A/Prof Alexis Shub completed her PhD in Western Australia investigating the relationship between periodontal health and preterm birth. She is the lead obstetric clinician in the endocrine clinic and has a special research interest in diabetes and obesity in pregnancy. This research area is of great importance given the rising obesity epidemic in pregnancy. Alexis has led and published several randomised controlled trials examining the impact of simple interventions such as self-weighing and dietary advice on gestational weight gain and pregnancy outcomes.
In 2013, Alexis spent a year in Timor Leste, working to expand the maternal health workforce as part of the Royal Australian College of Surgeon's ATLASS program. She has subsequently published on stillbirth in this low resource setting. She has also worked in the Northern Territory, bring her much needed subspecialist expertise to women from remote Indigenous communities.
Since returning to the Mercy Hospital for Women in 2014 Alexis has established the Telehealth clinic in the Department of Perinatal Medicine, providing tertiary imaging and counselling support to the clinicians at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
She also sits on the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity - the advisory body to the state Minister of Health - and is a member of the CCOPMM Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity Subcommittee.
Alexis is a passionate teacher and is term co-coordinator (with Dr Elizabeth McCarthy) of the Women's Health rotation for medical students at the University of Melbourne. As well as carrying out her many clinical school teaching commitments and coordinating Year 3 medical student examinations, she regularly supervises vocational selective and MD research project students who are interested in a career in obstetrics.