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Rodney K. Edwards, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor

Associate Professor-Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Primary Clinic Location
  • Hospital Affiliation

    UAB Hospital

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Credentials

Education and Training
  • Medical School
    • B.S.-Biology/Chemistry, cum laude-Houston Baptist University; Houston, Texas
    • 1991
    • Elected to AOA-University of Texas Health Science Center; Houston, Texas
    • 1995
  • Residency
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology-University of Florida College of Medicine; Gainesville, Florida
    • 1999
  • Medical School
    • M.S.-Clinical Investigation-University of Florida; Ganiesville, Florida
    • 2001
  • Fellowship
    • Maternal-Fetal Medicine-University of Florida College of Medicine; Gainesville, Florida
    • 2002
Certifications
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Board Certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Memberships
  • Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Member, 2003 – present
  • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Associate Member, 1999 – 2006, Regular Member, 2006 – present
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Junior Fellow, 1995 – 2004, Fellow, 2004 – present
Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, elected 1994
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior in Obstetrics/Gynecology, 1995, University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
  • Outstanding Graduating Resident, 1999, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Golden Apple Teaching Awards, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Scholarship Award, July 2001 – June 2003, (awarded to one second-year MFM fellow in the USA annually)
  • Roy Pitkin Award, 2003, (awarded by Obstetrics & Gynecology to the departments of the first authors of the 4 best manuscripts in that journal the previous year)
  • J. Lee Dockery, M.D. Teaching Award 2004, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Recognized as a “top 100 (top 5%) reviewer” for 2003-04, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Recognized as being in the top 10% of reviewers for 2004, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Exemplary Teacher 2005, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • 2005 Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Exemplary Teacher 2006, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Best Abstract for 2006, Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Recognized as being in the top 10% of reviewers for 2006,Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Exemplary Teacher 2007, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Recognized as a “top 100 (top 5%) reviewer” for 2006-07, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • CREOG National Faculty Award 2008

Clinic Information

Locations and Directions
Women & Infants Center
1700 6th Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests
  • Ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis
  • Intrapartum (during labor) care
  • Medical complications of pregnancy
  • Obstetric complications of pregnancy

Publications

Publications

Publsihed Abstracts:

1. Edwards RK, Finberg HJ. Placenta accreta/increta: a consequence of untreated cesarean scar ectopic pregnancy. J Ultrasound Med 2010; 29:S94, abstract 732521.

2. Baacke K, Ferguson RJ, Edwards RK. Is inflammation involved in cervical ripening with a Foley catheter? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2006; 195:S102, abstract 309.

3. Bennett M, Edwards RK. Maternal-fetal medicine referral “level 2” ultrasound examinations: assessing patient perceptions. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2006; 195:S42, abstract 98.

4. Mayor-Lynn K, Howard S, Edwards RK. Single dose postpartum treatment of chorioamnionitis: evaluating clinical effectiveness compared to clinical trial efficacy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2006; 195:S65, abstract 183.

5. Euliano TY, Nguyen MT, Marossero D, Tighe E, Edwards RK. Monitoring contractions in the morbidly obese parturient: EHG vs. tocodynamometry and IUP. Anesthesiology 2006; 105:A9.

6. Euliano TY, Nguyen M, Marossero D, Tighe E, Edwards RK. Comparison of contractions: IUP vs EHG. Anesthesiology 2006; 104:B14.

7. Edwards RK, Bennett M, Langstraat C, Greene D. Does one need to repeat screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis in the third trimester of pregnancy? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005; 193:S187, abstract 664.

8. Johnson I, Saxonhouse M, Edwards RK. Neonatal outcomes at the threshold of viability. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005; 193:S180, abstract 634.

9. Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Duff P. The interleukin-1 +3953 single nucleotide polymorphism: cervical protein production and preterm delivery risk. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2005; 13:115.

10. Jamie WE, Edwards RK, Duff P. Rectal culture is not necessary when screening pregnant women for group B streptococcal colonization. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2005; 13:112.

11. Jamie WE, Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Duff P. The interleukin-6 –174 single nucleotide polymorphism: cervical protein production and preterm delivery risk. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004; 191:S29, abstract 67.

12. Edwards RK, Stickler LL, Johnson IM, Duff P. Outcomes associated with premature rupture of membranes at 32 or 33 weeks gestation when management is based on evaluation of fetal lung maturity. Obstet Gynecol 2004; 103:9S.

13. Edwards RK, Duff P. One additional dose of antibiotics is sufficient postpartum therapy for chorioamnionitis. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2004; 12:167.

14. Euliano TY, Marossero DE, Euliano NR, Ingram B, K Andersen, Edwards RK. Non-invasive fetal ECG: method refinement and pilot data. Anesth Analg 2003; 97(Suppl):1159.

15. Edwards RK, Ferguson R, Gentry S, Shuster J, Duff P. Do cervical fluid concentrations of antibodies modulate the risk of preterm delivery associated with cervical length? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003; 189:S63, abstract 18.

16. Edwards RK, Ferguson R, Gentry S, Shuster J, Duff P. Is bacterial vaginosis-related preterm delivery associated with specific organisms? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003; 189:S177, abstract 429.

17. Edwards RK, Jamie WE, Sterner D, Gentry S, Counts K, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis: early-onset neonatal sepsis is more often caused by ampicillin-resistant organisms when employing a screening-based strategy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002; 187:S224, abstract 605.

18. Edwards RK, Jamie WE, Sterner D, Gentry S, Counts K, Duff P. Pencillin has no advantage over ampicillin for use in prophylaxis against early-onset neonatal sepsis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002; 187:S224, abstract 606.

19. Euliano TY, Euliano NR, Edwards RK, Duff P, Gopal L. Prediction of VBAC success: a neural network approach. Anesthesiology 2001; 95:A1073.

20. DiMaio H, Edwards RK, Treloar RW, Cruz AC. Vaginal birth after cesarean: an historical cohort cost analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001; 185:S121, abstract 147.

21. Jamie WE, Edwards RK, Duff P. The effect of bacterial vaginosis on response to tocolytic therapy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001; 185:S148, abstract 246.

22. Edwards RK, Clark P, Duff P. Correlating antenatal and intrapartum colonization with group B streptococci. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001; 185:S190, abstract 400.

23. Edwards RK, Clark P, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis with either penicillin or ampicillin may increase the rate of neonatal sepsis caused by ampicillin-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001; 185:S190, abstract 401.

24. Jamie WE, Edwards RK, Duff P. Antimicrobial susceptibility of Gram-negative uropathogens isolated from obstetric patients. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001; 184:S83, abstract 258.

25. Edwards RK, Clark P, Locksmith GJ, Duff P. A comparison of amniotic fluid IL-12, IL-6, MMP-9, and glucose for diagnosing subclinical chorioamnionitis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001; 184:S84, abstract 259.

26. Edwards RK, Duff P, Ross KC. Predictive value of fetal lung maturity testing in amniotic fluid samples collected vaginally from patients with preterm PROM. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2000; 182:S180, abstract 584.

27. Edwards RK, Locksmith GJ, Duff P. Expanding the spectrum of antibiotic coverage for expectantly managed preterm PROM: associations with maternal and neonatal infections. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 1999; 7:263-4.
 

Original Articles

1. Combs CA, Garite TJ, Maurel K, Mallory K, Edwards RK, Lu G, Porreco R, and Das A; the Obstetrix Collaborative Research Network. 17-Hydroxyprogesterone caproate to prolong pregnancy after preterm rupture of the membranes: early termination of a double-blind, randomized clinical trial. BMC Res Notes 2011; 4:568, 9 pages.

2. Euliano TY, Marossero D, Nguyen MT, Euliano NR, Principe J, Edwards RK. Spatiotemporal electrohysterography patterns in normal and arrested labor. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2009; 200:54.e1-7.

3. Edwards RK, Novak-Weekley SM, Koty PP, Davis T, Leeds LJ, Jordan JA. Rapid group B streptococci screening using a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay. Obstet Gynecol 2008; 111:1335-41.

4. Euliano TY, Nguyen MT, Marossero D, Edwards RK. Monitoring contractions in obese parturients: electrohysterography compared with traditional monitoring. Obstet Gynecol 2007; 109:1136-40.

5. Euliano T, Skowronski M, Marossero D, Shuster J, Edwards R. Prediction of intrauterine pressure waveform from transabdominal electrohysterography. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2006; 19:803-8.

6. Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Reyes L, Brown M, Theriaque DW, Duff P. Assessing the relationship between preterm delivery and various microorganisms recovered from the lower genital tract. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2006; 19:357-63.

7. Skowronski MD, Harris JG, Marossero DE, Edwards RK, Euliano TY. Prediction of intrauterine pressure from electrohysterography using optimal linear filtering. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 2006; 53:1983-9.

8. Edwards RK, Bennett M, Langstraat C, Greene D. Assessment of the value of rescreening for syphilis in the third trimester of pregnancy. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2006; 56504, 3 pages.

9. Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Duff P. The interleukin-1 +3953 single nucleotide polymorphism: cervical protein concentration and preterm delivery risk. Am J Reprod Immunol 2006; 55:259-64.

10. Edwards RK, Sims SM. Outcomes of second trimester pregnancy terminations with misoprostol: comparing two regimens. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005; 193:544-50.

11. Jamie WE, Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Duff P. The interleukin-6 –174 single nucleotide polymorphism: cervical protein production and risk of preterm delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005; 192:1023-7.

12. Peters CW, Layon AJ, Edwards RK. Cardiac arrest during pregnancy. J Clin Anesth 2005; 17:229-34.

13. Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Shuster JJ, Theriaque D, Gentry S, Duff P. Assessment of cervical antibody concentrations fails to enhance the value of cervical length as a predictor of preterm delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005; 192:887-91.

14. Edwards R, Stickler L, Johnson I, Duff P. Outcomes with premature rupture of membranes at 32 or 33 weeks when management is based on evaluation of fetal lung maturity. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2004; 16:281-5.

15. Williams CA, Wallace MR, Drury KC, Kipersztok S, Edwards RK, Williams RS, Gray BA, Zori RT. Blood lymphocyte chimerism associated with in vitro fertilization and monochorionic dizygous twinning. Hum Reprod 2004; 19:2816-21.

16. Jamie WE, Edwards RK, Duff P. Vaginal-perianal versus vaginal-rectal cultures for identification of group B streptococci. Obstet Gynecol 2004; 104:1058-61.

17. Edwards RK, Jamie WE, Sterner D, Gentry S, Counts K, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis and early-onset neonatal sepsis patterns. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2003; 11:221-6.

18. Edwards RK, Duff P. Single additional dose postpartum therapy for women with chorioamnionitis. Obstet Gynecol 2003; 102:957-61.

19. Edwards RK, Harnsberger DS, Johnson IM, Treloar RW, Cruz AC. Deciding on route of delivery for obese women with a prior cesarean. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003; 189:385-90.

20. Edwards RK, Madani K, Duff P. Is perioperative hypothermia a risk factor for postcesarean infection? Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2003; 11:75-80.

21. Edwards RK, Kellner KR, Sistrom CL, Magyari EJ. Medical students' self-assessment of performance on an obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003; 188:1078-82.

22. Edwards RK, Clark P, Sistrom CL, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis 1: Relative effects of recommended antibiotics on Gram-negative pathogens. Obstet Gynecol 2002; 100:534-9.
This article was selected as a winner of the Roy Pitkin Award—given to the departments of the first author of the 4 best articles in the journal each year.

23. Edwards RK, Clark P, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis 2: Positive predictive value of antenatal group B streptococci cultures and antibiotic susceptibility of clinical isolates. Obstet Gynecol 2002; 100:540-4.

24. Jamie WE, Edwards RK, Duff P. Antimicrobial susceptibility of Gram-negative uropathogens isolated from obstetric patients. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2002; 10:123-6.

25. DiMaio H, Edwards RK, Treloar RW, Cruz AC. Vaginal birth after cesarean: an historical cohort cost analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002; 186:890-2.

26. Edwards RK, Clark P, Locksmith GJ, Duff P. Performance characteristics of putative tests for subclinical chorioamnionitis. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2001; 9:209-14.

27. Stallings SP, Edwards RK, Johnson JW. Correlation of head-to-body delivery intervals in shoulder dystocia and umbilical artery acidosis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001; 185:268-74.

28. Edwards RK, Locksmith GJ, Duff P. Expanded-spectrum antibiotics with preterm premature rupture of membranes. Obstet Gynecol 2000; 96:60-4.

29. Edwards RK, Duff P, Ross KC. Amniotic fluid indices of fetal pulmonary maturity with preterm premature rupture of membranes. Obstet Gynecol 2000; 96:102-5.

30. Edwards RK, Davis JD, Kellner KR. Effect of obstetrics-gynecology clerkship duration on medical student examination performance. Obstet Gynecol 2000; 95:160-2.

31. Edwards RK, Duff P. Prophylactic cefazolin in amnioinfusions administered for meconium-stained amniotic fluid. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 1999; 7:153-7.


Letters to the Editor

1. Edwards RK, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis: making an evidence-based selection. Pediatrics 2006; 117:255-6.

 


Invited Commentary

1. Edwards RK. Is misoprostol as effective as surgery for early pregnancy failure? OBG Management 2006; 18:16-9.


Textbook Chapters

1. Duff P, Sweet RL, Edwards RK. Maternal and fetal infections. In: Creasy RK, Resnik R, Iams JD, Lockwood CL, Moore TR, eds. Maternal-fetal medicine, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009.

2. Baacke K, Edwards RK. Fetal monitoring concerns. In: Gabrielli A, Layon AJ, Yu M, eds. Civetta, Taylor, and Kirby’s Critical Care, 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

3. Frölich M, Edwards RK. Respiratory disease. In: Datta S, ed. Anesthetic and obstetric management of high-risk pregnancy, 3rd ed. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2004.

4. Landon M, Edwards RK. Cardiac disease. In: Ling FW, Duff P, eds. Pocket guide for obstetrics and gynecology: principles for practice. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

5. Edwards RK. Syphilis in women. In: YourDoctor.com (an internet textbook), www.YourDoctor.com, 2000.

6. Edwards RK. Genital herpes simplex virus infection. In: YourDoctor.com (an internet textbook), www.YourDoctor.com, 2000.

7. Edwards RK, Duff P. Herpes simplex virus infections in women. In: Stovall TG, Ling FW, eds. Gynecology for the primary care physician. Philadelphia: Current Medicine, 1999.


Review Articles

1. Baacke K, Edwards RK. Preinduction cervical assessment. Clin Obstet Gynecol 2006; 49:564-72.

2. Edwards RK. Chorioamnionitis and labor. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am 2005; 32:287-96.

3. Edwards RK, Ripley DL, Davis JD, Bennett BB, Simms-Cendan JS, Cendan JC, Stone IK. Surgery in the pregnant patient. Curr Probl Surg 2001; 38:213-90.

4. Edwards RK, Richards DS. Preinduction cervical assessment. Clin Obstet Gynecol 2000; 43:440-6.

5. Edwards RK. Syphilis in women. Prim Care Update Ob Gyns 2000; 7:186-91.

6. Edwards RK. Meconium-stained amniotic fluid and its association with obstetric infection. Prim Care Update Ob Gyns 1998; 5:315-7.


Textbooks

1. Duff P, Edwards RK, Davis JD, Rhoton-Vlasak A. Obstetrics and gynecology: just the facts. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2004.

Oral Presentations

1. Edwards RK, Novak-Weekley SM, Koty PP, Davis T, Leeds LJ, Jordan J. Rapid, accurate screening for group B streptococcal (GBS) colonization using the Cepheid GeneXpert® GBS Assay. Presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Monterey, California on August 5, 2006.
This presentation won best abstract at the meeting.

2. Edwards RK, Sims SM. Outcomes of second trimester pregnancy terminations with intravaginal misoprostol. Presented at the annual meeting of the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on January 25, 2005.

3. Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Duff P. The interleukin-1 +3953 single nucleotide polymorphism: cervical protein production and preterm delivery risk. Presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Coronado, California on August 6, 2004.

4. Edwards RK, Stickler LL, Johnson IM, Duff P. Outcomes associated with premature rupture of membranes at 32 or 33 weeks gestation when management is based on evaluation of fetal lung maturity. Presented at the Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 4, 2004.

5. Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Gentry S, Shuster J, Duff P. Do cervical fluid concentrations of antibodies modulate the risk of preterm delivery associated with cervical length? Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 5, 2004.

6. Edwards RK, Duff P. One additional dose of antibiotics is sufficient postpartum therapy for women with chorioamnionitis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hyannis, Massachusetts on August 8, 2003.

7. Edwards RK, Harnsberger DS, Johnson IM, Treloar RW, Cruz AC. Deciding on route of delivery for obese women with a prior cesarean. Presented at the annual meeting of the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Hot Springs, Virginia on January 27, 2003.

8. Edwards RK, Locksmith GJ, Duff P. Expanding the spectrum of antibiotic coverage for expectantly managed preterm PROM: associations with maternal and neonatal infections. Presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 6, 1999.


9. Edwards RK, Davis JD, Kellner KR. Effect of obstetrics and gynecology clerkship duration on medical student examination performance. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics in San Diego, California on February 24, 1999.


Poster Presentations

1. Edwards RK, Finberg HJ. Placenta accreta/increta: a consequence of untreated cesarean scar ectopic. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in San Diego, California on March 26, 2010.

2. Edwards RK, Bennett M, Langstraat C, Greene D. Does one need to repeat screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis in the third trimester of pregnancy? Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Miami Beach, Florida on February 4, 2006.

3. Edwards RK, Ferguson RJ, Gentry S, Shuster J, Duff P. Is bacterial vaginosis-related preterm delivery associated with specific organisms? Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 6, 2004.

4. Edwards RK, Jamie WE, Sterner D, Gentry S, Counts K, Duff P. Penicillin has no advantage over ampicillin for use in prophylaxis against early-onset neonatal sepsis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in San Francisco, California on February 8, 2003.

5. Edwards RK, Jamie WE, Sterner D, Gentry S, Counts K, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis: early-onset neonatal sepsis is more often caused by ampicillin-resistant organisms when employing a screening-based strategy. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in San Francisco, California on February 8, 2003.

6. Edwards RK, Clark P, Duff P. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis with either penicillin or ampicillin may increase the rate of neonatal sepsis caused by ampicillin-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 18, 2002.

7. Edwards RK, Clark P, Duff P. Correlating antenatal and intrapartum colonization with group B streptococci. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 18, 2002.

8. Edwards RK, Clark P, Locksmith GJ, Duff P. Comparison of amniotic fluid IL-12, IL-6, MMP-9, and glucose for diagnosing subclinical chorioamnionitis. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Reno, Nevada on February 8, 2001.

9. Edwards RK, Duff P, Ross KC. Predictive value of fetal lung maturity testing in amniotic fluid samples collected vaginally from patients with preterm PROM. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Miami, Florida on February 5, 2000.

 

Research

Research Interests
  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Abnormal labor
  • Preterm birth

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