Guest Content

The Iowa Medical Society is fortunate to have members who share their expertise with the medical community and the public. Below is a listing of member articles that have appeared in IMS publications and accessible by the general public. IMS members wishing to submit content for consideration please contact Rachel Lopez, IMS Manager of Content & Publication at (515) 421-4781 or

The New Reality of Placenta Accreta Spectrum in Iowa

Author: Andrea L. Greiner, MD; Sarah A. Wernimont, MD, PhD; Stephen K. Hunter, MD, PhD (Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine)

Publication: Iowa Medicine 2018:108/4:36-39

Placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) occurs when the placenta abnormally attaches to (or invades into) the myometrium of the uterus. The increased Cesarean delivery rate of the modern era has made this complication more frequent with increased risk to the mother.  The University of Iowa has developed a multi-disciplinary protocol to care for these women directed by University of Iowa Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty physicians. This protocol includes diagnostic techniques and management strategies to optimize maternal and fetal outcomes. Read full article

Weighing in on the Obesity Epidemic

Author: Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, UI Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean, UI Carver College of Medicine

Publication: Iowa Medicine 2018:108/3:39-41

Sixty years ago, people were remarkably thinner. Data from 1960 show that 13 percent of adult Americans were obese, compared to 39 percent today. Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the U.S., with the total estimated cost of the obesity epidemic ranging from $147 to $210 billion per year, including the cost of absenteeism and reduced productivity. The gene pool of humans has not changed. So, what accounts for this difference? Read full article