December 5, 2013
Jennifer 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.
“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.
October 21, 2013
Alan 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 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.
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
Kevin 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
The 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
Gina 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.
September 3, 2013
Kevin Ault, MD, commented on vaccination rates to USA Today. Read the article.
August 20, 2013
Amber Samuel, MD, spoke 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.
August 14, 2013
Jessica 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
Emory’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 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
We'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
If 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
Six 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, MD; Carla Roberts, MD, PhD; and Donna Session, MD.
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, 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.
Kevin 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.
May 28, 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.
“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."
Melissa 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.”
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
March 21, 2013
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.
"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."
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
Tammy 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."
November 12, 2012
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 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 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 30, 2012
August 24, 2012
Georgia 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
Department 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.
July 12, 2012
Kevin Ault, MD, is quoted in a piece from Voice of America on HPV and herd immunity. Ault said he urges his young patients to get immunized with the HPV vaccine and is encouraged by emerging data indicating a protective effect:
"You know, I try to get a flu shot every year so I won't cough on anybody who doesn't have the vaccine, the flu vaccine, and pass the flu along. And so in my community, that's herd immunity. And in this community they found something somewhat similar," Ault said.
Emory 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: http://whsc.emory.edu/home/publications/medicine/emory-medicine/spring2012/beyond-borders.html
Kevin Ault, MD, Carlos Del Rio, MD, and Rachel Shulman, MD, published an article on antibiotic resistance in gonorrhea in the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society’s OBGyn News. Dr. Ault is associate professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Dr. Del Rio is professor of medicine and global health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and director of the Atlanta GISP Laboratory; Dr. Shulman is PGY1 in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Residency Program at Emory.
May 23, 2012
Kevin Ault, MD, spoke to ABC News for a story about public perception of intrauterine devices (IUDs):
"Many patients have heard bad things about IUDs, such as they cause infertility or infections," said Dr. Kevin Ault, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "Careful medical research over the past decade shows these fears are not true."
April 20, 2012
Creative Loafing interviewed Kevin Ault, MD, on vulvodynia, which affects one in six women at some point in their lives.
September 6, 2011
Kevin Ault, MD, wrote the accompanying editorial for a study on cervical cancer prevention published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In his editorial, Ault noted that the introduction of the HPV vaccines into the world of medicine has made cervical cancer prevention a reality and that vaccination and diagnostic testing be made available to all women.