Alexander K Ulfers
Major, Air Force
EducationBachelor of Arts, Biology and Religion, Luther College, Decorah, IA
Doctor of Osteopathy, A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Internship, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, New York, NY
Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, New York, NY
Board Certification, American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrician Gynecologists
BiographyMajor Alexander K. Ulfers, DO, FACOG is a native of the great state of Iowa and current staff gynecologic surgeon and obstetrician (GS&O) at both Uniformed Services University and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. A 2011 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA. Dr. Ulfers completed medical school at A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Health Professions Scholarship Program Recipient. His post-graduate training was completed at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in New York City graduating in July of 2020.
Upon entering Active Duty, Dr. Ulfers was stationed as a staff gynecologic surgeon and obstetrician at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan. As one of three GS&O surgeons serving a population of 11,000 Airmen and dependents in addition to providing extended gynecologic services to the broader Kanto Plain population of 40,000 servicemembers and dependents. While at Yokota AB, Maj Ulfers served as the Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examiner and Medical Manager. Additionally, he served as the chair of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program and was instrumental in establishing Trial of Labor After Cesarean (TOLAC) for patient's on base.
In his current appointments as Assistant Director of Clinical Clerkships at Uniformed Services University and Medical Director of the Maternal Infant Care Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maj Ulfers is able to meld both academic and clinical medical approaches to inform his research interest integrating women's healthcare into the broad ecosystem of military medicine. A passionate advocate for whole person healthcare, Dr. Ulfers is a member of Reflective Practice course at USU which allows School of Medicine and School of Nursing students the opportunity to discuss and reflect on difficult topics and conversations in medicine.
Dr. Ulfers is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrician Gynecologists and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists.
Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications
Medical Director, Maternal Infant Care Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Assistant Director, Clinical Clerkships, Uniformed Services University
Curriculum Integration Committee, Women's Health Thread Lead, Uniformed Services University
Reflective Practice Faculty, Uniformed Services University
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner and Medical Director, Yokota AB, Tokyo, Japan
Antibiotic Stewardship Program Chair, Yokota AB, Tokyo, Japan
“Antibiotic Prophylaxis During Intrauterine Balloon Tamponade Following Vaginal Deliveries with Postpartum Hemorrhage” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 222, no. 1, 2020, pp. S253.
“Postoperative Management of Cesarean Deliveries with Simethicone & Metoclopramide Decreases Opiate Use & Postpartum Stay” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 222, no. 1, 2020, pp. S133-S134.
“The LABOR Study: Labor Length & Birth Outcomes in Osteopathic Research” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 222, no. 1, 2020, pp. S657-658.
“Use of Acetaminophen & Vaginal Prostaglandin E2 Is Associated with Longer Duration of Labor Induction.” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 222, no. 1, 2020, pp. S537–38.
“Using Heated Saline with cervical Ripening balloons Significantly Shortens the Duration of Cervical Ripening” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 234, no. 1, 2021, pp. S250.