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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Barbara Scavone, MD

Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Director, Labor and Delivery
Chief, Section of Obstetric Anesthesia
Program Director, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship

As a specialist in obstetric anesthesia, Barbara Scavone, MD, provides pain relief for labor and delivery, as well as anesthesia for surgical procedures such as cesarean delivery. She works with obstetricians and nurses to ensure that all patients are kept safe and comfortable.

Her research focus is on maternal safety, timing of epidural analgesia and relation to labor outcomes, postdural puncture headache, and epidural blood patch. She has received several awards for her research at national meetings, presented at approximately 100 meetings, published 12 articles, and contributed six book chapters.

Dr. Scavone is past president of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, and serves as a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Council on Patient Safety in Women's Healthcare and National Partnership for Maternal Safety.


Areas of Expertise

  • Obstetric Anesthesia
  • Epidural Blood Patch

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Practicing Since

  • 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Washington University School of Medicine


  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital


  • Barnes Jewish Hospital

News & Research

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  • Aetna PPO
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  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
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  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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