Lisa Kane Low


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Professional Title

Professor, Associate Dean of Professional Graduate Programs, School of Nursing, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Michigan Medicine
School of Nursing
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Women's & Gender Studies


Dr. Kane Low focuses her research on advancing evidence based care practices during childbirth that promote optimal outcomes for childbearing people and their families. She conducts clinical research aimed at answering significant questions about the ways in which individuals can be cared for during the process of normal healthy childbirth to reduce uncessary cesarean births. She also has expertise addressing bladder health in people born female with a particular emphasis on care during second stage labor to prevent pelvic floor and bladder injury. Currently, Dr. Low is involved in a number of NIH-funded and externally grant supported studies focusing on the process of care during childbirth including: Clinical and Non-Clinical Factors Influencing the use of Electronic Fetal Monitoring, the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Research Consortium, as a Co-Director of the Obstetrics Initiative in Michigan focused on Reducing Primary Cesarean Births and The Promoting Optimal Outcomes from Childbirth to Prevent Prolapse. All of her projects take an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach in addressing the research questions. She also holds state, national and international leadership positions to promote quality improvement and patient safety during childbirth to address causes of morbidity and mortality including an emphasis on health equity and systemic racism within maternity care systems of care.

Research Interests

social sciences
mixed methods
qualitative research
community-based research
Michigan Medicine