The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kimberly Fortner, MD

Associate Professor
Vice Chair, Obstetric Operations and Quality
Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4208-1753

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4208-1753

Research Focus

Respiratory illnesses are known to cause increased complications for pregnant women and their infants. The majority of studies on acute respiratory illness in pregnancy focus on influenza infection despite the fact that other viruses occur as commonly (rhinovirus, coronavirus and, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)). There are no current active surveillance networks in place and through collaboration with three distinct clinical sites, Dr. Fortner will collect data on pregnancy and respiratory illness among mothers and their infant(s). With emerging vaccines and therapies in development, particularly for RSV, the relevance of this research is significant.

Education

Medical School

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Internship

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland

Residency

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland

Fellowship

Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Certification

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Diplomate

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellow

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Subspecialty Diplomate in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Current Publications

Gregory EJ, Fortner KB, Dudney T, Wolfe LM.
Septic arthritis in pregnancy: The great imitator. Gynecology & Obstetrics Case Report. 2019 Apr;5(75). [Epub ahead of print]

Gregory E, Towers CV, van Nes J, Shumard K, Fortner KB, Weitz B.
Fetomaternal bleeding and neonatal hematocrit following Cesarean delivery: Routine versus transplacental transection. AJP Reports. 2019 Jul;9(3):e298-e301. Epub 2019 Sep 19.

Clouse K, Shehabi A, Suleimat AM, Faouri S, Khuri-Bulos N, Al Jammal A, Chappell J, Fortner KB, Chamby AB, Randis TM, Ratner AJ, Aronoff DM, Halasa N.
High prevalence of Group B Streptococcus colonization among pregnant women in Amman, Jordan. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2019 May 20;19(1):177.

Towers CV, Hyatt BW, Visconti KC, Chernicky L, Chattin K, Fortner KB.
Neonatal head circumference in newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Pediatrics. 2019 Jan;143(1). Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Reeder CF, Hambright AA, Fortner KB.
Dyspnea in pregnancy: A case report of a third trimester mediastinal mass in pregnancy. The American Journal of Case Reports. 2018 Dec 28;19:1536-1540.

Fortner KB, Swamy GK, Broder KR, Jimenez-Truque N, Zhu Y, Moro PL, Liang J, Walter EB, Heine RP, Moody MA, Yoder S, Edwards KM.
Reactogenicity and immunogenicity of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) in pregnant and nonpregnant women. Vaccine. 2018 Oct 8;36(42):6354-6360. Epub 2018 Sep 13.

Stuart GL, Shorey RC, France CR, Macfie J, Bell K, Fortner KB, Towers CV, Schkolnik P, Ramsey S.
Empirical studies addressing the opioid epidemic: An urgent call for research. Substance Abuse : Research and Treatment. 2018 Aug 12;12:1178221818784294. eCollection 2018.

Fortner KB, Nieuwoudt C, Reeder CF, Swamy GK.
Infections in pregnancy and the role of vaccines. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America. 2018 Jun;45(2):369-388.

Towers CV, Shelton S, van Nes J, Gregory E, Liske E, Smalley A, Mobley E, Faircloth B, Fortner KB.
Preoperative cesarean section intravenous acetaminophen treatment for postoperative pain control: A randomized double-blinded placebo control trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2018 Mar;218(3):353.e1-353.e4. Epub 2017 Dec 21.

Towers CV, Fortner KB.
Infant follow-up postdelivery from a hepatitis C viral load positive mother. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2018 Mar 27:1-81.

Adebanjo T, Godfred-Cato S, Viens L, Fischer M, Staples JE, Kuhnert-Tallman W, Walke H, Oduyebo T, Polen K, Peacock G, Meaney-Delman D, Honein MA, Rasmussen SA, Moore CA, Contributors: Alleyne EO, Badell M, Bale JF Jr, Barfield WD, Beigi R, Berrocal AM, Blackmore C, Blank EC, Pitre JB, Boyle C, Conners E, Curry C, Danila RN, De La Vega A, DeBiasi RL, Demmler-Harrison GJ, Dolan SM, Driggers RW, Dziuban E, Eichwald J, Eppes C, Fehrenbach N, Fisher M, Fortner KB, Garbarczyk E, Garcia F, Gaw S, Godoshian V, Gonzalez IA, Green C, Griffin DD, Hall M, Houtrow A, Hudak M, Hunter LL, Kimberlin D, Lawrence LM, Lee EH, Leeb R, Levine D, Malave C, Maldonado YB, Mofenson L, Mulkey SB, Munoz FM, Needle S, Oram C, Pasley CG, Carlos MP, Pensirikul A, Petersen EE, Platt L, Prakalapakorn SG, Reagan-Steiner S, Rodriguez J, Rosenblum E, Sanchez PJ, Cortes MS, Schonfeld DJ, Shapiro-Mendoza CK, Sidelinger DE, Tait VF, Valencia-Prado M, Waddell LF, Warren MD, Wiley S, Yamada E, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Ysern F, Zahn CM.
Update: Interim guidance for the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection - United States, October 2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2017 Oct 20;66(41):1089-1099.

Current Presentations

McCarley CM, Tinius RA, Fortner KB, Blankenship M, Maples JM. The role of metabolic flexibility in human breastmilk lipid composition. Presented at American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Districts IV, VII & XI Annual Meeting; 2019 Sep 27-29; New Orleans, LA.

Fortner KB, Kilgore LC. Abnormal placentation: Strategies for prevention, diagnosis and management. Presented at The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting; 2019 May 3-6; Nashville, TN.

Towers CV, Katz E, Visconti K, Howard B, Wolfe L, Fortner K. Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) clinic - first 18 months: Detoxification and bridge device. Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine; 2019 Feb 10-16; Las Vegas, NV.

Towers CV, Katz E, Visconti K, Howard B, Hennessy M, Fortner K. Use of Naltrexone in treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD). Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine; 2019 Feb 10-16; Las Vegas, NV.

Gregory EJ, Towers CV, van Nes J, Weitz B, Shumard K, Fortner KB. Fetomaternal bleeding and neonatal hematocrit following Cesarean delivery: Routine versus transplacental transection. Presented at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; 2018 Oct 17-20; Minneapolis, MN.

Nieuwoudt C, Reeder CF, Moss HK, Van Nes JB, Schoutko WW, Jeter JW, Fortner KB. Immunization uptake for pertussis and influenza vaccines in pregnancy across different clinical settings at a single institution. Presented at Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology; 2018 Aug 2-4; Philedelphia, PA.

Fortner KB, Kilgore LC. Recognition and management of abnormally adherent placenta Presented at American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (Invited Lecture); 2018 Apr 27-30; Austin, TX.

Towers CV, Hyatt BH, Visconti KC, Chernicky L, Chattin K, Fortner KB. Neonatal head circumference in newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 38th Annual Meeting; 2018 Jan 29 - Feb 3; Dallas, TX.

Towers CV, Katz E, Liske E, Howard B, Wolfe L, Fortner K. Psychosocial background of pregnant women with opiate use disorder (OUD). Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 38th Annual Meeting; 2018 Jan 29 - Feb 3; Dallas, TX.

Shelton S, Towers C, VanNes J, Gregory E, Liske E, Smalley A, Mobley E, Faircloth B, Fortner K. Preoperative Cesarean section intravenous acetaminophen and postoperative pain control: A blinded randomized placebo-controlled trial. Presented at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 84th Annual Meeting; 2017 Oct 18-21; Scottsdale, AZ.

Reeder C, Towers C, Clark C, Chernicky L, Zite N, Fortner K. Rate of histologic chorioamnionitis among parturients with intrapartum fever. Presented at Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology; 2017 Aug 10-12; Park City, UT.

Gregory E, Fortner K, Dudney T, Wolfe L. Septic arthritis in pregnancy: The great imitator. Presented at Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology; 2017 Aug 10-12; Park City, UT.

Fortner KB. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expert forum on the diagnosis, evaluation, and management, of congenital Zika virus infection. Presented at The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Headquaters (Invited Lecture); 2017 Aug 30-31; Atlanta, GA.

Fortner KB, Kilgore LC. Abnormal placentation: Strategies for prevention, diagnosis, management. Presented at American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (Invited Lecture); 2017 May 6-9; San Diego, CA.

Fortner KB. Nosocomial infections. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Invited Lecture); 2017 Jan 24; Las Vegas, NV.

van Nes J, Perry J, Fortner K. A multidisciplinary approach to operative vaginal delivery simulation. Presented at 9th Annual Tennessee Simulation Alliance Conference; 2016 Nov 18-19; Nashville, TN.

Fortner KB. Hepatitis C: Concepts and updates. Presented at 30th Annual Conference on High Risk Obstetrics (Invited Lecture); 2016 Sep 29 - Oct 1; San Diego, CA.

Fortner KB. Identification and management of CMV in pregnancy. Presented at 30th Annual Conference on High Risk Obstetrics (Invited Lecture); 2016 Sep 29 - Oct 1; San Diego, CA.

Fortner KB. Pertussis: Resurgence, detection, and prevention. Presented at 30th Annual Conference on High Risk Obstetrics (Invited Lecture); 2016 Sep 29 - Oct 1; San Diego, CA.

Fortner KB. Global health threat: Zika virus and pregnancy. Presented at Vanderbilt University 42nd Annual High Risk Obstetrical Conference (Invited Lecture); 2016 Oct 14; Nashville, TN.

Fortner KB. Influenza: The viral that still humbles. Presented at Vanderbilt University 42nd Annual High Risk Obstetrical Conference (Invited Lecture); 2016 Oct 14; Nashville, TN.

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