- ABMS Certification:
- Ob/Gyn, 1985; Maternal-Fetal Medicine, 1987
- Research Interests:
Preterm labor, ultrasound, prenatal diagnostics, periodontal disease in pregnancy
- Clinical Practice:
- Gestational Diabetes, Pregnancy & Birth, Women's Health, OB/Gyn
Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. James E. (Jef) Ferguson is The W. Norman Thornton, Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has served as chairman of the department since July 2009. Previously, he was the John Greene, Jr. professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Ferguson is a 1977 graduate of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed a flexible internship at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in San Francisco, California, then served as a resident at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1978-1980 before becoming a chief resident from 1980-1981 at North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was in private practice for one year then completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1982-1984. He became an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1984, a position in which he served until becoming an assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology and radiology at UVA School of Medicine beginning in 1987. In 2002, Dr. Ferguson became The John W. Greene, Jr. professor and chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. From 2006-2008 Dr. Ferguson pursued an MBA in Healthcare Administration at George Washington University in Washington, DC and at graduation was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. In 2009 Dr. Ferguson returned to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine as The John M. Nokes Professor and Chair.
Dr. Ferguson was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1973 and Phi Alpha Theta in 1973. He was the recipient of the Lange Award and the C. Hampton-Mauzy Award at graduation from medical school and served as the president of the Student Body during medical school. He was elected as the Mamie A. Jessup Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology (Endowed Chair), Eminent Scholars Program at the University of Virginia in 1991. He was elected as the John M. Nokes Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Endowed Chair), Eminent Scholars Program at the University of Virginia in 1996. He was appointed as the John W. Greene, Jr. Professor and Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky in 2002. He was appointed as a faculty associate for the Center for Research on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky in 2005. Dr. Ferguson was also elected as a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1986.
Nationally, Dr. Ferguson has served on the Board for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine from 1996-2006 and as president from 2004-2005. He also served on council for the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society from 2001-2010 and as president from 2009-2010. He was elected as director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc. from 2007-2010 and is currently an examiner for the oral boards. He has served since 2007 on the credentials committee, finance committee and written exam committee for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc. He currently serves on the strategic planning and advisory committee for the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society.
His research has focused on the pharmacologic treatment of preterm labor, techniques of prenatal diagnosis, the role of parathyroid hormone-related peptide in the human uteroplacental unit and more recently, the effects of periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes. He was PI of the University of Kentucky Building Interdisciplinary Research Center for Women’s Health (BIRCWH), NIH-funded grant, as well as a site director of a march of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Initiative, “Healthy Babies are worth the Wait.” Currently, Dr. Ferguson is a referee for many respected journals including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Journal of Perinatology and Editor for Obstetrics Section of the Journal of Women’s Health.
Dr. Ferguson has been co-editor of two books: Anesthesia in obstetrics: Maternal, fetal and neonatal aspects, 2nd Edition. Boston: Butterworth Publishing Company, 1986 and Outpatient Perinatal Education Program. A Self-Instructional Program in 3 Volumes. Book 1, The High Risk Mother and Fetus. University of Virginia, Copyright, 1991-1996. He has written over 120 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Ferguson has also written over 90 abstracts that have been presented at regional, national or international research meetings.
- 2015-2020 Best Doctors in America® List
- Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, 1977
- Ob/Gyn, Stanford; Ob/Gyn, Bowman Gray School of Medicine
- Maternal - Fetal Medicine, Stanford University