• As a clinician-scientist John Owen has focused on collaborative research with many of my colleagues focusing on study design, data analysis and interpretation. Personal research interests include prematurity prevention and obstetric ultrasound. As former fellowship director, Dr. Owen also enjoys teaching our residents and MFM Fellows, especially in obstetric ultrasound.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Pragmatic Experience with Risk-based versus Universal Hepatitis C Screening in Pregnancy: Detection of Infection and Postpartum Linkage to Care 2021
    2021 Combination of Fundal Height and Ultrasound to Predict Small for Gestational Age at Birth 2021
    2021 Mid-Trimester Cervical Length Screening: Effect of Poorly Developed Lower Uterine Segment on Pregnancy OutcomeJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine2021
    2020 Association between Maternal Serum Hormones along the Maternal-Fetal Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis and Successful Vaginal Delivery Measured Prior to Labor Induction 2020
    2020 The Effect of Intramuscular 17α-Hydroxyprogesterone in Women Screened for Shortened Cervical Length 2020
    2019 Fetal growth patterns in pregnancy-associated hypertensive disorders: NICHD Fetal Growth StudiesAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  221:635.e1-635.e16. 2019
    2019 A contemporary amniotic fluid volume chart for the United States: The NICHD Fetal Growth Studies–SingletonsAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  221:67.e1-67.e12. 2019
    2019 Estimating Gestational Age from Ultrasound: External Validation of the NICHD Formula with Comparison to the Hadlock Regression 2019
    2018 Estimating gestational age at birth from fundal height and additional anthropometrics: a prospective cohort studyBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  125:1397-1404. 2018
    2018 Estimating gestational age with sonography: Regression-derived formula versus the fetal biometric averageJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  37:677-681. 2018
    2018 The Utility of Repeat Midtrimester Anatomy Ultrasound for Anomaly Detection 2018
    2018 Cohort profile: NICHD fetal growth studies- Singletons and twinsInternational Journal of Epidemiology.  47:25-25l. 2018
    2018 Association of maternal obesity with longitudinal ultrasonographic measures of fetal growth: Findings from the nichd fetal growth studies-singletonsJAMA Pediatrics.  172:24-31. 2018
    2017 Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Perceived Stress, and Fetal GrowthJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  36:1639-1648. 2017
    2016 Completion and sensitivity of the second-trimester fetal anatomic survey in obese gravidasJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  35:2449-2457. 2016
    2016 The Performance of First-Trimester Anatomy Scan: A Decision Analysis 2016
    2016 Predictive Value of Initial Cervical Length for Subsequent Cervical Length Shortening in Women with a Prior Preterm Birth 2016
    2016 Cerclage: Shirodkar, McDonald, and modificationsClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  59:302-310. 2016
    2016 Vaginal cerclage: Preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative managementClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  59:270-285. 2016
    2015 Ultrasonographic Fetal Weight Estimation: Should Macrosomia-Specific Formulas Be Utilized? 2015
    2015 Precocious cervical ripening as a screening target to predict spontaneous preterm delivery among asymptomatic singleton pregnancies: A systematic reviewAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  212:145-156. 2015
    2014 Minimising perinatal mortality in twins: planned birth at 38 weeks of gestation for dichorionic and 36 weeks of gestation for monochorionic twins.BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology2014
    2014 Higher-Dose Oxytocin to Prevent Obstetric Hemorrhage at Vaginal Delivery-Does Duration of Infusion Matter? 2014
    2014 Minimising perinatal mortality in twins: Planned birth at 38 weeks of gestation for dichorionic and 36 weeks of gestation for monochorionic twinsBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  121:1291. 2014
    2014 Mycoplasma, bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria BVAB3, race, and risk of preterm birth in a high-risk cohortAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  210:226.e1-226.e7. 2014
    2014 Selected vaginal bacteria and risk of preterm birth: An ecological perspectiveJournal of Infectious Diseases.  209:1087-1094. 2014
    2012 Protocols for high-risk pregnanciesContemporary OB/GYN.  57:47-48. 2012
    2012 What factors affect intrapartum maternal temperature? a prospective cohort study: Maternal intrapartum temperatureAnesthesiology.  117:302-308. 2012
    2011 High-dose oxytocin is not associated with maternal temperature elevation: A retrospective cohort study of mid-trimester pregnancy with intrauterine fetal demiseInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia.  20:30-33. 2011
    2010 Middle cerebral artery median peak systolic velocity validation: Effect of measurement technique 2010
    2010 Cervical funneling: Effect on gestational length and ultrasound-indicated cerclage in high-risk womenAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  203:259.e1-259.e5. 2010
    2009 Racial disparities in perinatal outcomes and pregnancy spacing among women delaying initiation of childbearingMCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.  34:392. 2009
    2009 Pregnancy spacing among women delaying initiation of childbearingArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  279:677-684. 2009
    2009 Racial disparities in perinatal outcomes and pregnancy spacing among women delaying initiation of childbearingMaternal and Child Health Journal.  13:81-89. 2009
    2008 Interpregnancy interval and subsequent perinatal outcomes among women delaying initiation of childbearingJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research.  34:941-947. 2008
    2004 Can shortened midtrimester cervical length predict very early spontaneous preterm birth?American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  191:298-303. 2004
    2004 Number and gestational age of prior preterm births does not modify the predictive value of a short cervixAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  191:241-246. 2004
    2004 An outcomes analysis of five prenatal screening strategies for trisomy 21 in women younger than 35 yearsAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  190:721-729. 2004
    2003 Evaluation of the cervix by ultrasound for the prediction of preterm birthClinics in Perinatology.  30:735-755. 2003
    2002 A higher dose of oxytocin was more effective than a standard dose, when infused over 30 min, in preventing uterine atony after cesarean deliveryEvidence-based Obstetrics and Gynecology.  4:120-121. 2002
    2001 Mid-trimester endovaginal sonography in women at high risk for spontaneous preterm birth 2001
    2000 Sonography, suspected macrosomia, and prophylactic cesarean: A limited partnershipClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  43:326-334. 2000
    2000 Midtrimester cervical ripening and labor inductionClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  43:495-512. 2000
    1999 Relationship of gestational age and cervical dilation to the timing of delivery 1999
    1999 Prophylactic cesarean delivery for fetal macrosomia diagnosed by means of ultrasonography - A Faustian bargain?American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  181:332-338. 1999
    1998 Decision analysisClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  41:282-295. 1998
    1998 Prophylactic cesarean for prenatally diagnosed malformationsClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  41:393-404. 1998
    1997 Management options in women with preterm uterine contractions: A randomized clinical trialAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  177:814-818. 1997
    1996 Preterm delivery after indomethacin: A risk factor for neonatal complications? 1996
    1996 The effectiveness and costs of elective cesarean delivery for fetal macrosomia diagnosed by ultrasound 1996
    1996 On the use of surrogate end points for the calculation of the false- positive rate of antenatal testing [10]American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  175:756-757. 1996
    1995 Determinants of the optimal time in gestation to initiate antenatal fetal testing: A decision-analytic approachAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  173:1357-1363. 1995
    1995 Zidovudine for the prevention of vertical HIV transmission: A decision analytic approach 1995
    1994 Fetal Echocardiography in Gravidas with Historic Risk Factors for Congenital Heart Disease 1994
    1994 Wound complications after cesarean sectionsClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  37:842-855. 1994
    1993 Randomized trial of prophylactic antibiotic therapy after preterm amnion ruptureAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  169:976-981. 1993
    1993 The effect of low-dose aspirin on fetal urine output and amniotic fluid volumeAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  169:885-888. 1993
    1993 Trial of labor after a one- or two-layer closure of a low transverse uterine incisionAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  168:545-546. 1993
    1992 Midtrimester pregnancy termination: A randomized trial of prostaglandin E2 versus concentrated oxytocinAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  167:1112-1116. 1992
    1992 Oxytocin for the induction or augmentation of laborClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.  35:464-475. 1992
    1990 A prospective randomized study of saline solution amnioinfusionAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  162:1146-1149. 1990
    1989 A comparison of perinatal outcome in patients undergoing contraction stress testing performed by nipple stimulation versus spontaneously occurring contractionsAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  160:1081-1085. 1989


    Year Title Altmetric
    2015 Cervical Insufficiency.  288-297. 2015
    2012 Cervical Insufficiency.  271-279. 2012
    2010 Cervical Insufficiency.  373-382. 2010
    2008 The Incompetent Cervix.  263-270. 2008

    Education And Training

  • UAB Hospital, Internship
  • UAB Hospital, Residency
  • UAB Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Master of Public Health in Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2007
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas System : Dallas 1982
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 1975
  • Full Name

  • John Owen