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

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]

Perry J, Towers CV, Weitz B, Wolfe L.
Patient reaction to Tdap vaccination in pregnancy. Vaccine. 2017 Apr 26. [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]

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 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print]

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 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]

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.

Wear CD, Towers CV, Brown MS, Weitz B, Porter S, Wolfe L.
Transplacental passage of clindamycin from mother to neonate. Journal of Perinatology. 2016 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Towers CV, Hennessy MD.
Reply. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print]

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 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Towers CV, Hennessy MD.
Detoxification from opiates during pregnancy - reply. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016 Jun 1. [Epub ahead of print]

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 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Towers CV, Terry PD, Lewis D, Howard B, Chambers W, Armistead C, Weitz B, Porter S, Borman CJ, Kennedy RC, Chen J.
Transplacental passage of antimicrobial paraben preservatives. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2015 May 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Briggs GG, Polifka JE, Wisner KL, Gervais E, Miller RK, Berard A, Koren G, Forinash A, Towers CV.
Should pregnant women be included in Phase IV clinical drug trials? American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 May 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Visconti KC, Towers CV, Hennessy MD, Howard BC, Porter S, Weitz B.
Blood contaminated amniotic fluid and the lamellar body count fetal lung maturity test. Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 2015 May-Jun;60(5-6):219-22.

Rooney Thompson M, Towers CV, Howard BC, Hennessy MD, Wolfe L, Heitzman C.
The use of Prostaglandin E1 in peripartum patients with asthma. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology . 2015 Mar;212(3):392.e1-3.

Visconti KC, Hennessy KC, Towers CV, Howard BC.
Chronic Opiate Use in Pregnancy and Newborn Head Circumference. American Journal of Perinatology. 2015 Jan;32(1):27-32.

Towers CV, Howard BC, Onwuchuruba CN.
Reply. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology . 2014 Nov;211(5):574.

Towers CV, Garite TJ, Freeman RK.
Amniocentesis for fetal lung maturity testing - response. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology . 2014 Jun;210(6):589-90.

Fields M, Towers CV, Howard BC, Hennessy MD, Wolfe L, Weitz B, Porter S.
Accuracy of the lamellar body count in amniotic fluid contaminated by meconium. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2014 May 14:1-3.

Current Presentations

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.

Towers C. Opiate addiction in pregnancy. Presented at Annual OB/GYN Update 2015 (Invited Lectureship); 2015 Jun 12; Wichita, KS.

Towers C. Hepatitis C in pregnancy. Presented at Annual OB/GYN Update 2015 (Invited Lectureship); 2015 Jun 12; Wichita, KS.

Towers CV. Obstetrical management of opiate addicted pregnant women. Presented at National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit; 2015 Apr 6-9; Atlanta, GA.

Towers CV. Detox of opiate addicted pregnant women. Presented at Knox County Health Department State of Women's Health Conference (Invited Lectureship); 2015 Apr 24; Knoxville, TN.

Towers CV. State of women's health. Presented at Knox County Health Department (Invited Lectureship); 2015 Apr 24; Knoxville, TN.

Rooney Thompson M, Towers C, Howard B, Hennessy M, Wolfe L, Heitzman C. The use of prostaglandin E1 in peripartum patients with asthma. Presented at Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting; 2014 Oct 8-11; Albuquerque, NM.

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