Lawrence Oppenheimer


Lawrence Oppenheimer
Site Lead for Obstetrics and Head and Professor

Room: 8478
Office: 613-737-8899 ext. 78055
Fax: 613-739-6836

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Dr. Oppenheimer completed his medical training at St. Johns College, Oxford University and St. Thomass Hospital, London University. He was a Senior Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynecology at University College Hospital, London where he obtained his specialist certification in the UK in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1990.  Soon thereafter, he began a Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto.

In October 1991, he joined the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Ottawa Hospital. Currently, Dr. Oppenheimer is a Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Chief of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Site Lead for Obstetrics at the Ottawa Hospital - General Campus. He has extensive experience in Quality Assurance activities in maternal newborn care, Chairs the QA Committee, and is a member of the obstetrical peer review panel for the Inquiries Complaints and Resolutions Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He is also Director of the Undergraduate Clerkship Program at the Faculty of Medicine, with particular experience in evaluation methodologies for trainees and educating faculty as teachers.

His activities within the Division have revolved around a practice in high-risk pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis with additional areas of clinical focus on interventional prenatal diagnosis, cervical cerclage and placenta accreta.  His research interests have focused on clinical obstetrics, the management of first and second stage labor, fetal monitoring in labor, and the diagnosis of placenta previa. A current project is looking at the frequency of maternal heart rate artefact in electronic fetal monitoring. He has lectured widely on a broad range of topics, contributed to a number of national clinical guidelines and given regular workshops for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada annual meetings.

Publications (last 5 years)

  • Oppenheimer, LW, Walker M, Holmes PA, Wen SW. Adherence to guidelines on cesarean section for dystocia in the first stage of labour. Am J Perinat (submitted)
  • Norma G. Keane D, Oppenheimer, LW. An attempt to persuade medical clearks to use personal digital assistants to record in-training evaluations. Medical Education (submitted).
  • Oppenheimer LW (principal author) SOGC Guidelines for the management for placenta previa, JOGC 2007 (in press)
  • Alan J. Forster, Irene Fung, Sharon Caughey, Lawrence Oppenheimer, Cathy Beach, Kaveh G. Shojania , Carl van Walraven. Adverse events detected by clinical surveillance on an obstetrical service.  Obstet Gynecol 2006;108:1073-83.
  • Qiuying Yang,  Shi Wu Wen,, Lawrence Oppenheimer, Xi Kuan Chen, Douglas Black, Mark C. Walker.  Comparison of maternal risk factors between placental abruption and previa among primiparous and multiparous singleton births. AmJ Epid (submitted)
  • Qiuying Yang,  Shi Wu Wen,, Lawrence Oppenheimer, Xi Kuan Chen, Mark C. Walker, Association of previous cesarean delivery with placenta previa and placental abruption in subsequent pregnancy. BRJOG (in press)
  • Sprague A, Oppenheimer, LW, , McCabe L, Brownlee J, Graham I, Davies B.  The Ottawa Hospital’s Clinical Practice Guideline for the Second Stage of Labour. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2006 Sep;28(9):769-79.
  • Edris F, Oppenheimer LW, Yang Q, Wen SW, Fung Kee Fung K, Walker, M. The relationship between inter-twin delivery interval and metabolic acidocis in the second twin. Am J Perinat 2007 (in press)
  • Dyachenko A, Antonio Ciampi,  Jenifer Fahey, Hugh Mighty, Lawrence Oppenheimer, Emily F Hamilton. Prediction of Risk for Shoulder Dystocia with Neonatal Injury. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006;195:1944-5.
  • Liu KE, Robertson D, Posner G, Singh SS, Oppenheimer L.  Pelvic examinations by  trainees.  SOGC Clinical practice guideline.  JOGC 2006;176:320-321
  • Oppenheimer LW, Keely E, Marks M. An encounter card to evaluate teachers in clerkship   Medical Education 2006:40;474-484.
  • Oppenheimer LW, Labrecque M, Wells G, Bland S, Fraser W, Eason E, Brisson-Carroll G, Yetisir E & The Dylate Study Group. Prostaglandin E2 vaginal gel to treat dystocia in spontaneous labour: a multi-centre randomised placebo-controlled trial.  Br J Obstet Gynecol 2005;112:612-618.
  • Reilly D, Oppenheimer, LW. Fever in term labour.  J Obstet Gynecol Can  2005;27:218-223
  • Oppenheimer LW, Labrecque M, Wells G. The efficacy and safety of prostaglandin E2   vaginal gel in the treatment of dystocia in early labour – The Dylate study protocol  Br J Obstet Gynecol 2005.
  • Wen SW, Fung KF, Oppenheimer L, Demissie K, Yang Q, Walker.  Neonatal mortality   in second twin according to cause of death, gestational age, and mode of delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004;191:778-783.
  • Wen SW, Fung KF, Oppenheimer L, Demissie K, Yang Q, Walker M. Neonatal morbidity in second twin according to gestational age at birth and mode of delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004;191:773-777.
  • Wen, S. W., Fung, K. F. K., Oppenheimer, L., Demissie, K., Yang, Q., Walker, M. Occurrence and Predictors of Cesarean Delivery for the Second Twin After Vaginal Delivery of the First Twin. Obstet Gynecol 2004; 103: 413-419
  • Salout B, Oppenheimer, LW. The role of transvaginal ultrasound in the management of a low- lying placenta. Fetal and Maternal Med Rev 2002; 13:261-275
  • Oppenheimer, LW., Bland, E.S., Dabrowski, A., Holmes P, MacDonald O, Wen, S.W. Uterine  contraction pattern as a predictor of the mode of delivery. J Perinatol. 2002;2:149-53.
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