Faculty Member
University of Rochester Medical Center
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Loralei Thornburg MD (pronouns she/her) is the James R. Woods, Jr. Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Dr. Thornburg earned her bachelor’s degree at Kalamazoo College, before completing medical school from Wayne State University in Detroit MI. She completed her residency and her fellowship at the University of Rochester. She has received multiple teaching and leadership awards, most recently The Herbert Mapstone Prize for Excellence in Second Year Teaching from the Class of 2020.

Dr. Thornburg currently directs the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship & Division at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She oversees 12 faculty and 6 fellows performing full scope MFM clinical work and ultrasound at more than 14 sites through the Western New York Region. She has recently helped to create a sub-division of breastfeeding medicine within pediatrics, with 2 faculty and a full-time fellowship.

Her areas of active research include in the effects and care of women with complex disease in pregnancy, most notably neurological disease in pregnancy, with the only multidisciplinary book on this topic. She is an active member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Perinatal Quality Foundation. She is part of the annual Banner/SMFM critical care course, lecturing in neurological care in pregnancy and post-partum hemorrhage, well as actively simulating with the teams on obstetrical emergencies. She co-leads the SMFM "zebras" course for the last 2 years.

A native of western Michigan, she can both play and spell Euchre, Canasta and Cribbage, and has 2 kids (J&N), a gecko (Speckles), a rabbit (Pistachio), a husband (Rob), a sourdough starter (Ned Ryerson), and new pandemic dog (Milo).

Sepsis in pregnancy
Chronic Neurological conditions in pregnancy
Neurologic emergencies in pregnancy
Seizure - acute and epilepsy - care in pregnancy
Stroke care in pregnancy
Surgery in the Pregnant Patient: Keeping everybody safe
Cardiac disease in pregnancy
Neuromuscular disease in pregnancy
Skeletal disease in pregnant patients
Teaching quality assurance to residency and fellows and ACGME Part IV- Why and How?
Postpartum hemorrhage-- the 4 R's, the 4 T's, and surgical approaches
Overview of pregnancy physiology-- the what/why/how of how pregnancy changes physiology, and how this predicts the most common pregnancy complications (best for resident, fellow, medical student level learners)
Financial planning for residents & fellows: start now so you can end early!
FINER: Designing focused, interesting, novel, do-able research (best for residents & fellows)
When to (still) use magnesium in obstetrics
Loralei Thornburg, MD


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Kyan Lynch, MD, MA

OBGYN Department Education Specialist

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