Jessica S Heft

Jessica S Heft, MD, MS

Assistant Professor; Residency Program Director

Department: MD-OBSTETRICS / GYNECOLOGY-GEN
Business Phone: (352) 273-7660
Business Email: jmo44@ufl.edu

About Jessica S Heft

My name is Jessica Heft, MD, MS and I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (also called Urogynecology) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

I grew up in Oklahoma and Florida and attended the University of Florida, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Classical Studies. I went on to pursue my Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University before attending medical school at University of South Florida. Following medical school, I completed my residency in obstetrics and gynecology and subsequent 3-year fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee where I served as Chief Fellow. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for my research in urogynecology and patient-centered outcomes, publish in several peer-reviewed journals, and present at multiple national and international conferences.

I am double board certified in obstetrics & gynecology as well as female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Urogynecologic Society, and Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I am also passionate about medical education and serve as the Program Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

My clinical interests include vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted surgical approaches to pelvic organ prolapse, clinical research to implement evidence-based practices, and complex obstetric laceration repair and revision.

My goal as a physician is to empower my patients through education and provide high-level, compassionate medical and surgical treatments. Many of my patients have spent their entire lives taking care of other people and I consider it a privilege to be able to help give those women their quality-of-life back.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, watching Braves baseball, and exploring the many State Parks that North Central Florida has to offer.

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Additional Positions:
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
2021 – Current · University of Florida

Accomplishments

Dockery Teaching Cup
2022 · University of Florida
Exemplary Teacher Award
2022 · University of Florida College of Medicine
Exemplary Teacher Award
2021 · University of Florida College of Medicine
CREOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education
2020 · American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Exemplary Teacher Award
2020 · University of Florida College of Medicine
Golden Apple Award for outstanding medical student education
2019-2023 · University of Florida
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
2019 · Vanderbilt University Medical Center
VUMC Fellow Teaching Award
2019 · Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society
2007 · University of Florida

Board Certifications

  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Women’s Health
Subspecialties
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Areas of Interest
  • Aging changes in the female reproductive system
  • Anterior vaginal wall repair
  • Developmental disorders of the female genital tract
  • Episiotomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic floor muscle training exercises
  • Pelvic laparoscopy
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urogynecology
  • Uterine prolapse

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-4126-5895

Publications

2024
Successful Implementation of the AIUM Standardized 4-Year Residency Ultrasound Curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Lessons Learned and Way Forward.
Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. 43(6):1109-1119 [DOI] 10.1002/jum.16439. [PMID] 38433458.
2023
Fertility Preservation Knowledge, Attitudes, and Self-Reported Behaviors of Resident Physicians.
Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology. 12(3):383-388 [DOI] 10.1089/jayao.2022.0123. [PMID] 37195733.
2021
Association of Knowledge and Presence of Pelvic Floor Disorders and Participation in Pelvic Floor Exercises: A Cross-sectional Study.
Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery. 27(5):310-314 [DOI] 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000813. [PMID] 32217913.
2021
Obtaining healthcare news during the COVID-19 pandemic: Does age influence source selection in gynecology patients?
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 224(6) [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.04.132.
2021
Patient perception of “elective” versus “non-elective” surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 224(6):S797-S798 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajog.2021.04.111.
2021
Vaginal Hysterectomy for the Treatment of Endometrial Cancer and Endometrial Intraepithelial Hyperplasia in Superobese Patients
Journal of Gynecologic Surgery. 37(6):470-478 [DOI] 10.1089/gyn.2020.0219.
2020
Influence of the urethral pressure transducer in measuring Valsalva leak point pressure in women undergoing multichannel urodynamic testing.
Neurourology and urodynamics. 39(2):682-687 [DOI] 10.1002/nau.24249. [PMID] 31793027.
2020
Opioid Prescriptions for Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Patients Before and After Implementation of Tennessee State Legislation.
Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery. 26(12):e69-e72 [DOI] 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000779. [PMID] 31517669.
2020
Venous Thromboembolism Prediction in Postoperative Urogynecology Patients: The Utility of Risk Assessment Tools.
Female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery. 26(8):e27-e32 [DOI] 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000780. [PMID] 31651538.
2019
Factors Associated With Nonadherence to Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Referral for the Treatment of Pelvic Pain in Women.
Physical therapy. 99(7):946-952 [DOI] 10.1093/ptj/pzz050. [PMID] 30916754.
2018
Apical Prolapse: Is There a Best Approach?
Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports. 13(3):101-110 [DOI] 10.1007/s11884-018-0469-0.
2018
The Loss of Vaginal Hysterectomy
Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports. 7(2):51-57 [DOI] 10.1007/s13669-018-0235-5.
2017
Gynecologic Surgery Instrument Trays: Leveraging Surgeon Knowledge to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency
Journal of Gynecologic Surgery. 33(5):180-183 [DOI] 10.1089/gyn.2017.0039.
2016
Incontinence rates after midurethral sling revision for vaginal exposure or pain.
American journal of obstetrics and gynecology. 215(6):764.e1-764.e5 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.07.031. [PMID] 27448731.
2012
Maternal arrhythmia: a case report and review of the literature.
Obstetrical & gynecological survey. 67(5):298-312 [DOI] 10.1097/OGX.0b013e318253a76e. [PMID] 22624778.
2010
Assessment of the alveolar-arterial oxygen gradient as a screening test for pulmonary embolism in pregnancy.
American journal of obstetrics and gynecology. 203(4):373.e1-4 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.04.049. [PMID] 20554265.

Grants

Sep 2022 ACTIVE
Phenotyping Responses to Optimize the Management of Pain Treatment in Endometriosis
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD

Education

Fellowship – Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
2019 · Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Residency – Obstetrics and Gynecology
2016 · Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Medical School
2012 · University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Master of Science – Physiology and Biophysics
2008 · Georgetown University School of Medicine
Bachelor of Science – Classical Studies
2007 · University of Florida

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-7660
Emails:
Business:
jmo44@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
1600 SW Archer Road
PO Box 100294
UF Dept of OB/GYN
GAINESVILLE FL 32610