• Rachel Sinkey is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Sinkey attended Asbury University in Wilmore, KY for her undergraduate studies and the University of Kentucky for her medical degree. She pursued obstetrics and gynecology training at TriHealth / Good Samaritan in Cincinnati, OH where her interest in the management of medical diseases in pregnancy was sparked . She subsequently pursued sub-specialty training in Maternal-Fetal medicine at the University of South Florida. Her interests include heart disease in pregnancy, maternal mortality and decision and cost-effectiveness analyses. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their children.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 Progression to Severe Chronic Hypertension 5-7 Years after a Pregnancy with Mild Chronic HypertensionObstetrics and Gynecology.  140:546-553. 2022
    2022 Relationship Between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Severe Maternal Morbidity and Maternal Mortality 2022
    2022 Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Associated with the Omicron Variant of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) InfectionObstetrics and Gynecology.  140:262-265. 2022
    2022 Increased nuchal translucency in fetus with neonatal dilated cardiomyopathy and MAP3K7 genetic variant 2022
    2022 Universal Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Testing for Obstetric Inpatient Units Across the United StatesClinical Infectious Diseases.  75:E322-E328. 2022
    2022 Placental Pathology in Maternal Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency 2022
    2022 Quantifying the additional maternal morbidity in women with preeclampsia with severe features in whom immediate delivery is recommended 2022
    2022 A systematic review of biomarkers associated with maternal infection in pregnant and postpartum womenInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  157:42-50. 2022
    2022 Antibiotic Timing in Previable Prelabor Rupture of Membranes Less Than 24 Weeks of GestationAmerican Journal of Perinatology.  39:671-676. 2022
    2022 Extracellular Vesicles from Women with Severe Preeclampsia Impair Vascular Endothelial FunctionAnesthesia and Analgesia.  134:713-723. 2022
    2022 Barriers and solutions to developing and maintaining research networks during a pandemic: An example from the iELEVATE perinatal networkJournal of Clinical and Translational Science.  6. 2022
    2022 Baseline renal function and adverse outcomes in pregnancies complicated by pregestational diabetes 2022
    2022 Racial disparities in peripartum cardiomyopathy: eighteen years of observations 2022
    2022 Racial disparities in reliable contraceptive use in women with heart disease* 2022
    2022 The effects of offering immediate postpartum placement of IUDs and implants to pregnant patients with heart diseaseContraception.  105:55-60. 2022
    2022 Uterine myomas: effect of prior myomectomy on pregnancy outcomes 2022
    2021 Head Circumference within the Normal Range and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Preterm InfantsAmerican Journal of Perinatology.  38:1459-1464. 2021
    2021 Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Associated With the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Delta (B.1.617.2) VariantObstetrics and Gynecology.  138:842-844. 2021
    2021 Randomized Controlled Trials of Headache Treatments in Pregnancy: A Systematic ReviewAmerican Journal of Perinatology.  38:E102-E108. 2021
    2021 Prenatal tobacco exposure and childhood neurodevelopment among infants born prematurelyAmerican Journal of Perinatology.  38:218-223. 2021
    2021 Care of the Postpartum Patient in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review with Implications for Maternal MortalityAmerican Journal of Perinatology2021
    2021 Management of reproductive health after cardiac transplantation 2021
    2020 Preeclampsia—Pathophysiology and Clinical Presentations: JACC State-of-the-Art ReviewJournal of the American College of Cardiology.  76:1690-1702. 2020
    2020 Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: a Comparison of International GuidelinesCurrent Hypertension Reports.  22. 2020
    2020 Chronic hypertension in pregnancyAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  222:532-541. 2020
    2020 Risk factors for Cesarean delivery in pregnancy with small-for-gestational-age fetus undergoing induction of labor 2020
    2020 Management of reproductive health in patients with pulmonary hypertension 2020
    2020 RE Letter to the Editor: Prehypertension is associated with multiple poor maternal and fetal outcomes, by Giovanni SistiAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  222:514. 2020
    2020 Did a shared thioredoxin-reductase gene mutation lead to maternal peripartum cardiomyopathy and fatal dilated cardiomyopathy in her son? A case reportCase Reports in Women's Health.  26. 2020
    2020 Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction in a Postpartum Patient with Superimposed Preeclampsia and COVID-19American Journal of Perinatology Reports.  10:E165-E168. 2020
    2020 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome among Infants Born to Mothers with Sickle Cell HemoglobinopathiesAmerican Journal of Perinatology.  37:326-332. 2020
    2020 Thrombin-Induced Decidual Colony-Stimulating Factor-2 Promotes Abruption-Related Preterm Birth by Weakening Fetal MembranesAmerican Journal of Pathology.  190:388-399. 2020
    2019 The added value of screening fetal echocardiography after normal cardiac views on a detailed ultrasoundPrenatal Diagnosis.  39:1148-1154. 2019
    2019 Elective Induction of Labor in the 39th Week of Gestation Compared With Expectant Management of Low-Risk Multiparous WomenObstetrics and Gynecology.  134:282-287. 2019
    2019 ACOG PRACTICE BULLETIN SUMMARY NUMBER 212 Pregnancy and Heart DiseaseObstetrics and Gynecology.  133:1067-1072. 2019
    2019 Lower blood pressure thresholds raise the bar in pregnancyCirculation Research.  125:195-197. 2019
    2018 Vasa previa screening strategies: Decision and cost-effectiveness analysis 2018
    2018 Elective induction of labor at 39 weeks among nulliparous women: The impact on maternal and neonatal riskPLoS One.  13. 2018
    2018 Does adjunctive use of progesterone in women with cerclage improve prevention of preterm birth?* 2018
    2017 Epidemiology of racial/ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidity and mortalitySeminars in Perinatology.  41:258-265. 2017
    2016 A positive association between umbilical cord RBC folate and fetal TL at birth supports a potential for fetal reprogrammingProgress in food & nutrition science.  36:703-709. 2016
    2016 Cost-Effectiveness of Old and New Technologies for Aneuploidy ScreeningClinics in Laboratory Medicine.  36:237-248. 2016
    2016 Homocysteine Levels Are not Related to Telomere Length in Cord Blood Leukocytes of NewbornsAmerican Journal of Perinatology.  33:552-559. 2016
    2016 Combination Risk-Reducing Breast, Gynecologic and Reconstructive Surgery among High-Risk Women: Does Surgical Order Impact Outcome?Journal of Gynecologic Surgery.  32:124-128. 2016
    2016 Placental Alpha-Microglobulin-1 Test in Resource-Limited Settings: A Cost-Effectiveness AnalysisObstetrics and Gynecology.  127:584-591. 2016
    2015 #37: Diagnosis and management of vasa previaAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  213:615-619. 2015
    2015 The first known case of alanine aminotransferase deficiency diagnosed during pregnancy 2015
    2015 The GoMo study: A randomized clinical trial assessing neonatal pain with Gomco vs Mogen clamp circumcisionAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  212:664.e1-664.e8. 2015
    2015 The GoMo study: a randomized clinical trial assessing neonatal pain with Gomco vs Mogen clamp circumcisionAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  212. 2015
    2015 Diagnosis and management of vasa previa: The definition, epidemiology, natural history, diagnosis, and management of vasa previa, particularly cases diagnosed prenatallyContemporary OB/GYN.  60:31-33. 2015


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    2017 Cornelia de lange syndrome.  543-547.e1. 2017
    2017 Noonan syndrome.  564-567.e1. 2017
    2017 Pontocerebellar disorders.  581-584.e1. 2017

    Education And Training

  • TriHealth, Residency
  • University of South Florida, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Kentucky 2010
  • Full Name

  • Rachel Sinkey