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Edith Gurewitsch Allen, M.D.

Edith Gurewitsch Allen 2

Associate Professor of Gynecology/Obstetrics & Biomedical Engineering

Born, raised and educated in New York, Dr. Gurewitsch was in the first class that accepted women at Columbia College.  She received her medical school training and degree from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center. Dr Gurewitsch joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997, where she continues currently as a full-time, faculty member in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She was promoted to Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics in 2008.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and holds memberships in the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the American Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Maryland Medical Chirugical Society.

Dr. Gurewitsch is presently the Director of Inpatient Obstetrical Services and Associate Director of Labor & Delivery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also serves as a member of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutional Review Board, for which she provides expertise on issues of reproductive risk in experimental research protocols involving human subjects. Dr. Gurewitsch also serves as a founding board member of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, a bioengineering program dedicated to improving human health through innovation.  Recognized for her interdisciplinary work, Dr. Gurewitsch received a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering in 2003.  Her interdisciplinary work has led to co-inventorship of two patents: a birthing simulator and a brachial plexus simulator. She is principal inventor on a patent-pending probe for measurement of cervical bioimpedance for early detection of preterm labor.

Dr. Gurewitsch is primarily involved in clinical research on shoulder dystocia and its relationship to obstetric brachial plexus injury. While supported from 2004-2007 by an R-49 grant from the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control as principal investigator of a research program entitled Preventing Unintentional Mechanical Birth Injury, Dr. Gurewitsch focused on examining mechanisms of injury, objectively evaluating obstetrical maneuvers, educating physicians-in-training through simulated complicated births and educating physicians in patient safety and injury prevention through continuing medical education. She has attained national and international recognition, disseminating her work through dozens of peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, invited oral presentations and internet-based presentations. Dr. Gurewitsch is currently enrolled as a member of the inaugural class in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Masters of Education of Health Professionals program, where she will focus her scholarship on evaluation of best educational practices, competency assessment, and outcomes measures.