Delivering a new OB/GYN
Dr. Kilonzo begins practice in Silvis
Dr. Brian Kilonzo’s introduction to health care came as a child, when he spent a fair amount of time in the hospital while growing up in Kenya. The kindness of his doctors and the plight of those in his community with little access to health care planted the seed for him to one day seek a medical education in America.
Today, he’s excited to be the newest member of Genesis Health Group, Silvis OB/GYN and living a career he has dreamed about since childhood. He’s in practice with Iurie Caraman, MD, and Cindy Ramsay, CNM, APN. Lori Claypool, DO, will join the office later this year. The practice at 855 Illini Drive, Suite 408 serves women of all ages and delivers babies at the BirthCenter at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.
“I grew up in a developing country where health care was not readily available to many,” Dr. Kilonzo says. “Often, I saw people who suffered needlessly because of this. With the care and compassion these doctors showed me, I knew at an early age I wanted to become a doctor.”
The pursuit of higher education brought him to the U.S, where he first earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine and has done research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Most recently, he completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City
A Unique Specialty
While doing his medical rotations, he discovered a love for Obstetrics and Gynecology. After exploring the Top 15 OB/GYN training programs in the U.S., he landed at University of Iowa and has never looked back.
“I don’t know of anything in medicine as amazing as helping someone give birth. It’s the only field in medicine where we bring life into the world!” he says. “When you provide good care to women, in many ways you’re also caring for their family. If the mothers are healthier, the families will do better. That’s very rewarding to me.”
He has made this country his home and appreciates the educational and research opportunities he has had over the past 15 years.
“Definitely, the American health care system has room to improve,” he says. “But we have so much here, including maternal care, that many people in the rest of the world don’t have. And while there are improvements being made, pregnancy, in Kenya and other developing countries, is a significant risk factor for death, which is really stunning. Women don’t have access to prenatal care, medical staff, and the most basic medications used in delivery, such as those that stem postpartum hemorrhage.”
Training in the more advanced medical environment of the U.S. has been very fulfilling, and he likes the mix of medical and surgical care that Obstetrics and Gynecology offers.
Philosophy of Care
“Our clinic practice takes pride in offering evidence-based medicine and making sure our patients are well-informed and are given the chance to make the best decisions for themselves,” Dr. Kilonzo says.
“Our ideal would be for every woman to deliver vaginally because that puts them on the lower side of intervention. We also have women who have a vaginal birth after Cesarean section (VBAC), and we encourage that when it is safe. But there are times, because of the mother’s health and the baby’s health, that C-sections are necessary. The end goal is a healthy baby and a healthy mom. Everything we do is aimed at trying to achieve that.”
Over the past couple of decades, obstetrics has been felt by some to have become more medicalized, with more intervention and tests during pregnancy, he says. A lot if this has helped secure better outcomes for mothers and babies, but some have not.
“My training has taught me to order tests and intervene only when needed…generally, the body knows what it’s supposed to do and has been doing it for a very long time,” he says.
While many OB/GYN practices have grown quite large, he likes working in a smaller practice that affords him the opportunity to get to know his patients better. Because the Silvis OB/GYN practice will have three providers delivering babies once Dr. Claypool arrives, mothers-to-be will see their primary obstetrician mostly but will also the see other two intermittently during their pregnancy. This way, they will know the provider who delivers their baby.
The Silvis OB/GYN office, located in the Larson Center on the Genesis Medical Center, Silvis campus, is just a skywalk away from the hospital’s BirthCenter. This enables providers to always be just a couple of minutes away for labor and delivery. For patient convenience, a modern ultrasound is located in the office. Additional testing if needed is, again, just a skywalk away.
Silvis OB/GYN offers Obstetrics and Gynecology care, including:
- Prenatal care, delivery, postpartum care
- Contraception, including minimally invasive options like Essure
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, including robotic surgery
- Menstrual difficulties
- Certain high-risk pregnancies, in conjunction with maternal fetal medicine experts in Iowa City and Peoria.
Dr. Brian Kilonzo is accepting new patients. Click here to schedule an appointment, or call 309-281-2140.