Theresa S. Falcon-Cullinan
Professor & Head
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
820 S. Wood Street, M/C 808, Chicago, IL 60612
Fall is a busy and exciting time for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We are receiving applications for our OB/GYN Residency Program and arranging interviews, and preparing for our Annual Conference, “Challenges in OB/GYN: Pearls for Practice”, in October 2016.
Our new Interns arrived this summer and started with a Boot Camp in our newly renovated OB/GYN Simulation Center. Please welcome:
Sarah Atkinson, MD, from Wayne State University
Sean Berstein, MD, from University of Nebraska
Nicole Betenia, MD, MPH, from University of California at San Francisco
Yue Guan, MD, from Baylor College of Medicine
Joanna Izewski, MD, from Saint Louis University
Jessica Siegler, MD, from University of Illinois
Anna Whelan, MD, from Northwestern University
Our Department has three new Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please welcome:
Abida Hasan, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, completed OBG/GYN residency at University of Chicago
Channing Burks, MD, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Fellow, completed OB/GYN residency at RUSH University
Eli Hobeika, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow, completed OB/GYN residency at Staten Island University Hospital
During the past academic year, the Department has built upon our existing educational programs. We welcome our new OB/GYN Residency Program Director, Dr. Abigail Litwiller. Dr. Litwiller brings years of experience in the education of medical students and residents, and boundless energy and dedication. But it “takes a community” to make a residency program great and at University of Illinois at Chicago, the Department of OB/GYN has outstanding faculty, residents, and staff, all contributing to our academic mission.
This year, the Department was approved for an ABOG-accredited subspecialty training Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Congratulations to the faculty and staff who made this possible, and especially to Musa Zamah, MD, PhD, who is our new REI Fellowship Director.
Last year’s Annual Conference was a great success, thanks to the outstanding contributions from our distinguished external and internal faculty, along with our dedicated conference organizers and staff. This year, our “Challenges in OB/GYN: Pearls for Practice” Conference will be held on October 27-28, 2016; mark your calendar! This year’s Distinguished Faculty include:
Dr. Dianne Miller, Division Director of Gynaecologic Oncology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, who will discuss opportunistic salpingectomy, and, cervical cancer screening in the era of HPV.
Dr. David Olive, Co-Founder of Wisconsin Fertility and former Director of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will give a lecture on medical and surgical management of endometriosis.
Dr. Mark Pearlman, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Michigan, who will discuss new guidelines for breast cancer screening.
Dr. Katharine Wenstrom (UIC alumni), Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Warren Alpert Medicine School of Brown University, who will give an update on prenatal genetic testing.
In addition, we will have several of our own outstanding faculty presenting!
Please visit the conference webpage to learn more.
The Department was recently notified of our 2015-2016 Castle Connolly Top OB/GYNs. Please join me in congratulating the following clinicians for being peer-recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence in patient care!
Gloria L. Elam, MD, MPH, Top Doctors
Sadia Haider, MD, MPH, Top Doctors
William Kobak, MD, Top Doctors
Dimitrios Mastrogiannis, MD, PHD, MBA, Top Doctors
Humberto Scoccia, MD, America’s Top Doctors
Mary D. Stephenson, MD, MSc, America’s Top Doctors
Sondra Summers, MD, Top Doctors
Mark Vajaranant, MD, Top Doctors
In other news…
In September 2015, as part of our Global Health initiative, our Department established a formal partnership with Mekelle University in Ethiopia to support and improve the quality of their newly established OB/Gyn Residency Program, provide faculty development, expand educational programs and initiate joint OB/Gyn research. Several of our faculty and residents have joined Dr. Gelila Goba, Director of the “Mela Project”, and Director of the OBGYN Global Women’s Health Fellowship in Mekelle. In addition, faculty from Mekelle University have visited our campus to attend OSCE training through the UIC Department of Medical Education. Funding is crucial to build sustainability for our Global Health initiative, so please consider giving to this project!
The renovation of the OB/GYN Simulation Center is now complete! Through a generous donation from Dr. Howard Grundy, the Women of Steel Obstetrical Simulation Lab was inaugurated in July 2016. Further funding is needed, so please contact me if you are interested in donating to this educational initiative!
We continue to expand our Department and we are actively recruiting faculty. Please check out the links below:
Associate or Professor Family Planning Fellowship Director
Open Rank Faculty, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Our diverse faculty and staff are committed to moving the Department forward through their hard work and passion for excellence in patient care, education and research. Feel free to stop by my office to discuss the exciting changes taking place in our growing Department.
Mary Stephenson, MD MSc
Theresa S. Falcon-Cullinan Professor & Department Head
University of Illinois at Chicago