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March 23, 2015

resident class 2019March 20, 2015, was Match Day - the day when the National Resident Matching Program announces its results and medical students across the country find out where they will conduct their training. We are pleased to introduce the Resident Class of 2019! 

Meet our incoming residents.


February 27, 2015

Adrienne ZertucheAdrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, third-year resident, is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Warren H. Pearse Women’s Health Policy Research Award, presented by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The award provides $10,000 to support research related to health care policy that affects physicians’ ability to treat women.

Zertuche’s project is entitled “Severe maternal morbidity during delivery hospitalization at birthing facilities with varying levels of maternal and neonatal care: Georgia, United States, 1999-2012.” Read more about this research.


February 25, 2015

Betsy CollinsBetsy Collins, MD, MPH, appeared on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought Radio for a discussion on racial disparities in breastfeeding. She discussed how Emory University Hospital Midtown’s new Baby-Friendly designation helps more women breastfeed. 

Listen to the clip. 


February 18, 2015

Demetrius WoodsDemetrius Woods, MD, MPH, is featured in an article in the "Courageous Inquiry Chronicle," a publication from Emory's Office of the Provost. The "Courageous Inquiry Chronicle" highlights campus accomplishments that support Emory's strategic plan, which includes sustainability. Dr. Woods has been leading research on sustainability in the hospital setting and the carbon footprint of surgery. 

"We're going to see all kinds of health effects from climate change," Woods says. "The way I've always approached it is 'do no harm' -- the concept is part of the Hippocratic oath and applies not just at the bedside but also to our place in society."

Read the article.


January 30, 2015

Emory University Hospital MidtownEmory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) has been officially designated a Baby-Friendly Hospital. To achieve this designation, the hospital had to meet criteria for exceptional breastfeeding support for both mother and infant in the maternity setting. EUHM is only one of two hospitals in the state of Georgia to achieve this designation. 

Our physicians, residents, and staff worked with private practice physicians on the journey to achieving Baby-Friendly status. Together, the team ensured that patients received information about the benefits of breastfeeding early and often. 

"Collaboration and constant communication between both Emory and private practice OBGYNs at Emory University Hospital Midtown have helped propel this journey forward to better assist new mothers and their babies," said Betsy Collins, MD, physician lead on the project. 

Read more.


January 20, 2015

JAMA ReportJennifer Kawwass, MD, is a co-author on “Trends in Use of and Reproductive Outcomes Associated with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection,” published January 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The JAMA Report video series covered this research in a clip recorded at Emory Reproductive Center.  It features authors Sheree Boulet, DrPH, MPH, from the CDC and Akanksha Mehta, MD, from the Department of Urology. It also includes an interview from a former Emory Reproductive Center patient and cameos by Dr. Kawwass and Meaghan Bowling, MD.

Watch the clip. 


January 13, 2015

Steve Weiss PA AwardCongratulations to Stephen Weiss, MD, MPH! At the School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program graduation in December, Dr. Weiss received the award for Community Preceptor of the Year!

Photo courtesy Emory University School of Medicine


January 12, 2015

Flowers on WSBLisa Flowers, MD, spoke to WSB-TV about her passion for educating the community about the HPV vaccine.

“Over 8 million women in the United States have yet to be screened with a pap smear for cervical cancer in the last five years. We really have to do a better job with that, when we know that that’s a test that can really prevent and capture these precancerous changes early, before it turns into cancer.”

Watch the clip.


January 9, 2015

Patient SatisfactionOur physicians are awesome – and our patients think so too! The following physicians received patient satisfaction scores at or above the 90th percentile between September and November 2014:

Cherie Hill, MD
John Horton, MD
Kurt Martinuzzi, MD
Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc
Anita Tamirisa, DO
Kalinda Woods, MD

These physicians’ patient satisfaction scores placed them in the top 10 percent of their specialty across the entire Press Ganey database. 


January 7, 2015

Jennifer KawwassJennifer Kawwass, MD, published her first-authored research, “Safety of Assisted Reproductive Technology in the United States, 2000-2011” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). More than 200 news outlets worldwide have covered the results.   

A sampling of the coverage:

Reuters | Associated Press | Medical Daily | Health Day


Dec. 19, 2014

Tarleton hiking EthiopiaJessica Tarleton, MD, MPH, PGY4, is the most recent resident to participate in the Global Health Residency Scholars Program. This international elective is a four-week rotation in Ethiopia.

Read some of Dr. Tarleton’s reflections:


Dec. 18, 2014

Lisa Flowers, MD, appears in the first issue of the Physician Edition of Inside Grady. She discusses the role she plays at Grady, her biggest challenges for the coming year, and her experience working at Grady.



Dec. 9, 2014

Haddad and SepncerCongratulations to Lisa Haddad, MD, MPH, MS, and Jessica Spencer, MD, MSc, who were accepted into two of Emory’s faculty development programs. Dr. Haddad was chosen to participate in the 2015 School of Medicine Junior Faculty Development Course. Dr. Spencer was selected for EM-ProLEAD: Emory Medicine Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development Program.


Dec. 5, 2014

Flowers-HBACongratulations to Lisa Flowers, MD! She was one of five finalists for the 2014 Woman in Healthcare Leadership Award from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Atlanta Chapter. Dr. Flowers was honored, along with the other finalists, at a ceremony on December 4.


Dec. 4, 2014

Dolan-NAMSCongratulations to Mary Dolan, MD, MPH, who has been named a Certified Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). With this new credential, Dr. Dolan becomes one of only eight NAMS-certified providers in the state of Georgia.

“I pursued this certification because I am interested in menopause and the care of older women,” said Dr. Dolan. “Women may live 30 to 40 percent of their lives after menopause, and there are preventive measures to optimize their health." 

Read more.


Dec. 1, 2014

Augustine RajakumarOur department is pleased to welcome Augustine Rajakumar, PhD, to our faculty. Dr. Rajakumar will serve as an assistant professor in the research division. He is focused on pathophysiology of the placenta. 

See Dr. Rajakumar's faculty bio.


Nov. 25, 2014

Collins on CNNBetsy Collins, MD, MPH, spoke to CNN en Español’s Marisa Azaret about what women need to know before they become pregnant. 

Watch the clip.

Nov. 21, 2014

Carrie Cwiak MSFC AwardCongratulations to Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, who received an Alumni Award from Medical Students for Choice (MSFC). The award recognized Dr. Cwiak’s contributions to MSFC and the reproductive health community.

The award was given at the Conference of Family Planning, hosted by MSFC. The conference, held in Atlanta, had nearly 300 medical students from across the world in attendance. Fourteen Emory medical students were in attendance, with Yoon-Jin Kim (M3) currently serving the first of a two-year term on MSFC’s Board of Directors. Family Planning faculty members, including Dr. Cwiak, Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, and Elizabeth Deans, MD, served as panelists for several sessions. To learn more about MSFC, visit


Nov. 19, 2014

Jenna Schreier and Rachel McCandliss, students at Emory University School of Medicine and coordinators of the Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic, attended Grand Rounds on November 19 to recognize faculty members who had volunteered at the clinic in the past year. At the weekly evening clinic, faculty work with medical students and provide care for the homeless and uninsured. 

Faculty recognized: Elizabeth Collins, MD, MPH; Agena Davenport-Nicholson, MD; Elizabeth Deans, MD; Lisa Flowers, MD; Heather Hipp, MD; Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA; Kurt Martinuzzi, MD; Stephen Weiss, MD, MPH; Demetrius Woods, MD, MPH

Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic Faculty Recognition


Nov. 14, 2014

Abby-Britt-centeringOne of our department's nurse midwives, Abby Britt, CNM, MSN, was interviewed by WSB-TV for a feature on the Centering pregnancy groups that meet at Grady. The Emory Nurse-Midwifery Service provides facilitation for these groups. 

Watch the clip.


Nov. 12, 2014

Emory Medicine Magazine Fall 2014John Horton, MD, and Cherie Hill, MD, are featured in the latest issue of Emory Medicine Magazine. The article details three complex births and Emory’s team approach to managing care for these high-risk patients. 

"It's all a collaborative effort between the physicians, the nurses, the anesthesiologists, the NICU, and the blood bank," Hill says. "Our team approach is innovative," she adds, "but I hope someday it will become the standard of care everywhere."

Read the story.


Nov. 5, 2014

Jennifer KawwassEgg freezing is all over the news these days - but what does it really entail? Jennifer Kawwass, MD, of the Emory Reproductive Center, explains the process on Emory Healthcare's Advancing Your Health blog. 

Read the blog entry.


Nov. 3, 2014

Carrie CwiakCarrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, director of the family planning division, was interviewed by Yahoo! Health why women should look beyond the birth control pill to find the right contraceptive method.

“When you look at the methods that are used most often — the Pill, the condom — it’s only what’s popular,” said Dr. Carrie Cwiak, director of family planning at Emory University School of Medicine. “It has nothing to do with what’s most effective.” 

Read the full article.


Oct. 30, 2014

Break Free from PFDsOur Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery division is hosting “Break Free from PFDs,” an event where women can learn more about pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), on November 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Glenn Auditorium at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory’s event is part of a nationwide series of “Break Free from PFDs” events held during Bladder Health Week (November 10-14). PFDs include bladder control problems, bowel control problems, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. 

Learn more.


October 9, 2014

We’re so proud to announce that eight of our residents have matched to a fellowship program for next year! Congratulations to these residents on this wonderful accomplishment!

2014 fellowship matchClass of 2015 Residents

Navya Nair - Gynecologic Oncology - Mt Sinai
Beau Park - Minimally Invasive Surgery - Mayo Clinic in Phoenix
Marissa Platner -Maternal Fetal Medicine - Yale
Jessie Rubin - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility - Baylor
Austin Schirmer - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility - Emory
Jessica Tarleton - Reproductive Infectious Disease & Family Planning - University of Pittsburgh

Resident Alumni

Alisa Kachikis - Maternal-Fetal Medicine - University of Washington
Allison Lange - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility – Massachusetts General Hospital


October 8, 2014

Stacey SchutteStacey Schutte, PhD, received grant funding from the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center for her proposal “Toward the Development of Molecular Therapeutics for Uterine Leiomyoma: 3D Mechanical Culture Models for Dissecting the Molecular Signaling Pathways Mediating Fibroid Growth and Development.” The project is in collaboration with Michelle Dawson, PhD, at Georgia Tech.


October 2, 2014

Demetrius Woods at EUHMDemetrius Woods, MD, MPH, presented a lecture on sustainable choices that health care providers can make in their practice at a symposium hosted by Emory University Hospital Midtown. 


Sept. 30, 2014

Jessica SpencerJessica Spencer, MD, MSc, appeared on several radio and television programs to speak about the importance of the genetic testing program JScreen. JScreen is a nonprofit public health initiative based at Emory University School of Medicine. Watch the clip (Dr. Spencer appears about 3 ½ minutes after the clip starts).


Sept. 19, 2014

Contraception for the Medically Challenging PatientCongratulations to Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, on the publication of Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient. Dr. Cwiak is the co-editor of this book, which offers advice on how to meet the contraceptive needs of women with chronic medical problems. 


September 16, 2014

Castellano Menopause interviewPenny Castellano, MD, sat down with Sanjay Gupta, MD, to debunk some of the myths of menopause. 

"One of the scariest myths is that once you begin the menopause transition that you are thereafter infertile. When you look at the age groups with the highest rates of unplanned pregnancies, teenagers are first and peri-menopausal women are second."

Watch the clip. 


September 7, 2014

Amos Adelowo Kristie GreeneAnita TamirisaWe're excited to announce new additions to our faculty! Amos Adelowo, MD, MPH, joins the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reproductive Surgery division and will see patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Kristie Greene, MD, joins the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery division and will see patients at the Emory Clinic near Emory University Campus. Anita Tamirisa, DO, joins the General Ob/Gyn division and will see patients at the Emory Clinic near Emory University Campus. 

Learn more about Dr. Adelewo: Biography
Learn more about Dr. Greene: Biography
Learn more about Dr. Tamirisa: Biography


September 2, 2014

2014 faculty promotionsCongratulations to our newly promoted faculty! Lisa Flowers, MD [bio], was promoted to Professor; Jennifer Goedken, MD [bio], was promoted to Associate Professor; and Weirong Shang, PhD [bio], was promoted to Associate Professor. 


August 22, 2014

Horowitz on WSB-TVDepartment Chair and Emory University Hospital Chief Medical Officer Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, spoke to WSB-TV about the care of Ebola patients at Emory.

“It sends a message to the world about these patients, that just having the diagnosis of Ebola doesn't mean it's the end,” Dr. Ira Horowitz said. See the clip.


August 19, 2014

Congratulations to third-year resident Adrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, who is the new ACOG Junior Fellow Vice Chair for the State of Georgia!


August 11, 2014

Sara RizkJennifer KawwassWe’re pleased to welcome Jennifer Kawwass, MD, and Sara Rizk, MD, to our department’s faculty. Dr. Kawwass is our newest reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, and she will be seeing patients at the Emory Reproductive Center, on the 18th floor of Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Rizk joins the general ob/gyn division and will see patients on the 8th floor of Emory University Hospital Midtown. Appointments with these physicians can be made by calling 404-778-3401


July 18, 2014

Carla RobertsCarla Roberts, MD, PhD, co-authored an op-ed with Anwar Osborne, MD, of Emory’s Emergency Medicine Department. The two tackle the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision and its potential effect on medical decision-making.

Read the article. 


July 15, 2014

U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory University Hospital (EUH) as the #1 hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta for the third year in a row. EUH’s Gynecology program was ranked #42 nationally. Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) was ranked as the #4 hospital in Georgia and the #3 hospital in metro Atlanta. EUHM was noted as “high-performing” in 11 specialty areas, including gynecology!

2014 US News rankings

Read more.


July 7, 2014

all fellowsOn July 1, our department welcomed six new fellows to our training programs in Family Planning, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Pelvic Surgery, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Meet the new fellows.


June 30, 2014

Cherie Hill on CNN Accent HealthCherie Hill, MD, appeared on CNN's AccentHealth to talk about what essential items new parents need ahead of bringing their baby home. 

Watch the clip.


June 26, 2014

ATL-magazine-July14Five physicians from our department made the list of Top Doctors in Atlanta Magazine’s July 2014 issue. Congratulations to Ira R. Horowitz, MDMichael K. Lindsay, MD, MPHPenny Castellano, MDCarla Roberts, MD, PhD; and Donna Session, MD.

Full story


June 24, 2014

senior class 2014At the end of June, we bid farewell to the fellows and residents graduating from our training programs. We wish them much success and happiness in their next steps. Read more to learn where the Class of 2014 is headed.


June 11, 2014

Alan GordonAlan N. Gordon, MD, was interviewed by WSB-TV Channel 2 and 11 Alive about his work removing a very large tumor from a Georgia woman. 

From WSB-TV:

“As this thing had grown, it had displaced her internal organs up and to the left,” Dr. Alan Gordon said about the tumor. 
Gordon said the cystic tumor had attached to Lewis' stomach wall and eventually her small intestine and other organs, making surgery extremely delicate. The growth was filled with so much fluid it ruptured during the procedure.  
“A total of about 12 to 13 liters, so that would be about 27 to 28 pounds of fluid,” Gordon said. 

Read more:
11 Alive


May 19, 2014

Lisa HaddadLisa B. Haddad, MD, MS, MPH, has received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Haddad’s project, “Impact of Progestin Contraception on Risk of HIV Acquisition and Transmission” will explore the mechanisms underlying the risk of HIV acquisition associated with hormonal contraception. 

Read more.


May 12, 2014

John HortonJohn P. Horton, MD, was interviewed by Fox 5 Atlanta about his role in the delivery of a woman with an emergency heart issue.

Omar Lattouf, MD, PhD, the cardiac surgeon on the case, says their teamwork had to be perfect, "With everyone knowing what needs to be done. And to do it. And to do it right. The first time. There are no missteps with this one, absolutely no missteps."

Watch the video. 


April 15, 2014

AIUMEmory Perinatal Center has been awarded ultrasound practice accreditation by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. This recognition was achieved by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession.

Emory Perinatal Center is the only practice at an Emory-affiliated hospital with AIUM accreditation, and the only practice in the state of Georgia with AIUM accreditation in fetal echocardiography. 

Read more.


April 3, 2014

RRD speakersThe 48th Annual Clinical Topics in Gynecology and Obstetrics, featuring presentations from residents and fellows, will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, and Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Resident Research Day is a venue where the Department’s trainees and their mentors can share interests and accomplishments in translational research, clinical investigation, scholarship, and discovery. The April 23 event will also feature two lectures, delivered by William T. Creasman, MD, and George R. Saade, MD. Read more.


March 31, 2014

The AJC published an op-ed on Georgia’s declining teen birth rate written by Jane Fonda, Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, and Kim M. Nolte, MPH, CHES. Fonda is founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), Kottke is director of the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University, and Nolte is vice president of programs and training at GCAPP. Read the op-ed.


March 20, 2014

Mary DolanThe Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) invited Mary Dolan, MD, MPH, to participate in the SWHR Interdisciplinary Network: The Link Between Domestic Violence and Chronic Disease in Women, funded by the Verizon Foundation.

The network will conduct an in-depth examination of the chronic health consequences of domestic violence and how technology can be used to address this issue. Network members will review existing technology solutions and programmatic efforts, explore how to improve them, and identify best practices.


Kalinda Woods

February 25, 2014

Kalinda Woods, MD, shared “Five Things to Do Before Visiting Your Gynecologist” with The Medical Blog. Read her list. 


February 20, 2014

Adrienne ZertucheAdrienne Zertuche, MD, MPH, second-year resident, is the recipient of the Junior Fellow Rising Star in Advocacy Award, presented by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Zertuche is the first recipient of this award, which supports advocacy projects developed and implemented by Junior Fellows. The award will be presented at ACOG’s 2014 Congressional Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in March.

Full story.


January 14, 2014

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, writes about the teen birth rate in the December issue of "OBGyn News," the newsletter from the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Read her article. 

Melissa Kottke in ObGynNews


January 6, 2014

Demetrius Woods Georgia MagazineDemetrius Woods, MD, MPH, is featured in the January 2014 issue of “Georgia Magazine.” Dr. Woods is a former delegate of the Washington Youth Tour, and in the piece, he explains how the experience affected his career and research interests today. See the story on page 26D of “Georgia Magazine.” 


December 5, 2013

Jennifer KawwassJennifer Kawwass, MD, spoke to CNN and Medscape Medical News about a new study showing that fertility drugs – and not IVF procedures, as previously assumed – were responsible for the increase of multiple births in recent years. 

"The contribution of non-IVF medical conceptions to multiples… suggests that there is room to improve the number of multiples that are resulting from procedures other than IVF," Dr. Kawwass explained.


November 25, 2013

Demetrius Woods, MD, MPH, is one of Emory’s 2013-2014 Sustainability Incentives Fund recipients. The fund supports research-based projects by faculty, staff, and students committed to sustainability on campus. Dr. Woods will assess the environmental impact of obstetrics care and the carbon footprint of pregnancy. Full story at Emory News Center.  


November 5, 2013

Kevin Ault, MD, spoke to CNN about a new study indicating that one dose of HPV vaccine may be sufficient.

Kevin Ault“Certainly if you’re in South Asia or Africa, where you have a high burden of cancer and screening is expensive, a single dose vaccine would really be a game changer,” says Ault, who worked on the clinical trials that led to the approval of the first HPV vaccine Gardasil, which protects against four strains of HPV.

Dr. Ault cautioned that more research was necessary and he would continue to adhere to the CDC recommendation of the three-dose vaccine for his patients. 

Full story from CNN


October 21, 2013

Alan GordonAlan N. Gordon, MD, is joining Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics as director of the division of Gynecologic Oncology. He will serve as a professor in the School of Medicine and have a clinical practice at Emory University Hospital Midtown, effective Nov. 1, 2013. Full story.


October 18, 2013

Jennifer KawwassJennifer Kawwass, MD, third-year fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, is the first author on a paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The results were published early on JAMA’s site on October 17, 2013 to coincide with the presentation of the research at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Boston.

The study found that the number of donor egg in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles has increased over a 10-year period of time in the U.S., and outcomes of births from the donor eggs have improved.

Media coverage of the study was extensive: Associated Press | ABC News | CBS News | NBC News | Fox News | USA Today | Washington Post | Time | HealthDay | Emory News Center

Read more about the study.


October 11, 2013

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine is holding its annual meeting in Boston October 12-17, and the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division of Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics will be well represented at this gathering of reproductive medicine professionals. Our residents, fellows, and faculty are responsible for five posters and one oral abstract that will be presented at the meeting. See the list. 


October 9, 2013

Ault-MilliPubKevin Ault, MD, was welcomed into Emory’s MilliPub Club on October 8, 2013. The MilliPub Club honors Emory faculty who have published a paper that has garnered more than 1,000 citations. Such a paper is commonly considered a “citation classic” and represents high impact scholarship. Dr. Ault received this recognition for his authorship on “A Controlled Trial of a Human Papillomavirus Type 16 Vaccine.”


October 4, 2013

Robert HatcherThe Society of Family Planning (SFP) will honor Robert Hatcher, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, with a namesake mentorship award at their annual meeting in October. SFP created the Robert A. Hatcher Family Planning Mentor Award in 2013 in recognition of Dr. Hatcher’s commitment to educating family planning providers. Read more.


September 20, 2013

Weirong Shang, PhD, HCLD, was named Embryologist of the Month by the American College of Embryology. The award recognizes excellence in the practice of reproductive embryology. Dr. Shang is Director of the Andrology and Embryology Laboratory at Emory Reproductive Center. 


September 16, 2013

Northington KarpGina Northington, MD, PhD, and Deborah Karp, MD, both recently received board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery through the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Dr. Northington and Dr. Karp are members of the inaugural group of physicians to receive certification in this new subspecialty. Read more.


August 20, 2013

Amber-SamuelAmber Samuel, MDspoke to Reuters about a new study on smoking during pregnancy. Researchers in Denmark found that women who quit smoking early in pregnancy gave birth to babies of similar birth weights as nonsmokers. From the article:

“The big thing to get out of this study is that quitting early in pregnancy is as helpful in respect to the birth weight of your baby as never having smoked while you were pregnant,” Dr. Amber Samuel, a maternal-fetal medicine expert at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said.

Read more.


August 14, 2013

Jessica-SpencerJessica Spencer, MD, MSc, spoke to the Associated Press about a new CDC study that suggests that the percentage of married couples having trouble conceiving has dropped slightly in recent years. “I don’t think people wait as long” as they did decades ago to get help if they’re having trouble conceiving, she is quoted as saying. Read more


August 12, 2013

badell-bowling.jpgEmory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics is growing this week with the addition of Martina Badell, MD, and Meaghan Bowling, MD. Dr. Badell is a familiar face in this department as she completed her residency and her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Emory. We’re pleased to officially welcome her to the faculty as an assistant professor in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division. Dr. Bowling, assistant professor, is joining the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division. She comes to Emory from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she completed both her residency and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Read more about our new faculty members. 


July 25, 2013

Kristin PaccioneKristin Paccione, MD, fourth-year resident in Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has been selected as the recipient of the Gellhaus Resident Fellowship. The fellowship offers a senior ob/gyn resident the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the policy and political factors that affect gynecology and obstetrics, as well as a chance to develop advocacy skills that will strengthen the specialty. The fellowship is awarded by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and consists of a month working in Washington, DC with ACOG’s Department of Government Affairs. Read more.


July 15, 2013

wrenn-samuel.jpgWe're happy to welcome two new faculty members and a new group of fellows! Jennifer Wrenn, MD, joined Emory on June 1 as an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Wrenn is a generalist based at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Amber Samuel, MD, joined Emory on July 1 as an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Samuel is joining the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division and will also be based at Emory University Hospital Midtown. In addition, we welcomed seven new fellows. Meet the new faces in Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics.


July 8, 2013

residents-2013-first-wk.jpgIf it’s summer, then it’s time for Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics to welcome a new class of residents. Training the next generation of leaders in gynecology and obstetrics is a responsibility the department takes seriously, and we’re proud to offer a top-notch training program that provides opportunities to serve diverse patient populations, protected time for didactics, research opportunities and extensive hands-on experience. Meet the new residents.


July 1, 2013

Atlanta Magazine July 2013Six physicians from Emory’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics made the list of Top Doctors in Atlanta Magazine’s July 2013 issue. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. compiles the list annually, using nominations from licensed physicians. Congratulations to Ira R. Horowitz, MD; Cyril O. Spann, MD; Michael K. Lindsay, MD, MPH; Penny Castellano, MDCarla Roberts, MD, PhD; and Donna Session, MD.

Read the full story. 


June 18, 2013

At the end of June, we say goodbye to our graduating fellows and residents. We are honored these doctors chose us as their training destination, and we’re grateful for the contributions they made to our department and to our patients. Find out where they’re headed for the next phase of their careers.


June 12, 2013

Carla Roberts on 11 AliveCarla Roberts, MD, PhD, appeared on 11 Alive’s “Atlanta & Company” on June 12 to explain Emory Healthcare’s public cord blood banking program. 

“Technology such as umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants allows us to restore and improve the quality of life of every man, woman and child suffering from the more than 80 currently known types of blood cell disorders,” she said following the interview.

Read the full article and watch the clip. 


June 7, 2013

Kevin AultKevin Ault, MD, talked to Fox 5 Atlanta about the use of vinegar for cervical cancer screenings in India. The low-tech, inexpensive test is ideal for developing countries where women lack access to medical care. From the segment:

"Well, there are half billion women in India, they have a high rate of cervical cancer, and they're not doing any screening, right now.  The key to saving women's lives in India, or in the United States, is to catch [cervical cancer] in its precancerous stages, and be able to treat it," said Dr. Kevin Ault.

Watch Dr. Ault on Fox 5.


May 28, 2013

Emory Gynecology and Obstetrics is now on social media! You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for department  news and the latest in women's health. 


May 17, 2013

On May 14, actress Angelina Jolie revealed her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother died from ovarian cancer. 

Ira Horowitz“Patients approach this decision from a variety of angles,” says Ira Horowitz, MD, John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology.

“Some women with this knowledge choose not to have risk-reducing surgery. Some women choose to have their ovaries removed because of the difficulty of screening for ovarian cancer compared to breast cancer,” he says. 

Already, analysts wonder if more women will opt for such surgeries following Jolie’s announcement. 

“It’s important to discuss the options and risks with your physician,” says Horowitz. “There are many factors to consider, including age, desire for future fertility, family history, and self-image."

Watch: Dr. Horowitz on ovarian cancer


May 3, 2013

Melissa KottkeMelissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, spoke to Fox 5 News about Plan B, following the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that the drug would be available for 15-year-olds without a prescription. Kottke explained how Plan B works and its safety. She also urged parents to use this news story as a way to start a conversation with their kids:

“Take this conversation and say, have you heard about that? What do you think about that? Do you know how it can be used? What’s happening in your relationships? What’s happening in your friendship circles? There should be no missed opportunities for parents and young people to have these conversations.”

Watch Dr. Kottke’s appearance.


April 16, 2013


Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH is the 2013 recipient of the Medical Innovation and Leadership Award, given at the Feminist Women’s Health Center’s Stand Up for Reproductive Justice Annual Awards Gala. Dr. Cwiak is director of the Family Planning Division and the Family Planning Fellowship at Emory and medical director of the Grady Health System Family Planning Clinic. For more information about the event, see the Feminist Women’s Health Center site.


April 12, 2013

The Emory Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics now offers one of 37 ACGME approved fellowships in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. We are the only program in the state of Georgia with ACGME approval. This new fellowship is a multidisciplinary program that offers diverse clinical, research, and teaching opportunities in female urology, urogynecology, colorectal surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. Read more about the fellowship.


April 9, 2013

Carla Roberts, MD, PhD, associate professor, was quoted by CNN on the topic of maternal age in an article about actress Halle Berry’s pregnancy at age 47. Read the article.


March 21, 2013

dr_northington Gina Northington, MD, PhD, was honored at the Women First! celebration, which is part of the Annual Women’s History Month program honoring the accomplishments of School of Medicine-associated women who are/were the first in their field/program/area of study. Dr. Northington is Director, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) and is one of the first ABOG-approved female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeons in Atlanta. Under her leadership, Emory Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics has the first ACGME accredited FPMRS Fellowship program in the Atlanta area. Dr. Northington currently researches the age-related effects of estrogen on neuroinflammation and overactive bladder symptoms. Link to the flier.


March 20, 2013

Patients who deliver their babies at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) will now be given the opportunity to publically bank their umbilical cord blood, at no cost, in an altruistic means of helping others who are sick. Cord blood, which is normally discarded by most following delivery, can be used to save lives by effectively treating certain blood diseases and disorders, including leukemia.  

Carla Roberts"We are excited to participate in the public cord blood banking program with the Cleveland Cord Blood Center," says Carla Roberts, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine and chief of the OB/GYN service at Emory University Hospital Midtown. "Blood cells remaining in the placenta and umbilical cord after the baby is born can be useful for transplant patients because the cells are capable of developing into new bone marrow. Bone marrow replacement can be a life-saving procedure for patients with various diseases, such as leukemia, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders." 

Read the full story from Emory News Center.


February 14, 2013

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, provided advice about talking to teens about dating to Atlanta’s Fox 5.

"What do we all want? We want our teens to be happy and we want our teens to be safe. So there's a good opportunity to help young people understand and build healthy dating relationships that can actually help us accomplish both," said Kottke.


January 29, 2013

In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Emory News Center spoke to Lisa Flowers, MD, and Kevin Ault, MD. They had one simple message: “Routine screenings save lives!”

"No woman has to die from cervical cancer," says Ault, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory.  "It’s almost entirely preventable with recommended Pap guidelines. If everyone got a regular Pap test and the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine we could reduce the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer by more than 75 percent."


December 20, 2012

dr_loucksTammy Loucks, MPH, DrPH, received her doctorate of public health in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2012. Her dissertation is entitled, "Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Middle Aged Women with a History of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." Dr. Loucks currently seves as Director, Research Programs in the department.


December 4, 2012

Emory University School of Medicine's Jane Fonda Center will partner with the Rollins School of Public Health and Grady Health System's Teen Services Clinic to design, implement and evaluate a clinic-based intervention to improve the use of "dual protection" in young African American females. The five-year, $3.2 million grant is a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

"Dual protection means taking steps to prevent both unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV," says Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, assistant professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory and principal investigator for this award. "This is a skill that all people need, but we know that teens and young adults carry a disproportionate burden of both unintended pregnancy and STDs and this is amplified for racial and ethnic minorities." 

Read the full story from Emory News Center.


November 12, 2012

dr_karp Deborah Karp, MD, is the recipient of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists award for the Best Video in the Category of Urogynecology/Pelvic Floor Disorders for her abstract, "Surgical Treatment of Multiple Bladder Calculi Associated with Irreducible Uterovaginal Prolapse.” Dr. Karp, Assistant Professor, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Division, received the award at the annual AAGL Global Congress, November 5-9, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.


October 25, 2012

Lisa FlowersLisa Flowers, MD, received the 2012 Latino Health Excellence Award from the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia (HHCGA) for her leadership and innovative programs leading to improved outcomes for women around human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical cancer. “Dr. Flowers’ resolve and commitment should serve as an inspiration to all of us who are working to improve health disparities for Hispanics,” said Heidy Guzmán, HHCGA Executive Director. “With this award, we honor Dr. Flowers for her accomplishments and recognize her contributions to improving access to care for women and girls worldwide.”


October 11, 2012

Jessica SpencerJessica Spencer, MD, MSc, was welcomed into Emory's MilliPub Club, which honors and recognizes Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1000 citations. Such a paper is commonly considered a “citation classic” and represents high impact scholarship. Dr. Spencer was a co-author of the article, "Largescale identification, mapping, and genotyping of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the human genome."


August 24, 2012

g-brogdonGeorgia Brogdon, MBA, FACHE, CMPE, Department Administrator, received her Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  For the past several years she has been completing her degree requirements through a combination of distance learning and on-site in Fort Lauderdale. Congratulations to the newest doctorate recipient in our department. 


August 17, 2012

HorowitzDepartment Chair Appointed
Dr. Thomas Lawley, Dean, Emory University School of Medicine, and Mr. John Fox, President and CEO, Emory Healthcare, announced that  Ira Horowitz, MD, SM has been appointed as Professor and John D. Thompson Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. We are indeed pleased to welcome him as the Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the School of Medicine and Chief of Service for Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory Healthcare.


Spring 2012

Jennifer GoedkenEmory Medicine highlights the work of Jennifer Goedken, MD, in Ethiopia. Goedken worked with Henry Blumberg, an Emory infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist, to make making magnesium sulfate available to pregnant women for the treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. 

 Goedken, Blumberg, and their team developed a standardized protocol for the drug’s use and created teaching materials in the form of posters and pocket cards. The original plan called for introducing magnesium sulfate use in Addis Ababa University’s three teaching hospitals (Black Lion, St. Paul’s, and Gandhi), but the AAU-Emory team also arranged partnerships with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and UNICEF. The influence of that partnership resulted in magnesium sulfate use being implemented in 107 public hospitals throughout the country.

 The article also highlights the department's commitment to advancing women's health around the world:

The Gyn/OB department, for example, met with their counterparts at AAU and discovered that while there is a residency program, there are no fellowships, particularly in the much-needed specialty area of gynecologic oncology. So in addition to Emory Gyn/OB faculty and residents giving lectures and  doing teaching rounds, they are developing a curriculum for a gyn-oncology fellowship at AAU.

“Cervical cancer is a very big issue here because they don’t have Pap smears to detect precancerous stages, and they don’t have the resources to treat advanced stages of the disease,” says Goedken. “But beyond that obvious need, postgraduate training in a subspecialty such as gynecologic oncology can be a powerful tool in retaining faculty at Ethiopian medical schools. It gives them a path for advancement that they might not have had before.”

Full article:


April 20, 2012

Creative Loafing interviewed Kevin Ault, MD, on vulvodynia, which affects one in six women at some point in their lives.