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Dr. Philip Shlossman graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and subsequently matriculated at Texas A&M University where he earned a Master of Science in Marine Fisheries. Continuing his education at Texas A&M, Dr. Shlossman earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1984. After graduation, he completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Christiana Care Health Services before becoming a Resident at the same institution. Later, he accepted a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. At present, Dr. Philip Shlossman maintains licensure in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. In addition, he has attained board certification in obstetrics and gynecology as well as maternal-fetal medicine. For more than two decades, Dr. Philip Shlossman has served as the Associate Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Christiana Care Health Services. In addition, he now functions as the Vice President of the organization’s Delaware Center Maternal & Fetal Medicine. Dedicated to teaching future generations of physicians, Dr. Philip Shlossman teaches at Jefferson Medical College as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and he directs the OB/GYN Residency Program at Christiana Care. He previously acted as a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Philip Shlossman has earned a number of honors for his service to both patients and students. In 2007, he received both a CREOG National Faculty Award and a Physician Ambassador for Nursing Excellence Award. Christiana Care has recognized Dr. Shlossman with a Golden Apple Award for Teaching and a Gold Award for exceptional service. He has also won a National Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, as well as a National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
A recently published study explores how snoring during pregnancy relates to the risk of gestational complications. Dr. Philip Shlossman, a Delaware ob-gyn, answered questions about the study.Question: How did the researchers conduct the study?Dr. Philip Shlossman: They interviewed 1,719 pregnant women. Thirty-four percent of the women snored during pregnancy. Nine percent had a chronic snoring issue, but 25% of the women began snoring once they were pregnant. The researchers then tracked the rates of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia in these women.Question: What did they discover?Dr. Philip Shlossman: Snoring did not correlate with gestational diabetes. Also, women who snored before they were pregnant did not have a higher risk of complications than women who didn’t snore. However, women who did not snore before they became pregnant but started to snore during pregnancy had a much higher risk of high blood pressure and preeclampsia than the other women.In the second part of this article, Dr. Philip Shlossman will discuss what these findings mean for infant mortality, future avenues for research, and how doctors can use these findings in their practices.