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Why and How a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Stopped Doing Routine Newborn Male Circumcision

Johnson, Timothy R. B. MD; Pituch, Kenneth MD; Brackbill, Erin L. MD; Wan, Julian MD; van de Ven, Cosmas MD; Pearlman, Mark D. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000255667.94730.c0
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In 2004, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan decided to stop offering routine circumcision for specialty and disciplinary, logistic, and educational reasons. The Pediatric Hospitalist Service assumed responsibility for the procedures and the educational process with resultant patient and staff satisfaction, educational, logistical and economic benefits.

The reasons and process associated with the transfer of routine newborn male circumcision from Obstetrics and Gynecology to Pediatric Hospitalists are described.

From the 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2Hospitalist Service, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, and 3Division of Pediatric Urology, Department of Urology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Corresponding author: Timothy R. B. Johnson, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, L4000 Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0276; e-mail:

© 2007 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.