A Chat with Dr. Jessica Kiley, Division Chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology
By Kara SpakWomen's Health May 23, 2017
Dr. Jessica Kiley was recently appointed the Northwestern Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s new division chief of general obstetrics and gynecology, leading physicians in patient care and research. She’s been at Northwestern since joining the faculty in 2008. Dr. Kiley as also serves as medical director of postpartum at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.
We asked Dr. Kiley a few questions about obstetrics and gynecology and what exciting research developments are on the horizon at Prentice Women’s Hospital.
There are so many different fields of medicine. How did you end up in obstetrics and gynecology?
It’s the nature of the work. I knew I wanted to be women’s health-focused and I liked the idea of taking care of women at all ends of the reproductive spectrum.
It’s also the way ob/gyns practice medicine that was appealing to me. You’re in the office seeing patients as well as being in the operating room and the labor floor. I like the diversity in all different elements of clinical care.
What research is happening in your department that people should know about?
Our department has a lot of researchers with dynamic, cutting-edge interests, and the department is a leader in National Institute for Health funding. In our general division we collaborate on these studies, support recruitment into trials, and we publish on topics such as labor management, surgery outcomes, contraception and family planning.
What should new patients know when seeking care here?
We are a large group of academic general ob/gyn specialists. Each of us is able to provide comprehensive women’s health care. We are all full obstetricians and gynecologists and each of us has an academic niche focus, including family planning, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, cancer genetics, and menopause. We offer a unique breadth and depth in patient care, and we practice in an evidence-based, innovative, compassionate manner.
Whatever our individual interests are, the focus is always on collaboration. We collaborate with each other, and our patients and families, to provide the best care possible.