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    • Women's Health
    • Prevention and Wellness
    • Screening

    The Expanded Role of OBGYNs in Women's Healthcare

    Obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) see patients from menses (the monthly menstrual cycle that occurs as a part of the female reproductive system), pregnancy and childbirth through menopause and play a pivotal role in managing reproductive health and overall wellness. Dr. James Alexander with Renown Women's Health explains. "As experts in women's health, we are uniquely positioned to recognize subtle changes or symptoms that might indicate broader health issues. This comprehensive approach allows us to serve as a valuable first touchpoint for various health concerns." Preventive Screenings: A Proactive Approach One key aspect is an OBGYN's ability to recommend preventive screenings based on your symptoms, age, lifestyle and medical history. For instance, lipid screenings are critical for monitoring cholesterol levels, which can be a significant factor in women’s heart disease. An OBGYN keeps up with the current guidelines for routine screening as well as in women with risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease during your visit. By identifying risks and abnormal screening early, they can collaborate with you to implement lifestyle changes or treatments to reduce your risk of heart conditions. Schedule Your Screening Appointment Make an Appointment by Phone: 775-982-5000

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    • Friday, Aug 26, 2022

    James M. Alexander M.D., Named First OB/GYN Chair for Nevada's First Integrated Health System

    Experienced physician, researcher, mentor, and educator to lead obstetrics and gynecology department at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health. James M. Alexander, M.D., an experienced leader and clinician in OB/GYN, is regularly in the room at the beginning of something new, so it’s fitting that he is one of the first jointly appointed senior clinical leaders of Nevada’s first integrated health system. As the chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health, Dr. Alexander will lead the medical and surgical services, academic advancement, research, and teaching programs for the healthcare system. A 50-year affiliation agreement signed in 2021 solidified the integration of the UNR Med, Nevada’s first medical school, with Renown, northern Nevada’s most extensive health system. “The affiliation offers a remarkable opportunity to advance health and health care through medical education, clinical research, and patient care for our community and our state,” Dr. Alexander said. “By integrating our teaching, research, and patient care, we can make a difference for women and children in Nevada and beyond.” He is one of the first of several planned joint-chair hires for UNR Med and Renown. “Dr. Alexander is a dedicated obstetrician and gynecologist who takes great pride in his work as a researcher and mentor,” said Melissa Piasecki, M.D., UNR Med Acting Dean, and Renown Chief Academic Officer. “He has a deep commitment to improving women's health and fostering the careers of future physicians in this specialty. Our school of medicine and health system are very fortunate to have recruited Dr. Alexander and will benefit from the growth of clinical services, medical education and clinical research in obstetrics and gynecology under his direction.”” A 1991 graduate of the University of Texas at Houston, Dr. Alexander most recently chaired the OB/GYN department at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern. He was recruited to the faculty at UTSW after finishing his fellowship and held several leadership positions there, including chief of the obstetrics service. Dr. Alexander established himself as a clinical investigator at UTSW and served as co-investigator on several studies conducted by the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He has published widely on obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine topics, including cesarean delivery, prematurity, obstetric complications, labor management, and obstetric anesthesia. He has contributed to the leading textbook on obstetrics, “Williams Obstetrics.” Following his tenure at UTSW, Dr. Alexander held the positions of division director of maternal fetal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as well as director of maternal fetal medicine and obstetrics at the Billings Clinic. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine and currently serves as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Shaping the future of healthcare in our state has never been more important than it is now,” said Rahul Mediwala, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the Health Services Division at Renown Health. “I do not doubt that Dr. Alexander will apply his skills, enthusiasm, and guiding leadership to improve our community's health through increased access to care, innovative health care delivery, and expanding clinical research.”     About University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), Nevada’s first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Since 1969, UNR Med has trained more than 3,900 students, residents and fellows. UNR Med continues to improve the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit med.unr.edu.   About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,000 employees, Renown has fostered a longstanding culture of excellence, determination and innovation. The organization comprises a trauma center, two acute care hospitals, a children’s hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, a medical group and urgent care network, and the locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown is currently enrolling participants in the world’s largest community-based genetic population health study, the Healthy Nevada Project®. For more information, visit renown.org.

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  • Renown Women's Health - Ryland
    Renown Women's Health - Ryland
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  • Labor & Delivery

    Having Your Baby at Renown Renown Health’s Labor & Delivery Center, located at Renown Regional is nationally ranked for our maternity care. We proudly deliver more babies annually than any other hospital in the region. As your trusted care partner, we work to provide a personalized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery. With state-of-the-art amenities and a compassionate team of care providers, we deliver advanced maternity care while making your birth experience as joyous and comfortable as possible.

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  • Renown Medical Group - Breastfeeding Medicine
    Renown Medical Group - Breastfeeding Medicine
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  • Breast Cancer Screening & Diagnosis

    Why Choose Renown? Should breast cancer be detected from your screening, your radiologist will present your case at our Breast Cancer Tumor Boards. This meeting gives the radiologist, cancer specialists, genetic specialists, nurse navigators, nurses, social workers and other providers the opportunity to review your case and develop a comprehensive treatment plan early in diagnosis. A registered oncology breast nurse navigator is available to serve as your ongoing resource from diagnosis through treatment and during survivorship. The William N. Pennington Cancer Institute earned accreditation from National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Alongside the Renown Breast Health Center, we have skilled medical professionals with a multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment and care, and the latest early detection technology to save lives. Breast cancer begins when abnormal cells in the breast grow out of control forming tumors that can spread to surrounding tissue and move to other parts of the body. If initial screenings indicate that breast cancer may be present, your doctor will conduct further tests to confirm a diagnosis. Talk to your doctor if you notice changes in your breasts, such as: A lump or thickening in/near the breast, underarm or around the collarbone   A change in the size or shape of the breast  A change in the color or feel of the skin of the breast or nipple area (such as dimples, puckering, redness, swelling or scaliness)  Clear or bloody nipple discharge   Changes in the nipple, such as an open ulcer, a new inverting of the nipple or unusual tenderness

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  • Midwifery

    Midwifery at Renown Women's Health Our Certified Nurse Midwives help you through pregnancy, birth, and after your baby arrives. They offer support with less medical intervention and can also be with you during a hospital birth. Midwives focus on comfort and well-being, ensuring you and your baby are safe and healthy.

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  • Gynecologic Cancer Screening & Prevention

    Gynecologic Cancer Screening and Prevention Gynecologic cancer screenings detect disease early, leading to more effective treatment and positive outcomes. If you meet several risk factors, if your Pap test results are abnormal or you are experiencing signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancer, your doctor will conduct further tests to confirm a diagnosis.   Gynecologic Cancer Diagnosis Diagnosis includes a pelvic examination to check the vagina, rectum and lower abdomen for masses or growths. A Pap test may be done as part of the pelvic examination.

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  • Postpartum Care

    Postpartum Care at Renown Women's Health After giving birth, it's important to rest and bond with your baby. We put you and your baby first and ensure you receive all the care you need after pregnancy. The Postpartum Care Team at Renown Women's Health team wants to help you smoothly transition home. Our skilled professionals support you in breastfeeding (if you choose to), help you heal from childbirth, and teach you how to care for your baby during your stay with us.

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