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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Faculty

Rodney Edwards, MD, MS

Section Chief
Fellowship Director
Presbyterian Health Foundation Chair of Perinatal Research

Academic Section(s):

Maternal-Fetal Medicine


  • MD degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1995
  • MS degree in Clinical Investigation from University of Florida in 2001

Board Certification(s):

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 2003-present
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine 2005-present


  • Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Florida in Gainesville 1995-1999
  • Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at University of Florida in Gainesville 1999-2002

Clinical/Research Interests:

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Prenatal ultrasound and diagnostic procedures
  • Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling and fetal transfusion
  • Abdominal cerclage
  • Medical complications of pregnancy
  • Obstetric complications of pregnancy

Research Interests

  • Infections in pregnancy
  • Abnormal labor
  • Obesity complicating pregnancy

Select Honors & Accomplishments:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, elected 1994
  • Roy Pitkin Award 2003
  • Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award 2005
  • Top 100 (top 5%) reviewer for American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2004 and 2007
  • Top 10% reviewer for Obstetrics & Gynecology 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Best abstract, 2006 meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • CREOG National Faculty Award 2008
  • Best Doctors in America 2013-present

Select Publications:

Edwards RK, Euliano NR, Singh S, LeDuke RC, Andrews WW, Jauk V, Subramaniam A, Szychowski JM. Evaluating fundal dominant contractions on spatiotemporal electrohysterography as a marker for effective contractions.Am J Perinatol 2019; 36:924-9.

Pierce S, Bakker R, Myers DA, Edwards RKClinical insights for cervical ripening and labor induction using prostaglandins. AJP Rep 2018; 8:e307-e314.

Kuper SG, Jauk VC, Edwards RK, Harper LM. In reply. Obstet Gynecol 2018; 132:1063

Subramaniam A, Van Der Pol WJ, Ptacek T, Lobashevsky E, Neely C, Biggio JR Jr, Lefkowitz EJ, Morrow CD, Edwards RKMidtrimester microbial DNA variations in maternal serum of women who experience spontaneous preterm birth. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2018 Jun 18:1-251. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2018.1490721. [Epub ahead of print]

Kuper SG, Jauk VC, George DM, Edwards RK, Szychowski JM, Mazzoni SE, Wang MJ, Files P, Tita AT, Subramaniam A, Harper LM. Outpatient Foley Catheter for Induction of Labor in Parous Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol 2018; 132:94-101.  

Becker DA, Tang Y, Jacobs AP, Biggio JR, Edwards RK, Subramaniam A. Sensitivity of prenatal ultrasound for detection of trisomy 18. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2018 May 15:1-7. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2018.1471460. [Epub ahead of print] 

Subramaniam A, Owen J, Campbell SB, Harper LM, Fitzwater JL, Edwards RKMaternal body mass index and oxytocin exposure in nulliparous women: is there an interaction associated with maternal and neonatal morbidities? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2018; 31:2013-2018. 

Smid MC, Edwards RK, Biggio JR, Dorman K, LeDuke RC, Lesher LL, Manuck TA, Saade GR, Salazar AE, Stamilio DM, Stuebe AM, Tita ATN, Torres CM, Varner MW, Wapner RJ. Class III obese women’s preferences and concerns for cesarean skin incision: a multicenter survey. Am J Perinatol 2017; 34:289-94. 

Anderson S, Edwards RK. Fetal monitoring concerns. In: Gabrielli A, Layon AJ, Yu M, eds. Civetta, Taylor, and Kirby’s Critical Care, 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2017. 

Alvarez MD, Subramaniam A, Tang Y, Edwards RKObesity as an independent risk factor for group B streptococcal colonization. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2017; 30:2876-9. 

Powell MF, Morgan CJ, Cantu JA, Sakawi Y, Biggio JR, Tita AT, Szychowski JM, Edwards RKObesity and neonatal cord blood gas results at cesarean: effect of intraoperative blood pressure. Am J Perinatol 2017; 34:716-21. 

Wood SL, Brewer F, Ellison R, Biggio JR, Edwards RKPrenatal carrier screening for spinal muscular atrophy. Am J Perinatol 2016; 33:1211-17. 

Subramaniam A, Ptacek T, Lobashevsky E, Cliver S, Lefkowitz EJ, Morrow CD, Biggio JR Jr, Edwards RKMidtrimester cervicovaginal microbiota: identification of microbial variations associated with puerperal infection at term. Am J Perinatol 2016; 33:1165-75. 

Jacobs AP, Subramaniam A, Tang Y, Philips JB 3rd, Biggio JR, Edwards RK, Robin NH. Trisomy 18: A survey of opinions, attitudes, and practices of neonatologists. Am J Med Genet A 2016; 170:2638-43. 

Jain S, Kilgore M, Edwards RK, Owen J. Revisiting the cost-effectiveness of universal cervical length screening: importance of progesterone efficacy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2016; 215:101.e1-7. 

Subramaniam A, Jacobs AP, Tang Y, Neely C, Philips JB, Biggio JR, Robin NH, Edwards RKTrisomy 18: a single-center evaluation of management trends and experience with aggressive obstetric or neonatal intervention. Am J Med Genet A 2016; 170:838-46. 

Edwards RK, Kumar R, Zhi D, Szychowski J, Subramaniam A, Lefkowitz EJ, Morrow C. Gravidas with class III obesity: evaluating the abdominal skin microbiota above and below the panniculus. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2016; 29:3312-6. 

Subramaniam A, Lees BF, Becker DA, Tang Y, Khan MJ, Edwards RKEvaluating human papillomavirus as a risk factor for preterm birth or pregnancy-related hypertension. Obstet Gynecol 2016; 127:233-40. 

Subramaniam A, Corvey KJ, Kilgore ML, Edwards RKPlanned cesarean delivery compared to induction of labor in women with class III obesity: a cost-minimization analysis. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2016; 29:3084-8. 

Edwards RKIs there a subset of morbidly obese gravidas who should forgo labor? Contemporary OB/GYN 2016; 61:24-7. 

Sutton AL, Sanders LB, Subramaniam A, Jauk VC, Edwards RKAbdominal incision selection for cesarean delivery of women with class III obesity. Am J Perinatol 2016; 33:547-51. 

Subramaniam A, Kumar R, Cliver SP, Zhi D, Szychowski JM, Abramovici A, Biggio JR, Lefkowitz EJ, Morrow C, Edwards RKVaginal microbiota in pregnancy: evaluation based on vaginal flora, birth outcome, and race. Am J Perinatol 2016; 33:401-8. 

Smid MC, Smiley SG, Schulkin J, Stamilio DM, Edwards RK, Stuebe AM. The problem of the pannus: physician preferences for cesarean skin incision in morbidly obese women. Am J Perinatol 2016; 33:463-72. 

Edwards RK, Szychowski JM, Bodea-Braescu AV, Biggio JR, Lin MG. Foley catheter for induction of labor: potential barriers to adopting the technique. J Perinatol 2015; 35:996-9. 

Fitzwater JL, Owen J, Ankumah NA, Campbell SB, Biggio JR, Szychowski JM, Edwards RKNulliparous women in the second stage of labor: changes in delivery outcomes between two cohorts from 2000 and 2011. Obstet Gynecol 2015; 126:81-6. 

Abramovici A, Lobashevsky E, Cliver SP, Edwards RK, Hauth JC, Biggio JR. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction to assess response to treatment of bacterial vaginosis and risk of preterm birth. Am J Perinatol 2015; 32:1119-25. 

Edwards RK, Tang Y, Raglan GB, Szychowski JM, Schulkin J, Schrag SJ. Survey of American obstetricians regarding group B streptococcus: opinions and practice patterns. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2015; 213:229.e1-7. 

Cantu JA, Jauk VR, Owen J, Biggio JR, Abramovici AR, Edwards RK, Tita AT. Is low-dose aspirin therapy to prevent preeclampsia more efficacious in non-obese women or when initiated early in pregnancy? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2015; 28:1128-32. 

Abramovici A, Jauk V, Wetta L, Cantu J, Edwards R, Biggio J, Tita A. Low-dose aspirin, smoking status and the risk of spontaneous preterm birth. Am J Perinatol 2015; 32:445-50. 

Cantu J, Szychowski JM, Li X, Biggio J, Edwards RK, Andrews W, Tita ATN. Predicting fetal acidemia using umbilical venous cord gas parameters. Obstet Gynecol 2014; 124:926-32. 

Subramaniam A, Jauk VC, Goss AR, Alvarez MD, Reese C, Edwards RKMode of delivery in women with class III obesity: planned cesarean compared to induction of labor. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014; 211:700.e1-9. 

Edwards RK, Szychowski JM, Berger JL, Petersen M, Ingersoll M, Bodea-Braescu AV, Lin MG. Foley catheter compared with the controlled release dinoprostone insert: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2014; 123:1280-7. 

Edwards RK, Ingersoll M, Gerkin RD, Bodea-Braescu AV, Lin MG. Carboxymethylcellulose adhesion barrier placement at primary cesarean delivery and outcomes at repeat cesarean delivery. Obstet Gynecol 2014; 123:923-8. 

Wilson MS, Ingersoll M, Meschter E, Bodea-Braescu AV, Edwards RKEvaluating the side effects of treatment for preterm labor in a center that uses “high dose” magnesium sulfate. Am J Perinatol 2014; 31:711-6. 

Edwards RK, Reed CA, Villano KS, Holmes JL, Tong S, Davies JK. Effect of hydration on spontaneous labor outcomes in nulliparous pregnant women: a multicenter randomized controlled trial comparing three methods. Am J Perinatol 2014; 31:455-62.