Constance J. Bohon, M.D. is an ob.gyn. in private practice in Washington. She is chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District IV Section (District of Columbia) for 2011-2014. Dr. Bohon also is an ACOG legislative representative for the District of Columbia. She has chaired or been a member of numerous ACOG committees and task forces, and is a former president of the Washington Gynecological Society.
Catherine Cansino, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Davis. She also serves as the Medical Director of Outpatient Clinical Services and Ryan Program Director of the Residency Training in Family Planning within her department. Her clinical practice focuses on family planning, and her research interests include contraceptive initiation and continuation, as well as contraceptive use among women with medical comorbidities. Dr. Cansino is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society of Family Planning, and Physicians for Reproductive Health.
Justin Chura, M.D., M.B.A., is director of gynecologic oncology and robotic surgery at Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Chura is an active member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, currently serving on the finance committee. His research interests include surgical outcomes in patients undergoing robotic surgery and the use of hormonal therapy in patients with advanced or recurrent ovarian cancer. Dr. Chura also has been the owner and trainer of certified therapy dogs who sometimes join him on rounds.
Eve Espey, M.D., is professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and also holds the position of associate dean for student affairs. Dr. Espey's main interests are in the area of family planning and medical student education. She is the medical director for the UNM Center for Reproductive Health and is a board member of several national reproductive health organizations. Dr. Espey chairs the ACOG Working Group on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception and is a member of the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women. Additionally, she is the ACOG New Mexico section chair. She is a member of the board of directors and treasurer for the Society of Family Planning. Dr. Espey has published and presented nationally in the fields of medical student education, family planning, and abortion.
David A. Forstein, D.O., is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Carolina in Greenville. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as reproductive endocrinology. Additionally, he is director of the residency program and vice chair of clinical operations for the department of obstetrics and gynecology, Greenville Health System. Dr. Forstein is the immediate past president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG). He is also a member of the undergraduate medical education committee of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). Dr. Forstein is a board examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves of the editorial board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. He has served as an ACOG John McCain MD fellow, and been awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow by the ACOOG. Current research activities include studies on endometriosis, resident boot camp, IVF poor responders, intrauterine insemination, and embryo transfer factors affecting pregnancy outcome. Some of his recent publications involve reducing the risk of osteoporotic fracture; changes in long luteal protocol in assisted reproductive technology practice; and creation of a neovagina by the Vecchietti procedure in a patient with corrected high imperforate anus.
Charles B. Hammond, M.D., is the E.C. Hamblen Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Dr. Hammond joined the faculty at Duke in 1968. His major interests and efforts have been concerned with reproductive endocrinology and infertility and in the areas of placental malignancy, choriocarcinoma, and related diseases. Dr. Hammond has been president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, a director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, and recently served as president of the American Gynecologic Club. He is active in a number of educational and administrative functions within the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, having served as chairman of District IV, as well as president of the College. He serves on the editorial boards of three major journals. Dr. Hammond has been recognized by honorary membership in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and by his election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. He is author or coauthor of more than 300 articles and chapters relating to educational programs in obstetrics and gynecology, medical education, and administration, and in scientific research in trophoblastic malignancy, menopause, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
David M. Jaspan, D.O., is chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, chief of gynecology, director of minimally invasive and pelvic surgery, and associate residency program director at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Thomas Jefferson University, also in Philadelphia. Dr. Jaspan serves on the continuing education committee and the postgraduate curriculum committee for the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Jaspan is an oral board examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and serves on the written examination committee.He has won awards for excellence in teaching from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics for multiple years running as well as numerous other teaching awards. His research interests include surgical teaching and resident curriculum development.
Melissa Kottke, M.D., MPH, is an associate professor in the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed a fellowship in Family Planning and Contraception and is currently the medical director of the Teen Services Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital. She is the director of the Jane Fonda Center at Emory, which is involved in research and program development focused on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She also serves as the medical consultant for the state of Georgia’s Family Planning Program. Current areas of research include sexuality education, Dual Protection, contraception for teens, and immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception.
Charles E. Miller, M.D., is a clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, president of the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy, and a past president of the AAGL. He is a reproductive endocrinologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon in private practice in Naperville and Schaumburg, Ill. In addition, Dr. Miller is the director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and the director of the AAGL/SRS Fellowship Program in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.
Lubna Pal, MBBS, MRCOG (UK), MS, is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., as well as the associate chair for education of that department. She is also the director of the menopause program and the program for polycystic ovary syndrome at Yale. Dr. Pal is a board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology & infertility. Her areas of clinical and research interests span the reproductive spectrum and include menstrual abnormalities, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, menopause, and osteoporosis. She is a recipient of multiple awards for clinical excellence, teaching, and for clinical research; has published in numerous scientific journals; and is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the field of reproductive health.
Steven F. Palter, M.D., is the medical and scientific director of Gold Coast IVF in Syosset, N.Y., and is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of fertility treatment. He is the minimally invasive gynecology fellowship co-director at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. As a member of the Yale faculty, Dr. Palter was clinical chief of reproductive endocrinology and the director of the advanced endoscopy fellowship and the Yale oncofertility program. He is the first-ever editor for video and new media for Fertility and Sterility and has developed technology to add interactive multimedia to peer-reviewed research. Dr. Palter has served on the board of directors of the AAGL, the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine; he is the president-elect of the Society for Reproductive Surgery. Dr. Palter is committed to elevating standards in women’s health, and he founded and is the program director for the International Center of Excellence Program in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery of the AAGL. He is well known for cutting-edge technological developments including performing laparoscopic surgeries with resolution four times that of high definition, and award-winning techniques to visualize disease invisible to the naked eye. Dr. Palter is the recipient of numerous research grants, has taught over 100 invited lectureships/courses, has over 80 publications and abstracts, has mentored trainees from over a dozen nations, and been invited to perform laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery around the world.
Raisa O. Platte, M.D., Ph.D., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship-trained in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She practices urogynecology in the Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogynecology Institute of Michigan in Grand Rapids. Dr. Platte is a member of ACOG and the American Urogynecologic Society as well as international professional organizations, and she has authored, edited, and presented variety of articles, abstracts, and lectures in United States, Canada, Portugal, Ukraine, and Russia.
Sarah Prager, M.D., is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is also the director of the family planning division and family planning fellowship, as well as associate director of the Ryan residency training program in family planning. She is the ACOG vice-chair of the Washington section of District VIII, the Young Physician at Large for District VIII, and is a member of the committee on health care for underserved women. Her particular areas of research interest are postabortion contraception, IUDs, immediate postpartum IUDs, and miscarriage management. Dr. Prager has published and presented nationally and internationally on the topics of abortion, family planning, and miscarriage management.
E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, is vice president for medical affairs, the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is also professor in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and biochemistry & molecular biology. His research focuses on diabetes in pregnancy, birth defects, and prenatal diagnosis. He directs a National Institutes of Health research laboratory group studying the biomolecular mechanisms of diabetes-induced birth defects. He and his associates have developed the technique of embryofetoscopy for early prenatal diagnosis and eventually for curative fetal therapy. Dr. Reece has published widely in the scientific literature: 12 books including revisions; 5 monographs; and more than 500 articles, chapters, and abstracts. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences and many other national scientific organizations. He served as chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He serves or has served on many governmental and civic organizations and committees such as, the Food and Drug Administration, the IOM, the NIH, the secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Advisory Committee.
Ritu Salani, M.D., MBA, is assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology with a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus. She has published more than 20 scientific papers in the field of gynecologic oncology; her research interests include surgery for advanced ovarian cancer and health care quality and outcomes analysis. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery. She is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and has received several teaching awards. Dr. Salani is a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society for Gynecologic Oncology, among others.
Luis Sanz, M.D, is director of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Sanz has published more than 40 scientific papers and book chapters. He has edited four books on surgery and one, Gynecologic Surgery, is in its second edition. Dr. Sanz has received numerous awards for teaching by the Georgetown University residents, including the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics national teaching award from the medical students. He has lectured throughout the country on surgical issues.
Jan L. Shifren, M.D., is associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is a reproductive endocrinologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Midlife Women’s Health Center. Dr. Shifren currently divides her time among research, teaching, and patient care. She focuses her research on menopause, including the effects of estrogens, androgens and alternative therapies on menopausal symptoms, mood, and sexual function. Dr. Shifren has served as principal investigator and co-investigator for several important studies related to the menopause. She has published numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters and has delivered national and international presentations on menopause, hormone therapy, androgens for women, and female sexual function. Dr. Shifren is active in numerous professional societies and is currently immediate past President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, Endocrine Society, and Society for Gynecologic Investigation.
Sangeeta Sinha, M.D., is chair of Allegiance Health's department of obstetrics and gynecology, and chief medical officer at the Center for Family Health, Jackson, Michigan, which is a federally qualified health agency. She is a member of ACOG. Her research has included undiagnosed Factor X deficiency presenting as postpartum hemorrhage and investigation of GST-alpha as an indicator of liver dysfunction in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Her interests include teen health; laparoscopic surgery, including daVinci hysterectomy; urinary incontinence (sling procedure); menopause; and high-risk pregnancies.
Patrick J. Woodman, D.O., is a Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Program Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Providence Health - St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is fellowship-trained and certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and was the former Assistant FPMRS Fellowship Program Director for Indiana University. Dr. Woodman's main interests are in the area of Urogynecology and graduate medical education. He is a Board of Trustees member and Chair of the Postgraduate Standards and Evaluation Committee of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists. He also chairs the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology subcommittee on Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Woodman lectures and publishes extensively in the fields of pelvic organ prolapse, surgical outcomes, and surgical simulation training.
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