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Saifuddin Ahmed, MBBS, PhD

Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1996. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, and he has a joint faculty appointment in the Biostatistics department. His research interests include maternal mortality estimation, obstetric fistula, family planning, and neonatal health sequel from maternal complications. Dr. Ahmed was a World Health Organization research fellow from 1991 to1993. He is a physician by training. 

His primary focus is evaluating the prognostic capacities of classification systems for obstetric fistula and assessing changes in quality of life for women following surgical repair for fistula. He served as a Guest Editor for the Supplement Issue of International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (VOL #99, S1, 2007) on obstetric fistula with Drs. Rene Genadry and  Cynthia Stanton. He has presented at several international meetings on obstetric fistula prevention, improving care seeking behavior, and social integration of women with obstetric fistula. Two additional research studies he is working on are: 1) Determinants and Reproductive Health Consequences of Domestic Violence  and 2). Healthy Fertility Study in Bangladesh for improving postpartum contraceptive use.

Rene Genadry, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Rene Genadry is a clinician, teacher, researcher and author. He is a gynecologist/ urogynecologist and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to his clinical practice, he has directed the Houston Everett course in urogynecology and pelvic floor dysfunction. Female urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse have been his areas of research and he has co-authored  “A Woman’s Guide to Urinary Incontinence,” published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. 

He has been involved in repairs of obstetric fistulas for a number of years and co-directed an international meeting on “Prevention and Treatment of Obstetric Fistula- Identifying Research needs and Public Health Priorities” at the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health co-sponsored by the UNFPA, WHO and FIGO. Identifying an internationally adopted terminology and classification system for obstetric fistula emerged as a critical step for research and best practices development in treatment and prevention: “Prognosis, Improvements in Quality of Life, and Social Integration of Women with Obstetric Fistula after Surgical treatments” is the resulting study in which he is the clinical PI.

Cynthia Stanton, PhD, MPH

Dr. Cindy Stanton received her MPH from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). She is currently an assistant professor at JHSPH in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.  Her work has focused on survey and census-based measurement and model-based estimation of maternal and perinatal mortality and health in developing countries.  More recently, her work has combined population and health facility-based data.  Current efforts include: assessing the safety of expanding oxytocin coverage for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage; evaluating the prognostic capacities of classification systems for obstetric fistula, assessing changes in quality of life for women following surgical repair for fistula, establishing guidelines for the routine reporting of indication for caesarean section in low and high use areas, and documenting facility-based practices regarding induction and augmentation of labor. 


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