The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Craig V. Towers, MD

Professor
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Education

Medical School
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Internship
Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS

Residency
Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS

Fellowship
University of California, Irvine, CA

Certification

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Current Publications

Burnette T, Chernicky L, Towers CV.
The effect of standardizing treatment when managing neonatal abstinence syndrome. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2018 May 14:1-5.

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.

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. 2017 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Towers CV, Trussell J, Heidel RE, Chernicky L, Howard BC.
Incidence of maternal tachycardia during the second stage of labor: A prospective observational cohort study. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2017 Nov 28:1-11. [Epub ahead of print]

Terry P, Towers CV, Liu LY, Peverly AA, Chen J, Salamova A.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) in mother-infant pairs in the Southeastern U.S. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 2017 Jun;27(3):205-214. Epub 2017 Jun 9.

Towers CV, Yates A, Zite N, Smith C, Chernicky L, Howard B.
Incidence of fever in labor and risk of neonatal sepsis. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2017 Jun;216(6):596.e1-596.e5. Epub 2017 Feb 16.

Perry J, Towers CV, Weitz B, Wolfe L.
Patient reaction to Tdap vaccination in pregnancy. Vaccine. 2017 May 25;35(23):3064-3066. Epub 2017 Apr 26.

Carroll S, Towers CV, Wolfe L, Duncan L, Weitz B, Porter S.
The effect of freezing amniotic fluid on lamellar body count fetal lung maturity testing. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. 2017 May;137(2):203-204. Epub 2017 Feb 26.

Valent AM, Peticca K, DiMatteo A, Banks S, Shah R, Chernicky L, Weitz B, Armistead C, Hill J, Towers C, Lewis D, Magann EF, Chauhan SP, Hook JWV.
Pyelonephritis in pregnancy: Prediction of prolonged hospitalization and maternal morbidity using prognostic scoring systems. American Journal of Perinatology. 2017 Apr 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Towers CV, Weitz B.
Transplacental passage of vancomycin. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2017 Mar 12:1-12. [Epub ahead of print]

Towers CV, Hennessy MD.
Reply. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2017 Jan;216(1):80-81. Epub 2016 Aug 10.

Visconti KC, Towers CV.
Fetal heart monitor tracing in a pregnancy complicated by a ruptured fetal vessel on the placenta: A case report. Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 2016 Dec;61(6):585-588.

Towers CV, Hennessy MD.
Detoxification from opiates during pregnancy - reply. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016 Nov;215(5):670-671. Epub 2016 Jun 1.

Wear CD, Towers CV, Brown MS, Weitz B, Porter S, Wolfe L.
Transplacental passage of clindamycin from mother to neonate. Journal of Perinatology. 2016 Nov;36(11):960-961. Epub 2016 Aug 4

Bell J, Towers CV, Hennessy MD, Heitzman C, Smith B, Chattin K.
Detoxification from opiate drugs during pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016 Sep;215(3):374.e1-6. Epub 2016 Mar 17.

Fernandez N, Towers CV, Wolfe L, Hennessy MD, Weitz B, Porter S.
Sharing of snorting straws and hepatitis C virus infection in pregnant women. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016 Aug;128(2):234-7. Epub 2016 Jul 7.

Current Presentations

Towers CV. Pros of detoxification from opiates during pregnancy (Post-Graduate Course). Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 38th Annual Meeting; 2018 Jan 29 - Feb 3; Dallas, TX.

Towers CV. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine President workshop/task force on opiate use disorder in pregnancy: Comorbidities seen in pregnant women with opiate use disorder. Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 38th Annual Meeting; 2018 Jan 29 - Feb 3; Dallas, TX.

Towers CV. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine President workshop/task force on opiate use disorder in pregnancy: Opiate detoxification during pregnancy. Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 38th Annual Meeting; 2018 Jan 29 - Feb 3; Dallas, TX.

Towers CV. Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine President workshop/task force on opiate use disorder in pregnancy: Prenatal care of a pregnant woman with opiate use disorder. Presented at Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 38th Annual Meeting; 2018 Jan 29 - Feb 3; Dallas, 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.

Compton S, Towers C, Chattin K, Liske E, Smith C, Weitz B. Neonatal outcome following delivery with a 1-minute Apgar score of 3 or less followed by an Apgar score of 7 or greater at 5-minutes. Presented at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 84th Annual Meeting; 2017 Oct 18-21; Scottsdale, AZ.

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.

Towers CV, Burnette T, Chernicky L. The effect of standardizing treatment when managing neonatal abstinence syndrome. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Invited Lecture); 2017 Jan 25-28; Las Vegas, NV.

Perry J, Towers CV, Weitz B, Wolfe L. Patient reaction to Tdap vaccination in pregnancy. Presented at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Meeting; 2016 Oct 26-29; Las Vegas, NV.

Lenger SM, Towers CV, Spires B, Chattin K, Smith C, Wolfe L, Howard BC. Accuracy of the lamellar body count fetal lung maturity test. Presented at Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Meeting; 2016 Oct 26-29; Las Vegas, NV.

Towers CV. Opiates in pregnancy. Presented at Opioid Use in Pregnancy, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Childhood Outcomes Workshop (Invited Lecture); 2016 Apr 4-5; Washington, DC.

Towers CV. Group B streptococcus in pregnancy: Where are we now? Presented at University of Cincinnati Department of Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds (Invited Lecture); 2016 Apr 6; Cincinnati, OH.

Towers CV. Opiate detoxification in pregnancy. Presented at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Department of Ob/Gyn Grand Rounds (Invited Lecture); 2016 Mar 29; Memphis, TN.

Towers CV. Opiate detoxification in pregnancy. Presented at Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care Annual Meeting (Invited Lecture); 2016 Mar 6-8; Nashville, TN.

Towers CV. Pregnancy and the new substance addiction crisis. Presented at Memphis Shelby County Ob/Gyn Society Meeting (Invited Lecture); 2016 Mar 28; Memphis, TN.

Towers CV. Issues of HCV infection and drug abuse in young pregnant women in East Tennessee. Presented at Center for Disease Control Grand Rounds (Invited Lecture); 2016 Feb 5; Atlanta, GA.

Towers CV. Opiates in pregnancy. Presented at Erlanger Health Systems 3rd Annual OB Conference for Nurses and Physicians (Invited Lecture); 2016 Feb 19; Chattanooga, TN.

Bell JL, Towers CV, Heitzman C, Smith B, Chattin K, Hennessy MD. Detoxification from opiate drugs during pregnancy. Presented at Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine 36th Annual Meeting - The Pregnancy Meeting; 2016 Feb 1-6; Atlanta, GA.

Wear C, Towers C, Brown M, Weitz B, Porter S, Wolfe L. Transplacental passage of clindamycin from mother to neonate. Presented at Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine 36th Annual Meeting - The Pregnancy Meeting; 2016 Feb 1-6; Atlanta, GA.

Yates A, Towers CV, Zite N, Smith C, Chernicky L, Howard BC. Incidence of chorioamnionitis and risk of neonatal infection. Presented at The Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologist 82nd Annual Meeting; 2015 Oct 21-24; Charleston, SC.

Fernandez NA, Towers CV, Wolfe L. Sharing of snorting straws and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection in pregnant women. Presented at The Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologist 82nd Annual Meeting; 2015 Oct 21-24; Charleston, SC.

Towers CV. Hepatitis C in pregnancy. Presented at 44th Annual Current Issues in Perinatal Medicine (Invited Lecture); 2015 Sep 25-27; Rancho Mirage, CA.

Towers CV. Influenza in pregnancy. Presented at 44th Annual Current Issues in Perinatal Medicine (Invited Lecture); 2015 Sep 25-27; Rancho Mirage, CA.

Towers CV. Thrombophilias in pregnancy. Presented at 44th Annual Current Issues in Perinatal Medicine (Invited Lecture); 2015 Sep 25-27; Rancho Mirage, CA.

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