Eva K. Pressman, M.D., has been selected as Henry A. Thiede Professor and Chair of the University of Rochester’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, pending approval from the University Board of Trustees. Pressman is the first woman to chair the department, succeeding James R. Woods, M.D., who stepped down in June 2013 after 10 years as chair.
“Dr. Pressman’s demonstrated leadership in women’s health, on both local and national levels, has prepared her well to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead for our Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,” said Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Center CEO. “We look forward with excitement to the vision and expertise she brings to her new role as chair.”
Pressman has served as URMC’s James R. Woods Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine since 2003. She is also a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and directs the fellowship program in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
”Dr. Pressman is a superb choice to lead the Department of Ob/Gyn, given her history of clinical excellence, complemented by research acumen and teaching expertise,” said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, who announced the appointment today. “Under her leadership, the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine has flourished as a regional resource for high-risk pregnancy care as well as a training ground preparing new generations of experts in this important subspecialty. She is poised to lead the department as transitions from health care reform take root and as advances in knowledge and technology continue to shape this important facet of women’s health.”
“I am proud to continue the legacy of leadership in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester.” Pressman said. “Dating back to the discovery of progesterone by Dr. Willard Allen in 1930, this institution has remained at the forefront of women’s health care for generations. I look forward to working with our talented faculty and staff to deliver the best, safest and most compassionate care and expanding the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology through education, research and community outreach.”
Pressman earned her bachelor of science from Brown University and her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed residency training in Ob/Gyn as well as a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
Before coming to Rochester in 1999, Pressman was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins as well as associate director of the Ob/Gyn Residency Program, and director of the Fetal Assessment Center, and of the High-Risk Obstetrical Clinic. She is board-certified in Ob/Gyn and in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Pressman’s clinical practice and research have focused on medical complications of pregnancy, preterm birth, premature rupture of membranes, and obstetrical ultrasound.
“With her career-long commitment to maternal health, Dr. Pressman has an established track record in both her clinical practice and research efforts that makes the health of mothers and babies a priority,” said Steve Goldstein, president and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital. “As department chair, Eva’s leadership and commitment will extend to all areas of Ob/Gyn, to the benefit of our organization as well as the health of women throughout our community and region.”
Pressman has earned national and local awards for teaching excellence and has published extensively on high-risk pregnancy issues, including recent articles on the effects of maternal anxiety on immune responses in infants, simulation-based training to improve communication in the delivery room, and complications of obesity in pregnancy.
URMC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is recognized for excellence both nationally and locally. Earlier this year, it was ranked among the top programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Additionally, URMC’s Strong Memorial Hospital was cited among “100 Hospitals With Great Women’s Health Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review.