Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

MotherToBaby Advisory Board

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Ruth LawrenceRuth A. Lawrence, MD, is a graduate of Antioch College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, is a pediatrician, clinical toxicologist, and neonatologist. She is Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Ruth A. Lawernce Poison and Drug Information Center and of the Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center.




Eva Pressman, MD
Eva K. Pressman, MD, is The Henry A. Thiede Professor and Chair of The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Rochester. She is Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of the MFM Fellowship training program. She completed her undergraduate training at Brown University and received her medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Pressman did her residency training in Ob/Gyn as well as a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Rochester in 1999, Dr. Pressman was an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins from 1994-1999, where she was also Associate Director of the Ob/Gyn Residency Program, Director of the Fetal Assessment Center, and of the High Risk Obstetrical Clinic. Dr. Pressman is Board Certified in Ob/Gyn and in Maternal Fetal Medicine.




Ronnie Guillet
Ronnie Guillett, MD, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology.  Her primary research focus is in the area of neonatal brain development and injury. The developing brain is at risk from the effects of centrally-acting agents, including hypoxia, seizures, and medications. This risk is due in part to the fact that the brain may be more vulnerable during times of rapid maturational change. She has an active clinical research program, focused on the neonatal brain. Dr. Guillet is the recent recipient of a 5 year multimillion dollar grant from NIH for a multicenter clinical trial to determine if treatment with phenobarbital compared with treatment with placebo for four months after resolution of neonatal seizures alters neurodevelopmental outcome or changes the incidence of recurrent seizures.




Timonthy Wiegand
Timothy Wiegand, MD, MS is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. He earned his degree in medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Wiegand went on to complete a toxicology fellowship and training in clinical pharmacology at UCSF. He also received his certification in toxicology by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.




Norma Barton, BS Pharm, is a Certified Specialist in Poison Information, Drug Information Specialist, and Helpline Coordinator.
Curt Haas
Curtis E. Haas, PharmD, joined URMC as director of Pharmacy in 2006, has more than 30 years of pharmacy experience including clinical practice, academia, clinical research and specialty residency programs. He previously served as associate professor of pharmacy practice at the University at Buffalo’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and as adjunct clinical assistant professor in the departments of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rochester. He earned a bachelor of science in Pharmacy at the Albany College of Pharmacy of Union University, and his doctor of pharmacy at the University at Buffalo. He has published extensively on clinical drug research and critical care topics.

Elizabeth Cooper Elizabeth M. Cooper, EdD, joined the faculty of the department of Ob/Gyn in 1975 as the first nurse-midwife to practice in Rochester. A nursing graduate of the University of Texas, she completed midwifery education at Columbia University in 1971, and adoctorate in Higher Education for Health Professions from the University of Rochester in 1992. As the founder and director of the URMC midwifery practice since its inception twenty years ago, Cooper remains an active clinician in the practice. She is also involved in providing medical and midwifery education, as well as several research studies. Cooper's areas of expertise include care of the developmentally disabled, women in the peri-menopause, as well as group prenatal care.





Patricia Brantingham

Patricia Brantingham is the Executive Director of the Perinatal Network of Monroe County which provides community leadership to achieve optimal health for babies and their mothers. PNMC promotes care, education, and services that are high quality, comprehensive, and accessible. PNMC focuses on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes to achieve community-wide health equity.