Now Accepting New Patients

Rachel E. Durham, M.D.

Dr. Durham, OBGYN in Alton IL, received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2009. She completed residencies in obstetrics and gynecology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. Dr. Durham now resides in Alton, IL with her husband and children.

“Gynecology” refers to a woman’s general health care, and “obstetrics” is care for pregnancy. As an obstetrician/gynecologist with AMS, Dr. Durham helps her patients choose the healthcare and family-planning options that make sense for them on an individual basis.

An important part of healthcare is preventive medicine. This means regular checkups‑an annual pelvic exam, Pap smear, breast exam and mammogram when appropriate‑to aid in early detection of potential problems.

Dr. Durham is also dedicated to diagnosing and treating certain illnesses, such as amenorrhea (the absence of menstrual periods); menopausal difficulties; cancer of the uterus and ovaries; and fertility problems. She also treats ectopic pregnancies, ovarian cysts and performs gynecological and laparoscopic surgery when appropriate.

Dr. Durham provides care for all aspects of pregnancy, from pre-pregnancy counseling to post-partum care. She will advise on prenatal nutrition and exercise and will help patients choose the delivery options that best suit their needs.

Educating patients is an important part of the AMS philosophy. This means explaining your treatment in detail, providing you with literature on your illness or treatment, and generally making certain that you understand the care that is prescribed for you.

We try to schedule appointments that are convenient for you. Our office is open from 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, call and tell the receptionist or nurse exactly why you wish to see the doctor. It will help us schedule the right amount of time. If you are late for your appointment, we will try to accommodate you, but it may be necessary to reschedule.

We make every effort to be on time for your appointment. A hospital emergency or delivery will be the most common reason for our being late, or for cancellation of your appointment.

Please keep us up-to-date with your phone numbers. Reshuffling the day’s schedule happens often in an obstetrics practice (babies don’t understand that the doctor is supposed to be in the office during office hours).

If you have an urgent problem during office hours, call us and we will normally be able to work you in. For urgent problems during evenings, weekends, or holidays, phone the office at (618) 463-1181 or the Medical Exchange at (800) 398-8820. Your message will be relayed to us quickly.