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Linda Marie Szymanski, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Female

Appointment Phone

443-997-0400

Main Location

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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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

Departments

Locations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-0400

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-0400

600 N. Wolfe Street
Nelson Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

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.

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    Additional Information

  • Education +

    Degrees

    • Georgetown University School of Medicine / MD (2002)

    Residencies

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2015)

    Fellowships

    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Maternal & Fetal Medicine (2015)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Maternal and Fetal Medicine (2013, 2014)
    • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Obstetrics And Gynecology (2011, 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.

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