Posts by William H. Barth, MD
Percutaneous Valve Replacement Therapy Sometimes an Option During Pregnancy
According to Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians, percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty is now the treatment of choice when mitral valve repair is indicated during pregnancy, and catheter-based procedures are being tried for treatment of aortic stenosis in pregnant women.
Liposomal Bupivacaine Block Similar to Placebo for Pain Reduction After Cesarean
In a randomized trial, a liposomal bupivacaine incisional block at the time of cesarean delivery did not decrease postoperative pain compared with placebo, but the results suggest additional studies would be worthwhile.
Confronting the Opioid Epidemic in the OB/GYN Practice: Optimizing Prescribing Habits and Reducing Opioid Misuse
Researchers in the OB/GYN Department are working to combat the opioid epidemic and mitigate its effects. Recent efforts have focused on preventing opioid use and misuse through a variety of methods including optimized prescribing practices.
William H. Barth, Jr., MD, is vice chair for Obstetrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.
He is chair of the Committee on Obstetric Practice for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Before retiring as a colonel in the United States Air Force in 2005 he served as department chair at Wilford Hall Medical Center, as chief consultant to the Surgeon General for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and as commander of the 407th Expeditionary Medical Group in Iraq.
His primary research interests since 1996 have been in the design and conduct of a number of randomized trials in clinical obstetrics and perinatology. His clinical practice and interests are in the areas of preterm birth, cervical insufficiency, multiple gestations and intrapartum obstetrics.