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Mahmoud A. Ismail

AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Dr. Mahmoud Ismail is an expert in high-risk obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine and infectious diseases in obstetrics.

    Actively involved in several areas of basic and clinical research, Dr. Ismail is studying the clinical outcomes of vaginal birth after cesarean section and breech vaginal birth versus cesarean section. He is also interested in bacterial infections in obstetrics, the immunology of pregnancy and pregnancy after bariatric surgery.

    A popular guest speaker, Dr. Ismail has lectured at scientific meetings and universities around the world. He has contributed to many book chapters and is a reviewer for several medical publications including Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Journal of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Ismail has been named as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors, Inc. and also as one of the “Top Doctors in Chicago,” by Chicago Magazine. Section Chief for Maternal Fetal Medicine from 2004-2007 and 2009-2014. Dr. Ismail was Program Director, MFM Fellowship Program at the University of Chicago from 2004-2010. He was also Co-Director, UCH Perinatal Network at the University of Chicago from 2004-2018.


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    Cairo University Medical SchoolMD
    Advocate Christ Medical CenterInternship
    Wayne State University Medical CenterResidency
    University of Chicago MedicineFellowship
    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1979- Present
    Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine 1987- Present
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    1977Annual Morris Bachman Award, Wayne State University Medical Center, Detroit Michigan, Senior Resident
    1980 - 1982Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow , University of Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow
    1994Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Asssociate Professor
    2008Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    2016Distinguished Clinician, University of Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Senior Professor
    2017Bucksbaum Institute , University of Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Senior Faculty Scholar

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    1. Lopes Perdigao J, Straub H, Zhou Y, Gonzalez A, Ismail M, Ouyang DW. Perinatal and obstetric outcomes of dichorionic vs trichorionic triplet pregnancies. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May; 214(5):659.e1-5. PMID: 26608832.
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    2. Reutrakul S, Zaidi N, Wroblewski K, Kay HH, Ismail M, Ehrmann DA, Van Cauter E. Interactions between pregnancy, obstructive sleep apnea, and gestational diabetes mellitus. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Oct; 98(10):4195-202. PMID: 23966237.
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    3. Ding D, Scott NM, Thompson EE, Chaiworapongsa T, Torres R, Billstrand C, Murray K, Dexheimer PJ, Ismail M, Kay H, Levy S, Romero R, Lindheimer MD, Nicolae DL, Ober C. Increased protein-coding mutations in the mitochondrial genome of African American women with preeclampsia. Reprod Sci. 2012 Dec; 19(12):1343-51. PMID: 22902742.
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    4. Park JM, Tuuli MG, Wong M, Carbone JF, Ismail M, Macones GA, Odibo AO. Cervical cerclage: one stitch or two? Am J Perinatol. 2012 Jun; 29(6):477-81. PMID: 22399222.
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    5. Reutrakul S, Zaidi N, Wroblewski K, Kay HH, Ismail M, Ehrmann DA, Van Cauter E. Sleep disturbances and their relationship to glucose tolerance in pregnancy. Diabetes Care. 2011 Nov; 34(11):2454-7. PMID: 21926292.
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    6. McElrath TF, Fichorova RN, Allred EN, Hecht JL, Ismail MA, Yuan H, Leviton A. Blood protein profiles of infants born before 28 weeks differ by pregnancy complication. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 May; 204(5):418.e1-418.e12. PMID: 21349490.
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    7. Tarr M, Marcinak J, Mongkolrattanothai K, Burns JL, Wheat LJ, Durkin M, Ismail M. Blastomyces antigen detection for monitoring progression of blastomycosis in a pregnant adolescent. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2007; 2007:89059. PMID: 17641724.
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    8. Starr RV, Zurawski J, Ismail M. Preoperative vaginal preparation with povidone-iodine and the risk of postcesarean endometritis. Obstet Gynecol. 2005 May; 105(5 Pt 1):1024-9. PMID: 15863540.
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    9. Chapa JB, Ahn JT, DiGiovanni LM, Ismail MA. West Nile virus encephalitis during pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Aug; 102(2):229-31. PMID: 12907093.
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    10. Roy S, Higareda I, Angel-Muller E, Ismail M, Hague C, Adeyi B, Woods GL, Teppler H. Ertapenem once a day versus piperacillin-tazobactam every 6 hours for treatment of acute pelvic infections: a prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-blind study. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2003; 11(1):27-37. PMID: 12839630.
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    11. Hibbard JU, Ismail MA, Wang Y, Te C, Karrison T, Ismail MA. Failed vaginal birth after a cesarean section: how risky is it? I. Maternal morbidity. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2001 Jun; 184(7):1365-71; discussion 1371-3. PMID: 11408854.
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    12. Ismail MA, Nagib N, Ismail T, Cibils LA. Comparison of vaginal and cesarean section delivery for fetuses in breech presentation. J Perinat Med. 1999; 27(5):339-51. PMID: 10642954.
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    13. Ismail MA, Rotmensch J, Mercer LJ, Block BS, Salti GI, Holt JA. CA-125 in peritoneal fluid from patients with nonmalignant gynecologic disorders. J Reprod Med. 1994 Jul; 39(7):510-2. PMID: 7966039.
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    14. Ismail MA, Pridjian G, Hibbard JU, Harth C, Moawad AA. Significance of positive cervical cultures for Chlamydia trachomatis in patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes. Am J Perinatol. 1992 Sep-Nov; 9(5-6):368-70. PMID: 1418135.
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    15. Moawad AH, Ismail MA, River LP. Use of the drop volume of amniotic fluid in predicting fetal lung maturity. Clinical experience. J Reprod Med. 1991 Jun; 36(6):425-8. PMID: 1865398.
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    16. Ismail MA, Salti GI, Block BS, Moawad AH. The effect of filtration of amniotic fluid on the growth of Chlamydia trachomatis and Escherichia coli. Am J Perinatol. 1991 Jan; 8(1):50-2. PMID: 1987970.
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    17. Ismail MA, Nelson KE, Larson P, Moses VK. Selective effect of cefoxitin prophylaxis on post-cesarean-section microbial flora. J Reprod Med. 1990 Feb; 35(2):168-74. PMID: 2406439.
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    18. Baron BW, Shermeta DW, Ismail MA, Ben-Ami T, Yousefzadeh D, Carlson N, Amarose AP, Esterly JR. Unique anomalies in cephalothoracopagus janiceps conjoined twins with implications for multiple mechanisms in the abnormal embryogenesis. Teratology. 1990 Jan; 41(1):9-22. PMID: 2406989.
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    19. Ismail MA, Salti GI, Moawad AH. Effect of amniotic fluid on bacterial recovery and growth: clinical implications. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 1989 Aug; 44(8):571-7. PMID: 2668811.
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    20. Verp MS, Ismail MA, Sheikh Z. Fetal urinary tract obstruction and trisomy 18 mosaicism. A case report. J Reprod Med. 1988 Apr; 33(4):391-2. PMID: 3285006.
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    21. Mercer LJ, Murphy HJ, Ismail MA, Hajj SN. A comparison of cefonicid and cefoxitin for preventing infections after vaginal hysterectomy. J Reprod Med. 1988 Feb; 33(2):223-6. PMID: 3351823.
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    22. Hajj SN, Mercer LJ, Ismail MA. Surgical approaches to pelvic infections in women. J Reprod Med. 1988 Jan; 33(1 Suppl):159-63. PMID: 3278112.
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    23. Mercer LJ, Hajj SN, Ismail MA, Block BS. Use of C-reactive protein to predict the outcome of medical management of tuboovarian abscesses. J Reprod Med. 1988 Jan; 33(1 Suppl):164-7. PMID: 3343665.
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