Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Dr. Szymanski is an assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Medicine is a second career for Dr. Szymanski, who also holds a Ph.D. in exercise science from the University of South Carolina. As an exercise physiologist, she directed both university- and community-based preventive and rehabilitative exercise programs. Earlier in her career, while serving as a postdoctoral researcher at George Washington University, she studied the effects of hormone therapy and exercise in postmenopausal women. She then earned a medical degree at Georgetown University and completed a residency in gynecology and obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she served as administrative chief resident. After practicing general obstetrics and gynecology for two years, she completed a fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in maternal-fetal medicine. After fellowship, she accepted a faculty position at Johns Hopkins. She has found a way to combine her two careers and has successfully implemented a research and clinical program in exercise and pregnancy. She is particularly interested in the effects of exercise on the fetus. She has received funding from Clinical Loan Repayment Program, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In addition, she loves to teach and has been awarded numerous teaching awards, including the national Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching.
Recent related publications:
Szymanski LM, Satin AJ. Strenuous exercise during pregnancy: Is there a limit? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2012; 207:179.e1-6.
Szymanski LM, Satin AJ. Exercise During Pregnancy: Fetal Responses to Current Public Health Guidelines. Obstet Gynecol 2012;119:603-10.
Stohl HE, Szymanski LM, Althaus J: Vaginal breech delivery in very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates: experience of a single center. J Perinat Med 2011;39(4):379-83.