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Catalin Buhimschi, MD, MMS, MBA

Interim Department Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Maternal Fetal Medicine Division

Director, Obstetrics Service and Patient Safety, University of Illinois Hospital

Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Director, MFM Fellowship Program

High Risk Obstetrics:
Phone: (312) 413-3890
Fax: (312) 413-3894

Assistant to the Department Head, Gabrielle Myers:
Phone: (312) 996-7006
Fax: (312) 996-4238

Medical School Residency Fellowship Graduate
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Bucharest Romania
University of Maryland Yale University University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
Ohio State University

Biographical Information

Following completion of medical school in Romania, Dr. Catalin Buhimschi attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to complete a Master in Basic Reproductive Sciences. He then completed an OBGYN Residency at the University of Maryland, followed by a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Yale University. In 2004, he joined the Yale faculty where he held several leadership positions, including Director of the MFM Fellowship and Perinatal Research Programs, Director of the MFM Section, and Chief of Obstetrical Services at Yale New Haven Hospital. In 2013, Dr. Buhimschi was recruited to The Ohio State University (OSU), where he served as Director of the MFM Section and Vice-Chair for the Department of OBGYN. At OSU, Dr. Buhimschi demonstrated a dynamic vision that promoted effective business strategy and a commitment to outstanding clinical services. He was the recipient of the Frederick P. Zuspan Endowed Chair. In 2017, Dr. Buhimschi completed his Master in Business Administration at the OSU Fisher School of Business.

For over two decades, Dr. Catalin Buhimschi has been committed to basic science and translational research. He has published over 170 original research articles in journals such as Circulation, Hypertension, The Lancet, Science Translational Medicine, and JAMA Pediatrics. He was Co-Editor of the “Drugs for Pregnant and Lactating Women” textbook and associate editor of the American Journal of Perinatology. Dr. Buhimschi received many prizes recognizing research excellence from the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) including the “March of Dimes Best Research in Prematurity” award. In 2014, Dr. Buhimschi was elected President of the Perinatal Research Society (PRS). As a permanent member of the NIH Pregnancy and Perinatology (PN) study section, the SMFM fellowship committee, and as a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Dr. Buhimschi has played an important role at the national level to promote excellence in science and education. Since 2005, Dr. Buhimschi was funded continuously by the NIH to pursue research in the field of uterine healing, fetal injury, and antenatal damage. In 2016, Dr. Buhimschi successfully renewed OSU’s NICHD MFMU-Network grant, for which he served as principal investigator. Currently, Dr. Buhimschi is funded by the NIH and USAID.

For his entire career, Dr. Buhimschi has promoted a culture of training excellence. He has contributed to the academic development of many medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. At both Yale and OSU, he developed infrastructures that fostered research and educational success. Under his leadership at OSU, the MFM fellowship program doubled in size. The fellowship training program’s involvement with the SMFM and Society for Reproductive Investigation reached an all-time high with many abstracts and oral presentations at these annual meetings. Initiation of collaborative research relationships and establishment of an active research network with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus has facilitated Dr. Buhimschi’s trainees and faculty to seek and attain extramural funding from sources such as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).

At the University of Illinois, Dr. Buhimschi will capitalize on the wealth of clinical and research opportunities created by the University and Medical Center. Dr. Buhimschi leads a cadre of exceptional MFM physicians who, together with the outstanding current team, deliver care that is safe, efficient, and aligned with the Chicago community’s needs.

Selected Recent Publications

Carlson SE, Gajewski BJ, Valentine CJ, Kerling EH, Weiner CP, Cackovic M, Buhimschi CS, Rogers LK, Sands SA, Brown AR, Mudaranthakam DP, Crawford SA, DeFranco EA. Higher dose docosahexaenoic acid supplementation during pregnancy and early preterm birth: A randomised, double-blind, adaptive-design superiority trial.  EClinicalMedicine.  2021;31:100678. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.100905

Ware CA, Buhimschi C.S., Zhao G, El Helou Y, Buhimschi IA. Amniotic Fluid Proteasome and Immunoproteasome in the Setting of Intra-Amniotic Infection, Inflammation, and Preterm Birth. Reprod Sci. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s43032-021-00512-7.

Guzeloglu-Kayislia O, Semercia N, Guoa X, Larsena K, Ozmena A, Arliera S, Mutluaya D, Nwabuobi C, Sipea B, Buhimschi IA, Buhimschi C.S., Frederick Schatz, Umit A. Kayislia, Charles J. Lockwood. Decidual cell FKBP51–progesterone receptor binding mediates maternal stress–induced preterm birth. Proc Natl Acad Sci (PNAS) USA, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2010282118

Ackerman Iv WE, Buhimschi C.S., Snedden A, Summerfield TL, Zhao G, Buhimschi IA. Molecular signatures of labor and non-labor myometrium with parsimonious classification from two calcium transporter genes. JCI Insight. 2021:148425.

Weiner CP, Dong Y, Zhou H, Cuckle H, Ramsey R, Egerman R, Buhimschi I, Buhimschi C.S. Early pregnancy prediction of spontaneous preterm birth before 32 completed weeks of pregnancy using plasma RNA: transcriptome discovery and initial validation of an RNA panel of markers. BJOG. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16736.

Bracken H, Buhimschi IA, Rahman A, Smith PRS, Pervin J, Rouf S, Bousieguez M, López LG, Buhimschi C.S., Easterling T, Winikoff B. Congo red test for identification of preeclampsia: Results of a prospective diagnostic case-control study in Bangladesh and Mexico. EClinicalMedicine. 2020;31:100678.

Jones ML, Buhimschi IA, Zhao G, Bartholomew A, Smith-Timms J, Rood KM, Buhimschi CS .Acute Glucose Load, Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Nonenzymatic Glycation, and Screening for Gestational Diabetes. Reprod Sci. 2020;27:1587-1594.

Irani RA, Buhimschi CS, Cross SN, Zhao G, Copel JA, Bhandari V, Buhimschi IA, Bahtiyar MO. Fetal Myocardial Function as Assessed by N-Terminal Fragment Brain Natriuretic Protein in Premature Fetuses Exposed to Intra-amniotic Inflammation. Am J Perinatol. 2020;37:745-753. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0039-1688909.

Finneran MM, Ware CA, Russo J, Webster S, Mathew S, Buhimschi IA, Buhimschi CS. Use
of birth weight- vs. ultrasound-derived fetal weight classification methods: implications for
detection of abnormal umbilical artery Doppler. J Perinat Med. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1515/jpm-2020-0068.

Berryman K, Buhimschi CS, Zhao G, Axe M, Locke M, Buhimschi IA. Proteasome Levels and Activity in Pregnancies Complicated by Severe Preeclampsia and Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes, and Thrombocytopenia (HELLP) Syndrome. Hypertension. 2019.73:1308-1318.

Buhimschi CS, Jablonski KA, Rouse DJ, Varner MW, Reddy UM, Mercer BM, Leveno KJ, Wapner RJ, Sorokin Y, Thorp JM, Ramin SM, Malone FD, Carpenter MW, O’Sullivan MJ, Peaceman AM, Saade GR, Dudley D, Caritis SN and Buhimschi IA for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network. Cord blood haptoglobin, cerebral palsy and death in infants of women at risk for preterm birth. The Lancet. 2019.8:47-56.

Stetson BT, Buhimschi CS, Keller BA, Hay K, Buhimschi IA, Maitre NL. Comparison of cerebral palsy severity between two eras of antenatal magnesium use. Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. 2019.173(2):188-190.

Nayeri UA, Buhimschi CS, Zhao G, Buhimschi IA, Bhandari V. Components of the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum exposome impact on distinct short-term adverse neonatal outcomes of premature infants: A prospective cohort study. PLoS One. 2018.13:e0207298.

Rood KM, Buhimschi CS, Zhao G, Oliver EA, Summerfield T, Bahtiyar MO, Buhimschi IA. Tenascin-x in Amniotic Fluid and Reproductive Tissues of Pregnancies Complicated by Infection and Preterm Prelabor Rupture of Membranes. Biology of Reproduction. 2019. 100(3):773-782.

Motawea HKB, Chotani MA, Ali M, Ackerman W, Zhao G, Ahmed AAE, Buhimschi CS, Buhimschi IA. Human Placenta Expresses α2-Adrenergic Receptors and May Be Implicated in Pathogenesis of Preeclampsia and Fetal Growth Restriction. American Journal of Pathology 2018. 188:2774-2785.

Finneran MM, Smith DD, Buhimschi CS. Cost Analysis of Azithromycin versus Erythromycin in Pregnancies Complicated by Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes. American Journal of Perinatology 2019. 36(1):105-110.

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