Ronald Edward Iverson, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ronald Iverson
85 E. Concord St


Dr. Iverson is a general obstetrician gynecologist who uses his clinical experience to drive his professional and research goals.
As the vice chair of obstetrics, his professional interests include both inpatient and outpatient care. He leads teamwork training on the labor and delivery, post-partum and neonatal units. With his obstetric team, he has implemented algorithms which improve efficiency for cesarean sections, developed and initiated with the aid of large-scale simulations. He has led the adoption of the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) bundles for hemorrhage, hypertension, venous thrombotic embolus (VTE), opioid use disorder (OUD) and cesarean reduction at Boston Medical Center. He then used this learning to disseminate AIM bundle tools and practices throughout Massachusetts and the country as the co-chair of the Perinatal Neonatal Quality Improvement Network and as a member of the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives. As an Improvement Advisor trained at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, he includes QI methodology in all implementations at the hospital and in statewide projects. He has worked with his gynecology teams to implement the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) care bundle and a process for safe same day return to home for appropriate gynecologic surgery patients.
Dr. Iverson’s research interests reflect his commitment to quality improvement and obstetric safety. He has been involved in a number of large-scale studies to improve the long-term care of women with gestational diabetes and factors affecting hypertensive disease in pregnancy. He has also published on factors that affect patient/provider communication and the risk of having a cesarean delivery. He has taken learning from recent work on the statewide OUD project to publish on the disparity in medication availability based on race. He is also interested in the implementation process, with a paper on universal OUD screening and is working on papers concerning VTE bundle implementation and improving cesarean efficiency. It is his goal to help others not just know what tools are available for safety, but how to implement them for sustainment.


  • Stanford University, MD
  • Tufts University, MPH
  • Tufts University, BA


  • Published on 3/2/2022

    Iverson R, Bocchino R, Schapero M, White K. The association of hourly second-stage documentation with cesarean delivery and maternal blood loss. J Mat Fet Med & Neo Med. 2022.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Fowler M, Pokuaa I, Delgado S, Hendessi P, Memmo E, Iverson R, White K, Noel N. Implementation of Same-Day Discharge in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery in a Safety-Net Hospital. Indian J Surg. 2022.

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  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Hill E, Chinkam S, Cardenas L, Iverson RE. Labour after caesarean counselling documentation: a quality improvement intervention on labour and delivery. BMJ Open Qual. 2021 10; 10(4). PMID: 34716182.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Ulrich M, Memmo EP, Cruz A, Heinz A, Iverson RE. Implementation of a Universal Screening Process for Substance Use in Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 04 01; 137(4):695-701. PMID: 33706353.

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  • Published on 2/19/2021

    Singh R, Houghton M, Melvin P, Wachman EM, Diop H, Iverson R, Picarillo A, Rhein L, Gupta M. Predictors of pharmacologic therapy for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome: a retrospective analysis of a statewide database. J Perinatol. 2021 06; 41(6):1381-1388. PMID: 33608626.

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  • Published on 10/15/2020

    Peeler M, Gupta M, Melvin P, Bryant AS, Diop H, Iverson R, Callaghan K, Wachman EM, Singh R, Houghton M, Greenfield SF, Schiff DM. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal and Infant Outcomes Among Opioid-Exposed Mother-Infant Dyads in Massachusetts (2017-2019). Am J Public Health. 2020 12; 110(12):1828-1836. PMID: 33058701.

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  • Published on 9/29/2020

    Wang MJ, Schapero M, Iverson R, Yarrington CD. Obstetric Hemorrhage Risk Associated with Novel COVID-19 Diagnosis from a Single-Institution Cohort in the United States. Am J Perinatol. 2020 12; 37(14):1411-1416. PMID: 32992351.

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  • Published on 8/12/2020

    Declercq E, Belanoff C, Iverson R. Maternal perceptions of the experience of attempted labor induction and medically elective inductions: analysis of survey results from listening to mothers in California. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Aug 12; 20(1):458. PMID: 32787802.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Cheng ER, Carroll AE, Iverson RE, Declercq ER. Communications Between Pregnant Women and Maternity Care Clinicians. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 05 01; 3(5):e206636. PMID: 32459352.

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  • Published on 9/24/2019

    McCloskey L, Quinn E, Ameli O, Heeren T, Craig M, Lee-Parritz A, Iverson R, Jack B, Bernstein JA. Interrupting the Pathway from Gestational Diabetes Mellitus to Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of Primary Care. Womens Health Issues. 2019 Nov - Dec; 29(6):480-488. PMID: 31562051.

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