Kacey Eichelberger, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of ObGyn
Contact: 890 West Faris Road, Suite 470, Greenville, SC 29605
Who is Dr. Eichelberger?
Dr. Eichelberger is an associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville/Prisma Health–Upstate. Her interest in the intersection of social determinants of health, disparities, and health outcomes developed as an undergraduate at Duke University, where she majored in Social Justice and Community Activism. She spent one year as a Hart Fellow, working on HIV/AIDS programming for the Oak Foundation in Harare, Zimbabwe prior to matriculation into medical school at MUSC. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, during which time she spent three months working at the largest maternity hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Dr. Eichelberger currently practices the full scope of academic maternal-fetal medicine, including clinical care, medical student and resident education, and research She also serves as the Prisma Health–Upstate site principal investigator for the NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit (MFMU) Network.
For more information, see her Curriculum Vitae.
How Dr. Eichelberger’s research is transforming health care
Although Dr. Eichelberger has had the great privilege of observing and participating in much of the full spectrum of health care research – at the bench and at the bedside, quantitative and qualitative, observational and interventional – her most meaningful experiences have been in research that is truly collaborative. To that end, there are two primary scopes of collaborative research in which she is currently participating, and which she hopes to have the potential to transform the scope of health care for women and neonates.
The first is collaborative research vis a vis active research mentorship of junior colleagues, resident physicians early in their careers who remain undecided about whether or not research will be a part of their later careers. Current projects she is mentoring include: the impact of maternal race/ethnicity on indication for primary cesarean delivery; variation in maternal morbidity associated with the national ACOG campaign, “Preventing the First Cesarean Delivery;” bacterial contamination of resident surgical scrubs in home versus hospital dressed cohorts; and the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) amongst a high risk urban cohort.
The other arm of collaborative research in which she is participating is as site principal investigator for the NICHD’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit (MFMU) Network, the largest perinatal research unit in the US. Prisma Health–Upstate has recently been added to the Network as a satellite site, making them the only site in the state to run the largest, most comprehensive studies in perinatal medicine.
Key Health Research Interest Areas
Perinatal epidemiology, Adverse pregnancy outcomes, Women’s health disparities, Race and pregnancy