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DEPARTMENT OF Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences ~ 2015 Annual Report

Ira Bernstein, M.D. '82, John Van Sicklen Maeck, M.D. '39 Chair

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences has seen a change in divisional leadership in the last year. Elisabeth Wegner, M.D., has taken over the Generalists division, replacing Robert Hayward, M.D., who served as interim director for two years.

Anne Dougherty, M.D., M.A., is in the second year of her Frymoyer Scholar Award focusing on developing a global women’s health education program. Along with Marjorie Meyer, M.D., and Cheung Wong, M.D., they have been instrumental in developing the ultrasound and surgical skills of resident and junior attending physicians at Makerere University in Uganda. In June, Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala performed their first laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of an ectopic pregnancy under the direction of Drs. Dougherty and Wong. In addition Dr. Dougherty was appointed to the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Oncology Global Health Committee to work on development of national global women’s health competencies for medical students. Elise Everett, M.D., organized the first Northern New England Regional Ob/Gyn Bootcamp, a collaborative resident readiness program coordinating 38 faculty and 13 fourthyear medical students from three New England medical schools.

Stephen Brown, M.D., George Osol, Ph.D., and Ira Bernstein, M.D., all served on National Institutes of Health study sections this year, with Dr. Osol appointed as a regular member of the Pregnancy and Neonatology study section. Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., M.P.H., director of the division of Reproductive Investigation, served as an American Heart Association grant reviewer, and was appointed chair of the Society for Reproductive Investigation, Career Development and Diversity Committee. David Jones, M.D., director of the fetal diagnostic center, was chosen to serve as the vice-chair of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Committee; Stephanie Mann, M.D., became a member of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology exam writing committee; and Nathalie Feldman, M.D., is an American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expert reviewer for Core Cases educational modules. Dr. Bernstein became a member of the Preeclampsia Foundation medical advisory board, and the Vermont Oxford Neonatal Network Board of Directors. Dr. Hayward serves as vice-chair of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice.

In research and scholarship, Drs. Osol and Bonney both received new NIH research grant rewards examining venoarterial signaling in the uterine circulation and erythroid cell modulation of T cell function respectively. Drs. Wegner and Jones remain regular contributors to UpToDate.

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