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Rita Wesley Driggers, M.D.

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Medical Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sibley Memorial Hospital

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Female

Expertise: Gynecology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Women's Reproductive Health

Research Interests: Preterm birth; Pregnancy and diabetes

Locations

Sibley Memorial Hospital

5255 Loughboro Road NW
Washington, DC 20016 map
Phone: 202-537-4000

Background

Dr. Rita W. Driggers is the medical director of Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine division, as well as an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is board certified in maternal and fetal medicine, as well as obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Driggers practices out of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

In addition to general obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Driggers has an expertise in maternal and fetal medicine, high-risk pregnancies, cervical insufficiency, prevention of pre-term labor and women’s reproductive health. 

Dr. Driggers earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and her medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the National Capital Consortium-Uniformed Services University, followed by a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Driggers then went on to serve as a physician in the U.S. Navy for 14 years. She has also served as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and an adjunct associate professor at the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Driggers was also previously the director of the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. 

Dr. Driggers is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Driggers has earned various awards for her military service and teaching efforts. She has earned the National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. Dr. Driggers has also earned the Outstanding Case Report Award, Outstanding Poster Presentation Award and Chairman’s Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Armed Forces District Meeting; the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology; the Washington Hospital Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Outstanding Resident Teaching Award; and has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly. 

Dr. Driggers has contributed to various publications on fetal and maternal health in high-risk pregnancies, as well as presentations and lectures, clinical trials, book chapters and journal articles. Her research interests include pre-term births and diabetes-related complications of pregnancy. Dr. Driggers serves on the editorial board of the Obstetrics and Gynecology International Journal.

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Titles

  • Medical Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD, University of Tennessee College of Medicine (1995)

Residencies

  • National Capital Consortium - Uniformed Services University / Obstetrics and Gynecology (1999)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Maternal and Fetal Medicine (2006, 2012)
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Obstetrics And Gynecology (2004, 2011)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Wolfe H, Timofeev J, Tefera E, Desale S, Driggers RW. Risk of cesarean delivery in obese nulliparous women with unfavorable cervix undergoing elective induction of labor or expectant management at term. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2014 Jul;211(1):53-5.

Parikh L, Timofeev J, Singh J, Sullivan S, Huang CC, Landy HJ, Driggers RW. Racial disparities in maternal and neonatal outcomes in HIV-1 positive mothers. Am J Perinatol. 2014 Jun;31(6):513-20.

Parikh LI, Nolan J 3rd, Tefera E, Driggers R. Fetal biometry: does ethnicity matter? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 Mar;27(5):500-4.

Timofeev J, Singh J, Istwan N, Rhea D, Driggers RW. Spontaneous preterm birth in African-American and Caucasian women receiving 17a-hydroxyprogesterone caproate. American Journal of Perinatology. 2014 Jan;31(1):55-60.

Drassinower D, Timofeev J, Huang C, Benson J, Driggers RW. Accuracy of clinically estimated fetal weight in pregnancies complicated by diabetes mellitus and obesity. American Journal of Perinatology. 2014 Jan;31(1):31-8.

Timofeev J, Reddy U, CC H, Driggers RW, Landy H, Laughon SK. Obstetric complications, neonatal morbidity, and indications for cesarean delivery by maternal age. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2013 Dec;122(6):1184-95.

Timofeev J, Ruiz G, Fries MH, Driggers RW. Intravenous epoprostenol for management of pulmonary hypertension during pregnancy. American Journal of Perinatology Reports. 2013 Oct;3(2):71-4.

Parikh L, Singh J, Timofeev J, Zahn CM, Istwan NB, Rhea DJ, Driggers RW. Timing and consequences of early term and late term deliveries. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 Jul;27(11):1158-62

Timofeev J, Ruiz G, Fries MH, Driggers RW. Intravenous epoprostenol for management of pulmonary hypertension during pregnancy. AJP Reports. 2013 Oct;3(2):71-4.

Book Chapters

Hearne A, Driggers RW. Normal labor and delivery, operative delivery, and malpresentations. In Bankowski BJ, Hearne AE, Lambrou NC, Fox HE, Wallach EE (eds). The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002.

Maisa N. Feghali, Rita W. Driggers, Menachem Miodovnik, and Jason G. Umans. Diabetes in Pregnancy. In Mattison DR (ed). Clinical Pharmacology During Pregnancy, Chennai, India: Elsevier, 2012.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, 2007
  • Navy Commendation Medal, 2005
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 2004
  • Navy Achievement Medal, 2003
  • Navy Overseas Service Ribbon, 2003
  • Army Achievement Medal, 1999
  • National Defense Service Medal, 1995
  • Washington Hospital Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Outstanding Resident Teaching Award, 2011
  • MedStar Health Teaching Scholars Program, 2011
  • National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology , 2010
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Armed Forces District Meeting, 2008
  • Outstanding Case Report Award, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Armed Forces District Meeting, 2007
  • Founder’s Award , 2007
  • Chairman’s Award, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Armed Forces District Meeting, 2006
  • Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, 2006
  • Outstanding Case Report Award, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Armed Forces District Meeting, 2005
  • Founder’s Award, 2005
  • Outstanding Case Report Award, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Armed Forces District Meeting, 2004

Videos & Media

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