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Linda Marie Szymanski, MD PhD

Medical Director, Labor & Delivery and Inpatient Obstetric Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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Titles

  • Medical Director, Labor & Delivery and Inpatient Obstetric Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Co-director, Multiple Gestation Clinic
  • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Expertise

Exercise Physiology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, High Risk OB, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Multiple Gestations

Research Interests

exercise in pregnancy

Biography

Dr. Linda Szymanski is a faculty member 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, Dr. Szymanski 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. 

Dr. Szymanski 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 developing evidence-based guidelines for exercise during pregnancy so providers are able to appropriately counsel their patients during this important time. 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. She is currently the Medical Director of Labor and Delivery and serves as Co-Director of the Multiple Gestation Clinic. She is board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Languages

  • English

Memberships

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine                                            

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists                        

American College of Sports Medicine

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  • Education +

    Training

    • Georgetown University School of Medicine (Washington DC ) (2002)

    Residencies

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Obstetrics and Gynecology (Baltimore MD ) (2006)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Maternal & Fetal Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (2011)

    Certifications

    • Maternal and Fetal Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2014)
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2014)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Ehsanipoor RM, Jolley JA, Goldshore MA, Szymanski LM, Lyons GC; Haydon ML, Lagrew DC. The relationship between previous treatment for cervical dysplasia and preterm delivery in twin gestations. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2013 Sep 23.

    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.

    Szymanski LM, Little R, Matthews DC, Stratton P: Post-LEEP Sepsis in an HIV-infected Woman: A Case Report. Obstet Gynecol 2006;107:496-8.

    Santa-Clara H, Szymanski L, Ordille T, Fernhall B. Effects of exercise training on resting metabolic rate in postmenopausal African American and Caucasian women. Metabolism 2006; 55:1358-64

    Szymanski LM, Kessler CM, Fernhall B: Relationship of physical fitness, hormone replacement therapy and hemostatic risk factors in postmenopausal women. J Appl Physiol 2005; 98:1341-48.

     

    Books

    The John Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Third Edition. Editors: KB Fortner, LM Szymanski, HE Fox, EE Wallach.   Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

    The Johns Hopkins Review of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Second Edition. Editors: KB Fortner, LM Szymanski, EE Wallach. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

     

    Book Chapters

    Resetkova N, Szymanski LM. Hematologic Disorders of Pregnancy. In: The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Fifth Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, in press.

    Ibrahim S, Szymanski LM. Hematologic Disorders of Pregnancy. In: The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Fourth Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011:220-237.

    Szymanski LM. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (Chapter 3). In Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Competency-Based Companion (Ed: M Belden). Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 2010.  

    Szymanski LM, Fortner KB: Abnormal Uterine Bleeding. In: The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Third Edition). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007:417-427.

    Szymanski LM, Bienstock JL. Complications of Labor and Delivery. In: The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Third Edition). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007:99-109.

    Szymanski LM, Aina-Mumuney A: Hematologic Disorders of Pregnancy. In: The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Third Edition). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007:215-230.

    Pate RR, Szymanski L: Safety in Aerobic Fitness Programs, In Principals of Safety in Physical Education and Sport (Ed: N. Dougherty). AAHPERD: Reston, VA, 1993.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    2014, 2013, 2012
    Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Award; Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Chief Residents

    2012
    Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching; Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics

    2011
    Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Award; Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Chief Residents

    2010
    Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Award; Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Chief Residents

    2008
    Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship Award; Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Chief Residents

    2007
    Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching; Palmetto Health Richland/University of South Carolina

    2006
    The Ungula Sinistra Award; Kelly Gynecological Oncology Service award for chief Resident

    2006
    American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) award for Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures; Johns Hopkins Dept of Gynecology & Obstetrics

    2005-06
    Administrative Chief Resident, Johns Hopkins Dept. of Gynecology & Obstetrics

    2004
    Berlex Laboratories Best PGY2 Teaching Resident

    2004
    Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics

    2001
    Member, Alpha Omega Alpha

    1987
    Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Education, Northern Illinois University

    1985
    Recipient, Central Wisconsin Health Foundation Scholarship

    1985
    Beth Gantz Memorial Award for Academic Achievement and Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

    1980-85
    Athletic Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

    Professional Activities

    Manuscript Reviewer:

    Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

    Current Sports Medicine Reports

    The Physician and Sportsmedicine

    International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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    Locations

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-0400
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    2nd Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21287
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    Department/Division

    • Gynecology and Obstetrics - Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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