University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Bio for Eleanor Capeless, M.D.
Eleanor Capeless, M.D.

Eleanor Capeless, M.D.

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Contact Information
Office Location:
111 Colchester Avenue, MFU-Smith Room 417, Burlington, VT 05401


1982     Fellowship - University of Vermont College of Medicine, Maternal Fetal Medicine
1980     Residency - Northwestern Medical Center, Chicago, IL
1976     M.D. - Georgetown Medical School, Washington, DC
1970     B.A. - Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Biochemistry

Research Interests

Dr. Capeless’ interest is in defining the utility of common obstetrical practices.  She is also working on various aspects of quality assurance and risk assessment in obstetrics.  Dr. Capeless was one of the developers of OBNET.  OBNET was designed from the ground up by perinatal physicians at the University of Vermont and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as a web-based quality assurance and improvement tool for use by regional hospitals and for quality improvement projects throughout the region.  She is also one of the founding members of the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN).  NNEPQIN is a consortium of Vermont and New Hampshire hospitals with a quality focus.

Awards and Honors

2008 - 2013     America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists
2011     Chief Resident Teaching Award, University of Vermont
2011     Northwestern William Health Byford Award
2005     ACOG District Award for NNEPQIN - Cesarean Preparedness Project
2004     ACOG District Award for NNEPQIN - VBAC in community hospitals
2002     Vermont Department of health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Director's Award
2001     Northwestern Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Award
1999     March of Dimes - Vermont Health Professional of the year
1998     Good Housekeeping Award - Best Doctors in America


Lauria MR, Flanagan V, Capeless E. Why VBAC in Northern New England is still viable: the Northern New England perinatal quality improvement network. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Dec;55(4):1021-5. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182618921. PubMed PMID: 23090472.
Fung MK, Lewis MR, Bushor S, Capeless E, Fuller R. Antibodies to low-incidence antigens: do we need a different set of rules in prenatal laboratory evaluation? Transfusion. 2007 Nov;47(11):2170-1. PubMed PMID: 17958548.
Damron DP, Capeless EL. Operative vaginal delivery: a comparison of forceps and vacuum for success rate and risk of rectal sphincter injury. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Sep;191(3):907-10. PubMed PMID: 15467563.
Whitsel AI, Capeless EC, Abel DE, Stuart GS. Adjustment for case mix in comparisons of cesarean delivery rates: university versus community hospitals in Vermont. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Nov;183(5):1170-5. PubMed PMID: 11084561.
Solomon LJ, Secker-Walker RH, Flynn BS, Skelly JM, Capeless EL. Proactive telephone peer support to help pregnant women stop smoking. Tob Control. 2000;9 Suppl 3:III72-4. PubMed PMID: 10982914; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1766314.

See PubMed listing here.