Richard Besinger, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Chicago, IL


Obstetrics & Gynecology Chicago, IL

Maternal & Fetal Medicine/High Risk

Physical Executive / Medical Director

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  • Office

    Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
    300 E Randolph
    Chicago, IL 60601
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Education & Training

  • Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineFellowship, Maternal Fetal Medicine, 1986 - 1988
  • University of Michigan Hospitals and Health CentersResidency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1982 - 1986
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of MedicineClass of 1982
  • Carleton CollegeBA, Chemistry ; Minors: Physics, Biology, and Film Studies, Cum Laude, 1974 - 1978

Certifications & Licensure

  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 1988 - 2020

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Certificate of Merit Award for Prize Paper Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2002
  • Annual Central Award for Prize Paper Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2001
  • Excellence in Teaching Award Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Medical Education Foundation, 1998
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • A girl with a birth weight of 280 grams, now 14 years old (correspondence)  
    Muraskas J, Hason A and Besinger RE, New England Journal of Medicine, 1/1/2004
  • Association between use of antenatal magnesium sulfate in preterm labor and adverse health outcomes in infants  
    Mittendorf R, Dambrosia, J, Pryde, PG, Kwang-Sun L, Besinger RE, Gianopoulos JG and Tomich PG, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1/1/2002
  • Neonatal-perinatal risk factors for the development of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn in preterm newborns  
    Muraskus JK, Juretschke LJ, Weiss MG, Bhola M, and Besinger RE, American Journal of Perinatalogy, 1/1/2001
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • Reducing Premature Birth in Illinois
    Perinatal Advisory Task Force Report (including Besinger RE), Formal presentation to the combined chambers of the State of Illinois House/Senate, Springfield, Illinois, 1/1/2012
  • Effect of 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone (17P) on the midtrimester, proinflamatory milieu of the human cervix
    Wilczek R, Schubert F, Hoppensteadt C, Gianopoulos J, Besinger RE, Cunuman J and Mittendorf R, 31st Annual Meeting of the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, San Francisco, California, 1/1/2011
  • Relationships between histology funisitis and specific clinical etiologies in preterm labor
    Wilczek R, Smith Z, Janeczek S, Matta K, Stafeil B, Karlman R, Gianopoulos JG, Besinger RE, Pryde PG and Mittendorf R, 30th Annual Meeting of the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, Chicago, Illinois, 1/1/2010
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  • The effect of chronic tocolytic therapy upon maternal ventricular function in pregnant rabbits 
    Kamuela, Hawaii, 1996; Chicago, Illinois, 1996 - 1/1/1996
  • The effect of tocolytic use in the management of symptomatic placenta previa 
    Memphis, Tennessee - 1/1/1994
  • A randomized comparative trial of Indomethacin and Ritodrine for the long-term treatment of preterm labor 
    Hot Springs, Virginia - 1/1/1990


  • Modern Use of Prophylactic Progesterone in the Prevention of Premature Birth 
    Besinger RE, Loyola University Perinatal Center Newsletter
  • Indomethacin as a Tocolytic Agent 
    Besinger RE, Ask a Perinatologist Newsletter
  • Quiz: Test Your Pregnancy IQ - Preconception Counselling 
    Besinger RE, Good Housekeeping


  • Chair, IDPH Perinatal Zika Task Force 2016 - Present
  • Member, Perinatal Advisory Committee - State of Illinois 2005 - Present

Professional Memberships