenfield, co-recipients of the 2012 Elaine Whitelaw Service Award

“… you have been unanimously selected to receive the March of Dimes prestigious Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service Award,” said Jennifer L. Howse, PhD, president of the March of Dimes.  “This award is given in recognition of your extraordinary vision and leadership to implement the 39-Weeks Quality Improvement Initiative.  Co-chairing this initiative with Dr. Bryan Oshiro, you have established urgency on an issue with national implications, engaged influential leaders, and impacted thousands of families.”

Pediatrician and maternal and child health researcher Dr. William Sappenfield is a professor and chair of the Department of Community and Family Health. He also directs the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well as dual degrees, special programs, and graduate certificates.

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