Welcome to our conference

Antonio Scommegna, MD Symposium

It is a pleasure to invite you to our Annual Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference on October 27th, 2023. We have invited several distinguished faculty from around the country to give state-of-the-art lectures, including:

Adrian C Balica, MD, Obstetrician and Gynecologist practicing at Prisma Health, Columbia, SC, who will give a lecture on “The New Frontier for Understanding Pelvic Pain through Neuroanatomy”

Nikia Grayson, DNP, MPH, FNP-C, CNM, a Reproductive Justice informed public health activist and family nurse-midwife who will give a lecture on “Working Toward Reproductive Justice: How Partnering with Community Birthworkers is the Way Forward.”

Several of our own distinguished faculty are offering “Pearls for Practice” in their areas of expertise including:

  • Moral Distress and Reproductive Injustice
  • Preventing pre-term birth
  • Centering the voices of black birthing community
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Use of continuous glucose monitoring in pregnancy

For those attending in-person, there will be ample opportunity to meet with all of the Distinguished Faculty to discuss clinical cases, and to reacquaint with friends or colleagues, over coffee or lunch.

I look forward to meeting healthcare providers who attend this Conference for the first time, and reuniting with colleagues, friends, and healthcare providers from throughout the state and beyond, and especially meeting with UIC alumni.

Mark your calendars, register online, and hope to see you soon!

Catalin Buhimschi, MD, MMS, MBA
Professor and Head (Interim)
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Illinois at Chicago




8:15-8:30         Introduction, Catalin Buhimschi, MD, MMS, MBA
8:30-9:30        KEYNOTE: Jonah Fleisher, MD, MPH, Moral Distress and Reproductive Injustice: Practicing Medicine in the Post-Roe Landscape
9:30-10:30      Catalin Buhimschi, MD, MMS, MBA, What’s New in Preventing Preterm Birth?
10:30-11:00    COFFEE BREAK
11:00-12:00    KEYNOTE: Adrian Balica, MD, The New Frontier for Understanding Pelvic Pain through Neuroanatomy
12:00-1:15       Meet our distinguished faculty for lunch


1:15-1:30     Introduction, Catalin Buhimschi, MD, MMS, MBA
1:30-2:15    KEYNOTE: Nikia Grayson, DNP,MPH, CNM, FNP-C, Working Toward Reproductive Justice: How Partnering with Community Birth Workers is the Way Forward

2:15-2:45    Karie Stewart, MSN, MPH, CNM, Centering the Voices of the Black Birthing Community

2:45-3:15    COFFEE BREAK
3:15-3:45    Jocelyn Ray, MD, PhD, Endometrial cancer – Personalizing Patient Care
3:45-4:15    Ayesha Hassan, MD, The Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Pregnancy
4:15-5:00   Maternal Fetal Medicine/Complex Family Planning Case Presentations.
Moderators: Aswathi Jayaram, MD and Stephanie Chen, MD
Presenters: Michelle Firlit, MD and Meera Thakkar, MD: Review of Cesarean Scar Ectopic Pregnancy Management



Register online at Pearls for practice


The conference will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine West Tower on the second floor (Irwin Auditorium, room 227) 1853 West Polk Street, Chicago IL, 60612.Pearls for practice


Parking is available at the Wood Street Parking Structure, located at 1100 South Wood Street or at the Stroger/Cook County Public Parking across from the Student Center West on Polk Street. Validated parking will be provided to in-person attendees with paid registration.

University of Illinois Chicago- College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

6.5 contact hours will be awarded to participants who attend entire activity and complete an evaluation.

Scommegna Symposium Objectives